Manuscript types

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

  • Standard articles (6000–8000 words, excluding references, double-anonymized review) represent original studies that offer interesting and new insights into any field of geography. Standard articles can have an empirical and/or theoretical emphasis. The abstract should not exceed 150 words. The abstract must be written in English and the language of the article.
  • Geographica Helvetica publishes theme issues in all fields of geography and neighboring disciplines. In case you are interested in submitting a theme issue proposal, please consider the related guidelines. Contributions to the theme issues can be written in any of the four languages that are accepted in the journal (German, French, Italian, English). A theme issue will comprise between 7 and 10 standard articles as well as a theme issue overview by the theme issue coordinators.
    • Theme issue overviews (3000–6000 words, excluding references, single-anonymized review) introduce, synthesize, and summarize the findings and conclusions of the papers published in a theme issue.
  • Interventions (2500–4000 words, excluding references, non-peer reviewed, submitted per suggestion to editors, reviewed by the editorial board) 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.
  • Forums provide a platform for diverse and creative interventions (only per suggestion to editors, reviewed by the editorial board) including translations, interviews, lecture forums, etc.
  • Geographica Helvetica publishes book reviews (Coordinating Editors: Karine Duplan, Jevgeniy Bluwstein; Editorial Support: Jan Zumoberhaus) 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 in reviewing a specific book, please contact the book review editors. We offer three book review formats:
    • Book 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.
    • Book Review Symposia (2500–3000 words): Detailed and critical engagement with several books, presenting a common thematic focus.
    • Book Review Forum: Edited, multi-authored collection of detailed and critical engagements with one specific and newly published book.