This section’s aim is to display ongoing Calls for Submission for Special Issues in Journals relevant to the Regional Science Community.

Latest update: 30 October 2020

Ongoing Calls

Special Issue of the Review of Regional Research on ‘The impact of history on regional development’

This special issue focuses on the impact of history on regional development. This is primarily to be understood as research into the impact of history on current local and regional development patterns.
Deadline for full papers: 30 April 2021
Expected publication: December 2022

REGION Call for a Special Issue on Space and Health

The health crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic highlight, more than ever, the necessity of scientific research to inform policy action. Read more via the call for papers page.
Deadline for full papers: 30 November 2020

Review of Regional Research Special Issue on The potential of small-scale spatial data

(Guest) Editors: Rolf Bergs (PRAC Bergs & Issa Partnership Co.) and Rüdiger Budde (RWI-Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research).
This special issue is intended to contribute to the required knowledge base and to provide new evidence on the advantages of small-scale spatial or grid data.
Call for papers Submission deadline: 31 March 2021
Expected publication: August 2022

Population Europe: Call for Papers on Spatial Demography & COVID-19

Editor: Stephen A. Matthews
This call at Spatial Demography is interested in papers across a broad array of topics related to this epidemic that include but would not be limited to studies on geographic and temporal variation in mortality, preparedness, access to human and infrastructural resources, enactment (and enforcement) of policies, information dissemination, human spatial behaviors, co-morbidity but also non-COVID-19 health service use and impact. The journal would welcome contributions on the use of innovative data, measurement, models, and methods.

Review of Regional Research Special Issue on Policy options for lagging regions – effects, new approaches and emerging challenges

(Guest) Editors: Thomas Brenner (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Annekatrin Niebuhr (IAB, ChristianAlbrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Call for papers: Submission opens 1 June 2020 and closes 31 August 2020
Expected publication: August 2021
Please note: Submission procedure to be communicated shortly.

Special Issue of Romanian Journal of Regional Science “Uncovering territorial inequalities and spatial justice in the EU”

Romanian Journal of Regional Science ( is a section journal of Romanian section of ERSA and would like to invite contributions for the special issue entitled ”Uncovering territorial inequalities and spatial justice in the EU”, under the auspices of the Horizon 2020 project IMAJINE – Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice  and Territorial Inequalities in Europe, with Ana Vinuela, University of Oviedo, Spain and Maria Plotnikova, Aberystwyth University, UK as Guest Editors.
The special issue which previously was planned to be launched by mid-June, is now planned by mid-December, 2020. The Submission deadline is extended until 11 October, 2020. Please send an email to for further details.

Current Calls for Regional Science Policy & Practice (RSPP), the official policy and practitioner orientated journal of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

RSPP Call for Papers on Drivers, Impacts and Policies of Covid19

Are all countries and regions monitoring the spread of the virus efficiently? Are there places where preventive measures are more effective than in others? Are there cities where medical care is more adequate than in others? Are there policies that have worse net effect for peoples and places?
Invitation to regional scientists to commit to these urgent research questions treating large amounts of data and information to generate useful knowledge for people, journalists, health providers and policy makers.

The order of submission and acceptance is important if more than one issue is published on the topic:
– First deadline 30 May 2020
– Second deadline 31 July 2020
– Third deadline 20 November 2020

Special Russian issue of Regional Science Policy and Practice

Eleven articles of the Russian scholars on the Russian space and Russian regions  will be accessible in July at  

Other Calls

Call for papers for a special issue in the Annals of Regional Science focusing on conceptual approaches used for rural development research

Guest editors: Mikaël Akimowicz (Lead guest editor), Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Formation de l’Enseignement Agronomique – Laboratoire d’Etude et de Recherche sur l’Economie, les Politiques et les Systèmes Sociaux, France, Ryan Gibson, University of Guelph, Ashleigh Weeden, University of Guelph.
The main objective of this special issue is to foster a critical discussion about the conceptual approaches commonly used in rural development research (e.g., territorial, community-based, and place-based development).
The deadline for proposal submission is 30 October, 2020.