Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning

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The journal Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning addresses spatial science in Germany and abroad as well as policymakers, practitioners and the general public. It publishes scientific studies, reports from research and practice as well as expert commentaries on important new publications. In the spirit of international scientific exchange, the journal also publishes articles in English.

Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning was published by Springer Nature (until the end of 2018). At the turn of the year 2018/2019, our publication model changed from the classic subscription model to gold open access. The magazine has been published by oekom verlag since the beginning of 2021.

Since the switch to Open Access, the articles can be read and downloaded free of charge in digital form. In addition, six printed issues will continue to be published every year on demand. The subscription price will be significantly reduced from 2021 onwards. The publisher's website (in German) provides information on the exact conditions.

Note for authors:
Authors grant the journal a non-exclusive right of use for publication while retaining all further rights to their paper. They pay a fee (article processing charge) of 250 euros per contribution.
Submission of manuscripts on the journal's website

No change to submissions:
Supported by an international scientific advisory board and a team of reviewers, the editors and publishing team ensure the high scientific quality and topicality of the RuR. All contributions to the sections "Beitrag/Article", "Bericht aus der Praxis/Practice report" and "Zur Diskussion/Statement" are evaluated in compliance with international standards (double-blind procedure).

Current articles and further information are available on the journal's website.


Publishing Team

  • ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz-Association, Hannover
  • Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL), Leipzig
  • Research Institut for Regional and Urban Development (ILS), Dortmund
  • Leibniz Institut of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden
  • Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner