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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

Contributions in collected editions: 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: – 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.

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


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. A PDF version is preferred for peer review, but once accepted, one of the former file types must be provided.
  3. Where available, URLs and/or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.


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