Focus and Scope

The journal's mission is to promote development of the scientific fields of spatial economics and regional science. Thematic scope of the journal's publications includes issues of theory, methodology, and applications in regional development, regional differentiation, spatial aspects of international integration, spatial distribution of economic activity including its financial, industrial, demographic, and other aspects. The journal aims to maintain its place as Russia's leading peer-reviewed scientific publication within the journal's thematic scope, as well as its position as one of the core economics-related peer-reviewed journals in the country.

Open access statement

This is an open access journal, which means that all its content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, distribute, copy, print, search, or link to the full texts of the papers, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

Archiving policy

The Journal allows online archiving of post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing) or publisher’s version/PDF articles without any special limitations.

Copyright & Licensing

Authors of “Spatial Economics” retain the copyright without any restrictions. When republishing an article, all authors are required to provide a link to the issue of “Spatial Economics” in which the article was originally published.  

The journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License Creative Commons License

Terms of publication

The Journal does not require nor accept payments from authors for any of the services involved in preparing an issue for publication. Reviewing, publishing, editing, layout, storage and online distribution of articles are free for all authors.

Anti-Plagiarism Policy

The editorial office of “Spatial Economics” presumes that while submitting the manuscript to the Journal every author agrees with the following principles of counteraction to plagiarism and other unethical practices of research and publications.

It is unacceptable:

  • literal copying of more than 10% of the work of another person without proper attribution(reference to authorship, correct citing?use quotation marks);
  • incorrect paraphrasing of another person’s paper, including changing of more than one sentence in a single paragraph or section of text, re-composing the sentences in different order without appropriate reference to the original. Substantial incorrect paraphrasing (more than 10% of the original work) without a reference to the source is equivalent to the literal copying;
  • usage of elements of another person’s works (for example, picture, table, methodology of drafting a scheme, executing computation or analysis) without proper attribution, without expressing appreciation, without reference to the source and quotation marks. Authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder to use elements of his works;
  • literal copying and paraphrasing of one’s own works more than by 10% (self-plagiarism);
  • simultaneous submitting of the same manuscript to several publications;
  • duplication of publications (publication of a manuscript several times by introducing minor alterations to it);
  • compiling a “new” manuscript from previously published works of the author.

“Spatial Economics” publishes only original articles. The reprints of already published materials are not allowed. If the elements of a manuscript have been previously published in another article the authors are required to refer to the earlier work and indicate the significant difference of new work from the previous one, as well as to show the link of recent research outcomes with the findings presented in the previous work.

The editorial office recommends to specify the materials that the authors have prepared earlier (during a research that underlies the submitted article), including materials for conferences, presentations, etc. in the list of references.

For publication of a translated article a legal agreement with the author and publisher of the original research is needed.

Editorial office of “Spatial Economics” adheres to the standards of academic ethics and seriously treats all cases of plagiarism. Manuscripts, questionable from the point of view of ethics, are checked by the editors through the Internet system. «Antiplagiat».

To ensure objectivity the editorial office thoroughly examines every such case and considers the arguments of all concerned parties. Before taking further actions the editorial office makes its best to get the most accurate information from the authors of the controversial publication or from the copyright owners. The decision of the editorial office is impartial, objective and unaffected by the third parties.

In the event of a serious breach of copyright as well as of other ethical norms and rules of research and publications, the manuscript is rejected and cooperation the editorial office with the author may be terminated.

If there is a suspicion of plagiarism the authors must prove their authorship or correctly present the borrowed parts of text. After that the editorial office may reconsider the manuscript.

If the article has been published before a violation of ethical principles is established, it can be withdrawn from the Journal with the appropriate reference at the official Web-site of the Journal.

The editorial office reserves the right not to respond to accusations of plagiarism if the initiator provides false personal information or acts in an unethical or threatening manner. The editorial office is not obliged to discuss the cases of alleged plagiarism with the persons that have no direct connection to it.


The policy of the magazine “Spatial Economics” regarding the withdrawal (retraction) of publications is based on the recommendation Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The grounds for retraction the article are gross violations of scientific and publishing ethics, which include significant plagiarism, fabrication or falsification of data, etc.

The result of the retraction is the confirmation by the editors of the journal of the fact that the article contains violations. Authors may disagree with the position of editors, but this does not negate the right of editors to conduct the procedure. The purpose of the retraction is to correct the literature data and ensure their reliability, and not to punish authors who "behave badly".

The results of the retraction are reflected in each version of the publication (both printed and electronic), indicating in the title of the publication that the article is being withdrawn, listing the reasons for the recall under the annotation, and indicating the persons or organizations that initiated it.

  • In the paper version of the journal, the message about retraction is reflected in the table of contents, for example, in the form of the heading "Notice of retraction publication". The same heading will be present in the English version of the table of contents. The retraction message contains a complete bibliographic reference to the article in Russian and English, indicating DOI.
  • In the electronic version of the journal, the retraction message is reflected in the same way as in the printed version. The withdrawn article itself from the database and from the website is not deleted. It is replaced with new PDF and HTML versions, where at the very beginning of the article there is a large heading "The article was retracted" " with an indication of the date of withdrawal (the date of publication of the retraction message).
  • The fact of retraction is communicated to all databases where the journal is indexed.

ISSN (Print) 1815-9834
ISSN (Online) 2587-5957

Minakir Pavel Aleksandrovich,
Tel.: +7 (4212) 725-225,
Fax: +7 (4212) 225-916,
Samokhina Lyudmila, Executive Editor
Tel.: +7 (4212) 226-053
Fax: +7 (4212) 225-916,
Tel.: +7 (4212) 226-053,
Fax: +7 (4212) 225-916,
To Editorial Staff of “Spatial Economics”
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