Focus and Scope

Tema Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment offers researches, applications and contributions with a unified approach to spatial planning and mobility.


Peer Review Process

The practice of peer review is to ensure that good science is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out on all reputable scientific journals. Our referees therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment and all manuscripts are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Initial manuscript evaluation

The Editor or an Associate Editor first evaluates all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is entirely feasible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are passed on to at least 2 experts for review.

Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be normally be informed within 1 weeks of receipt.

Type of Peer Review

This journal employs double or triple blind review, where the referees and author remains anonymous throughout the process.

How the referee is selected

Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our database is constantly being updated.

Referee reports

Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

  • Significance of the paper for research
  • Significance of the paper for practice
  • Quality and rigour of the methodological approach followed
  • Quality of analysis, finding and conclusions
  • Quality, richness and lessons learned from case study
  • Clarity of writing
  • Likelihood of attracting the audience
  • Overall judgement (not necessarily an average of the above)
  • Paper Relevance for Journal themes


Referees are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process.

How long does the review process take?

Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within 6 weeks. Should the referees' reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed a further expert opinion will be sought.. Referees may request more than one revision of a manuscript.

Final report

A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees.

Editor's Decision is final

Referees advise the Editor or an Associate Editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

Becoming a Referee for TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment

If you are not currently a referee for the TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment but would like to be added to the list of referees for this title, please contact the TeMA Editorial Board sendig a mail to or you can register to our website: choosing “register as referee”.

The benefits of refereeing for the TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment include the opportunity to see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage, and to be acknowledged in an annual list of Referees published in the final Issue of each volume of the Journal. You may also be able to cite your work for the TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment as part of your professional development requirements for various Professional Societies and Organisations.

Publication Frequency

Journal items are published as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents. Publishing frequency is quadrimestral.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This journal does not charge APCs or submission charges.

This journal allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose. 

Publication language

The journal is published in English and accepts only manuscripts written in English (American or British but not a mixture of these)

Publication ethics

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential model for Tema Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment.

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.

TeMA Journal's ethic statements are based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Duties of Editors
Publication decision
The editors of the Tema Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
Fair play
The editors at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editors in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editors attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.In reviewing manuscripts, the Editorial Board urges reviewers to not suggest any of their personal publications to be addedd in bibliography.
Duties of Authors
Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
If applicable, authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Prior Publication
The TeMA Journal supports the posting of research papers on not-for-profit preprint servers and similar. Other modes of distribution via the Internet may be considered prior publication, thus, may compromise the originality of the paper as a submission to the TeMA Journal. Please get in touch with the TeMA Journal Editorial Staff regarding allowable postings to other servers. While a manuscript is considered at TeMA Journal, no versions revised in response to editorial input and peer review should be posted on a preprint server. Our preprint policy is intended to facilitate communication and exchange of information between scientists. We strongly believe that coverage in the popular press is more appropriate at the time of publication once the scientific-based peer review process is complete and the final version is available.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editors or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
AI in scientific writing
Where authors use generative artificial intelligence (AI) and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process, authors should only use these technologies to improve readability and language. Applying the technology should be done with human oversight and control, and authors should carefully review and edit the result, as AI can generate authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, incomplete or biased. AI and AI-assisted technologies should not be listed as an author or co-author, or be cited as an author. A statement will appear in the published work. Please note that authors are ultimately responsible and accountable for the contents of the work.

Database and Libraries

TeMA. Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment appears in the main databases of journals and in the catalogues of hundreds libraries worldwide. Further information from librarians and readers are welcome. Please email to:

 TeMA. Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment is indexed and repertoired in:

BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici (ACNP) / Italian Catalogue of Periodicals (ACNP)

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

EZB - Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek - Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg

Google Scholar

JournalTOCs – JISC

Socol@r, the chinese index of Open Educational Journals

Summon, by Serials Solutions

Worldcat, analytics

 TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment is also present in the catalogues of the following libraries.


National Library of Australia

Deakin University, Melbourne-Geelong-Warrnambool

Southern Cross University,

University of Queensland, Brisbane

University of South Australia, Adelaide

Victoria University


Canadian National Catalogue

Czech Republic

National Library of the Czech Republic


Xiamen University

City University of Hong Kong


Jyväskylä University Library

University of Kuopio

University of Helsinki


Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur ABES-Réseau Sudoc

Bibliotheque Virtuelle, Strasbourg

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


Freie Universität Berlin

Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln

Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg

Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

Universität Regensburg

Zeitschriftendatenbank, Online-Zeitschriften

The cumulative Catalogue of the Bibliotheksverbund Bayern ( reports that TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment is available in the following Bavarian libraries:

  1. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Amberg (Sigel: 1046)
  2. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Augsburg (Sigel: Aug4)
  3. Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg (Sigel: 384)
  4. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Ansbach (Sigel: 1102)
  5. Universitätsbibliothek Bamberg (Sigel: 473)
  6. Universitätsbibliothek Bayreuth (Sigel: 703)
  7. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Deggendorf (Sigel: 1050)
  8. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Hof (Sigel: 1051)
  9. Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg - Hauptbibliothek (Sigel: 29)
  10. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Kempten (Sigel: 859)
  11. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Sigel: 12)
  12. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek München (Sigel: M347)
  13. Bibliothek der Technischen Universität München - Hauptbibliothek (Sigel: 91)
  14. Bibliothek der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Sigel: 19)
  15. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Neu-Ulm (Sigel: 1049)
  16. Ohm-Hochschulbibliothek Nürnberg (Sigel: 92)
  17. Deutsches Museum München (Sigel: 210)
  18. Universitätsbibliothek Passau (Sigel: 739)
  19. Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg (Sigel: 355)
  20. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Freising-Weihenstephan - Zentralbibliothek (Sigel: 1028)
  21. Universitätsbibliothek Würzburg (Sigel: 20)
  22. Fachhochschul-Bibliothek Würzburg (Sigel: 863)
  23. Universitätsbibliothek Eichstätt - Zentralbibliothek und Teilbibliotheken in Eichstätt (Sigel: 824)
  24. Staatliche Bibliothek Neuburg an der Donau (Sigel: 150)

Great Britain

Copac - Copacacademic and national library catalogue

University of Birmingham

Cambridge University

University of East Anglia, Norwich

University of Liverpool

University of Oxford


Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici (ACNP) / Italian Catalogue of Periodicals (ACNP)

CILEA – Consorzio Interuniversitario Digital Library

IUAV - Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia

LUISS - Libera Università Internazionale Studi Sociali

Meta Information System for Cnr Interlibraries Opac (MISCIO)

OPAC - Catalogo Unico Pavese. Bivlioteche Pavia- Servizi bibliotecari del territorio provinciale

Politecnico di Milano

Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano

Università Cattolica di Brescia

Università degli Studi della Tuscia

Università degli Studi di Brescia

Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Università degli Studi di Genova

Università degli Studi di Lecce

Università degli Studi di Macerata

Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope

Università degli Studi di Padova

Università degli Studi di Palermo

Università degli Studi di Parma

Università degli Studi di Perugia

Università degli Studi di Pisa

Università degli Studi di Sassari

Università degli studi di Udine

Università degli Studi di Verona

Università della Calabria

Università di Bologna

Università di Pavia


University of Tsukuba


Universitetet I Oslo


Biblioteca Virtual del CSIC-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

UIB Universitat de LesIlles Balears

UVEG Universitat de Valencia


National Library of Sweden

Halmstad University

Lund University Libraries (Directory of Open Access Journals)

SIM - Swedish consortium of public libraries


Amherst College (5 Colleges)

SUNY Binghamton

Boston College

Brown University, Providence

Caltech Library Services, Pasadena

University of Chicago

Duke University, Durham NC

Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA)

Harvard University, Cambridge

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Loyola University, New Orleans

Manhattan College Libraries

University of Maryland Libraries, College Park

University of Minnesota (Undergraduate Virtual Library), Twin Cities

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

Northwestern University, Evanston-Chicago

University of Oregon, Eugene

University of the Pacific, Stockton

Southern Adventist University, Collegedale TN

Washington State University

University of Wisconsin Libraries, Madison

Yale University, New Haven


The journal actively checks for plagiarism with the use of the following plagiarism softwares: 

- Compilatio

- Plagiarisma

- Google Scholar

The journal publishes only original contributions.

Consent and Privacy Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication. This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here. Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.



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Sources of Support

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