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Author Guidelines


To submit a manuscript for review, authors must register on the HG site as a user, making sure to check "reader" under the desired user roles.  Once registered, please email one of the editors directly for assistance in adding the "author" role to your registration. This will allow you to submit a manuscript directly.


Manuscripts should be 20 to 25 pages in length, double spaced, free of technical language, and prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (University of Chicago Press, 2010). Since the journal is published in an all-digital format, authors are encouraged to engage digital media and links that support their scholarly analysis and presentation.  Authors must, however, maintain a coherent written narrative for submissions, even when the manuscript is supported extensively by other forms of embedded media.  The written narrative should be engaging enough to stand alone when printed as a PDF.


All bibliographic information should be included in sequentially numbered full endnotes. Bibliographic entries should include full names of authors and editors. Please use the following forms:

Bonita Lawrence, “Real” Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native Peoples and Indigenous Nationhood (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2004), 79.

Article in an edited volume:
John Law, “After ANT: Complexity, Naming and Topology” in John Law and John Hassard, eds., Actor Network Theory and After (Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers/The Sociological Review, 1999), 7.

Article in a journal:
Angharad Saunders, “The Practice of the Text: Arts of Conversation, Arts of Writing,” Historical Geography 36 (2008): 94.


Authors are welcome to include hyperlinks and media files to be embedded within a manuscript.  All media files must be submitted for direct hosting on the journal’s servers, and media files should use standard formats that require minimal software/plug-in support for readers. Articles published in HG will be considered static at time of publication; and text, images or other media will not be edited/updated over time.  If the manuscript uses/presents data or media that are non-static, a notice should be included at the end of the article to point readers to external sites or servers for further information or updates.

Hyperlinks should be embedded in the document using standard word-processing formats.

Images and Tables
Images and tables should be submitted as separate files (not embedded in the text) and should be numbered consecutively, accompanied by a separate list of numbered captions. If using copyrighted artwork, the author must secure written permission for its reproduction in Historical Geography. Digital images may be submitted as .tiff or .jpg files, minimum 300 dpi. When formatting tables, titles should appear at the top. Titles for illustrations should appear in the captions, not in the illustrations themselves. All lettering within figures should be no smaller than 6 pts. and should be in a standard font.

Other Digital Media
All images and digital media should be provided separately (not embedded in the text) and should be encoded in commonplace formats such as RealPlayer, Quicktime, Flash, or MS Media Player formats, or common video formats such as .avi or .mpeg4. Slideshows should be set into javascript. Alternatively, authors may submit a set of still images to be rendered during the publishing process to run as a slide show. In the event an author feels he/she must use a non-standard media file format or something that requires software installation on the journal's servers, the author(s) and editors will consider it on a case by case basis. In general, please strive for long-term compatibility to avoid media instabilities over time.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and directions for the placement of all illustrations, figures, and tables are included within the text.
  5. If figures are to be used, they should be submitted as separate supplemental files (not embedded in the text), and a complete list of captions should also be included as a separate supplemental file.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work 12 months after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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