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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, DOI or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text has been typeset according to the Journal's template and guidelines.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The writing format (citation, references) follows the APA style (7th edition)
  • The submission includes original text.

Author Guidelines

Contributions to the European Journal of Geography should be grounded in the relevant literature of the specialization they represent as well as make an important contribution to geographic knowledge and/or have a European/Global focus and interest. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically (All authors must register before login in) in Microsoft Word Format (.doc or .docx). Manuscripts and filenames should be written using the english keyboard letters and numbers only. If file size exceeds 20MB, we recommend sending it in compressed format (.ZIP or .RAR).  Authors might be asked to send additional material as separate files (GIF, MPEG, JPEG, etc). 

After the successful submission of a manuscript authors receive an automated confirmation e-mail. Authors are allowed a maximum of two (2) simultaneously submitted and reviewed manuscripts. For additional guidance on any matters, authors should refer to our sample manuscript (microsoft word template) or consult the journal's secretary (sec@eurogeojournal.eu).  

However, successfull submission of a manuscript does not guarantee acceptance for publication. All kinds of articles must not be published beforehand in another journal. Therefore, all manuscripts will undergo a plagiarism check based on Turnitin. Any overlap with a published or submitted work needs to be declared to the editorial mangement on submission. To meet scientific standard all articles need to undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

The use of AI tools in the writing of articles is an evolving landscape. At this time, the following is the policy of the EJG: Authors should document the extent to which ChatGPT or other tools have been used in the research process in the Methodology section. This should include a description of the specific tasks, analyses, or portions of the work that were supported by the AI tool. Additionally, AI cannot be credited as an Author or Co-Author. Instead, researchers who use any form of AI or similar research tools to help conceive, conduct, or document the research should acknowledge that contribution in the Acknowledgments section, emphasizing the respective role of the researchers and the AI in the article writing process. Human authors are ultimately accountable for the outcome of the work.

THE REVIEWING PROCESS

Peer review assists the editors in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. First, articles submitted to the journal are reviewed by the editorial panel in terms of general suitability for the journal. Selected articles are then subject to a double blind review process. Revised articles are reviewed both by the editor and the original reviewers.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers. Additionally, any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.

Reviews should be conducted objectively and personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editors attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge. 

EJG reviewers do not rewrite your paper, or reject it because they wish you had submitted a different paper. However, they focus on the following criteria:

  • Transparency & replicability
  • Validity
  • Novelty

According to current statistics of our records, it takes an average of eight to sixteen weeks for the reviewers and editors to submit their comments with respect to the acceptance of papers. We consider this period quite normal for scientific journals of our impact and in our scientific field. 

ISSUES OF LANGUAGE

Manuscripts should be written in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Non-native English speakers are strongly advised to have their manuscripts critiqued by an English speaker prior to submission. Authors of papers that don’t meet the above requirements will be asked to undergo professional editing and proofreading services in order to conform to correct scientific English.

Please prepare your manuscript using the English keyboard layout instead of your native one in order to avoid encoding problems due to the presence of accented Latin or non-Latin characters.

STRUCTURE / FORMAT OF THE ARTICLE

For full-length original research articles, the manuscript word count must be between 5.000 - 10.000 words. This includes title, abstract, keywords, tables, illustrations, references, footnotes, etc. Manuscripts of less than 5.000 words will be automatically deleted without further notice.

For short communications (up to 2.000 words) check out this Editorial here presenting the “Geographic Insights in Brief" section.

The abstract for all article types must be between 150 - 250 words. Additionally, the authors should provide three to six keywords expressing the nature of the article and references should adopt the APA style (7th Edition).

All contributions should use the sample manuscript of the journal.

DATA ACCESS & CITATION

Authors may be requested to provide the raw data relevant to the paper for editorial review. They should also be prepared to provide public access to such data. Data must be cited in the same way as article, book, and web citations and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list.

ORIGINALITY

Authors must guarantee the submitted manuscript was originally written by them. The work must not have been published previously nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. If the work and/or words of others are included, they must be appropriately cited or quoted.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SOURCES

The authors should properly acknowledge any work in the manuscript that has been contributed by others.

DECLARATION & CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest.

HUMAN & ANIMAL RIGHTS

For research that includes experiments involving humans, a statement of compliance is required to show that procedures were followed in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national). For research that reports on experiments involving animals, authors are asked to indicate whether the institutional and/or national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Research Article

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Special Issue: Future-Ready Geography

The European Journal of Geography invites submissions for a special issue in connection with the EUROGEO Annual Meeting and Conference 2023 in Krakow to promote a future-oriented exchange and discussion among scholars from all sub-disciplines of geography as well as geography teachers and faculty leaders on how geography as a science and school subject can prepare for the "future"

We invite contributions that address the future of the science of geography. This includes, but is not limited to, research on:

-What theoretical concepts and paradigms will dominate geographic research and geographic education research in the future?
-What are the critical issues and challenges for geography as a discipline and school subject in the near future?
-What is the role of geography in preparing society for the future?
-What issues will be central to geography as a forward-looking science?
-How should geography as a science and school subject respond to environmental, socioeconomic, and political issues of global, regional, and local importance in order to effectively use its potential as an applied science?
-What methods, techniques, and tools of data collection and analysis efficiently support geographers in conducting forward-looking research and predicting ecological and social change?
-How can the position of geography as a science and school subject be strengthened today and in the future?

We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines, including human, environmental, and physical geography. Authors are encouraged to submit their papers prior to the annual conference in Krakow. The usual peer review process will be followed.

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2023

Please submit your manuscript via the European Journal of Geography online submission system, following the guidelines for authors on the journal website. If you have any questions about the special issue or the submission process, please contact EJG secretary at sec@eurogeojournal.eu 

Special Issue: Climate change integration in urban and regional planning

Guest editor: Prof. Dr.Vasco Barbosa, University Polytechnic of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Faculties of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, arqvascobarbosa@gmail.com

Special issue information:

Increasing urbanization as a global process of socio-urban development seems to be limitless, and climate events are beginning to be a constant in urban societies that were once far removed from this global phenomenon. Climate change is starting to be considered an emergency. We are now faced with new scenarios of urban destruction worldwide, independent of any social, economic, or spatial characteristics, where scales are sometimes exceeded in the eyes of citizens. Often, with extensive losses, urban and peripheral areas destroyed and declared areas of public calamity are among the realities that stakeholders, municipalities, and local and regional governments face. In Europe, these urban scenes are already constantly visible.

  •  Why is it important?

In this context, climate change becomes relevant, given its spatiality. As urban and regional planning figures in the organization, distribution, and hierarchization of space, whether on a municipal or regional scale, it is essential to understand what contribution land use planning can currently provide to citizens to mitigate extreme climate factors.

The contemporary age is a time of updating the various land use urban planning legal instruments and how climate change can be integrated into them. Suppose spatial planning regulates social, economic, and even environmental behaviours. In that case, it is necessary to understand new perspectives and solutions that can be developed and implemented towards urban sustainability since the lens of urban planning.

Therefore, the integration of climate change, in addition to being theoretical, must also be practical in planning instruments at urban and regional scales to implement public policies that respond to this global issue. Thus, climate change is included, which must be understood as a driver of urban development due to the new opportunities and perspectives it can generate. Furthermore, a new generation of public policies regarding the legal instruments of planning and city plans that will arrive require innovative, fair, and sustainable visions. Moreover, knowing new futures and their socio-urban impacts supported strengthening urban resilience in the face of the existing and evident climate crisis.

  •  The research object and its subtopics

The object of research is the space at municipal and regional scales. You can qualitatively or quantitatively analyze new approaches being developed or implemented or existing case studies with evidence. From the perspective of the planner and the holistic vision of the various specialists, it is essential to delve into new directions in urban/regional planning that can respond to this global problem and the needs of societies faced with this continuous urban risk. Furthermore, because it is a risk not located in time/space, it should increase efficiency in city planning.

From the European spatial context, in the North, the South, and in Scandinavia, what is being done in urban sustainability considering integrating climate change in city planning?

This Special Issue aims to open a debate on the new perspectives, difficulties and solutions from urban planning and city where could be addressed the climate change by its integration towards mitigate the citizen risk. 

In the framework of climate change and urban planning, the following questions can be addressed:

  • What will be the new perspectives of urban planning instruments?
  • How does spatial planning integrate the dimension of climate change?
  • Does urban design point to new mitigation and urban resilience solutions?
  • How can the city protect its citizens through urban planning?

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following subtopics such as: public space, urban landscape and infrastructure, spatial planning, urban mobility, urban resilience, urban segregation, climate change.

The aim is to learn about theoretical or practical approaches that can guide, reference, or establish guidelines for integrating climate change into planning instruments for cities and regions.

Key words: Climate change, Land use planning, Urban transformations, Spatial and city planning, Urban sustainability

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