Journal Policies

Acta Geographica Debrecina Landscape & Environment series publishes both research and application oriented papers in the area of  landscape evaluation; landscape metrics; land use changes; investigation of environmental elements; climatology; meteorology; human impacts, tourism and environment, GIS. The journal is a diamond open access journal, publishing and downloading articles are both free of charge. All of our articles and Issues are available in the following repositories: University of Debrecen Electronic Archive

The Journal publishes the received and reviewed articles on its website, thus enabling members to have immediate access to the papers. Reactions to articles previously published in Acta Geographica Debrecina Landscape & Environment series should be sent to the Editor.

This journal operates a half-blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final. 

Authors must ensure that the submitted manuscript is their original work (data including graphs, figures, tables, and illustrations), which has not been published previously. Authors must ensure also that the submitted manuscript has not been considered for publication elsewhere. Authors are aware that if the content detailed above has been published elsewhere, our Journal cannot accept it. Authors of the Journal are requested to sign the Authorʹs declaration document. The filled and signed form should be uploaded with the submitted article on the website of the Journal.

To avoid plagiarism, after the submission, the manuscripts will be checked by an international plagiarism search software programme. If the similarity index is too high the manuscript will be immediately rejected. After the acceptance usually 3 months passes until the Journal publishes the scientific material.

Ethical Regulations for Publication


By submitting their manuscripts to the journal, all authors shall reveal that the manuscripts do comply with the highest level professional-ethical standards, having regard to the author and co-authors.

Present ethical statement is based on the guide entitled “COPE (Committee On Publication Ethics) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


Editorial board of the journal shall decide what articles submitted for publication will be published in the paper. The editorial board can be conducted by the guiding principles determined by the editorial committee of the journal as well as can be limited by the applicable legislation in force on defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editorial board can request the assistance of the editorial committee to make decisions.

The journal reserves the right to run the submitted manuscripts through a plagiarism filtering system (iThenticate Plagiarism Software-CrossCheck). By doing so, comparisons in more databases can be realized.


Fair Play 

The editor shall always evaluate the intellectual content of the manuscript irrespective of the race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, origin or political views of the authors.


The editor and the editorial colleagues shall not disclose any information about the manuscript submitted for publication to any person, with the exception of the author, lectors, potential lectors, other editorial advisers and the publisher.

Disclosure and Incompatibility

The materials which are waiting for publication but not yet published shall not be used for the editor’s (or editors’) own research without the author’s express permission in a written statement.


Contribution to Editorial Decisions

The opinion-expressing can assist the editor in making editorial decisions and can help the author to improve the manuscript via communication with the author.


Any chosen referee, insofar as he/she does not consider himself/herself able to express opinions on a manuscript to be published or knows that the immediate opinion-expressing is impossible, must indicate this to the editor and will be excluded from the opinion-expressing process.


All manuscripts arrived for opinion-expressing shall be handled as secret documents. Publication and sharing of the manuscripts are allowed only with the editor’s authorization.


The opinions should be objective. It is inappropriate to criticize the author’s personage. The referees should underpin their assertions by arguments.

Reference of Sources

The referee shall be able to identify the relevant published works not referred by the authors. Appropriate references shall be provided for all statements containing such observations, conclusions or arguments which were previously published previously. The referees shall draw the editor’s attention to any situation when there is a substantial similarity or overlap between the reviewed manuscript and any of those studies which are known by the referees and have been already published.

Disclosure and Incompatibility

Information and ideas obtained through opinion-expressing right shall be handled as confidential and shall not be used for gaining personal benefits. The referees shall not express opinions on such manuscripts the authors of which or companies, institutions related to the study are in a conflict of such interests with the referees which are resulting from any competition, cooperation or other relations.