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Cybergeo is an open access journal. Its purpose is to allow a large diffusion of the scientific outputs with no charge either reader or author. In return the authors are requested to follow the instructions below, in order to facilitate the editorial process and to guarantee a high quality publication.

The journal deals with the entire range of geographical and social concerns and interests, with no preferences for any particular school or theme. It publishes in any European language.

The Electronic article offers completely new possibilities, permitting instant access to a network of resources, references and debates. We therefore strongly encourage authors to insert hypertext links to their sources (articles cited, simulations, databases, etc.), in order to increase interactivity. For our part, we will commit ourselves to publishing pertinent reactions to your article.

Submission of Articles

Manuscripts should be uploaded to the following site:

Please follow carefully the author submission guide and be sure that your article is anonymous. Not all articles that are submitted will be accepted. Notice should be withheld in your publications until the article has been accepted after the peer review.

The Peer review

Articles will be submitted for the consideration of a peer review, as with printed journals, in the following stages:

At least two referees from the members of the editorial board will be responsible for reading each article.

After discussion among the members of the editorial board, a synthesis of the observations (acceptance or rejection, requests for changes or for supplementary material) will be communicated to the author, who will upload a revised version.

The articles that have been accepted will then be put online and made freely accessible on the website.

Presentation of the articles

The electronic medium lends itself to shorter articles, but for in-depth articles, the journal will accept texts that are over 20 pages long. As with journals on paper, certain criteria must be respected in the presentation of articles.

The metadata

In addition to the original language, titles, abstracts and key-words in French and in English should be included.

We advise you to use the key-words mentioned on our site:

The final version of your article will include:

Names of the authors




The text

In no case should tabulations, spaces or skipped pages be used, as they will disappear from the formatting when the text is printed. The whole text must be single spaced.

The text : Times New Roman 12.

For the titles of your paragraphs use the style “title 1, title 2 etc.” accessible on your toolbar as following:

Image 100000000000036100000142A298ABE9.jpg

Link words must refer back to sites that are accessible on the web, and not to local files.

Tables should be created by using the menu “table+insertion” in word

Graphics produced with excel should be converted into images

Notes should appear at the end of each page.

Bibliography must be placed at the end of the text in alphabetical order according to the names of the authors.

The images

In your article, the presentation of your images should be as following :


Title of your image

Source of your image (if necessary)

Legend of your image (if necessary)

Do not forget to mention the scale on your maps.

The format of your images

Your images should be included in your article, but they also should be joined separately.
We recommend you to check the quality of your images. The resolution will not be less than 200-300 dpi. The image will be at least 1,000 pixels large.

Pay attention that the version of image is as much as possible close to the original and as less as possible damaged by the different recordings.

When you are working on your image, we advise you to save it in a format such as PSD or PNG or TIFF. For the final version, if you use photoshop, you should “Save under” and not “Save for the web” in order to keep the best quality. You may choose the JPEG format with a maximum quality (12). The PNG format can also be used, although the weight of such file may be higher. It can be used for articles with very few images. If your images include transparent zones avoid the PNG format.

The title of your images

The title of your images will be placed below the image and not in the image. The titles will be numbered, e.g.: Figure 1: Downtown

The sources of your images

The source should be clearly indicated. The source of the data used for the production of the image (e.g.: US census, 2001) or the source of the image if it does not belong to you. Please make sure that you have the right to cite or reproduce the image before submitting your article.

Presentation of the Bibliography


Batty M., 2001, "Polynucleated Urban Landscapes", Urban Studies, Vol.38, No.4, 635-655


Dematteis G., 1996, "Towards a unified metropolitan urban system in Europe : Core centrality versus network distributed centrality", in Pumain D., Saint-Julien Th. (eds.), Urban networks in Europe, Paris, INED and John Libbey Eurotext.


Hagget P., 2001, Geography: a global synthesis, London, Pearson Education.

Hard G., 1970, Die Landschaft der Sprache und die Landschaft der Geographen, Bonn, Ferd-Dümmlers Verlag.

Electronic articles

Schwarz R.,1997, "Predicting wine quality from terrain. Characteristics by regression trees", Cybergeo : Revue européenne de géographie, No. 35, 07/11/97, 10 p. (

Cybergeo Data Papers Guidelines and Metadata template

Cybergeo's data papers section aims at becoming a central place of secondary geographical databases where:

  1. the data production is transparent and citable (unlike unpublished data),

  2. the work put by authors into the construction of geographical databases is documented so as to be reusable and transferable to new purposes,

  3. the data itself is evaluated and peer-reviewed, unlike what simple repository services offer,

  4. the datasets are accessible and searchable through dedicated semantic and geographical research engines.

On top of the generic guidelines that authors are asked to follow when they submit a paper to Cybergeo (regarding length, bibliographic styles etc.), data papers should follow more specific guidelines in order to make the description of data standardised and comparable from paper to paper in the journal.

Specific guidelines for GeoData Papers

  • Deposit your data in an appropriate and sustainable repository and provide the appropriate authorisation certificates if the data includes elements under proprietary license.

  • Indicate the sources of the original records used to construct the database (organisation, timestamp, format, variables selected, link to the repository, etc.). 

  • Detail the spatial and scalar features of the data (points, lines, polygones, local, regional, etc.). What spatial units are they composed of? Are they compatible with any available GIS geometry? How do the output objects relate to the input objects (aggregation, transformation, etc.)?

  • Document, explain and justify all the procedures used to transform the original records into the final geodatabase. Demonstrate the value added through this process.

  • Present the validation process of the geodatabase which guarantees its quality (technical validation, sensitivity and robustness analyses, comparisons with other data benchmarks, etc.) and measure the adequation of the results of this validation process with initial objectives making the construction of the geodatabase necessary. State very clearly the strengths and limitations of the published dataset.

  • Give specific usage instructions to potential future users if necessary.

  • If necessary, Cybergeo reviewers may ask you to give access to any intermediate data (that you do not intend to publish) so as to validate the process of data production and its added value.

  • Please provide all metadata in conformity with ISO standard as mentioned below : (all metadata should be included in a file called notice.txt placed at the root of the data directory or added to the zipfile of the dataset)

Submissions in French, in Spanish and in English will be considered, but we recommend using the English language to ensure the maximum openness of the dataset.

Metadata template


The Title must be concise and direct, so it should not contain acronyms or abbreviations.

If the data is part of a larger project, it is recommended to indicate the project at the end of the title.

Proposal of information to include:

Topic + Geographical Scope + Scale / Pixel Size + (Organization)


The summary should allow the reader to understand the information offered by the content of the data in a clear and concise way. It is recommended not to use acronyms without explanation and to summarize the most important details in the first sentence.


Words or phrases to describe the subject


Topic (s) of the dataset (farming, biota, boundaries, climatology, Meteorology, Atmosphere, economy, elevation, environment, geodetic, health, land cover, military, water, location, cadastre, forest, soils, society, built environment, transport, utilities…)


Language used by the data set

Spatial coverage

Precise location and geographical extension

Temporal coverage

  • Time lapse. Period of time covered by the geographic resource

  • Publication date. Date of publication of the geographical resource

  • Latest update. Date of the last revision, if applicable

Format name and version

File's format

Creation date

Dataset creator

Name and function developed by the person responsible for the resource

Responsible organization and person

Identification of the person or persons and their organizations related to the resource (s). This is the description of the organization responsible for the creation, management, maintenance or distribution of the resource. Name of the organization and a contact through an email address must be included.

Repository location



Type of the creative commons license

Reuse potential

Provide possible use of data


Specific use that has already been given to the resource

Type of spatial representation

Controlled list limited to the following values:

  • vector (vector): Vector data

  • grid (grid): Data mesh

  • text table (textTable): Text or tabular data

  • tin (tin): Irregular triangular network

  • stereoscopic model (stereoModel): Three-dimensional vision formed by the intersections of the homologous rays of a pair of overlapping images

  • video (video): Scene of a video recording

  • photography

Spatial resolution (scale or minimum cartographic unit)

Factor that gives a general idea about the density of spatial data in the data set.

Geographic extension

Coordinates of the minimum bounding rectangle

Reference system

Reference System Identifier.


Code: EPSG:4258

Authority: European Petroleum Survey Group (EPSG)


Information about the data source used in the creation of the data specified in the scope

Format for metadata





250 characters





100 words

Temporal reference






Time lapse















Publication date





Latest update





Creation date




Responsible organization




250 characters

Responsible role




250 characters





250 characters





50 words

Type of spatial representation



controlled list

vector - grid - table - tin - esteoroscopic model - photo - video

Spatial resolution (scale or minimum cartographic unit)




50 characters





50 characters





100 characters

Geographic extension






min y


number - float



min x


number - float



max y


number - float



max x


number - float


Reference system




50 words





100 words



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