About the Journal

Focus and Scope of Journal

European Spatial Research and Policy is an international review concerned with the problems of social and economic space organisation at a local, regional and supranational level. The journal comprising both theoretical and empirical aspects of spatial analyses is aimed at academics, policy-makers and practitioners interested in a broad range of spatial development in contemporary Europe. The scope of the journal is defined by the concepts of space, environment, society and economy rather than by names of specific disciplines. Its main areas of interest include i.a. regional policy, spatial planning, European integration processes, locational studies, labour market developments, foreign investments, environmental problems and other crucial issues influencing the shape of contemporary and future European space. Contributions prepared by geographers and regional scientists, as well as economists, planners, architects, sociologists and historians who undertake spatial research within their respective disciplines reflect the interdisciplinary character of the review. European Spatial Research and Policy is published annually as one volume consisting of two issues and includes refereed articles, notes, commentaries, reports and book reviews. The journal, being itself a result of close academic links of scholars and universities representing different countries, is an important forum for international exchange of information and opinions in the field of spatial studies.

Amount of research and review articles which were published last year: 23

By the decision of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, European Spatial Research and Policy is included in the list of ranked scientific journals and is currently awarded 100 points (July 2023).

Review Process 

All scientific articles undergo a process of blind peer review  (authors and reviewers do not know their identities). Contributions are reviewed by at least two independent reviewers from outside the unit (department) to which the author of the article is affiliated (at least one reviewer should be affiliated to a foreign institution). The review is prepared in written form and is concluded by a clear conclusion whether the article may be published in the journal or should be rejected. The review form is published on the journal website.

Once a year the editors publish the list of the reviewers involved in preparing a volume (two issues together) on the journal website.

The electronic version is the journal’s original (reference) version.

Open Access Policy

The basic license for publishing articles in the journal is CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Attribution – Non-Commercial Use – No Derivatives). At the author's request it is possible to publish it under the CC-BY 4.0 (Attribution) license. 

The journal has been available in Open Access since 2009 (Archives;University of Lodz Repository). 

The Author grants the University of Lodz the non-exclusive publishing rights license for the work in all fields of exploitation listed in Art. 50 of the Act of February 4, 1994 about copyright and related rights, also by an open access (including the rules of the Creative Commons licenses). The license also includes the right for further sublicensing in the aforementioned fields of exploitation. See: Copyright Notice  

Lodz University Press comply fully with the open access requirements of UKRI, Wellcome, and NIHR. Where required by their funder, authors retain the right to distribute their author accepted manuscript (AAM),  such as via an institutional and/or subject repository (e.g., EuropePMC), under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)license for release no later than the date of first online publication.   

Due to the implementation of the policy of open access to science works, the University of Lodz uses the Author’s right to deposit the work in the Repository of the University of Lodz and other distribution platforms, and the Author notes not to terminate the license agreement throughout its duration. See: Author Declaration Form 

Personal copyrights are not transferable. Granting the license does not take away the property rights from the author. 

License allows to copy and distribute the work in any medium provided an appropriate credit is given – you must provide the name of the creator and attribution parties, a copyright notice, a license notice, a disclaimer notice, and the link to the material, a link to the license, and you must indicate the changes made. 

You are allowed to disseminate, present, and search for works only for non-commercial purposes and as long as you go for exploitation. You should not improve the modified content, which has been processed or created from the original new work (derivative work). 

Privacy policy

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

How to subscribe

Subscription rate per annum for one volume (2 issues) in 2023 is 80€/US$ (40 zł for Polish subscribers). Single issues 40€/US$ (post free) (20 zł for Polish subscribers). Orders and subscriptions (use the subscription form) should be sent to:
    The Editors, European Spatial Research & Policy
    Institute of the Built Environment and Spatial Policy
    University of Łódź, Kopcińskiego 31, 90-142 Łódź, Poland
    or by e-mail to: esrap-me@geo.uni.lodz.pl