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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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor; this does not apply to the Resources section).
  • The submission file is in Quarto, OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or LATEX document file format.
  • Where available, DOI-numbers or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines


Solicited and contributed manuscripts must be submitted online via this site. For review we accept manuscripts in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, Quarto, or LATEX document file format. The final document must be in Quarto, LATEX or Word format. Templates and more information can be found below.

Since it offers improved interactivity and reproducibility, REGION encourages contributions in Quarto format (or a related computational notebook format).

Authors can submit to one of three sections: "Articles", "Resources", and "Letters". All submissions are peer reviewed.

Article section: submissions for the articles section of REGION normally should not exceed 10,000 words. If submissions need to be longer, the author needs to make a good argument for that to the editor.

Resources section: this section covers resources of all kinds useful for the disciplines covered by REGION. We welcome submissions that are well-documented and allow for our readers to improve their methodological and/or data toolkit.

Letters section: this section publishes letter size (about 3000 words) contributions. Summaries of theses are acceptable if the full thesis is available online or is uploaded as supplemental material.

References, tables, and figures should be included in the manuscript file. For final publication, figures need to be provided in PNG-format as separate files with more than 1500 pixel width. Footnotes should be avoided whenever possible.

In the submission process, in addition to uploading the manuscript, also all the requested metadata about the paper and its author(s) must be provided.


 All submissions to REGION have to be in English. Acceptance decisions are made based on content, not on language. But, REGION will publish only papers in high quality English. For papers with acceptable content but a need for language editing, the responsible editor will request from the author that the paper is language edited by a native speaker and offer to organize language editing for the author at the author’s expenses.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

 For all parties involved in the act of publishing it is necessary to agree upon fundamental aims and principles and upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for REGION are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the COPE Code of Conduct ( For details see the sections “Responsibilities”, and “Complaints, appeals, corrections, and retractions” in About the Journal.

References and citations

 Citations in the text should be by author with the year of publication in parentheses. If a work with more than two authors is cited, only the first author's name plus 'et al.' need to be given. If there is more than one reference by the same author (or team of authors) in the same year, then 'a', 'b', 'c' should be added after the year.

The list of references should be in alphabetical order and include the names an initials of all authors. Whenever available, DOI-codes or URLs for the references have to be provided.

Journal article: Ramos R, Duque JC, Surinach J (2010) Is the wage curve formal or informal? Evidence from Colombia. Economic Letters 109: 63–65.

Complete book: Capello R (2015) Regional Economics. Routledge, London.

Article in a book: Faggian A (2013) Job search theory. In: Fischer M , Nijkamp P (eds). Handbook of regional science, Springer, Amsterdam.

How to submit and resubmit

REGION provides the following documents that will help you submitting and resubmitting an article:

Support for LATEX

If you write your paper using LATEX, we strongly urge you to take into account the following instructions.

Support for Quarto

REGION provides a template for Quarto. This template is work in progress. When you write your paper using Quarto, add this template with “quarto add region-ersa/REGION”. For more details see

Computational Notebooks

So far, REGION has published Quarto, Jupyter Notebook and R Markdown versions. We suggest you use Quarto and our Quarto template. However, you can use any other format as long as it can be used with free/open source software tools. Please, consult the managing editor before you submit a paper in any such format.

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