About the Journal

ERDKUNDE is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal that welcomes submissions from across the whole spectrum of physical geography, human geography or their intersections. The journal publishes innovative research output in different formats such as full research articles, commentaries, data papers and critical reviews of new geographical publications. Since foundation by Carl Troll in 1947, 'ERDKUNDE – Journal of Human and Physical Geographies' has established as one of the very few international geographical journals that are independent from commercial publishers and offer publication free of charge to authors. All manuscripts are subject to a rigorous double-blind peer-review procedure prior to publication. A timely review process is facilitated. All submissions are published online first, rapidly after acceptance.


Aims and Scope

ERDKUNDE considers publications covering the whole range of geography, but only research that presents original, not previously published work.

ERDKUNDE regularly publishes research in the following formats:

Full research articles are expected to make original and substantial theoretical-conceptual, empirical and/or methodological contributions to geographical research. They can vary in length from 5,500 to 10,000 words. In exceptions, longer articles may be submitted upon prior approval by the editorial management.

Commentaries are shorter pieces that can cover critical reflections on emerging geographical debates and perspectives or offer insights into emerging research. Commentaries are preferably 1,500 to 3,000 words long.

Individual data papers offer the possibility to archive data and statistical codes, preferably associated with a separate research article.

Critical reviews reflect upon new geographical publications – most commonly, but not restricted to, books.

The editorial board is open to the submission of innovative and creative additional output formats. Please contact the editorial management to discuss your ideas prior to submission.


Special issues

ERDKUNDE publishes special issues on themes across the whole spectrum of geography. Special issues should include at least five articles and an introduction by the guest editors. Double issues are an option. Please contact the editorial management to discuss your ideas prior to submission.