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Instructions for authors

Submitting Manuscripts

ERDKUNDE considers manuscripts covering the whole range of geography, but only papers that present original, not previously published work.

All considered articles will be subject to a peer-review procedure

Please submit a digital version including all figures and tables (preferably in pdf format) via email to the ERDKUNDE editorial management and suggest 4-6 potential reviewers.


Copyright and Licensing

For all articles published in ERDKUNDE, copyright is retained by the authors. Articles are licensed under an open access Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license (

Authors grant ERDKUNDE a nonexclusive perpetual right and license to publish, archive, make accessible and distribute in all forms of media now or hereafter. The authors grant ERDKUNDE the right of first publication of the article. Authors grant ERDKUNDE commercial rights to produce print versions of the article for sale to libraries and individuals. Authors grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its original authors and citation details are identified.

Authors represent and warrant that:

  •  the Article furnished to the Journal has not been published previously;
  •  the Article is fully original to the Author. Any discovery of plagiarized material in the text or footnotes of the Article will be grounds for the Journal’s refusal to publish the Article;
  • all individuals identified as authors actually contributed to the article, and all individuals who contributed are included;
  • if the Contribution was prepared jointly, the Corresponding author has informed the co-authors of the terms of this agreement and has obtained their signed written permission to execute this agreement on their behalf as their agent;
  • the manuscript is not pending review or under consideration by another publisher;
  •  the authors has not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the article to any third party;
  •  to the best of their knowledge and belief, the article does not defame any person, does not invade the privacy of any person, and does not otherwise violate the rights of any person;
  •  the authors have full power and authority to enter into this agreement and to grant the licenses granted in this agreement. 

Reproducing published material from other publishers

It is absolutely essential that authors obtain permission to reproduce any published material (figures, schemes, tables or any extract of a text) which does not fall into the public domain, or for which they do not hold the copyright. Permission should be requested by the authors from the copyright holder.

In the case that the article contains material from other publications, the authors represent and warrant that they have obtained the necessary copyright permissions.



Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order of presentation:

Articles should generally not exceed 43.000 strokes (5.500 words). Lines and pages should be numbered consecutively throughout the entire manuscript.


With x figures, x tables and x photos

Author's name

English and (if possible) German summary


The authors are requested to assign up to six keywords. To ensure crosslinks between the articles in our archive, at least one regional (if applicable) and one thematically keyword should be chosen from the GEODOK Thesaurus.


Main part of the text including figures and tables and captures and containing consecutively numbered footnotes. However, footnotes should be avoided wherever possible. Where essential they must be designated in the text by superscript Arabic numerals in continuous sequence. Lines should be numbered consecutively.

Acknowledgement (where applicable)

List of references

Author’s title, name, affiliation and address.


Authors would greatly assist the editorial staff by setting up their typescript, headings, abstract, acknowledgements, notes, references, etc., exactly in the manner of recent issues of the ERDKUNDE.


  • Font type:
    Garamond (11 pt)
  • Line spacin:1.5
  • Chapter headings:
    Headings should be placed on the left-hand side of the text; all main headings and subsequent headings should be preceded by Arabic numerals (1, 1.1, 2, 2.1 etc.)
  • References in the text:
    Quoted authors should be written in small capitals.
    References should be indicated in text or footnote either by giving, in parentheses, the author's name followed by the date of the paper or book; or with the date in parentheses. Quotations of text from cited works should include the page number of the quotation.
  1. One author: Author's name, year and page
  2. Two authors: first author's name and second author's name, year and page
  3. Three or more authors: first author's name et al. , year and page


e.g. (TROLL 1975) or, ... as TROLL (1975, 186) pointed out ...' or "..." (TROLL 1975, 186)


References at the end of the paper in alphabetical order.

  • Books:

    HAGGETT, P. (1969): Locational analysis in human geography. London.

    HEITMEYER, W.; DOLLASE, R. and Backes, O. (eds.) (1998): Die Krise der Städte: Analysen zu den Folgen desintegrativer Stadtentwicklung für das ethnische-kulturelle Zusammenleben. Frankfurt a.M.


  • Monographs published in a series:

    Schickhoff, U. (1993): Das Kaghan-Tal im Westhimalaya (Pakistan). Bonner Geographische Abhandlungen 87. Bonn.


  • Collected edition:

    Barbour, M. G. and Major, J. (eds.) (1977): Terrestrial vegetation of California. New York, London.

    Ehlers, E. (ed.) (1990): Philippson-Gedächtnis-Kolloquium 13.11.1989. Colloquium Geographicum 20. Bonn.


  • Article in a collected edition:

    Conzen, M. P. (1978): Analytical approaches to the urban landscape. In: Butzer, K. W. (ed.): Dimensions of human geography: essays on some familiar and neglected themes. Chicago, 128–165.

    Harris, C. D. (1992): Areal patterns of cities through time and space: technology and culture (the nature of cities further considered). In: Ehlers, E. (ed.): Modelling the city - cross-cultural perspectives. Colloquium Geographicum 22. Bonn, 41–53.

    Hartke, W. (1959): Gedanken über die Bestimmung von Räumen gleichen sozialgeographischen Verhaltens. In: Storkebaum, W. (ed.) (1969): Sozialgeographie. Wege der Forschung 59. Darmstadt, 162–186.

    Schultz, H.-D. (2002): Großraumkonstruktionen versus Nationsbildung: das Mitteleuropa Joseph Partschs. Kontext und Wirkung. In: Brogiato, H. P. and Mayr, A. (eds.): Joseph Partsch - Wissenschaftliche Leistungen und Nachwirkungen in der deutschen und polnischen Geographie. Beiträge zur Regionalen Geographie 58. Leipzig, 85–127. 
  • Article in a journal:

    Blanco, J. L.; Thomas, A. C.; Carr, M.-E. A. and Strup, P. T. (2001): Seasonal climatology and hydrographic conditions in the upwelling region of northern Chile. In: Journal of Geophysical Research 106, 11451–11467.

    Bohnert, J. E. and Mattingly, P. F. (1964): Delimitation of the CBD through time. In: Economic Geography 40, 337–347.
  • Internet sources:

    Richter, S. (2003) : Der Nachlass von Carl Troll im Archiv des Geographischen Instituts Bonn - Online-Findbuch. Bonn. (Date: 29.11.2005)

References are crosslinked via DOI

So wherever the DOI is known it should be added at the end of the reference.


  • Illustrations
    All graphs, diagrams, maps and other drawings should be referred to as figures (Fig. 1), which should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals.
  • Tables
    Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (Tab. 1) and given a suitable caption. References are placed at the bottom of the table.

Tables and figures are expected to fit (including the captures) within the ERDKUNDE type area (width: 159 mm, height: 218 mm).

After acceptance authors are requested to submit the text, illustrations and tables as separate files. The text should be in a common text format like MS-Word, the tables as well or in a special table format (e.g. MS-Excel). Photos are to be submitted in a common raster file format like *.tif or high quality *.jpg (not less than 300 dpi). Suitable formats for vector figures are *ai, *.cdr, *.eps. or editable pdf. Figures should be edited in CMYK colour mode to insure colour fidelity of the printed manuscript. If non-standard fonts are used, these should be embedded during the save/export procedure.


  • Language editing
    All manuscripts should be written in proper English and non native speakers are recommended to consult a professional editing service prior to submission. All accepted manuscripts will be crosschecked by a native speaker and the authors will be charged for extensive editing.
  • Proofs
    Authors are responsible for ensuring that all manuscripts (whether original or revised) are accurately typed before final submission. Manuscripts will be returned to the author with a set of instructions if they are not submitted according to our style. A pdf proof will be sent to the authors before publication, which should be returned promptly.
  • Offprints
    All authors will receive a pdf version of the final published paper. Offprints can be purchased on request. The pdf-file can be redistributed or provided for download on own websites.

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