Manuscript types

Geographica Helvetica accepts the following types of manuscripts in German, French, Italian, and English:

Standard articles

Standard articles (6000–8000 words, excluding references, double-blind review) represent original studies that offer interesting and new insights into any field of geography. Standard articles can have an empirical or theoretical emphasis. The abstract should not exceed 150 words. The abstract must be written in English and the language in which the article is written. All standard articles follow a double-blind peer-review process.


Intervention (2500–4000 words, excluding references, one review, double-blind review) 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.

Theme issue overview articles

Theme issue overview articles synthesize and summarize the findings and conclusions of the papers published in a theme issue. The manuscript title must clearly reflect the relation to the theme issue and start with "Overview:".


Forum – a platform for creative formats (only per suggestion to editors); can include translations, interviews, lecture forums, etc. These articles are not peer-reviewed in the traditional sense, but they are access-reviewed by the GH editors to secure the ethical standards of GH.

Book reviews

Coordinating Editors: Karine Duplan, Jevgeniy Bluwstein; Editorial support: Jan Zumoberhaus. GH publishes book reviews across all fields in geography. The language of the review does not have to correspond to the language of the book in order to introduce newly published books and debates to a wider audience. In case you are interested to review a specific book, please contact the editors. We offer three book review formats:

  • Review Essays (1500 words): Detailed and critical engagement with one specific and newly published book that promises to be of significant interest to the discipline. The title must start with "Book review essay:".
  • Review Symposia (2500–3000 words): Detailed and critical engagement with several books, presenting a common thematic focus. The title must start with "Book review symposium:".
  • Review Forum (4000–6000 words): Edited, multi-authored collection of detailed and critical engagements with one specific and newly published book. The title must start with "Book review forum:".