Guidelines for the submission of manuscripts
to The North American Geographer
Preparation of Manuscripts
| Reference Citation | Procedures
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The North American Geographer is an independent journal
that publishes original material of interest from a wide range
of scholars. It is oriented especially toward emerging geographers,
including graduate students. Submitted articles should be relevant
to North American human geography (the realm from Panama to the
Arctic) and be either traditional researched or field observation
pieces. Book, software, and map reviews are also encouraged. All
submissions should be free of technical language. Send submissions
to: The North American Geographer; c/o
Douglas A. Hurt
University of Central Oklahoma
Department of History and Geography
100 N. University Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034
e-mail: dhurt1 (at) ucok (dot) edu
Preparation of Manuscripts
The North American Geographer publishes three types of articles:
"geographical voice" position papers, traditional articles,
and field observation pieces. While writing conventions will vary
depending on the type of manuscript written, general guidelines
are outlined below.
Typically, articles should be 10 to 30 double-spaced pages (2,500
to 7,500 words). References should follow the in-text, author-date
system. Locate the citations at the end of sentences, when possible
(Example 2001: 23-33). Please include page numbers only when citing
direct quotations or statistics. When referring to more than one
source, list the oldest first and the most recent last. A limited
number of endnotes may also be used in order to expand on points
while maintaining the flow of the text.
The manuscript should be double-spaced on 8.5"x11"
paper with one inch margins. Please paginate the document. All
ancillaries should be camera-ready. List the name of the author(s)/photographer(s)
for each illustration, table, and photograph. Consider the journal
page size (approximately 8.5"x5.5") when drafting figures.
Include a cover page with the title of the piece, the name(s)
and affiliation(s) of author(s), address, phone number, e-mail
address, and a three-to-five sentence personal biography. An abstract
of 100 to 150 words with three to five keywords should accompany
All works cited in the text, endnotes, and figures should be
listed in the "References" section following the article.
List entries alphabetically by the author's last name. Multiple
works by the same author should be listed chronologically. Common
examples of citations are found below. For additional examples,
please consult past issues of the journal or contact the contributing
Salter, Christopher L. 1971. The Cultural Landscape.
Belmont, CA: Duxbury Press.
Nostrand, Richard L. and Lawrence E. Estaville. 2001. Homelands:
A Geography of Culture and Place Across America. Baltimore:
Johns Hopkins University Press.
Chapter in an edited book:
Lewis, Peirce. 1979. Axioms for Reading the Landscape:
Some Guides to the American Scene. In The Interpretation
of Ordinary Landscapes, ed. D. W. Meinig, pp. 11-32. New
York: Oxford University Press.
Wishart, David J. 1997. The Selectivity of Historical
Representation. Journal of Historical Geography 23(2):
McKinnon, Shaun. 2000. Arizona Grows to Edge of Water
Crisis: Cities Drain Groundwater With No Backup Plan. The
Denver Post, 20 May, p. 32A.
Egan, Timothy. 2001. Las Vegas Bet on Growth but Doesn't
Love Payoff. The New York Times, 26 January. <www.nytimes.com/2001/01/26/national/26VEGA.html>
(last accessed 27 January 2001).
Refereeing and Submission Procedures
All articles and book reviews are peer reviewed. Typically, the
contributing editors and at least two "blind" reviewers
comment on each manuscript. In order to ensure anonymity, author
names should not appear anywhere in the manuscript or figures.
Please place all contact information on a cover page that will
be detached for refereeing purposes. Submit one hard copy of the
manuscript with all text and figures and one copy of the manuscript
(with any available digital figures) on an IBM-formatted disk,
ZIP disk, or CD in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word. A cover letter
should accompany the submission that states that the manuscript
is not under review elsewhere, it will not be submitted to another
publication until an editorial decision by The North American
Geographer is reached, and the work has not been published
elsewhere and is not under copyright. It is the responsibility
of the author to secure permission for the reproduction of copyrighted
material. Every attempt will be made to ensure an expeditious
refereeing process. Although the length of time will vary, the
standard turn-around time is approximately four months.
Any additional questions can be directed to the above address.
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