Scienze Regionali: Italian Journal of Regional Science was established in 2001 as a forum for debate on territorial issues. It is the official journal of AISRe-Associazione Italiana di Scienze Regionali, the Italian Section of the Regional Science Association International, founded in 1980.

Disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, geography, anthropology, and ecology have long concerned themselves with territory, analysing it from various standpoints. Other disciplines, including economics and sociology, have instead recently recognized the need to construe relational systems according to spatial criteria and to identify the “territory” and the characteristics of social and economic processes related to space.

The journal’s official languages are Italian and English. It publishes original theoretical, methodological, and empirical papers dealing with the above-mentioned topics and more generally drawing on the social sciences as they relate to the study of territory. By hosting contributions from leading international researchers, it aims to become a cutting-edge scholarly journal in its field.

The journal is indexed in JEL on CD, e-JEL, Repec and EconLit and all papers are subject to a blind peer review. It is indexed by the SCOPUS (Elsevier Bibliographic Databases from year 2015) and Journal of Economic Literature [JEL] (of American Economic Association).


The Journal covers regional and urban development, territorial externalities, knowledge spillovers, location theory, economic and social networks, ecological and environmental analysis, spatial economics and statistics, territorial information systems, infrastructures, transportation, territorial and economic planning, regional convergence and disparities, regional and cohesion policies, assessment and evaluation of territorial policies.


The Journal is aimed at:
- Academic researchers in the field of regional science;
- Scholars at public and private research institutions engaged in territorial-related analyses;
- Civil servants, public officers and administrators in national, regional and local public institutions.


Outline of the Journal
SR - Italian Journal of Regional Science is organized into a number of sections:

  • Critical Surveys: publishes literature reviews by distinguished International scholars;
  • Articles: publishes 3-6 original articles accepted after a blind peer-review process;
  • Notes and debates: features comments on key topics, both theoretical and policy oriented, with the purpose of soliciting inter-disciplinary debate;
  • Territorial Policy Perspectives: features comments on relevant themes for territorial policies at Italian, European and international level;
  • Book Review: published here are signed reviews of the recent and most interesting books in regional science Scienze Regionali: Italian Journal of Regional Science is a peer-reviewed journal,

Further information on websites

FrancoAngeli issues published from 2002 to 2016

Il Mulino  issues published from 2017