Growth and Change

Cover image for Vol. 47 Issue 4

Edited By: Dan Rickman and Barney Warf

Impact Factor: 0.877

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 39/55 (Planning & Development)

Online ISSN: 1468-2257

Author Guidelines

Submitting Manuscripts to Growth and Change

Growth and Change
welcomes manuscripts from scholars and professionals in all disciplines and specialties. Contributions from economics, geography, regional science, urban and regional planning, public finance, sociology, and agricultural economics are particularly encouraged. Increasingly we are interested in submissions that bring a multi-disciplinary perspective to bear on the problems addressed. Both policy and theoretical implications of topics and a focus on urban and regional development in domestic and international contexts are very appropriate. Innovative approaches and manuscripts, which address currently relevant issues in both global and national contexts, are sought. Examples of research that relate to urban and regional development include themes of innovation and technology, the digital economy, global production networks and their impact at a variety of geographic scales, entrepreneurship, economic restructuring (labor issues, outsourcing, knowledge workers), transportation (sustainability issues, travel behaviors, logistics and supply chain for competitive advantage), urban economics, rural futures and agriculture in the global economy.


The manuscripts submitted to Growth and Change should typically be outcomes of research efforts which emanate from a key problem or issue and seek to develop this by deepening our understanding and contributing new insights and possibly data to existing knowledge. Both innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies are encouraged. Each article should be accompanied by an abstract that briefly summarizes the central problem and the conclusions. All manuscripts should begin with an introduction to the problem or issue. This should be followed by the discussion of the theoretical bases or conceptual framework and should include a thorough literature review relating the current piece to previous and ongoing research. Where relevant, an explanation of the methodology should be included. This should then be followed by an analysis and a discussion/interpretation of the results. Finally, a conclusion which clearly states the findings should be provided. Variations on this typical structure may be appropriate given the nature of the submission.


Growth and Change
publishes pieces under the name “Perspectives,” which we define, in general, as essays intended to provoke thought and possibly debate about some aspect of the areas of interest covered by Growth and Change. These may take the form of a conceptual statement, methodological or theoretical inquiry, timely literature review, summary of the state of research in a particular field, and the like. Subsequent commentaries and replies, which further illuminate the same issues, may also be published. We strongly encourage the submission of such essays and endeavor to publish one or more in each issue of the journal.

Book Reviews

The journal also publishes solicited and unsolicited book reviews which are appropriate to the publishing themes and are of interest to our wide audience of readers.

The Manuscript Submission and Review Process

Manuscripts must be submitted online at

An electronic copy of the manuscript should be submitted in Microsoft Word without tracking changes. The author anonymized titled manuscript and abstract should be submitted as one attachment and the cover page identifying the author(s), acknowledgements, etc. as a second separate attachment. Since the review process is double blind, self-referencing should be avoided. These references can be added before publication.  All documents, figures and tables should be initially submitted in Microsoft Word and not in pdf form.  Figures may ultimately be required in electronic Postcript (EPS) format.

Growth and Change uses the Chicago Manual of Style as its general guide to mechanical stylistics. All manuscripts should be written in the third person. More information will be furnished upon request.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, no more than 35 pages in length, preceded by an abstract and followed by references and graphics.

The editorial staff makes every effort to complete the initial screening within two weeks and to report the results to the author. If the manuscript is considered further and held for external review, at least three outside referees are selected and contacted. The readers are asked to provide their reviews within one month. Every effort is made to provide authors with the verbatim reviews and a publishing decision within three months or as quickly thereafter as possible. We are obviously dependent on the prompt return of reviews by our referees.

With the submission each author must state that the contribution is original, has not already been published in whole or substantial part, except for papers published or posted electronically mainly for local circulation (as in a workshop series), on an author’s personal website, or as a working paper, and do not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other intellectual property rights of any other person and has not been submitted concurrently to any other journals.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at 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.

Editors Dan Rickman of Oklahoma State University and Barney Warf of University of Kansas can be contacted at the Growth and Change email address:

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley 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 for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.


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

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 and visit

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: