Regional Science Policy & Practice (RSPP) is an open access journal published by Elsevier on behalf of the RSAI.

Although RSPP charges Article Processing Charges (APCs), Elsevier has signed agreements with many countries and universities that allow papers to be fully or partially free of APCs (Please check here your situation).

Nevertheless, the Editorial Team of RSPP can allocate waivers or provide some support to authors to secure the publication of accepted papers that fit into Special Issues and do not have enough funding. This situation must be addressed when submitting the paper.

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SCImago Journal & Country Rank

Journal Impact Factor™ of 1.7

Scopus 2022 CiteScore: 3.1

Scopus Citescore Category Rankings 2022:
- Geography, Planning and Development - 254/779
- Development - 89/298
- Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law - 190/384
SCImago Journal Rank 2022:  0.553
SNIP 2022: 0.917
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Call for Papers:

1. Call for Papers | Special Issue on Population Imbalances in Europe
See the full call for papers here. Submissions are due by 29 March 2022.

2. Call for Papers | Special Issue on Pathbreaking trajectories: Socio-economic and Institutional de-peripheralization of marginal areas
See the full call for papers here. Submissions are due by 15 April 2022.


RSPP Working Papers

Special Series on Covid-19

RSPP Working Paper nº 2020.001
By Ilyes Boumahdi, Nouzha Zaoujal and Abdellali Fadlallah

Aims and Scope

Regional Science Policy and Practice (RSPP) is the journal of the Regional Science Association International that publish high quality papers in regional science, assumed to be the discipline that looks at people’s and places interaction within space; with sound, replicable and advanced methods; suitable to generate robust evidences that are able to inform effective policies for regional sustainable development. It welcomes papers from a range of academic disciplines and practitioners including planning, public policy, geography, economics and environmental science and related fields. Papers should address the interface between academic debates and policy development and application. RSPP provides an opportunity for academics and policy makers to develop a dialogue to identify and explore many of the challenges facing local and regional economies.

RSPP publishes high quality papers targeted at informing the policy development process leading to the formation of theoretically grounded regional policy. The editors invite submissions dealing with the policy and practice of regional and local development. Contributions that are the outcome of collaborations between researchers and policy and practice professions are encouraged.


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The Regional Science Association International (RSAI), founded in 1954, is an international community of scholars interested in the regional impacts of national or global processes of economic and social change.

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