Canadian Journal of Regional Science Revue canadienne des sciences régionales

Editor(s): Sébastien Breau (Co-editor), Jean Dubé (Co-editor)


The Journal's objectives

The Canadian Journal of Regional Science was founded in 1978 on the premise that it "would fill an obvious void in the Canadian social science literature and contribute in some manner to the development of regional science in the country." As it established itself over the years, the Journal's objectives were broadened to (i) provide an outlet for interdisciplinary research on regional and urban issues, (ii) encourage academics to undertake research on regional issues and (iii) promote the exchange of ideas across different academic disciplines, both in Canada and beyond.

The special features of the Journal

The Canadian Journal of Regional Science is unique in the Canadian context since it provides an important research outlet for interdisciplinary work on regional and urban issues in the nation. Given the country's geographic size, differences in endowments across the provinces, its different cultural groups and the persistence of regional economic disparities, the field of regional science as an interdisciplinary subject is key in providing useful insights into the regional dynamics of Canada. Authors who publish in the Journal come from a wide array of disciplines, ranging from economics, geography, sociology, demography and political science to urban and regional planning.

Origins and evolution of the Journal

The Canadian Journal of Regional Science began publication in 1978 at the Regional and Urban Studies Centre, Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University under the co-editorship of Andrew S. Harvey and William J. Coffey. In 1988 the editorship (and production) moved to INRS-Urbanisation at the Université du Québec a Montréal with Professor Jacques Ledent as editor.

Beginning with Volume 16 (1993), production of the journal moved to the Department of Economics, University of New Brunswick with William J. Milne serving as editor. Christopher Bryant of the Université de Montréal took over as editor with Volume 20 (1997) and continued through Volume 33 (2010). During those years production was overseen by Assistant Editor Doug Woodward.

The year 2010 marked an important milestone for the Journal as the first issue of Volume 33 saw it move to an online, open access format. A year later, Professor John Miron of the University of Toronto Scarborough assumed the editorship with Volume 34 (2011), along with Yann Fournis (Université du Québec à Rimouski) and Jean Dubé (Université Laval) as French co-Editors.

With the publication of Volume 42 (2019), Jean Dubé (Université Laval) and Sébastien Breau (McGill University) have taken the lead as co-Editors of the Journal. While the Journal has been redesigned with an entirely new layout, it’s main objective continues to be publishing high-quality work that advances our understanding of regional issues.

Contact information

Inquiries about back issues, copyright and reprinting privileges, and all other business matters, should be sent to Sébastien Breau ( or Jean Dubé (


Back issues (13 issues)

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Editorial policy and ethics

Submission guidelines

The Canadian Journal of Regional Science welcomes submissions, in English or French, of regular articles (7,000 words), research notes (2,500 words) and book reviews (1,000 words) concerned with regional and urban issues, especially those of relevance to Canada. Only original material, not previously published, will be considered. Manuscripts should be submitted to the editors (Sébastien Breau or Jean Dubé) as Word files.

Download the "Author Guidelines for Manuscript Submission to the Canadian Journal of Regional Science for Electronic Publication" document


Referee guidelines
The following guidelines have been established to help with the review process.

Editorial board

Editorial information

Published by
Canadian Regional Science Association

Sébastien Breau, McGill University

Jean Dubé, Université Laval

Editorial advisory board
Joao Porto de Albuquerque, University of Warwick
Mark Boyle, University of Liverpool
Cédric Brunelle, INRS-UCS
Danny Czamanski, Western Galilee College
Nicolas Devaux, Université du Québec à Rimouski
Suzana Dragivevic, Simon Fraser University
Manfred M. Fischer, Vienna University of Economics
Eddie Hui, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Eveline van Leeuwen, Wageningen University
Markus Moos, University of Waterloo
Peter Nijkamp, Free University of Amsterdam
Teresa de Noronha, University of the Algarve
Sergio Rey, University of California - Riverside
Richard Ross Shaker, Ryerson University
Richard Shearmur, McGill University
Tara Vinodrai, University of Toronto