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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 manuscript is anonymous, i.e. all information that could identify the authors has been removed. In addition to the anonymous manuscript which will be sent to peer review, please upload a title page with all author information (name, affiliation, email, ORCID).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. Please use the template to ensure proper formatting.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it submitted to 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, URLs/DOIs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

European Journal of Spatial Development (EJSD) is an open access journal providing high-quality scientific contributions to spatial planning, regional development, policy making and governance, from European and EU-related perspectives.

 

Please read the guidelines below, then login or register to make a submission. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

 

Article types

Research articles: EJSD publishes research articles, ranging in length between 7000 – 10.000 words (excluding abstract and references). Research articles contain a substantial empirical analysis with novel data. Research articles are subject to double-blind peer review.

Review articles: EJSD publishes review articles, ranging in length between 5000 – 7000 words (excluding abstract and references). Review articles do not contain an empirical study but centre around a literature review and theoretical discussion. Review articles are subject to double-blind peer review.

Debate Articles: EJSD publishes debate articles, ranging in length between 2000 – 4000 words. As short opinion pieces, these essays can include standpoints and critical analyses of current spatial development issues, policy debates and planning problems. Debate articles, while likely context-specific in nature, should have international relevance. Debate articles are reviewed by the journal editors.

 

Preparing your manuscript for submission

Download the template (Libreoffice OTT or MS-Word DOTX) of EJSD Journal paper and follow the typesetting instructions, including the following information:

  • Title & Subtitle: max 100 characters (not including spaces);
  • Name, surname, email, affiliation (University, Department, etc..), ORCID and biography of all the authors;
  • Abstract: max 200 words;
  • Three to five keywords representing the main content of the article (i.e. Climate change; Urban planning; Coastal cities);
  • The length of the article should be according to the type of paper (see above);
  • The figures and graphs of the article should have at least a resolution of 150 dpi.
    In case of images and graphs subject to copyright, please provide permissions to  ejsd_admin@polito.it. Images must be commented by a brief caption;
  • Bibliographical references should be ordered alphabetically and formatted according to the APA citation style. See more information below;
  • EJSD uses UK English. Please follow the Oxford English Dictionary style guide.
  • The manuscript should be sent to a professional language editing by the author/s. Language proficiency is the author's responsibility. EJSD does not process the articles for language editing but will ask the authors to improve the language proficiency as a condition of publication. Manuscripts with poor language quality will be automatically rejected.

Referencing

EJSD uses the APA Formatting and Style guide (7th Edition). Basic rules for most sources include:

  • All lines after the first line of each entry in your reference list should be indented one-half inch from the left margin. This is called hanging indentation.
  • All authors' names should be inverted (i.e., last names should be provided first).
  • Authors' first and middle names should be written as initials. For example, the reference entry for a source written by Jane Marie Smith would begin with "Smith, J. M."
  • Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
  • For multiple articles by the same author, or authors listed in the same order, list the entries in chronological order, from earliest to most recent.
  • When referring to the titles of books, chapters, articles, reports, webpages, or other sources, capitalize only the first letter of the first word of the title and subtitle, the first word after a colon or a dash in the title, and proper nouns.
  • Present journal titles in full. Capitalize all major words in the titles of journals. 
  • When using APA format, follow the author-date method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, like, for example, (Jones, 1998).

>> Book

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher Name. DOI (if available)

>> Chapter in edited book

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In E. E. Editor & F. F. Editor (Eds.), Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (pp. pages of chapter). Publisher. DOI (if available)

>> Journal article with digital object identifier (doi):

Autor, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of journal article.  Title of Journal, Volume number (Issue number), page-page. DOI

>> Webpage or piece of online content

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of page. Retrieved from "URL" (Month Day, Year).

 

If the resource was written by a group or organization, use the name of the group/organization as the author:

Group name. (Year). Title of page. Retrieved from "URL" (Month Day, Year).

 

If the page's author is not listed, start with the title instead. Additionally, include a retrieval date when the page's content is likely to change over time:

Title of page. (Year). Site name. Retrieved from "URL" (Month Day, Year).

 

More information on APA Referencing and source-specific guidelines can be found here.

 

Submission

Login or register to make a submission and follow the instructions.

EJSD does not charge any author article processing charges (APC) nor article submission charges.

 

Submission process

Step 1. Choose the type of article to be submitted (research article/review article/debate article);

Step 2. Upload the typeset paper in .doc format;

Step 3. Fill the metadata section with all information related to all authors (name, surname, email, ORCID, URL, Affiliation, country, biography) and to the article (title, abstract, funding sources, references, keywords).

Step 4. If necessary, upload additional files (such as images, tables, etc..);

Step 5. The corresponding author and co-authors will receive a confirmation e-mail (by OJS platform) and the progress of the submission can be followed through the editorial process by logging in. Please, check the spam folder of your email if you do not receive a confirmation email.

 

Research Articles

Research articles range in length between 7000 – 10.000 words (excluding abstract and references). Research articles contain a substantial empirical analysis with novel data. Research articles are subject to double-blind peer review.

Review Articles

Review articles range in length between 5000 – 7000 words (excluding abstract and references). Review articles do not contain an empirical study but centre around a literature review and theoretical discussion. Review articles are subject to double-blind peer review.

Debate Articles

Debate articles range in length between 2000 – 4000 words. As short opinion pieces, these essays can include standpoints and critical analyses of current spatial development issues, policy debates and planning problems. Debate articles, while likely context-specific in nature, should have international relevance. Debate articles are reviewed by the journal editors.

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