"This paper is a study of the full content of the articles published by RPER, the Portuguese Review of Regional Studies, since its launching, in 2003, until the first quarter of 2015. RPER is the journal edited by the Portuguese section of European Regional Science Association, which was established in the first half of the eighties of the 20th century. The Association (APDR) and the Journal are the result of the contribution of researchers and technicians from different scientific fields, going from Economics to Geography, Sociology, Engineering and Architecture, mainly, who take as their main focus the territory, that is, the socio-economic life as it involves in concrete sites, conditioned by their resources and capabilities, historical and cultural heritage and institutions. Content analysis was undertaken in order to identify the main subjects chosen along the total period under analysis, the nature of the articles published (more theoretical or empirical) and the main analytical framework used. The analysis takes also sub-periods in order to investigate major trends found in terms of subjects chosen and analytical methods, questioning the rationale behind that. The paper concludes with a few notes regarding the social echo that the research got and with the identification of the main limitations of the research performed. In a first part of the article, to serve as a basis for the empirical approach developed, a summary review of the genesis and evolution of Regional Science at international level is undertaken."
J. Cadima Ribeiro
School of Economics and Management and NIPE, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, Braga, Portugal
Institute of Social Sciences and Lab2.pt (Landscape, Patrimony and Territory Laboratory), University of Minho, Campus de Azurém, Guimarães, Portugal
(resumo de artigo entretanto publicado em Revista Brasileira de Gestão e Desenvolvimento Regional, Vol. 11, Nº 4 (número especial), 2015, págs. 3-26)