About the Journal

Focus and Scope

DIE ERDE is a scientific journal in Geography, with four issues per year with about 60 to 80 pages each. It covers all aspects of geographical research, focusing on earth system studies and regional contributions. DIE ERDE invites submissions from any geographical subfield and neighboring disciplines. The publishing language is English.

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted are subjected to peer review by two selected researchers established in the article's field. The reviewing process is supervised by the editorial board member who is closest to the contribution's subdiscipline and has been nominated to lead the article through the whole publishing process.

DIE ERDE is actively engaged against plagiarism, duplication, and publication repetition. Manuscripts are searched for plagiarism and non-originality of publication.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global knowledge exchange.

DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin

Sources of Support 

DIE ERDE's online version was supported by DFG–German Research Foundation–for the transition to green lane open access.


Journal History

DIE ERDE–Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin is the world's longest-running of the existing scientific journals in Geography. The journal was started as "Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Erdkunde" (Journal for General Geography) in 1853; before, there were "Jährliche Übersicht der Thätigkeit der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin" (1833-1839) and "Monatsberichte über die Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin"  (1840-1852). During the Second World War, the journal's last volume appeared in 1944, and publication was interrupted until 1949 when the Geographical Society of Berlin was re-founded and the journal re-established under the new title "DIE ERDE–Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin," where ERDE means EARTH. To be read by readers worldwide, since the turn of the century, DIE ERDE has essentially been published in English.