The scientific journal “Problems of Geography” is a periodical of the Department of Geography (former Geographical Institute) at the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography (NIGGG) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). It is the only journal in Bulgaria, in which materials of geographic nature are published. The journal is a successor of the “Bulletin of the Geographical Institute “, printed from 1951 till 1975.
The “Problems of Geography” journal is issued in four volumes a year; the scientific papers are published in either Bulgarian, English, Russian, French or German language. The journal contains papers of strictly scientific nature relating to important issues of physical and economic geography (geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, landscape studies, geography of the population and settlements, economic sectors and systems, cartography, geographical aspects of environmental protection, rational use of natural and human resources, labor market, regional development and planning, etc.), as well as papers of theoretical and methodological character, and ones presenting results from scientific and applied research on important and topical issues from all branches of the geographic sciences and the related fields of scientific knowledge. In addition, results from various scientific projects are also published in the journal, as well as scientific reports and discussion materials.
The Editorial Board focuses its attention on the publication of materials which discuss important contemporary scientific issues relating to climate change and the possibilities of social and economic systems to adapt to those changes, the sustainable use of nature, the development of mountain and rural areas, coastal zones, processes of socio-economic transformation, Euroregions, etc. A special place is given to the publishing of scientific papers on topical issues, which papers have not been included in other journals, such as the application of geoinformation technologies for management and modeling of the environmental changes, risk management, population mobility, geographical aspects of the functioning of the labor market, tourism, etc. Those are considered leading research issues by scientists not only in Bulgaria but also abroad.
All submitted materials are anonymously reviewed by two reviewers – members of the Editorial Board, or by the Advisory Board which bodies both comprise eminent scientists from Bulgaria and abroad. In case of two different reviews, the paper is submitted to a third, “superreviewer” (the review procedure is thoroughly described in the “Publication ethics” of the “Requirements to the authors” menu).
A certain part of the illustrations are printed in color. A significant proportion of the materials are printed in English, thus allowing the distribution of the journal through the international book exchange and its use in more than 35 countries worldwide (see the “Journal policy” of “Introduction” menu), while receiving in return valuable foreign editions.
Submitted submissions to Problems of Geography journal are copyrighted. Problems of Geography journal provides immediate open access to its content (in the “Journal policy” of the “Introduction” menu).
The “Problems of Geography” journal can be followed in any of the listed database: Vanity (peer reviewed journal) Google Scholar; NEBIS (Switzerland); UBC (Canada); ECONBIZ (Germany); ROAD; WorldCat ( the world’s largest library catalog); IGB (International Geographical Bibliography); MIAR – index 4.5; COBBIS(BG).
In Bulgaria the “Problems of Geography” journal is distributed via Bulgarian Posts PLC and Dobi Press LTD distributing agency.