The editors of the Early Career Papers Section are currently seeking submissions of paper proposals for short articles (max. 3,000 words). Contributions are welcomed from any discipline in the field of regional studies or regional science and with any geographical focus. The ‘regional’ dimension may vary from trans-national spaces with fuzzy boundaries to clearly defined spaces at the sub-national level. Authors (and co-authors) can be students or early career researchers that have completed their PhD in the last five years. RSA members are particularly invited to submit a paper proposal for consideration; however, RSA membership is not a prerequisite for submission.

Paper proposals should use the following headings, and adhere strictly to the word-limits provided:
  • A title of no more than ten words
  • A summary of the research idea in no more than 40 words
  • An abstract of 150 words
  • Introduction to the problem addressed in the paper (200 words)
  • Background to the case study, and the main empirical evidence offered (200 words)
  • Analysis of key points & messages from the empirical case (200 words)
  • Conclusions and implications for academics, policy and practice (200 words)
  • A short bio (giving institution and date of PhD if applicable)

Submissions will be evaluated for their originality, novelty and quality: successful paper proposals will be invited to submit a full paper, with a maximum of 3,000 words, for inclusion on the Early Career Papers open access site. Using a constructive review process, accepted authors will be supported by a named corresponding editor who will produce supportive feedback to guide the author towards a high-quality article. In addition, all articles are reviewed by the entirety of the editorial team prior to publication.

Please see this page for further information. 

Submit your paper proposals by 15th February 2016.