Romanian Review of Regional Studies (RRRS) (Rom. Rev. Reg. Stud.) is a peer-reviewed and open-access scholarly journal, edited by the Centre for Regional Geography since 2005. It is a semi-annual journal, published regularly both in print and online in June and December.
AIMS AND SCOPE
The geographical region is becoming the territory for profound and many-sided researches that are presented in the studies and articles published in our journal. These researches belong mainly to geographers, but also to other specialists (economists, sociologists, architects, planners, engineers) whose approaches may contribute to understanding the various aspects of regional processes and phenomena. However, without minimizing the importance of these other approaches, we believe that it is necessary to increase the geographers’ presence in regional studies. Their approach is most adequate because they are familiar with the actual territory and the way regional systems function. This is the main purpose and the permanent policy of the present journal.
RRRS aims at disseminating the results from the research in the field of regional studies, promoting the exchange of ideas and experience between academics, researchers, PhD students and practitioners in the field of Regional Geography and other closely-related fields. Meant to be internationally accessible, the journal is published entirely in English.
Besides the many-sided, practical and theoretical approaches to geographical regions, seen as integrated, functional territorial entities with distinctive features and specific needs, the journal explores new ways to assess the territory, identify and analyse regions for planning purposes, look for best practices or failures to meet the practical needs, assist authorities and policy makers in finding solutions and viable development alternatives. In addition, it encourages theoretical and methodological contributions since, in order to develop, Regional Geography needs to enrich and improve its methodology and has to separate from other geographical or non-geographical areas of knowledge or sciences.
RRRS welcomes research articles, review articles, brief reports, conference announcements, book reviews tackling the following topics:
- analysis of regional disparities
- sectoral or integrated analysis of regions
- emphasis of regional peculiarities
- dynamics of territorial systems
- resilience of regional systems
- elaboration of strategies for sustainable regional development
- urban and regional organization and planning
- structure and function of landscapes
- innovative research on the issue of the land/pays-type of territories as geographical regions and mental spaces (such as the Romanian tara)
- clarification of terminology and concepts in the field
- research methodology in Regional Geography
- GIS technology applied in Regional Geography
The articles published in print format are also available in downloadable PDF files and can be accessed free of charge.
OPEN ACCESS POLICY
RRRS is an open-access journal, which means that all content is freely available to users without any subscription charges or access fees. Both authors and the wider public have free electronic access to the full text of all journal articles in PDF format and to the main information on the articles (title, authors, abstract and keywords) in HTML format.
The journal’s open access policy is in line with the Declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (2003).
According to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), “open access” is defined as “free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited”.
LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT AGREEMENT
The articles published in RRRS are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). This license allows authors and third parties to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the journal articles without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author(s), which is in accordance with the BOAI’s definition of open access. Users may also redistribute the material in any medium or format, remix, transform, and build upon the material (e.g. reuse portions or extracts from the article in other works), create revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (e.g. a translation), text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, under the condition that appropriate credit is given to the original publication source by citing the source (author, title of article, journal issue data) and providing a link both to the article and the license.
Authors retain the copyright of their article but agree to assign to the Centre for Regional Geography the right to reproduce it in all forms and media under the CC BY 4.0. license. Authors may use the article elsewhere after publication (e.g. educational purposes, self-archiving) without prior permission from the Centre for Regional Geography, provided that acknowledgement is given to RRRS as the original source of publication. However, authors may not submit their article published in RRRS for peer-reviewed publication elsewhere. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.
RRRS is a green journal, in line with the SHERPA/RoMEO archiving policy: authors can archive pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing), post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing) and publisher’s PDF version in an open access repository (e.g. institutional repositories, on the funder’s designated repository at the funder’s request or as a result of a legal obligation, on the authors’ own website).
Pre-prints (a version of the article before peer review) can be archived on non-commercial pre-print servers and can remain on this servers and/or can be updated with post-prints (a version of the article after peer review, with revisions having been made). The publisher’s final PDF version can be archived provided acknowledgment is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on the journal’s website.
This archiving policy applies to all authors submitting papers to RRRS.
RRRS is a no-fee OA journal: there are no submission charges and no article processing charges for authors who submit their articles to the journal.
After the article is accepted and published, all authors will have free online access to their article in PDF format.