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Miscellanea Geographica

Regional Studies on Development

4 Issues per year

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.126
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.369
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.167

9 points
in the Ministerial journal value rating scale


Open Access

Print ISSN: 0867-6046
Electronic ISSN: 2084-6118

Journal's original version: Electronic version/digital media version 

“MISCELLANEA GEOGRAPHICA – Regional Studies on Development” is a journal published by the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies of the University of Warsaw. From 1984 till 2012 it was published under the name “Miscellanea Geographica” in English and French and its main purpose was to showcase the achievements of Warsaw geographers during periodical congresses and regional conferences of the International Geographic Union. The journal’s publishing frequency was proportional to the frequency of these international meetings which recently tended to take place annually. During elaboration issue no. 16, for the 2012 IGU’s congress in Cologne, several significant changes have been made accomplished.

Changes in the Polish science policy, aiming, in particular, at raising the international prestige level of Polish scientific journals, have become an impulse for introducing structural changes to “Miscellanea Geographica”. The following decisions have been made: publishing procedures are to be improved and adjusted to meet the highest standards, the journal is to be published more frequently (quarterly), a new editorial team and an international editorial board have been appointed. Additionally, the faculty changed the journal’s title to one that better reflects the character and structure of the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies. “Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development” is therefore a direct successor of “Miscellanea Geographica” with similar characteristics and scope of covered topics. The first issue completed in new conditions is vol. 16 no. 1.

The journal is meant to be interdisciplinary in nature, which allows for presentation and confrontation of research results in geography, regional studies, economic issues, social, historical and political issues, concerning foremost problems related to broadly understood development, as well as natural, social and economic conditions in various regions of the world. The scale of the presented phenomena is varied, ranging from those occurring locally, through regional and even to − in justified cases relating to comparative studies − global ones. “Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development” presents original and not yet published research results and the preferred language of its publication – English is meant to enable access to give the publication to global audience. The published texts are valuable articles written by both Polish and foreign authors which have fulfilled the editorial requirements. The texts are peer reviewed by at least two independent reviewers.

Aims and Scope

Why subscribe and read

"MISCELLANEA GEOGRAPHICA – Regional Studies on Development” (formerly “MISCELLANEA GEOGRAPHICA”) launched in 1984 is interdisciplinary in nature, which allows for presentation and confrontation of research results in:

  • geography,
  • regional studies,
  • environmental studies,
  • economic issues,
  • social issues,
  • historical issues,
  • political issues, 

concerning foremost problems related to broadly understood development, as well as natural, social and economic conditions in various regions of the world.
The published texts are of high quality and not published before.
Papers contain up-to-date research results written by both Polish and foreign authors.
The Open Access model allows access to its target audience and the peer-review system by at least two reviewers together with the outstanding scientists of the advisory board, ensures that quality is maintained throughout.

Why submit

  • high quality of papers;
  • articles peer-reviewed by international experts;
  • fast process of reviewing and editing;
  • language verification by native speaker;
  • clear and precise editing rules;
  • submissions accepted in a broad scope of scientific disciplines (geography, regional studies, environmental sciences, economics, social, historical and political sciences);
  • highly-evaluated journal, including the list of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education;

Type of Publication:

Instructions for Authors


The aim of  Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on Development is to publish papers which are clear, concise, present recent state of geography and regional studies (also pertain to economic, social, historical and political issues on broadly understood development and its geographical conditions in various parts of the world; also in countries and their parts, in macro-, meso- and microscale) and which are relevant to international audience. We invite original research papers. Work should be original, unpublished in the
same or a similar form and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

Sending the text to the Editorial team is tantamount to the Author’s/s’ statement that the work has not been published yet and at the same time is not proposed for publication in any other journal. 

Submission of text  Manuscript should be submitted in an electronic form to the e-mail address miscellanea.geographica@uw.edu.pl  The whole correspondence shall be via e-mail. 
Works should be sent in English and should be prepared in Microsoft Word © 2003 editor (or later version – extensions doc or docx). The entire manuscript (including title, abstract, body, reference etc.) should be double-spaced, with Times New Roman font used, font size set to 12 points and fully justified. 
a) articles' size shall not exceed 15 pages (approx. 7000 words or 24,000 characters with spaces); the limit size refers to the entire manuscript, including title, abstract, references, figure captions etc. 
b) all texts should be supplemented with the information of the  Author’s/s’ affiliation (institution, academic degree, e-mail address on the first page of the text), abstract in English (up to 150 words), key words in English (up to 6);
c) manuscript has been read and approved of by all co-authors, since every author signs it individually (attach scan of appropriate statements); 
d) in the case the publication has more than one author, we ask for the  information concerning each author's contribution to the publication (who is the author of the concept, premises, methods etc. used in the process of preparing publication )
e) we ask for information concerning sources for the publication financing, contribution of scientific and research institutions, associations and other entities (financial disclosure);
f)  ghostwriting (a situation when somebody has considerably contributed
to the publication and their participation has not  been revealed – either named as a co-author or mentioned in the acknowledgement section) and  guest authorship (when the author’s participation is scarce or none but they are listed as an author or co-author) are the examples of lack of scientific integrity and all such cases shall be immediately exposed. 
g) quotations and references should be done in Harvard citation style in line with the examples available at http://libguides.is.uwa.edu.au/content.php?pid=43218&sid=318556

Editorial team of “Miscellanea Geographica – Regional Studies on
Development” would like to express their gratitude to University of Western Australia for the possibility to use their reference patterns.
Every text citation must be listed in references at the end of the text. Equally all entries in the reference list must be cited in the text. (Important: those not cited will be deleted). 
In the reference list, arrange entries (a) in alphabetical order according to surname of first author; (b) in date order (oldest first) for multiple entries by the same author(s). 
h) illustrations (including pictures for publication) shall be supplemented with a written statement of the Author that have their copyrights (alternatively, a written statement of the author/s of the picture for publication); we ask for appropriate scanned images of statements 
i) sending the article to the editorial team means  transferring the copyright to
this material to Faculty of Geography and Regional  Studies at the University
of Warsaw which, in case of the publication, guarantees putting it on the magazine’s web page. 

Peer review process
All the manuscripts are subject of evaluation by two independent reviewers according to the “double-blind review process”. At least one  of the reviewers needs to be affiliated with an international institution in a country other than the relevant author’s country of origin.
The review needs to end with a clear conclusion as to the article’s publication being accepted or rejected. The text requiring corrections as per  the reviewers’ suggestions will be reassessed by them.
Final decisions on acceptance, rejection or need for revision are made by the editor.
Rejected manuscripts will be returned to the authors only if they contain important comments from the reviewers. The review form is available on the journal’s web page.

Authors are asked to correct the manuscript and/or improve the quality of figures. The time available for author to correct the manuscript is usually two weeks. If the deadline is not met the editor reserves the right to publish the article with editorial correction only.

Authors are not charged for publishing their papers. Articles are published in an electronic (pdf on-line) version. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS − STYLE AND FORMAT.
 The name(s) of author(s) should be in be lower case with initial capitals and centred.
The affiliation of author(s) is an appropriate full postal address. Provide the email address
of the corresponding author on the line below their postal address.
The title should be not longer than 16 words, capitalised and centred.
The abstract should present the main points of the paper and the major conclusions.
It should be a single paragraph of no more than 150 words.
Key words Below the abstract insert approximately 6 key words separated by semicolons.
Include the approach, techniques, models used and geographical location of the study, as appropriate for an international audience.

Introduction:  containing a formulation of the subject, a statement on the present stage of knowledge in the field and a clear definition of the aim of the paper.
Headings should be lower case bold. Avoid numbering headings.
Footnotes should be numbered with Arabic numerals; it is recommendable to limit their number and length Acknowledgements place between the end of the paper and the reference list  Number pages of the typescript, including tables, figure captions and figures.
Tables and table headings - tables should be submitted in separate files (please indicate in the text the place where they should be inserted). Avoid tables exceeding the size of a printed page. In the heading above each table provide Arabic numerals in the order in which they are mentioned in the text and a self-explanatory description of the table content. Use single spacing for the body of each table.
Figures - Maps and other graphics should be prepared in any of the standard graphic editors (with .jpg, tiff, .bmp, .gif filename extensions), with at least 300 dpi resolution;
All drawings, maps and photographs should be referred to as figures and numbered serially with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. A copy of each figure should be included at the end of the paper and prepared in electronic version as a file.
Written copyright permission must be obtained by the author for any table or figure already published elsewhere in the same form.
The figures (also copied from Excel, PowerPoint) should be inserted at the end of the text file. Colour plates are acceptable. Only perfect, sharply contrasted photographs with 300 dpi resolution are accepted. Use a higher resolution (600 dpi) when scanning line figures. 
The minimum font size should be 9. Lines should preferably be 0.2 mm. Figures should not be framed. Maps should be framed and should have a bar scales instead of numerical ones.
Include legends in the figures themselves and not in captions. 
Figure captions - Each caption should be a brief description of the figure. Figures should not duplicate information from the text and should be understandable without reference to
the text.

Miscellanea Geographica is covered by the following services:

  • Arianta
  • CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities)
  • Celdes
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • Current Geographical Publications
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO - TOC Premier
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Elsevier - SCOPUS
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • GeoArchive
  • GeoRef
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ReadCube
  • ResearchGate
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
  • TDOne (TDNet)
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

Maciej Jędrusik, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Deputy/ Managing Editor
Izabela Gołębiowska, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Editorial Advisory Board
Jeanne-Marie Amat Rose, Université Paris XII, Val de Marne, France
Godfrey Baldacchino, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; University of Malta, Malta
François Bart, Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux III, France
Ivan Bicik, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Praha, Czech Republic
Krzysztof Błażejczyk, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Chang-Yi David Chang, Institute of Environment and Resources, Taipei, Taiwan
Martin Coy, Institut für Geographie, Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences, Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Hildegardo Córdoba Aguilar, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru Lima, Peru
Bolesław Domański, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Jean-Christophe Gay, Université Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France
Joaquin Gonzalez, Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas y Sociales Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
Andres Guhl, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Jean-Michel Jauze, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université de la Reunion, France
Wioletta Kamińska, Institut of Geography, The Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland
Veronica N. Kholina, Department of Regional Economics and Geography, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Russia
Andrzej Lisowski, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Jerzy Makowski, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Sharon Moran, Department of Environmental Studies, SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, USA
Maria Paradiso, Department of Economics, Law, Management DEMM University of Sannio, Italy
Jacek Pasławski, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Florian Plit, Institute of Geography, The Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland
Maria José Prados, Departamento de Geografía Humana, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Andrzej Richling, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw; Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biala Podlaska, Poland
Michael Sofer, Department of Geography and Environment, Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan, Israel

Section Editor – Physical Geography
Iwona Szumacher, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Section Editor – Hydrology
Artur Magnuszewski, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Section Editor – Human, Political and Social Geography
Tomasz Wites, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Section Editor – Economics
Anna Bąkiewicz, University of Social Sciences, Poland

Section Editor – Geoinformatics
Bogdan Zagajewski, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland

Section Editor – Cartography
Tomasz Opach, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Section Editor – Statistics
Katarzyna Podhorodecka, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland 

Language Editors
Ewa Spohn, Wordlink Usługi Językowe s.c., United Kingdom/Poland
Kate Webster, Wordlink Usługi Językowe s.c., United Kingdom

Technical Editor
Michał Tomczuk, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland


Bogumiła Zuga 32A Str.
01-811 Warsaw, Poland

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