Guide for Authors

Journal of Geography and Spatial Justice (GSJ)


Instructions for authors


Thank you for choosing to submit your article to us. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. The Journal of Geography and Spatial Justice (GSJ) is an open access journal that publishes articles in all areas of this subject. The journal welcomes the submission of articles that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.

 1.    Topics:

  • Geography and ethics
  • Geography and gender justice   
  • Geography and poverty
  • Geography of socio-spatial exclusion
  • Regional, Urban & rural inequalities
  • Socio-Spatial justice
  • Socio-Spatial segregation & justice
  • Spatial environmental justice
  • Spatial justice and land use policy
  • Spatial planning for justice
  • Theories of spatial justice
  • Development & Spatial justice


 2.    Article Types


2.1.       Review article (maximum 7,000 words including figures and tables)

A review article discusses and evaluates the state of knowledge in a specific field within Geography and Spatial Justice. The author’s original study should not be the main focus of a review article, but original work needs to be undertaken by the author in comparing, critically evaluating and extracting useful insights from the review undertaken.


2.2.       Research articles (maximum 6,000 words including figures and tables)

A research article presents, analyses and discusses findings from a part of original research. Generally, it should include an introduction, a description of the research theory and methods, an explanation of the results of that research, and a discussion of the importance of those results.


2.3.       Case study article: (maximum 4,000 words including figures and tables) 

Case studies present results from specific projects, interventions or place-based studies, thus contributing data and insights useful for researchers and specialists. Note: the title of the article needs to include the term “case study”

 3.    Article Structure

All articles should include: Title page (including articles title, authors affiliations, telephone and fax number, postal and e-mail address), cover letter, Certificate of Editing (For authors who, English is not their original language), Main article, Appendices and supplementary data. articlesshould not have been published before or have been simultaneously submitted in other journals.

4.      Language

The language of 'Geography and Spatial Justice' is English. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used. We appreciate any efforts that you make to ensure that the language is corrected before submission. This will greatly improve the legibility of your paper if English is not your first language. 

 5.         Article length                                                                                                                

The maximum size of articlesis maximum 7,000, 6,000 and 4,000 based on article type as explained above. Write on A4 paper, 3 centimeters spacing in every sides, regular (preferably thin) fonts, size 12 in Times New Romans (size 13 in B Lotus for Persian abstracts) in Word format. (Please note that each figure or table equivalent 300 words).

 6.         Article Presentation  

Article should include follow main sections: Title, Abstract (Up to 200 words in English), Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement and References. No other subheadings should be given in the article. Please avoid notes and foot notes. Use Times New Roman font with 12 pt type, leaving adequate margins on all sides to allow reviewers' remarks. Please double space all material. Section headings should be concise Number the pages consecutively with the first page containing title, affiliations, full addresses same as emails, postal cod, etc. Other pages containing:


6.1.       Title: Should be concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Please avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.


6.2.       Abstract: Provide a short abstract of 150 up to 200 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or references. The abstract should state briefly the purpose, methods, results and conclusion.


6.3.       Key words: Directly after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords and avoiding general and plural terms or multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


6.4.       Introduction: State the purposes of the research and provide a proper background, avoiding a detailed summary of the results.


6.5.       Methodology: Should be described with appropriate detail. The article methods should be described in detail while well-established methods can be briefly described and appropriately cited. Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described. Give the name and version of any software used.


6.6.       Results: Results should be clear and concise.


6.7.       Discussion:This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


6.8.       Conclusion: The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a Conclusions section.


6.9.       Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References.


All photos, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as a 'Figure' and they should be numbered successively (Figure 1., Figure 2. etc.). Multipart figures ought to be labeled with lower case letters (a, b, etc.). Please insert keys and scale bars directly in the figures legend. Provide a detailed legend (without abbreviations) to each figure, refer to the figure in the text and note its approximate location in the margin. Figures should be submitted in separate files, too. The resolution of each figure must at least be 300 dpi. jpg and tiff files are accepted. Figures that are prepared by excel should be send along with their source of data.

 8.      Tables

Each table should be numbered successively (1, 2, etc.). Please provide a caption (without abbreviations) to each table, refer to the table in the text and note its approximate location in the article. The same data should not be presented at the same time in tables and figures. Please supply editable files.


 9. References:

Author(s) should follow the latest edition of APA style in referencing. All publication cited in the text should be presented in the end references list of the article. In the text refer to the authors' name and year of publication (e. g., Harvey, 1973: 51). For three or more authors use the first author followed by "et al.," in the last. The list of references at the end of the article should be given in the following style:


9.1.            Journal article:

Dabinett, G., & Richardson, T. (2005). The Europeanization of spatial strategy: shaping regions and spatial justice through governmental ideas. International Planning Studies10(3-4), 201-218.


9.2.            Book:

Book chapter

Harvey, D. (1993). Class relations, social justice, and the politics of difference. In Keith, M. and Pile, S.(Eds), Place and the politics of identity, 41–66. London: Routledge.


Fraser, Nancy. (1998). Social Justice in the Age of Identity Politics: Redistribution, Recognition, and Participation.” In Geographic Thought: A Praxis Perspective. Edited by George Henderson and Marvin Waterstone, 72–89. New York: Routledge.


Book, authored:
Book with one author

Harvey, D. (1996). Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference. UK, Oxford: Blackwell.

Soja, E. W. (2010). Seeking spatial justice. US, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.

Harvey, D. (1973). Social justice and the city. London: Edward Arnold.


Book with two authors

Butler, C., & Mussawir, E. (2017). Spaces of Justice: Peripheries, Passages, Appropriations. US, New York: Routledge.


Book with three to five authors:

Tyler, T.R., Robert J. B., Heather J. S., & Yuen J. H. (1997). Social Justice in a Diverse Society. Boulder, CO: Westview.


Book, edited: 

Proctor, J.D., and David, M. S. (eds.) (1999). Geography and Ethics: Journeys in a Moral Terrain. UK, London: Routledge.


9.3.            Paper presented at a conference: 

Gruber, E., & Rauhut, D. (2016, April). Spatial Justice and the Welfare State: SGI Provision in Peripheral Austria and Sweden. Paper presented at the Regional Studies Association’s European Conference (pp. 3-6).


9.4.            Dissertation:
Amer, S. (2007). Towards spatial justice in urban health services planning: a spatial - analytic GIS - based approach using Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania as a case study Utrecht: Utrecht University.


9.5.            Internet publication/Online document 

Internet articles based on a print source 
Marcuse, P. (2009). Spatial justice: derivative but causal of social injustice. [Electronic version] Spatial Justice, 1(4), 1-6.


Article in an Internet-only journal

Bissett-Scott, J., Odeleye, D., & Frame, I. (2015, October). Spatial Justice: Towards an Ethics of Spatial Equity. In Proceedings of the ACM First International Workshop on Understanding the City with Urban Informatics (pp. 31-34). ACM.


Ansaloni, F., & Tedeschi, M. (2016 June 25). Ethics and spatial justice: Unfolding non-linear possibilities for planning action. Planning Theory15 (3), 316-332.


 10.  Appendices and supplementary materials

Appendices and supplementary materials (e.g. figures, tables) can be publish in electronic version of articles. Appendices and its subsections should be numbered A.1, A2, or A-1, A-2 etc.

 11.  Review process

The objective is to provide detailed, constructive feedback on submitted papers and publish high quality papers within a short period of time as much as possible. The target for a first reply is maximum three months. You may be requested by the Editor to submit a revision. Please assist us for short publication times by submitting a revision.

 12.  Copyright

Submission of an article hint at: that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that if and when the article is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.



 13.  Article submission process

Please register in journal web site for online submission system. You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please ensure that the following necessary files have been uploaded:

  • Title page*
  • Commitment form*
  • Main manuscript (without authors names) *
  • Letter to editor- in chief
  • Supplementary data (Table, figure, data, etc.)
  • Response to revivers (After reviewing)


 14.  Ethics

The authors should be careful that their manuscripts have paid attention to the basic research ethics same as plagiarism, concurrent publication, Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgement of sources and human or animal rights.    


14.1.Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest should exist when the author's organization has financial or other affiliations with people or organizations that perhaps wrongly influence the author's work. All submissions to the journal must include disclosure of any relationships that could be viewed as probable conflicts of interest. The journal may use such information as a basis for editorial board decisions.



Editors of the Journal reserve the right to accept, reject and edit any article in any stage, if necessary. The sole responsibility for the whole contents if the article remains only with the authors.



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