Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

RiUS is a scientific series that deals with dynamics, planning, and design in contemporary urban areas. It provides an outlet for investigation, analysis, and exploration in the overlapping fields of urban design, urban planning, regional planning, metropolitan design, spatial planning, urban renewal, urban management, landscape architecture, environmental design, sustainability, urban technology, urban mobility, cultural heritage, geomatics and geodesign.

RiUS is aimed at designers, researchers, planners, consultants, decision-makers, and politicians. It pays special attention to design, research, techniques, methodology and theory. RiUS facilitates a dialogue between the community and society at large through high quality publications focusing on transformation and sustainability.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

RiUS uses a three-staged review to ensure the quality of it's books. The series editors launch a book idea. They approach potential authors and a team of expert reviewers.

Step 1. The series editors ask the team of reviewers to give feedback on the overall set up of the volume. This step has to ensure that the book covers it's field sufficiently. Authors are asked to provide an abstract.

Step 2. Abstracts of the book articles are double blind reviewed. This review takes place in an early phase when the article still has to develop. This increases the potential impact of the review.

Step 3. A last double blind review takes place when a draft article is available. This review is intented to ensure the overall quality of the book articles.


Open Access Policy

All articles published in SPOOL are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)You are free to use the work but you have to attribute (refer to) the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). The easiest way to refer to an article in SPOOL is to use the ARTICLE TOOL that you'll find alongside each article in the right sidebar: How to cite this item.

Authors can self-archive pre-print, post-print and publisher's versions of their work.

Creative Commons License



Authors can archive the pre-print and post-print versions of the work they have submitted to SPOOL, including the pdf-version of the article (the socalled publisher's version) that is available online on the SPOOL website.

Authors are explicitly free to copy and redistribute the work they have submitted to SPOOL in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the work they have submitted to SPOOL for any purpose.

LOCKSS system has permission to collect, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.

See also the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest.


Publication ethics

Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines, codes to conduct and best practices developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).



ISSN 1875-0192 (print)

ISSN 1879-8217 (online)



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