The new Regional Studies Association open access journal, Regional Studies, Regional Science, has a section specifically devoted to Early Career Papers which focuses on publishing short articles from students and early
career researchers to make their research accessible to a wider audience.
Articles in theEarly Career Papers section will have a regional focus and will
succinctly present the research questions and results whether preliminary or final.
The editors of the Early Career Papers section are currently seeking submissions
of paper proposals for short articles (max. 3,000 words). Contributions are
welcomed from any discipline in the field of regional studies or regional science
and with any geographical focus. The ‘regional’ dimension may vary from trans-national spaces with fuzzy boundaries to clearly defined spaces at the sub-national level. Authors
(and co-authors) can be students or early career researchers that have completed
their PhD in the last five years. RSA members are particularly invited to
submit a paper proposal for consideration; however, RSA membership is not
a prerequisite for submission.
Paul Benneworth, Paul Braidford, Sabrina Lai, Lee Pugalis & Marijana Sumpor
Editors, Early Career Papers Section - RSRS
Paper proposals should use the following headings, and adhere strictly
to the word-limits provided:
• A title of no more than ten words
• A summary of the research idea in no more than 40 words
• An abstract of 150 words
• Introduction to the problem addressed in the paper (200 words)
• Background to the case study, and the main empirical evidence offered (200 words)
• Analysis of key points & messages from the empirical case (200 words)
• Conclusions and implications for academics, policy and practice (200 words)
• A short bio (giving institution and date of PhD if applicable)
Submissions will be evaluated for their originality, novelty and quality: successful
paper proposals will be invited to submit a full paper, with a maximum of
3,000 words, for inclusion on the Early Career Papers open access site.
Using a constructive review process, accepted authors will be supported
by a named corresponding editor who will produce supportive feedback
to guide the author towards a high-quality article. In addition, all articles
are reviewed by the entirety of the editorial team prior to publication.
Article Publishing Charges (APCs), normally payable for papers published in RSRS, will be waived for those who are accepted by this Early Career Papers
mentored route to publication. All articles published in Regional Studies, Regional Science
are published open access, which means that the article is freely available in perpetuity
online. There is no additional subscription fee, article pay-to-view fee or any other
form of access fee; and no publication embargo is applied.
Authors may also consider submitting to the journal through the normal route
but in this case an APC will apply. Visit the journal’s website for more details.
To submit a paper proposal or for further information regarding any of the above-mentioned points, please contact: Marijana Sumpor, Abstract Manager of the Early Career Papers section, at email@example.com