Papers in Regional Science

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Edited By: Roberta Capello

Impact Factor: 1.144

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 42/77 (Geography); 72/104 (Environmental Studies); 125/344 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1435-5957

Associated Title(s): Regional Science Policy & Practice

Author Guidelines

Instructions for authors

Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has not been published and will not be published elsewhere without permission of the Regional Science Association International and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Under no circumstances will the identity of the referees be disclosed to the author(s) or to any orther party not involved in the editorial process.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Exclusive Licence Form (ELF)
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the ELF to sign. The terms and conditions of the ELF can be previewed here.

Please do not complete the PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

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Submission and correspondence
Submissions are now made online using ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly Manuscript Central). To submit to the journal go to

If this is the first time you have used the system you will be asked to register by clicking on 'create an account'. Full instructions on making your submission are provided. You should receive an acknowledgement within a few minutes. Thereafter, the system will keep you informed of the process of your submission through refereeing, any revisions that are required and a final decision.

The length of articles should not usually exceed 10000 words including abstract and footnotes. Articles should be submitted in English, but in exceptional instances it may be possible to arrange for translation.

Editor-in-Chief: Roberta Capello, Dipartimento BEST, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza L. da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano, Italy. E-mail:

Editorial Assistant: Elisabete Martins, Papers in Regional Science, RSAI, Office 155, University of Azores, Rua Capitão João d’Ávila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo Azores, Portugal. E-mail:

 When preparing manuscripts for the journal, please note the following points:

1. Full articles published in Papers in Regional Science should not exceed 10,000 words (approximately 20 pages in print). Research notes and comments should not contain more than 3,500 words, and book reviews should not be more than approximately 800 words. For manuscripts that are longer, shortening before submission increases the chances of acceptance.

2. The form and content of the manuscript should be carefully checked to exclude the need for corrections at the proof stage. Manuscripts must be typed on one side of the paper only, with wide margins, and double line spacing.

References, tables and figure legends should be typed on separate sheets.

3. The first manuscript page should provide the title, names of all authors, affiliations, any footnotes to the title, address to which proofs are to be sent, a short running title, and the fax number and/or e-mail address of the corresponding author in order to accelerate communication.

4. Each paper is to be preceded by a short abstract, which should not exceed 100 words. Up to five key words should also be furnished as well as The Journal of Economic Literature index number(s).

5. Footnotes to the text should be avoided as much as is reasonably feasible.

6. The list of references should be in alphabetical order and include the names and initials of all authors (see examples below). Whenever possible, please update all references to papers accepted for publication, preprints or technical reports, giving the exact name of the journal, as well as the volume, first and last page numbers and year, if the article has already been published or accepted for publication. When styling the references, the following examples should be observed.

Journal article: Dutta B, Sen A, Vohra R (1995) Nash implementation through elementary mechanisms in economic environments. Economic Design 1: 173–204

Complete book: Sertel MR (1982) Workers and incentives (Contributions to economic analysis, No. 140). North-Holland, Amsterdam

Contribution in a book: Kalai E (1995) Solutions of the bargaining problem. In: Hurwicz L, Schmeidler D, Sonnenschein H (eds) Social goals and social organization. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Citations in the text should be by author with the year of publication in parentheses, e.g., Sertel (1982). If a work with more than two authors is cited, only the first author’s name plus 'et al.' need to be given, and 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 both in the text and in the list of references.

7. Figures are to be numbered consecutively. Preferably, the figures should be professional quality computer graphics, as output by standard office software or plotting packages. If possible encapsulated Postscript graphics should be imported into the manuscript in the places where they are intended to appear. On acceptance, authors will be requested to supply these Postscript files separately. Figures should be captioned informatively, so that they can be understood without referring to the text.

8. Tables are to be numbered separately from the illustrations. Each table should have a short informative title.

9. Formulas should be numbered consecutively on the right-hand side of the page. Matrix and vector symbols should be denoted in boldface type, whereas scalars, elements of arrays, and other variables should be in italics. Abbreviations for mathematical operators (such as in, e, prob, and Max) should be typeset in roman. Ratios and fractions in the main text should be presented using a slash.

10. Supporting Information - Inclusion of supplementary materials in the form of underlying datasets, multimedia files or accompanying slidesets is encouraged. For more information on file requirements, please refer to

11. A PDF file of the page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. The provisional page numbers given in the proofs may be referred to during the correction procedure. However, the final page numbers are inserted by the publisher when an issue is ready to go to press.

12. A PDF offprint is supplied for each author for his own personel use. Orders for additional offprints at the contributor’s own expense can be placed by returning the order form with the corrected proofs.

Guidelines for Book Reviews
Papers in Regional Science publishes reviews of recent books and monographs dealing with topics relevant to regional scientists.  Book reviews are aimed at providing a very useful contribution to scholarship in the field of regional science.  Your assistance in accomplishing this goal is deeply appreciated.  Please follow the content suggestions and guidelines below:

  • Describe the nature, content, scope and purpose of the book and its place in the relevant literature.
  • Analyze the function, use and content of the book.  Shortcomings of the book should be appropriately and clearly noted.
  • Critically and thoughtfully evaluate the success of the book regarding its stated goals and its contribution to the field.
  • Avoid a detailed description of the book's content and lengthy quotations from the book.
  • The review should be 800 to 1,000 words.
  • The header should include the following information: Title. Author(s). Location: Publisher, Year of Publication. Pages, information on diagrams, tables, references, index. Price. ISBN #.

Please send your review to:

These instructions can also be downloaded in PDF format here.

Papers in Regional Science is covered by Wiley-Blackwell's EarlyView service, which means that once we have received your corrections, original articles will be published online without having to wait for inclusion in a print issue. Please note that the version of your paper that appears online is complete and final, except for volume, issue and page numbers, which will be added on print publication. Therefore, there will be no further opportunity to make changes to your article after online publication.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.