Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie

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Edited By: Frank van Oort (Editor-in-Chief)

Impact Factor: 1.122

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 47/79 (Geography); 140/347 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-9663

Author Guidelines


Aims and Scope

The Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie is a leading international journal on contemporary issues in human geography. Through its articles and special issues and dossiers on topics of interest, it presents actual international research findings in authoritative scientific contributions. The Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie is a channel for the dissemination of new perspectives, ideas and approaches to the study of human geography. The journal, established in 1910, builds on a tradition of empirically and theoretically based research, providing a fruitful interdisciplinary platform for economic and social geography themes. The journal offers space to specialized discussions in human geographical disciplines (on economic, social, cultural and political geographical themes, and development studies), but explicitly also to interdisciplinary, overview and survey articles. Regular features of the journal are its Window on The Netherlands sections, which discuss current spatial trends and policies from a specific European or Dutch geographical perspective.


The Editorial Committee welcomes the submission of original manuscripts for consideration. Articles will normally be theoretical or empirical contributions. Shorter articles may include preliminary research findings and notes on research methodology, as well as brief presentations of original ideas. The Editorial Board will consider only papers that represent original work that is not submitted for publication elsewhere. The Board especially welcomes articles that build on themes and topics that were previously discussed in TESG .

An article should not exceed, without consulting the editors, a maximum of 16 printed pages (TESG format). This averages 8,000 words in a manuscript inclusive of notes and references, and tables and figures where applicable. Papers should be written in English (either American or English, but consistent). There are no page or submission charges.

Window on the Netherlands

The editor welcomes manuscripts for consideration as a contribution to the ‘Window on the Netherlands’. The series focuses on research contributions on geographical patterns, processes and planning in the Netherlands.

 Book reviews

Tijdschrift voor Economische and Sociale Geografie likes to inform its readers on noteworthy recent book publications in the field of  economic and social geography. The reviews are typically 800-1000 words for a single book review and up to 1500 words for a multiple book review. Potential book reviewers should contact the book review editor. TESG does not accept unsolicitated book reviews.

Special issues and dossiers

The editorial board of TESG welcomes special issues and dossiers. Special issues typically consist of a collection of 6 to 8 articles about a well defined topic. Dossiers are smaller collections of 3 to 5 related articles. Preferably, the special issue opens with an overview article, embedding the papers in the current debate and literature. Such an article will be double blind reviewed. An alternative option is to open the special issue with a short (max 800 to 1000 words) guest editorial, that will be reviewed by the editors but does not have a full bibliometric  status. The articles in special issues are written according to the regular author guidelines: representing original work and not exceeding 8000 words.

Please send proposals for special issues or dossier to the Editor in Chief. The proposal should contain a short outline of the theme and a abstracts of the articles that are to be included in the special issue. The proposal for a special issue may include Window on the Netherlands or Book review. All articles in TESG are subject to double blind reviews.   


General Layout

Authors will greatly assist the editor by referring to a recent issue of TESG when setting up the headings, abstract, acknowledgements, notes, references, etc. Avoid the use of formatted text including italics, underline, spacing or different fonts.

Title - The total length of the title should be no longer than 72 characters.

Abstract and key words - An abstract should be provided, not exceeding 150 words. Six key words should be presented on a separate line, preferably one for topic, one for locality, one for method and three others.

Headings - Use upper case for first-level headings which should come on separate lines. Second-level headings should be in lower case and followed by a dash - then run on the text on the same line. Do not use more than two levels of headings.

Tables - Each table should contain a clear descriptive caption at the top. Number tables consecutively (Table 1, 2 etcetera). Please embed all tables in your word document, do not submit them as separate Excel files.

Illustrations - Figures, diagrams, and maps should be included in a single numbered series and designated 'Figures'. Figures should be supplied to the following specifications: halftones as TIF to 300dpi, line art or combination figures as TIF or EPS to 600dpi. We recommend these formats as they result in the best quality in the final product, especially in the electronic version. Most packages will allow you to export to these formats. For further details please visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp.  All topographical names mentioned in the text and not to be found in a standard atlas should be shown on a map. A list of figure captions, with numbers, should be submitted on a separate sheet. Hard copy illustrations will be returned on request only. 

Please note that if the manuscript contains colour illustrations, a Colour Work Agreement Form should be submitted.

Measurements - Measurements must be given in SI metric units. In exceptional cases, English equivalents in parentheses are allowed. Abbreviations do not take a plural form and are not followed by a full stop. Numerals should be used in the text for all full units of measurement but words should be used for quantities of one to nine objects, persons, etcetera.

Notes and references

Notes - A limited number of explanatory endnotes are permitted. Footnotes should be avoided.

References should follow the Harvard (name, date, and - only in the case of quotations - page) system: e.g., 'A recent publication (Jones 1996, p. 154-186)...' or 'According to Jones (1996, p. 154-186)...'. The full list of references should be double-spaced at the end of the text in alphabetical order. When applicable use italics. Use small capitals for author's name in the reference list e.g., LEAR, G. (1995, pp. 25-58). Capital letters in titles of papers and books should be restricted to initial letters of words and proper names.

The initials of the first named author (only) should be placed after the name; the year of publication (in brackets) follows the last named author. Note that journal titles should not be abbreviated. In the case of a publication by three or more authors, it should be cited in the text as Williams et al. (1995). In the list of references, however, all names must be given in full.

There should be a strict one-to-one correspondence between the names and year of publication in the text and those in the list of references.

The following are examples of the formats and punctuation that should be used:

- Articles from journals: MONTECARLO, A. S. (1997), Reality and Simulation of International Migration in Europe. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 87, pp. 537-545.
Chapters of books: OSMAN, C.S. (1996), Political and Social Insecurity in Gualaba. In: R. AHMEDI & W. RABAN, eds., The Geography of Insecurity in Enigmatic Countries, pp. 305-355. Brensfield: Clarion Press.
- Books: DOLESEN, R. (1996), Global Alteration of Economic Wealth in High Latitude Countries. 3rd edition. Toronto: New Inuit Press.
- Theses: VAN BARINGS, I.N.G. (1995), The Economics of World Banking (Ph.D. thesis, University of Amsterdam).

Appendices and supplemental material

TESG does not have room to include appendices or other supporting materials in the print or pdf file of the article.  

Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp
All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

License Agreements

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 copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.


Submission of manuscripts

To submit a manuscript to Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, authors should go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tesg, where they can upload the manuscript and all other material they would like to communicate to the editor. To upload a manuscript, the following files should be prepared:
(1) a title page or cover letter including the full names of the authors and academic or other professional affiliations;
(2) an abstract of 150 words maximum;
(3) the full text of the manuscript with a list of references and endnotes

 Do not put any identifying information in the manuscript or in the names of the files to ensure a blind review. This also means that Acknowledgements that contain identifying information should only be included after the manuscript is accepted.

Questions about possible submissions could be sent to the Editor in Chief or Associate Editors.

Questions about submissions of manuscripts in Manuscript Central should be directed to the editorial assistent Ferry Devilee (tesg@knag.nl).

Review procedure

The Executive Editor of TESG  evaluates all manuscripts recently submitted through Manuscript Central. Manuscripts that are out of scope or have some serious typesetting or scientific flaws will be rejected in this stage. Those articles that appear to meet the minimum criteria of the journal are handed over to an Associate Editor. All members of the Editorial Board of TESG can act as Associate Editor, overseeing and guiding the review process.

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie employs double blind reviewing. At least two experts will review the manuscript. The Associate Editor will, based on the review reports, take a decision about the decision regarding the manuscript. The review process will typically take up to three months.

Papers can be rejected, or authors can be asked to make changes to their manuscript. The decision letter will inform authors about the necessary revisions and the deadlines for resubmission. Resubmitted and revised manuscripts should always be accompanied by a response letter reacting to the review reports and explaining the changes made in the document. Make sure that both the revised manuscript and the response letter do not contain identifying information. The Associate or Executive Editor may request more than one round of revisions.

Manuscripts to be included in special issues or dossiers follow the same procedure. The special issue papers will be assigned to one single Associate Editor. The initiator(s) of a special issue will become Guest Editors for the special issue, which is an advisory position. The Guest Editor will provide the Associate Editor with suggestions for possible reviewers (not persons in any way involved in the special issue). Moreover, the Guest Editor will be asked to react to the review reports, as some of the requested revisions might result in a paper that no longer fits the scope of the special issue. However, decisions about the manuscripts rest with the Associate and Executive Editor. 

Proofs, Author services and Offprints

Online production tracking is available for your article through Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Proofs - Authors will receive proofs for the correction of printer's errors only. The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and/or printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately. Remarks should be sent to the executive editor preferably by e-mail or fax. Proofs must be returned to the copyeditor by airmail within seven days of receipt.

Offprints - Contributors will be supplied with a PDF of their article through Wiley-Blackwell Author Services once it has been published. Please therefore sign up for Author Services at any point in the production of your article if you would like to access your article PDF and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Requests for additional paper copies may be made on the order form provided with the proofs.