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Journal overview

Regional Studies, Regional Science is an open access journal about regional and urban issues in geography, economics, regional science, environmental studies, planning and governance. RSRS explores a wide range of topics from across the social sciences at a variety of spatial scales, which are generally subnational (such as metropolitan regions, planning regions, etc.) but can cross jurisdictional boundaries (such as cross-border regions and institutions). It does not typically publish contributions that focus exclusively on the global or national scales unless there are demonstrable implications for debates at sub-national regional scales.

The journal publishes a range of paper types including full length research articles, short papers and ‘regional graphics’. Further details and requirements for article types can be found in the Instructions for Authors. RSRS also has an Early Career Papers section offering a mentored route for early career academics.

If you have questions about the suitability of your manuscript, please contact the editors in advance of submitting.

The journal has a streamlined peer-review process and quick turnaround times from submission to acceptance. Regional Studies, Regional Science is an interdisciplinary open access journal from the Regional Studies Association, first published in 2014.

Please see our Instructions for Authors for full details of how to submit your paper.

All Regional Studies, Regional Science articles will be made freely and permanently available online through gold open access publication following payment of an Article Publication Charge (APC). Details of the APC charges can be found in the Instructions for Authors. For more information on open access, including benefits, options, fees and funding please visit our open access publishing pages.

The APC should be paid after acceptance of the article following peer review; corresponding authors will receive an invoice outlining payment terms. Further processing of the article will be deferred pending payment. Waivers and discounts on the APC are available to support researchers in developing and emerging regions unable to pay this charge. Please consult our author guidance here for more information.

'This is an excellent and widely cited journal of regional science and already recognized as one of the leading journals in this field. I found nothing to criticize and a great deal to admire, so welcome to Scopus.'- Scopus Reviewer on acceptance into Scopus, March 2016

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