Author guidelines to submit an article in European Journal of Spatial Development

European Journal of Spatial Development (EJSD) publishes high quality research articles, research briefings and debate articles.

  • Research articles are original academic contributions of about 8000 words that undergo a rigorous peer review process, based on initial editorial screening for relevance and quality followed by anonymized refereeing by at least two referees.


  •  Research briefings are concise summaries of research findings or projects of about 5.000 to 6.000 words  targeting an informed audience although not necessarily an exclusively academic audience. They are subject to rigorous editorial review and revision prior to a decision about publication.


  •  Debate articles are contributions that develop, nuance or initiate an important research or policy debate within the subject area of the journal. Before publication they also undergo rigorous editorial review and revision before publication. These articles usually count 3.000 words.



The abstract should outline the key arguments and findings of the paper in between 1400 and 1600 characters (with spaces), and include a list of keywords (5-10).


There is no absolute word limit for contributions, though the recommended length of contributions is 5000-8000 words.

When submitting an article, authors should accept the following conditions:

  1. The work in the paper is not published in any other form or other language.

    If the work is published in part, or is a revised version of an unpublished paper (i.e. conference paper, symposium presentation, working paper), this needs to be declared. In these cases the Editors' will judge whether to proceed with the review process, or to reject the paper as non-original work.
  2. The paper is not being submitted to any other journal simultaneously.
  3. The author is fully authorized to submit the material for publication.
  4. The author agrees to act as a referee for other submissions to EJSD.
  5. If accepted, the paper will not be republished without the consent of the publishers.


The manuscripts are to be sent to as a text file compatible with standard word processing software.

All figures, tables and images should be sent as jpg or png files as well as being included in the word text file.

Please make sure that the paper meets the journal's style guidelines before submission.

A brief note containing biographical information (including affiliation) and contact details (including telephone number, and e-mail) should also be included.


The language of publication is English (UK). The article must be language checked before published.

EJSD uses UK English. Please follow the Oxford English Dictionary style guide.

Longer quotations should be set out from the text with space above and below.

Please clearly indicate the desired levels of headings and avoid using more than three levels.


Manuscripts should be written double spaced with wide margins with Times New Roman font.

Tables, figures and maps contained within articles should be of high quality and are to be put in the text file as well as sent separately (see above).

Notes are to be kept to a minimum, and should be included at the end of the paper as endnotes.


References should follow the APA system. In the typescript references should be indicated by the author's name and year of publication in parentheses with page references where necessary, i.e. Flyvbjerg (2001); (Peck & Tickell 2002, p. 35), or if more than three authors, (Jackson et al., 2006). If several contributions from the same author(s) and from the same year are cited, (a), (b), (c) etc. should be added after the year of publication. Multiple textual references should be indicated in chronological order. References should be listed in full, and alphabetically at the end of the article in the following standard form:

Flyvbjerg, B. (2001). Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in edited book
Peck, J., & Tickell, A. (2002). Neoliberalizing Space. In N. Brenner & N. Theodore (Eds.), Spaces of neoliberalism: Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe (pp. 33-57). Oxford: Blackwell.

Journal article
Albrechts, L., Healey, P., & Kunzmann, K. R. (2003). Strategic spatial planning and regional governance in Europe, Journal of the American Planning Association, 69(2), 113-129.

Journal articles with digital object identifier (doi):
Dunford, M. & Perrons, D. (2012). Regional Inequality in the EU: How to Finance Greater Cohesion. European Planning Studies, 20(6), 895-922, doi: 10.1080/09654313.2012.673562.

Other references
Other electronic references should strive to follow the above standard form as much as possible with additional information on date of retrieval and address (URL) or (doi): Author. (year of publication). Title. Retrieved Month, Day, Year, from http://adress

Treanor, P. (2005). Neoliberalism: Origins, Theory, Definition. Retrieved June 28, 2012, from

References with a non-English title should be translated into English (UK) (if possible by using the official translation).

Ambjörnsson, F. (2004). I en klass för sig – Genus, klass och sexualitet bland gymnasietjejer [In a class of their own – Gender, class, and sexuality among high school girls]. Stockholm: Ordfront.

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