Updated for manuscripts in 2023 onward
Information on Submission of Manuscripts for Publication
In order to satisfy our publishing standards, please prepare your manuscripts according to general submission instructions. Before submission of the article to the Central European Journal of Geography and Sustainable Development (CEJGSD), prepare it following the guidelines, and carefully check the text to identify grammatical, spelling, stylistic and other errors.
Only the papers written in English will be accepted. Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by the Central European Journal of Geography and Sustainable Development (CEJGSD). Papers presented at conferences are accepted, provided that they have not been published in full in Conference Proceedings.
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All the manuscripts together with the Cover Letter (completed in full and signed by all the authors) shall be sent only in the electronic version, in English, by e-mail at: https://cejgsd.org/submit-an-article
Each manuscript must be submitted with the Cover Letter, available here, stating that the manuscript is the original work of the authors and that the manuscript as not already been published, submitted, or considered for publication by any other scientific journal, including electronic ones.
Please read this Cover Letter, complete it, sign below, scan and send to us as attached file to an e-mail at: https://cejgsd.org/submit-an-article
INFORMATION ON SUBMISSION
CEJGSD performs initial review, and is entitled to reject if not conformable with the conditions concerning the orthography, grammar, similarity report, or to return back to corresponding author for correcting, or to request re-form of the manuscript (duration of this stage is 1 week).
Every paper will be reviewed by two or more Reviewers, depending on the topic of the article. We use a double-blind system for peer review; both reviewers’ and authors’ identities remain anonymous.
All articles submitted to us are verified by the Chief and Associate Editors and after preliminary qualification (first stage of the evaluation process) shall be forwarded for anonymous evaluation by at least two independent reviewers (second stage of the evaluation process). The review process may take 6 and 7 weeks. The publishing date of your manuscript depends on your fulfillment of the above-given requirements.
For further information, do not hesitate to contact us.
COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE POLICIES
All the articles published in the Central European Journal of Geography and Sustainable Development are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution – NonCommercial 4.0 International License [BY-NC].
The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright and to retain publishing rights without restrictions.
The copyright policy is explained in detail here.
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.
- The paper has not been published in another journal or is not in the process of evaluation (in case it has, a justification is offered in the field “Comments for the Editor”.
- It is a doc file and has been produced using the template for papers.
- Whenever possible, references will include a DOI or URL.
- All figures and tables are placed within the text (not at the end) and have a corresponding title and source.
- The text follows the style and formatting guidelines indicated in the Guidelines for authors.
- Scientific papers submitted to a blind peer-review section ensure the anonymity of the author(s).
- References are edited following the 7th edition of the APA style.
Papers can only be submitted on-line, using the section: Submit a Paper to CEJGSD
Authors must have an account in our website.
Manuscripts in English (MS Word in .doc format) should be delivered to the Editorial Board in online form via Journal’s official website. Authors should use a template file (form for writing articles) to prepare their manuscripts.
Papers must be submitted using this template.
It is strongly advised to submit the manuscript both in .doc and .pdf format.
The journal will consider the following article types:
Research articles must describe the outcomes and application of unpublished original research. These manuscripts should describe how the research project was conducted and provide a thorough analysis of the results of the project. Systematic reviews may be submitted as research articles.
This section is peer reviewed.
A review article provides an overview of the published literature in a particular subject area.
This section is peer reviewed.
CEJGSD has no restrictions on the length of manuscripts, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive.
Preparing manuscript file
The manuscript must be prepared using word processing software Microsoft Word, with document format doc.
In order to ensure the anonymity of the paper, do not include any personal information about the author(s), their contact information or the funding in your manuscript. All this data can be submitted through the website. Papers that contain personal data of the authors will be rejected.
Microsoft (MS) Word for Windows
You should save Your main document as a PC-compatible text format such as Word (.doc). The journal considers that DOCX files are proprietary and does not accept them in any circumstances. Sending DOCX files results into an immediate rejection of the submission. Editable documents (including the articles and responses to the reviewers) should be in a format compatible with Microsoft Office 2003 or earlier (DOC or RTF), and non-editable documents (including signed pledge forms) should be in PDF format.
The paper size have to be A4 and with margins of 2.5 cm all round.
Should be Left. Neither tabs nor spacebars should be used for alignment. The paragraphs
will not have the same length, which should not worry you.
Space between paragraphs
Cambria 10pt for main text and titles of tables and figures. Please, be careful not to use
Spacebar morethan once between each word. Full stops and commas should follow the
words immediately, no space between a word and a comma or a full stop.
Title of the paper Cambria16pt, Bold, centered. Headings should contain fewer than 75
characters. Headings should contain fewer than 75 characters.
Author List and Affiliations
Authors' full first and last names must be provided (Cambria 11pt, Bold). Is used for affiliations standard format: complete address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and all email addresses (Cambria 9pt, Normal). At least one author should be designated as corresponding author, and his or her email address and other details (telephone and fax number) should be identified in footnote (Cambria 10pt, Normal. As part of our efforts to improve transparency and unambiguous attribution of scholarly contributions, corresponding authors of published papers must provide their Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) ID; co-authors are encouraged to provide ORCID IDs. More information on the benefits of assigning an ORCID ID can be found here: https://orcid.org/about/membership
The abstract should be a total of about 300 words maximum. For research articles, abstracts should give a pertinent overview of the work. The abstract should contain the following elements: aim, research methods, conclusions, originality / value of the article, implications of the research (if applicable), limitations of the research (if applicable).The abstract should be a single paragraph (Cambria 10pt, Normal).
Five to seven pertinent keywords (separated by comma) need to be added after the abstract (Cambria 10pt, Normal).
The condition of reviewing the article is to follow the guidelines.
The suggested scheme of article
Body of the paper consisting of part corresponding with steps of realization of aims of the paper should be divided into following sections: Introduction/Literature review/Research methods/Results/Discussions/Conclusions.
- INTRODUCTION (Cambria, 10pt, Bold. Spacing: Before 12pt; After 6pt. Line spacing: At least; At 13pt) The introductory paragraph outlines clearly the objectives and motivation for writing the paper. The introduction should provide a context for the discussion in the body of the paper and point explicitly the purpose of the article.
- The introduction includes the justification for the topic importance.
- The introduction section includes the aim/objective.
- The introduction section includes brief information on methods.
- The content of each section of the article is briefly described in the last paragraph of the introduction (Cambria, 10pt, Normal).
- LITERATURE REVIEW (Cambria, 10pt, Bold. Spacing: Before 12pt; After 6pt. Line spacing: At least; At 13pt)
- Is the literature review properly prepared?
- Is primary literature correctly summarized?
- The literature review shows who dealt with similar research topic before?
- The literature review shows what are the results of the prior studies?
- Did the Author position himself/herself among the previous researchers?
- Are different options/perspectives from the literature covered in the reviewed article?
- The difference with existing studies is explicitly identified and documented.
- The text includes references whenever necessary (Cambria, 10pt, Normal).
- RESEARCH METHODS (Cambria, 10pt, Bold. Spacing: Before 12pt; After 6pt. Line spacing: At least; At 13pt) This section is compulsory and it should provide specific description of the methodology.
- The research methodology section includes the description of the material selection.
- The research methodology section includes: the hypothesis (-es).
- The research methodology section includes the description of the research methods.
-The article identifies strengths and weaknesses of the methodology and its findings (Cambria, 10pt, Normal).
- RESULTS (Cambria, 10pt, Bold. Spacing: Before 12pt; After 6pt. Line spacing: At least; At 13pt) The checklist:
- Are the results discussed in details?
- Is the research problem original and a kind of novelty?
- Has the Author given the appropriate interpretation of the data and references?
- Are the pieces of information used inside the paper comes from reliable sources? (Cambria, 10pt, Normal).
- DISCUSSION (Cambria, 10pt, Bold. Spacing: Before 12pt; After 6pt. Line spacing: At least; At 13pt) The checklist:
- The article assesses and critiques the findings and/or the statistical analysis.
- Are the findings in the article compared to findings of other authors? (Cambria, 10pt, Normal).
- CONCLUSIONS (Cambria, 10pt, Bold. Spacing: Before 12pt; After 6pt. Line spacing: At least; At 13pt) It should provide a neat summary and possible directions of future research.
- Does this part include the general summary of the article, its results and findings?
- Does this part include implications and recommendations for practice?
- Does this part include research limitations?
- Does this part include suggestions for future research? (Cambria, 10pt, Normal).
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: (Cambria, 10pt, Bold. Spacing: Before 12pt; After 6pt. Line spacing: At least; At 13pt) Apart from the usual acknowledgements, use this section to mention sponsoring and funding information (Cambria, 10pt, Normal).
REFERENCES (Cambria, 10pt, Bold. Spacing: Before 12pt; After 6pt. Line spacing: At least; At 13pt) The list of references should be complete and accurate. For each work shown in the list of references, there must be a reference in the text.
Beginning with Volume 5, Issue 1 / 2023, the citation of authors in the text will follow the 7th edition of the APA style (American Psychological Association), instead of the previously used Vancouver style.
Citations in the text and the list of references should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association, the latest version of the APA Publication Manual (i.e., APA 7), which released in October 2019. Details concerning this referencing style can be found at http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/apa. Authors can also use citation machine at http://citationmachine.net/
References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.
In every article there should be at least 20 references and majority of references have to be from SCOPUS/Web of Science. The authors should concentrate on the references to publications for recent years.
Authors are required to complete the reference in a list of literature used with DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if it has been assigned to the publication. To search for the DOI, please visit: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/
- In-text citations: The citation of authors in the text will follow the 7th edition of the APA style.
Every use of information from other sources must be cited in the text so that it is clear that external material has been used. For every in-text citation, there should be a full citation in the reference list and vice versa. In APA style, in-text citations are placed within sentences and paragraphs so that it is clear what and whose data or information is being quoted or paraphrased.
If the author is already mentioned in the main text then the year should follow the name within parentheses.
- Research by Posea (2005) and Ielenicz (2003) supports…
If the author's name is not mentioned in the main text then the surname and year should be inserted, in parentheses, after the relevant text. Multiple citations should be separated by semicolon and follow alphabetical order.
- The petrographic composition of the massif explains this type of relief (Ielenicz 2003; Posea 2005).
If three or fewer authors are cited from the same citation then all should be listed. If four or more authors are part of the citation then ‘et al.’ should follow the first author's name.
- (Ielenicz, Comanescu & Nedelea 2010)
- (Ielenicz, et al.2008)
If multipe sources are used from the same author and the same year, then a lowercase letter, starting from ‘a’, should be placed after the year.
- (Ielenicz 2003a; Ielenicz 2003b)
If you are directly quoting from a work, you will need to include the author, year of publication, and page number for the reference (preceded by "p." for a single page and “pp.” for a span of multiple pages, with the page numbers separated by an en dash).
You can introduce the quotation with a signal phrase that includes the author's last name followed by the date of publication in parentheses.
- According to Ielenicz (2003), "quoted text" (p. 199).
- Ielenicz (2003) found "quoted text" (pp. 199-202).
If you do not include the author’s name in the text of the sentence, place the author's last name, the year of publication, and the page number in parentheses after the quotation.
- The author stated, "quoted text" (Ielenicz, 2003, p. 199), but he did not offer an explanation as to why.
Authors with the Same Last Name: To prevent confusion, use first initials with the last names.
- (D. Privitera, 2004; A.C. Privitera, 2019)
The names of groups that serve as authors (corporate authors) are usually written out each time they appear in a text reference.
- (European Environment Agency [EEA], 2018)
When appropriate, the names of some corporate authors are spelled out in the first reference and abbreviated in all subsequent citations. The general rule for abbreviating in this manner is to supply enough information in the text citation for a reader to locate its source in the Reference List without difficulty.
- (EEA, 2018)
If the name of the group first appears in the narrative, put the abbreviation, a comma, and the year for the citation in parentheses after it.
- The European Environment Agency (EEA, 2023) state that extreme weather threat makes climate change adaptation a top priority.
When a paper has no author, use the first two or three words of the paper's title (using the first few words of the reference list entry, usually the title) as your text reference, capitalizing each word. Place the title in quotation marks if it refers to an article, chapter of a book, or Web page. Italicize the title if it refers to a book, periodical, brochure, or report.
- On climate change (“Climate and Weather”, 2010) …
- Guide to Hydrological Practices (2008)
Please do not include URLs in parenthetical citations.
(Cambria, 10pt, Normal).
Some examples of references in APA style (7th edition) are included below.
Book with one author:
Fennell, D. (2008). Ecotourism. Third edition. Routledge.
Book with two authors:
Jones, R., & Shaw, B.J. (2007). Geographies of Australian Heritages: Loving a Sunburnt Country? Routledge.
Book with more than two authors:
Carter, T., Harvey, D., Jones, R., & Robertson, I. (Eds.). (2019). Creating Heritage: Unrecognised Pasts and Rejected Futures. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351168526
Journal article with DOI:
Leimgruber, W. (2021). Tourism in Switzerland – How can the future be? Research in Globalization, 3, Article 100058. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resglo.2021.100058
Journal article without DOI (when DOI is not available):
Ianos, I., Sirodoev, I., & Pascariu, G. (2012). Land-use conflicts and environmental policies in two post-socialist urban agglomerations: Bucharest and Chişinău. Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 7(4), 125–136. https://www.cjees.ro/viewTopic.php?topicId=276
Journal article with an article number or eLocator:
Ivona, A., Rinella, A., Rinella, F., Epifani, F., & Nocco, S. (2021). Resilient Rural Areas and Tourism Development Paths: A Comparison of Case Studies. Sustainability, 13(6), Article 3022. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063022
Article in a magazine or newspaper:
Benabent Fernández de Córdoba, M., & Mata Olmo, R. (2007, July 13). El futuro de la geografía. El País. https://elpais.com/diario/2007/07/13/opinion/1184277607_850215.html
Yang, P. (Ed.) 2018. Cases on Green Energy and Sustainable Development. IGI Global.
Chapter in an edited book:
Privitera, D., Štetić, S., Baran, T., & Nedelcu, A. (2019). Food, Rural Heritage, and Tourism in the Local Economy: Case Studies in Serbia, Romania, Italy, and Turkey. In J. V. Andrei, J. Subic, A. Grubor & D. Privitera (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Agricultural Policy, Rural Development, and Entrepreneurship in Contemporary Economies (pp.189-219). IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9837-4.ch010
Conference proceedings (published):
García Palomares, J. C., Gutiérrez Puebla, J., Romanillos Arroyo, G., & Salas-Olmedo, H. (2016). Patrones espaciales de concentración de turistas en Madrid a partir de datos geolocalizados de redes sociales: Panoramio y Twitter. In Aplicaciones de las Tecnologías de la Información Geográfica (TIG) para el desarrollo económico sostenible (pp. 131-139). Actas del XVII Congreso Nacional de Tecnologías de Información Geográfica. Málaga, June 29-30 and July 1. http://congresotig2016.uma.es/downloads/separadas/lt1/García%20Palomares.pdf
Working paper (more than twenty authors):
De Stefano, L., Urquijo Reguera, J., Acácio, V., Andreu, J., Assimacopolus, D., Bifulco, C., De Carli, A., De Paoli, L., Dias, S., Gad, F., Haro Monteagudo, D., Kampragou, E., Keller, C., Lekkas, D., Manoli, E., Massarutto, A., Miguel Ayala, L., Musolino, D., Paredes Arquiola, J., … Wolters, W. (2012). Policy and drought responses–Case Study scale (Technical report no. 4). DROUGHT-R&SPI project. http://www.isa.ulisboa.pt/ceabn/uploads/docs/projectos/drought/DROUGHT_TR_4.pdf
Webpage or piece of online content:
Vasile Loghin – Geographical Works. Volcano Island. Geological, geomorphological and volcanological features.
American Association of Geographers - Home [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved September 19, 2022 from
Non‐English references should contain, at the end, additional explanation in which language it was written. If the article contains English summary it should be mentioned. For example:
Grahovac, M., Pivac, T. & Nedelcu, A. (2018). Značaj internet prezentacije za razvoj vinskog turizma Banata(Srpski i Rumunski Banat), SINTEZA 2017, International Scientific Conference on Information Technology and Data Related Research. (in Serbian with English abstract & summary)
Dinu, M. (2002). Geografia turismului [Tourism Geography]. Editura Didactică și Pedagogică. (in Romanian)
Language and Text
Foreign concepts, proper nouns, names of institutions etc.
If the article discusses foreign institutions or businesses, the original name should be provided in parentheses. Foreign terms and phrases should be set in italics and followed by an English translation enclosed in parentheses; for example, griko (the good food).
Submissions must be made in English. Authors are welcome to use American or British spellings as long as they are used consistently throughout the whole of the submission.
- colour (UK) color (US)
When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used.
- World Health Organization, NOT World Health Organisation
American or English grammar rules may be used as long as they are used consistently and match the spelling format (see above). For instance, you may use a serial comma or not.
- red, white, and blue OR red, white and blue
Authors not proficient in English should have their manuscripts checked before submission by a competent or native English speaker. Presenting your work in a well-structured manuscript and in well-written English gives it its best chance for editors and reviewers to understand it and evaluate it fairly.
The font used should be commonly available and in an easily readable size. This may be changed during the typesetting process.
Underlined text should be avoided whenever possible.
The use of bold or italicised text to emphasise a point is permitted, although it should be restricted to minimal occurrences to maximise its impact.
Use bullet points to denote a list without a hierarchy or order of value. If the list indicates a specific sequence then a numbered list must be used.
Lists should be used sparingly to maximise their impact.
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Except for units’ measurement, abbreviations are strongly discouraged. With abbreviations, the crucial goal is to ensure that the reader – particularly one who may not be fully familiar with the topic or context being addressed – is able to follow along. Spell out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subsequent references.
- Research completed by the International Geographical Union (IGU) shows …
A number of abbreviations are so common that they do not require the full text on the first instance of use. Examples of these can be found here.
Abbreviations should usually be in capital letters without full stops.
- USA, NOTS.A.
Common examples from Latin do not follow this rule, should be lower case and can include full stops.
- g., i.e., etc.
Use of footnotes/endnotes
Use endnotes rather than footnotes (we refer to these as ‘Notes’ in the online publication). These will appear at the end of the main text, before ‘References’.
Notes should be used only where crucial, clarifying information needs to be conveyed.
Avoid using notes for the purposes of referencing; use in-text citations instead.
Data and Symbols
Symbols are permitted within the main text and datasets as long as they are commonly in use or an explanatory definition is included on their first usage.
Hyphenation, em and en dashes
For guidelines on hyphenation, please refer to an authoritative style guide, such as The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) (US English) or Oxford’s New Hart’s Rules (UK English). Be consistent in your style of hyphenation.
Em dashes should be used sparingly. If they are present they should denote emphasis, change of thought or interruption to the main sentence; em dashes can replace commas, parentheses, colons or semicolons.
En dashes can be used to replace ‘to’ when indicating a range. No space should surround the dash.
- 10–25 years OR 10–65
For numbers zero to nine please spell the whole words. Use figures for numbers 10 or higher. We are happy for authors to use either words or numbers to represent large whole numbers (i.e. one million or 1,000,000) as long as the usage is consistent throughout the text.
If the sentence includes a series of numbers then figures must be used in each instance.
- Thermal springs were found in the north of Bucharest at depths of 100, 175, and 230 m.
If the number appears as part of a dataset, in conjunction with a symbol or as part of a table then a figure must be used.
- This study confirmed that 7% of…
If a sentence starts with a number it must be spelt, or the sentence should be re-written so that it no longer starts with the number.
- Fifteen examples were found to exist… RE-WRITTEN: The result showed that 15 examples existed…
Do not use a comma for a decimal place.
- 56 NOT 2,56
For numbers that are less than one a ‘0’ must precede the decimal point.
- 29 NOT .29
Units of measurement
Symbols following a figure to denote a unit of measurement must be taken from the latest SI brochure.
Formulae must be proofed carefully by the author. Editors will not edit formulae. If special software has been used to create formulae, the way it is laid out is the way it will appear in the publication.
Tables must be created using a word processor's table function, not tabbed text.
Tables should be included in the manuscript. The final layout will place the tables as close to their first citation as possible.
All tables must be cited within the main text and numbered with Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.).
Each table must have an accompanying descriptive title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or use of the table. A short additional table legend is optional to offer a further description of the table. Tables must be created using a word processor's table function, not tabbed text.
Tables should be included in the manuscript. The final layout will place the tables as close to their first citation as possible.
All tables must be cited within the main text and numbered with Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.).
Each table must have an accompanying descriptive title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or use of the table. A short additional table legend is optional to offer a further description of the table. The title should be above the table (font 10pt) and the source of the data below (font 10pt). Example:
Tables should not include:
- Rotated text
- Vertical and Diagonal lines
- Multiple parts (e.g. ‘Table 1a’ and ‘Table 1b’). These should either be merged into one table, or separated into ‘Table 1’ and ‘Table 2’.
NOTE: If there are more columns than can be fitted on a single page, then the table will be placed horizontally on the page. If it still cannot be fitted horizontally on a page, the table will be broken into two.
All photographs, maps and graphs have to be named as Figure. The figures have to be enclosed in the text, in their order of appearance and should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbers. The title (font10pt) has to be below the figure. All figures (photographs and maps) have to be submitted as a separate file. All graphs have to be submitted as a separate file in MS Excel format with all the data needed for making the graph. The file should be named as the number of the figure in the main text. Example: Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. If a figure has been previously published, acknowledge the original source. Example:
Figure 1. Sardinia. La Pelosa beach with marine abrasion forms
Source: Adrian Nedelcu (2019)
NOTE: All figures must be uploaded separately as supplementary files during the submission process, if possible in colour and at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Each file should not be more than 20MB. Standard formats accepted are: JPG, TIFF, GIF and PNG. For line drawings, please provide the original vector file (e.g. .ai or .eps).
During the submission process, please suggest three potential reviewers with the appropriate expertise to review the manuscript. The editors will not necessarily approach these referees. Please provide detailed contact information (address, phone, e-mail address). The proposed referees should neither be current collaborators of the co-authors nor have published with any of the co-authors of the manuscript within the last five years. Proposed reviewers should be from different institutions to the authors. You may suggest reviewers from among the authors that you frequently cite in your paper.
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