The Journal of Geographical Systems (JGS) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal that aims to encourage and promote high-quality scholarship on new theoretical or empirical results, models and methods in the social sciences. It solicits original papers with a spatial dimension that can be of interest to social scientists. Coverage includes regional science, economic geography, spatial economics, regional and urban economics, GIScience and GeoComputation, big data and machine learning. Spatial analysis, spatial econometrics and statistics are strongly represented.

One of the distinctive features of the journal is its concern for the interface between modeling, statistical techniques and spatial issues in a wide spectrum of related fields. An important goal of the journal is to encourage a spatial perspective in the social sciences that emphasizes geographical space as a relevant dimension to our understanding of socio-economic phenomena.

Contributions should be of high-quality, be technically well-crafted, make a substantial contribution to the subject and contain a spatial dimension. The journal also aims to publish, review and survey articles that make recent theoretical and methodological developments more readily accessible to the audience of the journal.

All papers of this journal have undergone rigorous double-blind peer-review, based on initial editor screening and with at least two peer reviewers.

Officially cited as J Geogr Syst

  • Publishes high-quality papers on new theoretical or empirical results, models and methods in the social sciences where the spatial dimension plays a fundamental role
  • Encourages research on spatial econometrics, statistics, analysis, and big data in a wide range of related fields
  • Contributes to the communication of theories and methodologies across disciplinary boundaries

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Editors-in-Chief
  • Manfred M. Fischer,
  • Antonio Paez,
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
Associate Editor
  • Petra Staufer-Steinnocher
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1.028 (2019)
Impact factor
1.764 (2019)
Five year impact factor
69 days
Submission to first decision
319 days
Submission to acceptance
48,727 (2020)
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    • Silje Haus-Reve
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