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Spatial Research and Planning

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


  • Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), Leibniz-Forum for Spatial Sciences
  • Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig
  • ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Dortmund
  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IÖR), Dresden
  • Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner


Prof. Dr. Andreas Klee (ARL)

Heiderose Kilper (IRS)

A review procedure according to international standards (double-blind procedure) ensures the high scientific quality of the manuscripts in the sections “Beiträge / Articles”, “Berichte aus der Praxis / Practice reports” and “Zur Diskussion / Statement”. Up-to-dateness is an important goal of RuR. Accordingly, it is published by six issues per year, five issues vary with thematically flexible and up-to-date articles. One issue is dedicated to a specific and comprehensive topic of the highest professional significance.

“Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” has been published by Sciendo (formerly De Gruyter Open) since 2019.

The publication model of the journal “Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” has changed – from the classical subscription model to Open Access – Golden Way. This has entailed a change in the financing model and a change in the publisher of the journal. All important information for authors can be found here. Please note that authors have to pay a fee (Article Processing Charge) of 250 Euro for the articles they publish. You grant the journal a simple right of use for publication and retain all other rights to the article.

Please submit manuscripts via the following page:
The guidelines for manuscript design and the citation guidelines can be found here.

Subscription to the journal: About the international scientific publisher Sciendo.
An English profile of the journal “Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” can be found here.


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