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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.



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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University of Bonn
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