Only original articles can be published in disP, which are not released in any other journal or publication at the same time. The articles may be written in german, french, italian or english. A summary in english should accompany each main article (Abstract).

Panel procedure
Articles published in disP must undergo a selection procedure by a panel of experts. In this way, it can be ensured that only high-quality material will be published in disP.

Steps of the selection procedure:

  • A manuscript meeting all of the criteria for publishing in disP is sent to the editorial staff.
  • The editors decide if an article fulfills all of the formal criteria and if it is suited for being published in disP. The author is then notified if his or her article will be passed on to the selection panel or not.
  • Start of the double blind panel selection procedure: The editorial staff chooses two suitable experts (members of the disP list of panel experts or professionals who are asked to serve from time to time), who declare themselves prepared to write a panel report with commentary and if necessary, suggestions for modification or reasons for refusal.
  • The results of the panel procedure are passed on to the authors. Depending on the result, the article is either printed in its original form, returned to the author for revision, or is rejected.


Each article must have the following

  • Main text with title and subtitles and crossheadings where necessary
  • Summary in english
  • List of relevant literature
  • Footnotes, if necessary
  • Information on the authors
  • When possible, illustrative pictures, graphics, tables in good quality for reproduction

The editorial staff will begin processing your manuscript as soon as they have recieved all of the above. They do not hold themselves responsible for the loss or damage of sent manuscripts, which they have not requested – especially graphical material.

Text length
In general, main articles may be up to ten pages in length with 4000 characters (including spaces) per page, or 40,000 characters maximum. If illustrations, maps or tables are used, the necessary space should be subtracted from the maximum allowed length. It is possible that exceptions may be made for articles which exceed this limit due to the nature of the theme. The editorial staff maintains the right to shorten texts or leave out illustrations or tables at any time.

The main title should be either two rows in length (60–80 characters) maximum or a main title of one row may be supplemented with a one row subtitle (150 characters total).

Formatting Tips

  • Do not indent and make as few lists as necessary.
  • Use subheadings and when necessary, number the headings using roman numerals (e.g. 1., 1.1, 1.1.2, maximum three levels)
  • Bold/cursive: In the body of the text, individual terms or sentences may be written in cursive but not bold. Please use as little as possible.
  • Check to make sure that hyphens (-) and dashes (—) have been used correctly.

Footnotes | Annotations | Citations
Footnotes will be printed in the form of end notes. However, important information for the comprehension of the article should not be hidden in the annotations.
Citations must be given with a list of references, either numbered in the annotative rubric or as a short reference in the body of the article (e.g.: Beyeler, Hofmann 1997:4), as long as the work is listed in the bibliography and easily identifiable with the given information.

The bibliography is to be organized alphabetically.
The following is to be used as a model (please note punctuation marks):

  • Bürgi, S.; Staudacher, S.; Cavegn, G. (1990): Direktzahlungen an die Berglandwirtschaft. Zürich: vdf.
  • Gmünder, M. (2004): Mit weniger Planung zu mehr Raum? In Schaltegger, C.; Schaltegger, S. (eds.): Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik. Zürich: vdf, 557–570.

Journal articles should additionally include the name of the journal, the edition and issue number as well as the page number:

  • Weixelbaumer, N. (1995): Das Regionalparkkonzept als nachhaltige Regionalentwicklungsstrategie. In disP, 123: 20–27.


Black and white mode
Illustrations in disP are reproduced solely in black and white (monochrome). Please check that all illustrations or maps that are originally in color are transformed into black and white mode without losing any quality or resolution.

Digital formats
Illustrations in electronic form should be sent in either in eps format or as Photoshop or tiff documents.
Ideally all illusttrations should be saved as individual files (not already inserted into the text) and printed out separately, labelled with the name of the file and the program used.
If you believe you might have problems in this area, make sure to consult with the editorial staff in due time.

The editorial staff and graphic department reserve the right to decrease the size of illustrations or maps for publication, or remove individual graphics, should an article be too long. It is desirable that you note in your text where illustrations, tables or maps are to be placed. However, due to layout design considerations, the final placement of graphical material may vary from the specified location.

All illustrations and tables should include meaningful descriptions or captions with a maximum length of 150 characters.
It is necessary to note the source of every graphic. As the author, you are required to obtain the necessary permission to print graphical material of a third party.


Each article will be preceded by an abstract in English (length 1500 characters), that summarize the article’s content. Please submit these, already translated if necessary, in english!

Biographical information
We need the following information from all authors/co-authors: Name, First Name, academic title, current position or job (e.g. Professor for Urban Design, Owner of the planning office Optiplan), postal address, telephone and fax number, E-mail address. At the end of each article, the normal as well as E-mail address of the authors will be published.


Submitting manuscripts

Page proofs | Approval to print
After being edited and professionally proofread, you will recieve your article once more for final review. At this point, the articles are already set in columns, but not yet approved to print. Graphics and tables are in full-scale. During the final review, you should limit your corrections for the most part to spelling and grammatical errors and inconsistencies. A comprehensive revision of the articles is no longer possible at this point. Corrections should be either written legibly on the page proofs and then faxed to the editorial staff or written as a list and communicated via E-mail. If the editors are not able to contact the authors by the due date, articles will either be printed without the final approval of the authors or waived.