Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

DIE ERDE is a scientific journal in Geography, with four issues per year with about 60 to 100 pages each. It covers all aspects of geographical research, focusing on both earth system studies and regional contributions. DIE ERDE invites contributions from any subfield of both Physical and Human Geography as well as from neighbouring disciplines. The publishing language is English.


Section Policies

Research articles

Regular research articles reporting original research. This is the standard category of manuscripts submitted to Die ERDE. Recommended length: ca. 4500 words; but, if necessary, articles may be longer than this.

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Short communications

Short research article, e.g. for one good idea with less empirical material; may also report on ongoing research;usually about 1500 words; subject to a simplyfied review process (only one external referee).

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Review article

Critical reflection on the state-of-the-art in the scientific discussion on a specific topic, reviewing the existing relevant literature about the topic. A review normally does not include new original research and should basically focus on peer-reviewed literature. There may be cases where a review of gray literature is adequate, namely in areas where relevant contributions are not available in English. Length: up to 6000 words.

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Opinion article

Shorter contribution from a decidedly explicit point of view, maybe controversial; roughly 1500 words long

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Article introducing a series of contributions on the same subject or topic, namely in Special Issues

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Book reviews

Of course, only original book reviews, not published elsewhere before, can be considered for publication in DIE ERDE.

Standard length is about 350 words, but the book review may be shorter or longer, if necessary. Please avoid extending the review over too many paragraphs and please avoid endnotes. Please give names in full (not abbreviated).

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Peer Review Process

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

DIE ERDE is actively engaged against plagiarism and also duplication and repetition of publication. 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 exchange of knowledge.


DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin