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Geographica Helvetica

Manuscript types

Geographica Helvetica accepts manuscripts in German, French, Italian, and English. The following types of manuscripts can be considered for publication in Geographica Helvetica (GH):

Standard articles (6000–7000 words) comprise the main component of the journal and represent original studies that offer interesting and new insights into any field of geography, broadly defined. Standard articles can have an empirical or theoretical emphasis. The abstract should not exceed 150 words. The abstract must be written in English. All standard articles follow a double-blind peer-review process.

Coordinating editors:

Human geography: Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch, Benedikt Korf, Ola Söderström
Physical geography: Martin Hoelzle, Emmanuel Reynard
Other fields: Benedikt Korf


Interfaces provide space for reflection, innovation, and experimentation. Pieces submitted to this section are encouraged to generate debate, test innovative ideas, revisit classic contributions, and create productive controversy. Contributions may be sent for commentary, but they are not subject to a strict peer-review process to ensure timely publication. The following types of contributions can be submitted to "Interfaces":

  • Interventions (2500–3000 words) are short and concise analyses that engage critically with current social, cultural, economic, and political developments from a geographical perspective.
  • "Thinkers' Corner" (2500–3000 words) involves critical engagement with past and present thinkers (geographers, philosophers, social theorists) to assess their relevance for present-day geographical theory.
  • Positionings (2500–3000 words) involve critical engagement in current conceptual or theoretical debates in geography or neighbouring fields, or they encompass a critical review and positioning of a number of landmark publications (books, papers) in an ongoing conceptual or theoretical debate.

Coordinating editor: Benedikt Korf (ad interim)


Book reviews deal with a specific book and its contribution to geography. Books can come from any field of geography and in any of the four languages of the journal (German, French, Italian, and English):

  • Short book reviews (500 words) comprise short descriptions of the main content and contribution of a book – primarily to inform about new publications in geography.
  • Review essays (1500 words) are detailed and involve critical engagement with a specific book that promises to be of significant interest to the discipline. Review essays can be written on newly published books as well as on so-called "classics" of geography.

Coordinating editor: Olivier Graefe; Editorial support: Hanna Britt

In case you are interested to review a specific book, please contact Hanna Britt.

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