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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration for publication with another journal or a book (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice/LibreOffice (ODT), Microsoft Word (DOCX), or RTF document file format. A PDF version is preferred for peer review, but once accepted, one of the former file types must be provided.
  • Where available, URLs and/or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Figures are in final format in print quality. Preferred file types are vector EPS or PDF with embedded fonts (or the subset of characters of the fonts used), or PNG or TIFF pixel files that have a resolution of 600 dpi or better at the final printing size.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines


The submission of your article to our journal DIE ERDE is highly appreciated! Please make sure that you comply with the following rules for a publication in DIE ERDE:

Please submit your manuscript as a pdf or a WORD file including all figures, tables, photos and other material in the appropriate place – and add consecutive line numbering.



Every ERDE article is required to have a well-developed structure, with an introduction delineating the essential research question or intention of the text, a section presenting the methodology used, and the major sections presenting the work results, followed by conclusions, perhaps also covering consequences for future research. Please use a decimal classification (1., 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.3.1, 1.3.2 etc.) to organize the paper.

An abstract of about 250 words precedes the text, written in English and (if possible) in German, accompanied by 4-5 keywords.

Together with the title of the article, please give the authors’ names, titles, affiliations, addresses and e-mail addresses.

Figures (i.e. all graphs, diagrams, maps and other drawings), photos and tables are consecutively numbered. Maximal size for figures is 17 x 24 cm. The use of endnotes should be kept to a minimum.  

A short section with acknowledgements may be added before the bibliography.

Overall length recommended: 4500 words; but if necessary, an article may be longer (even more than 6000 words).



Sources are quoted in-line in the text, rendering author and publication year. In addition, citations of actual wordings in inverted commas should give page numbers, too (publication year: page number). Names of persons are written in italics throughout. One author: Simpson 2009: 89f., two authors: Simpson and Flanders 1978; more than two authors: Burns et al. 2003: 289.

References are listed at the end of the article in alphabetical order – in the following way:

Books:  Simpson, H. 2006: Locational analysis in the nuclear power station. – Springfield

Multi-author books:   Skinner, S., E. Krabappel and W. Smithers (eds.) 2009: Doughnuts and the American dream. – Lexington

If the book is published in a series, please give name of the series and volume number: Bouvier, S. and P. Bouvier: Risks of smoking in public administration offices. – New Studies in Earth Crusty Geography 87. – Boulder

A chapter in a book or contributions in collected editions should be referenced as in this example: Szyslak, M. 1988: Analytical approaches to beverage retailing. – In: Nahasapeemapetilon, A. (ed.): Retailing geography for beginners. – Springfield et al.: 117-129

Articles in journals (with volume and issue number, page numbers): Wiggum, C., A. D’Amico and T. Lovejoy 1988: Public security in medium-sized cities. – Oregon Journal of Social Research 52 (3): 74-99

Internet sources: Macmoran, W. 2003: Zen and the art of caretaking. – Online available at: www.prosieben.de/archiv/springfieldelementary/html. – accessed online 29/11/2012

References are crosslinked via DOI. So wherever the DOI is known it should be added at the end of the reference, for example:

Gray, C. and V. Mueller 2012: Drought and population mobility in rural Ethiopia. – World Development 40 (1): 134-145, doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.05.023

After acceptance authors are requested to submit the text, figures, tables and photos as separate files: text and tables in a common text format like MS-Word, figures as pdf or tiff or, preferably, in the original design format (Freehand, Illustrator etc.), photos as tiff or jpeg (not less than 300 dpi).

All manuscripts must be written in good English and non-native speakers are recommended to consult a professional editing service, at least before sending the final version. If any additional language editing is necessary, authors will be charged


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

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.

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).

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.

Opinion article

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

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).

Special Issue: Novel Sensor Systems for Earth Observation

Topic editors:
Dr. Hella Ahrends, University of Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Dr. Werner Eugster, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Affordable and low-cost sensors on break-out boards that easily interface with low-power consumption microcontrollers (e.g. Arduinos) and computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi) have inspired many a scientist to build experimental novel sensor systems for Earth observation. But also commercially available sensors often require some innovative ideas to integrate them into a sensor system that can be easily used in various aspects of Earth observation. Often, however, researchers are faced with the problem that it is not easy to establish such novel systems in the scientific literature before a full-fledged application can be carried out. For this special issue of DIE ERDE we thus also welcome papers reporting on pilot studies with a minimum proof-of-concept field deployment of the system. Each contribution should thus provide a geographic application of the sensor system together with the detailed description of the sensors and their integration into the system at a level that would allow readers to assemble their own system. Whenever possible, calibration procedures and calibration experience, preferably in comparison with state-of-the-art commercial sensors should be included in the paper.

Manuscripts may be submitted until 06 January 2022 for this special issues. Delayed manuscripts may still be considered, but may be printed as stand-alone articles in a later issue of DIE ERDE than the special issue, which should tentatively be in press by end of June 2022.

If you submit your article for this special issue then please leave a note in the "Comments to the Editor" field if your articles should belong to a different manuscript than "Research Paper" (e.g. if it is supposed to be a Review, Short Communication or Opinion Article). Just click on the link below to start your submission.

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