About Journal

The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) is an open-access peer-reviewed quarterly journal in Persian (with English abstracts and bibliographies) devoted to the fields of urban planning, rural planning, regional planning, and environmental planning, published by the University of Sistan and Baluchestan and scientifically sponsored by the Association of Geography and Planning of Border Areas of Iran. It is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the publication of original articles, review articles, etc., considering the research ethics and academic rules and regulations.

    All papers are subject to a double-blind reviewing process. The submitted manuscripts will be published after a thorough review and the editorial board's approval. Researchers are highly appreciated if they visit this website, register, submit, and set up their papers based on the Instructions to Authors. Therefore, visiting in person or calling the journal office is not recommended, so all connections with authors and reviewers are made through the website.

E-mail: turp@usb.ac.ir

 

Bibliographic Information

Title

 Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement

Variant Title

 Journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement

Persian Title

 Jughrāfiyā va āmāyish-i shahrī manṭaqah/ī

Journal Abbreviated Title

 Geogr. Territ. Spat. Arrange.

Journal Title Acronym

 GTSA

ISSN

 Print     ISSN: 2345-2277

 Online ISSN: 2783-5278

Subject Area and Category

 Subject Area and Category based on Scopus: 

     Social Sciences

            -- Geography, Planning and Development

            -- Urban Studies   

Coverage Scope

   - Cities and towns.

   - City planning.

   - Environmental planning.

   - Geography.

   - Reclamation of land.

   - Regional planning.

   - Rural development.

   - Rural geography.

   - Rural planning.

   - Urban planning.

   - Urban policy.

Description

The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) is an open-access peer-reviewed quarterly journal in Persian (with English abstracts and bibliographies) devoted to the fields of urban planning, rural planning, regional planning, and environmental planning, published by the University of Sistan and Baluchestan and scientifically sponsored by the Association of Geography and Planning of Border Areas of Iran. It is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the publication of original articles, review articles, etc., considering the research ethics and academic rules and regulations.

Language

 Persian; including English abstracts and bibliographies.

Start Year

 2012 - Vol. 1, No. 1 -

Frequency

 Quarterly

Editor-in-Chief

 Issa Ibrahimzadeh, Ph.D.

Place of Publication

 Iran, Zahedan

Publisher

 University of Sistan and Baluchestan

Scientific Sponsorship Society

 Association of Geography and Planning of Border Areas of Iran, Zahedan

Status

 Active

Refereed

 Yes

Peer Review Type

 Double Blind Peer Review

Primary Review Time

  10 days, approximately.

Acceptance and Publication Time

 16 Weeks

Manuscript acceptance rate

 20%

Reference Style

 APA Style

ORCID iDs

 The ORCID identifier is required.

Subject headings

 Cities and towns.

 City planning.

 Geography.  

 Reclamation of land.

 Rural development.

 Urban planning.

 Urban policy.

DDC No.

 910

LC No.

 GB | GF

URL

 https://gaij.usb.ac.ir/

Type of Material

 Serial (Periodical)

Type of Access

 Open Access (OA)

OA Policies

 The journal adheres to DOAJ's definition of open access.

Type of License

 Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Open Access Statement

 The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) is a fully open-access journal, which means that all articles are available on the Web to all users immediately upon publication. All content of the Journal is published with open access under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). This license allows users to copy and redistribute the article under the following conditions:

       Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format;

       Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. Under the following terms:

 Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

 NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.  

Benefits of open access for authors include:

       - Authors retain copyright to their work.

       - Free access for all users worldwide.

       - Increased visibility and readership.

       - No spatial constraints.

       - Rapid publication.

The Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

All manuscripts must be free from plagiarism contents. Manuscripts submitted to the journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) will be screened for plagiarism using similarity check and plagiarism detection tools. All authors are suggested to use plagiarism detection software to check the similarity before submitting their manuscript to the journal. Editors check the plagiarism detection of manuscripts in the journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) using the Grammarly detection software (www.grammarly.com), and iThenticate (www.ithenticate.com) for English abstracts and use Iranian plagiarism detection softwares such as IranDOC (https://tik.irandoc.ac.ir) and Samimonour (www.samimnoor.ir) for the Persian text. The journal will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism. Whenever it is determined that the manuscript has not complied with the plagiarism rules, it will be REJECTED (before acceptance for publication), and if it was published, it will be RETRACTED for plagiarism issues.

Retraction Policy

An article may be retracted when its findings are no longer considered trustworthy due to scientific misconduct or error, it plagiarizes previously published work, or it is found to violate ethical guidelines. An article may be retracted when the integrity of the published work is substantially undermined owing to errors in the conduct, analysis, and/or reporting of the research. Violation of publication or research ethics may also result in a study’s retraction. The original paper will be marked as RETRACTED but a PDF version remains available to readers, and the RETRACTION statement is bi-directionally linked to the original published paper. Retraction statements will typically include a statement of assent or dissent from the authors.

Complaint Process

The authors have the right to complain and ask explanation if they perceive any misconduct in any applicable policies and ethical guidelines. The authors can raise their complaints by submitting a letter to: turp@usb.ac.ir  We follow the COPE guidelines on responding to whistleblowers, which includes protecting anonymity. All the complaints regarding delinquencies in the work processes are investigated according to the prevailing publication ethics practices. An author or any other scholar may submit their complaints about any issues related to:

     - Plagiarism;

     - Copyright violation;

     - Deceiving in research results or wrong research results;

     - Violations of the research ethics and integrity;

     - Unrevealed conflicts of interest;

     - Bias in the review process;

     - Manuscript processing time is unusually late;

     - The peer-review comments are unsatisfactory; and  

     - Authorship issues.

Policy for Dealing with Complaints

Once a complaint is received, at first, an acknowledgment is sent to the complainant with the assurance that appropriate action will be taken on a complaint within three working days excluding the complaint receiving date. The investigation process is initiated by the journal handling team according to the directions of the Editor-In-Chief. After the investigation is over, a meeting is held with a complete report on the complaint. The decision has been made and the same is forwarded to the concerned scholar through his/her submitted email ID. We consider complaints as an opportunity to enhance our existing Manuscript Processing System. All the received complaints are dealt with in a polite and timely manner with certainty.

Type of Publication (Processing Charges and Publication Charges)

 No review charges are required from the author.

 Publication charges are required from the author (authors must pay 4,000,000 Iranian Rials for publication).

 Full-text access: Open Access

Revenue Sources

Organizational and institutional support, Donations

Copyright owner / Copyright holder

Authors retain unrestricted copyrights and publishing rights. The author has complete control over the work (e.g., retains the right to reuse, distribute, republish, etc.).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0), which allows others to:

      Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format;

      Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. Under the following terms:

 Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

 NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.  

2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See: The Effect of Open Access).

Authorship

The consent of all authors, as well as related authorities/institutions, has been received prior to the submission of the manuscript. The order of the authors (as to be reflected in the published article) has been established. The adding or deleting of authors once the manuscript has been accepted for publication would have to be accompanied by a signed statement of consent from all authors. All authors have contributed significantly to the research. Authors are obligated to participate in the peer review process, providing retractions/corrections/amendments when necessary. All conflicts of interest/financial support have been declared. Any changes or corrections to a published work require the consent of all authors.

COPE

The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) follows the policies and guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by its Code of Conduct in dealing with potential cases of misconduct.

Digital Archiving Policy

 

The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) works with some organizations such as the Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC), The Iran National Library and Archives, and the own server of the University of Sistan and Baluchestan for maintaining our own digital archive. This makes possible the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensures accessibility by converting and upgrading digital file formats to comply with new technology standards.

I4OC Standards for Open Citations

 Yes. The journal complies with I4OC standards for open citations.

Data Citation

Data should be cited in the same way as article, book, and web citations, and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list. Data citation is appropriate for data held within institutional, subject-focused, or more general data repositories. It is not intended to take the place of community standards such as in-line citation of GenBank accession codes. When citing or making claims based on data, authors must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) follows the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles: Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)”.

Data Sharing Policy

The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) uses the Basic Data Sharing Policy. The journal is committed to a more open research landscape, facilitating faster and more effective research discovery by enabling reproducibility and verification of data, methodology, and reporting standards. The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) encourages authors to cite and share their research data including, but not limited to: raw data, processed data, software, algorithms, protocols, methods, and materials. Authors are encouraged to share or make open the data supporting the results or analyses presented in their article where this does not violate the protection of human subjects or other valid privacy or security concerns.

The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) encourages authors to share the data and other artifacts supporting the results in the article by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a Data Accessibility Statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper.

The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) requires authors of Original Investigation, and Special Paper articles to (1) place the de-identified data associated with the manuscript in a repository, and (2) include a Data Availability Statement in the manuscript describing where and how the data can be accessed. The journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) defines data as the digital materials underlying the results described in the manuscript, including but not limited to spreadsheets, text files, interview recordings or transcripts, images, videos, output from statistical software, and computer code or scripts. Authors are expected to deposit at least the minimum amount of data needed to reproduce the results described in the manuscript.

Data can be placed in any repository that makes data publicly available, providing a unique persistent identifier, including institutional repositories, general repositories (e.g., Figshare, Open Science Framework, Zenodo, Dryad, Harvard Dataverse, OpenICPSR), or discipline-specific repositories. The Data Availability Statement should be placed in the manuscript at the end of the main text before the references. This statement must include (1) an indication of the location of the data; (2) a unique identifier, such as a digital object identifier (DOI), accession number, or persistent uniform resource locator (URL); and (3) any instructions for accessing the data, if applicable. At the point of submission, you will be asked if there is a data set associated with the paper. If you reply yes, you will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-registered DOI, hyperlink, or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). If you have selected to provide a pre-registered DOI, please be prepared to share the reviewer URL associated with your data deposit, upon request by reviewers. Where one or multiple data sets are associated with a manuscript, these are not formally peer-reviewed as a part of the journal submission process. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the soundness of the data. Any errors in the data rest solely with the producers of the data set(s).

Please note: As you are submitting your manuscript to the journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA) where submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors (i.e., Author Name, Address, Conflict of Interest, and fund-related information). As a data availability statement could reveal your identity, we recommend removing this from the anonymized version of the manuscript.

Exceptions to this policy will be made in rare cases in which de-identified data cannot be shared due to their proprietary nature or participant privacy concerns. Exceptions to policy and restrictions on data availability are granted for reasons associated with the protection of human privacy, issues such as biosafety, and/or to respect terms of use for data obtained under license from third parties. Confidential data, e.g., human subjects or patient data, should always be anonymized, or permission to share should be obtained in advance. If in doubt, authors should seek counsel from their institution’s ethics committee. Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper. Below are some examples.

 

Data Availability Statement:

1. Data associated with this article are available in the Open Science Framework at .

2. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at http://doi.org/[doi], reference number [reference number].

3. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at [URL], reference number [reference number].

4. The data that support the findings of this study are available in [repository name] at [URL/DOI], reference number [reference number]. These data were derived from the following resources available in the public domain: [list resources and URLs]

Informed Consent

 All participants in human subjects' articles have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, etc., should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the participants (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent in this situation requires that an identifiable participant be shown the manuscript, providing consent before publication. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication. Participants' consent should be written and archived either with the journal of Geography and Territorial Spatial Arrangement (GTSA), the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws.

Privacy Statement

The names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal website will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purposes or to any other parties.

Address

Office of the Journal of Geography and Urban Planning - Regional, Faculty of Literature, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran. P.O. Box: 98135-655. Tel/ Fax: +98 -54-31136792. Email: turp@usb.ac.ir