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Belgeo is a free E-journal with four annual issues published by the National Committee of Geography, whose aim is to promote and defend Belgian geography under the auspices of the Dutch- and French-speaking Belgian Academies, and the Belgian Royal Geographical Society. From 2012 the journal has followed on the traditional paper journal, whose publication was started in 2000 by the same society and the Belgian Society for Geographical Studies. All former paper issues are now accessible online on Belgeo's website.

Belgeo follows on two former publications, the Revue belge de géographie, itself the successor of the Bulletin de la Société royale belge de géographie, and the Bulletin de la Société belge d’études géographiques. The issues of the Bulletin de la Société royale belge de géographie published before 1914 are freely accessible online on Gallica, the website of the French national Library. Publications by both the Société royale belge de géographie and the Société belge d'études géographiques dated after 1918 will be released on the website of the Belgian Royal Library in the near future.

Belgeo intends to cover the main geographical topics, European and worldwide as well as national geographical problems. The journal wants to keep a balance and an articulation between the general and the local, theory and empirical work, and to offer a substantial place to maps and figures. Belgeo publishes in English, French, Dutch and German and favours the dissemination of research results by Belgian and foreign geographers. Although it remains a generalist journal, Belgeo privileges thematic and transversal issues – 3 per year, but does not exclude spontaneous or isolated contributions, grouped in an annual Miscellaneous issue.

Belgeo is edited by Christian Vandermotten (ULB) and Christian Kesteloot (KU Leuven), in close cooperation with the Editorial board, composed by members from all the Belgian Universities offering geography courses. The Editorial board selects two or three specialised referees, whenever possible with the help of the guest editors of thematic issues, and ensures the follow up of their reports. The Editorial board is supported by an Editorial Advisory board composed of Belgian and foreign members. All manuscripts are submitted to a double blind peer review procedure. The Editorial board policy is deliberately rigorous, but carefully avoids any kind of censorship based on epistemological positions of the authors or on formalist criteria stifling critical thinking. Belgeo is keen on considering papers emphasizing geographers’ social responsibility and their contribution to social and political debates.

The journal is referenced by Scopus and listed in the sites of EUGEO (the Association of the European Societies of Geography) and the International Geographical Union. It is considered among 218 other geographical journals as a valuable journal for publication by the French AERES (the French evaluation agency for research and higher education).

Belgeo’s shift to a free access online publication from 2012 has seen a substantial increase in the number of visitors. While the paper version was printed in around 350 copies, visits to Belgeo website have grown from 6% of those of Cybergeo (the most popular geographical journal in full open access) in 2012, to respectively 14% in 2014 and 18% in 2015, that is almost 188,000 visits per year.

The Harzing Publish and Perish ranking for the 2005-2009 and 2010-2014 periods (thus still largely influenced by the former paper version) shows a score in terms of H-index in line with those of the good generalist journals of geography, excluding commercial and Anglo-Saxon journals.

Publish or Perish website (results corrected by removal of double-counting, quotes and errors of attribution). Accessed 28 January 2016

2005 - 2014

2010 - 2014

Number of published papers

H-index (c)

Average number of quotes per paper

Number of published papers

H-index (c)

Average number of quotes per paper

Belgeo

333

10

1,74

154

7

1,03

Brussels Studies (depuis 2006) (a)

100

10

4,35

59

5

3,02

Bulletin de la Soc. géographique de Liège

89

6

2,07

30

3

1,57

Cybergeo

668

20

3,47

322

13

2,48

VertigO (b)

828

19

3,21

569

13

1,88

L'Espace géographique

286

20

6,48

157

11

3,33

Die Erde

131

15

6,55

89

9

3,39

Norois

314

14

3,14

141

9

2,46

Annales de géographie

297

15

3,39

149

9

2,09

EchoGeo (depuis 2007)

498

11

1,58

311

9

1,43

Rev. de géogr. alpine/J. of Alpine Research

366

11

1,99

253

8

1,23

L'Espace politique (depuis 2007)

213

9

2,33

157

7

1,67

Articulo

167

9

1,76

89

7

1,64

GéoCarrefour

507

14

2,61

250

7

1,10

Helvetica Geographica

71

8

4,76

51

6

1,90

Cahiers de géographie du Québec

608

15

1,30

294

6

0,51

Mappemonde

158

8

2,22

40

5

2,18

Revue géographique de l'Est

238

8

1,20

107

3

0,63

(a) Though not dedicated to geography, Brussels Studies publishes scientific papers from different disciplines in relation to Brussels.
(b)
VertigO addresses environmental questions, not only from a geographical perspective.
(c) The H-index corresponds to the number of papers quoted at least this number of times.

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