Spatial Research and Planning

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“Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” is a refereed, german- and english-language journal. It 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.


  • ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz-Association
  • IfL – Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig
  • ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Dortmund
  • IÖR – Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden
  • IRS – Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner

ILS researcher Dr. Kati Volgmann is part of the journal’s editorial team.


Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Land use competition in societal transformation
Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Land use competition in societal transformation in the journal Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning (RuR). The aim of this special issue is to collect contributions that address competing land uses within societal transformation on a conceptual and methodological level. Further, we are interested in empirical approaches that showcase inspiring and relevant cases of competing land use demands and viable pathways to solve these conflicts for sustainable land use within societal transformation. To the call for papers

Meilensteine und Disruption: Treffen des Herausgeberteams der „Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning“ in Dresden
Seit dem Wechsel zum oekom Verlag gab es im Februar drei Jahre Zusammenarbeit als neu formiertes Herausgeberteam für die Fachzeitschrift „Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning“ zu feiern. Das jährliche Strategietreffen des Teams fand in Dresden beim Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung (IÖR) statt und hatte die inhaltliche Ausrichtung der Zeitschrift zum Ziel. Zur Meldung

Wohnstandortentscheidungen, Suburbanisierung und Flächeninanspruchnahme: Drei ILS-Beiträge in Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning
In der aktuellen Ausgabe der Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning (Band 82, Heft 1) sind drei Forschungsergebnisse aus dem ILS publiziert worden. Zu den Beiträgen

Call for Papers
for a Special Issue on “Accountable Strategic Planning at Local and Regional Scales in the Age of Decarbonization”. The Issue focusses on strategic planning for decarbonisation at regional and local scales in a variety of international settings.
Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 29 February 2024.
Further information can be found in the Call for Papers.

“Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” accepted to Scopus database

Since June 2023, the Open-Access-journal “Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” is part of the database Scopus. The journal, which is published by ILS and four further members of the Research Network “Spatial Knowledge for Society and Environment (Leibniz R)”, has thus reached a major milestone. More…

Special Issue: Regional management of growth (Vol. 80 No. 6 (2022))
A regional, integrated and cooperative settlement policy is important for the sustainable development of cities and regions. In the area of tension between open space protection and growth pressure, regional strategies are required. Formal and informal policies of regional growth management are therefore experiencing a considerable increase in importance. So far, however, there has been little systematic research on the forms, contents and effects of growth management planning. This special issue fills this gap by providing a broad overview of the current discussion and professional practice in this subject area. Prof. Dr. Stefan Siedentop has edited it in cooperation with Dr. Barbara Warner (ARL). Mehr…


on the part of the editors of the journal: Prof. Dr. Andreas Klee, Editor-in-Chief

on the part oft he publisher: Dr. Ulrike Sehy, Bereichsleiterin Fachzeitschriften

The high scientific quality of the manuscripts in the sections “Beiträge/Articles, “Berichte aus der Praxis/Practice Reports“ and “Zur Diskussion/Statement“ is ensured by the established double-blind review procedure according to international standards. Topicality is an important goal of RuR. Accordingly, it is published regularly in six issues per year, five of which are Variahefte with thematically flexible and up-to-date contributions. One issue is dedicated specifically and comprehensively to a topic of the highest professional importance.

“Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning“ has been published by oekom verlag since January 2021. Previous issues can temporarily be found at the previous publisher Sciendo.

The publication model of the journal “Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning“ is Open Access (Goldener Weg). The central element of the Golden Way is that the authors remain in possession of the copyrights to their publication. They only grant the editors of the journal the simple right of publication in the respective medium. At the same time, all readers have permission to use the publication under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 licence. The author fees (Article Processing Charges) amount to 250,-Euro (plus VAT) for each accepted and published article.

Publications in the journal appear in a digital and a print form. The digital version can be read and downloaded free of charge and is available via the journal’s website and repositories. The print version comprises six issues per year and can be obtained individually or by subscription via the oekom verlag website. The subscription price will be significantly reduced from 2021: instead of the previous annual fee of 400 euros, institutions or companies will in future only pay 245 euros per subscription (plus 15.95 euros shipping costs in Germany and 25.95 euros abroad). The subscription price for private individuals, small companies (< ten employees) and public planning organisations is 95 euros per year (plus shipping costs).

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