About the Journal

Aims & Scope

“Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning (RuR)” is a forum for topics and debates relevant to the field of spatial sciences. The interdisciplinary journal addresses issues of spatial development and planning from perspectives of spatial sciences, social sciences (political sciences, sociology, and economic sciences), economic and social geography and/or jurisprudence. It focuses on spatial planning, policy of spatial and urban development, spatial oriented governance of all scales, landscape development, sustainable development, adaptation to climate change, mobility, and spatial oriented infrastructure. “Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” consists of three different sections. Beiträge/Articles make new theoretic-conceptual and/or empirical contributions to national and international scholarly debates. Politik- und Praxis-Perspektive/Policy and practice perspective are scientific examinations of issues relevant to spatial planning and development practitioners. Additionally, the journal publishes Rezensionen/Book Reviews of recent books.

“Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning” addresses four target groups, both domestic and foreign: the spatial research community, spatial policy makers, spatial planning practitioners, and the interested public. The journal facilitates integrative research in the sense of transdisciplinarity not only in a national but also in an international context. Manuscripts are welcome from all spatial disciplines and may be submitted both in German and in English. The journal thus bridges national and international debates. After an initial screening by the editors-in-chief, all submitted manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review by two anonymous reviewers experienced in the respective field.

Article processing charges

After the ahead-of-print publication of a text, author charges, known as article processing charges (APCs), of € 250 plus VAT are incurred. There are no submission fees. If you are unable to pay the charges, please contact the editors-in-chief. The journal owners have established “hardship funds” that may be possible to access.

Journal Owners

Journal owners of “Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning“ are Akademie für Raumentwicklung in der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (ARL), Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL), ILS – Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung, Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung (IÖR) and Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS).

Revenue sources

RuR is mainly financed by the journal owners ARL, ILS, IÖR and IRS from their basic funds (provided by the German federal government as well as the federal states) and APCs. The journal can be ordered as a print edition from the publisher. The publisher collects the subscription fees, which cover the costs of printing and distribution.


The journal owners and the publishing house (oekom) decide together whether and which advertisements will be published in the journal. Advertisements from external advertisers are limited to a maximum of four pages in print per issue; in addition, the publishing house (oekom) may cover a maximum of eight pages with its own advertisements. By no means will advertisements influence journal content or editorial decision making. All advertisements will be kept separate from published content and will be clearly marked.