Human Geography: A New Radical Journal (HG) is broadly conceived to cover topics ranging from economic, urban, social, cultural and geopolitical issues. Therefore, HG is committed to an array of research ranging from political economy, to cultural economy to political ecology. It is envisaged as a well-written, critical, political, and intellectually rich journal that can be read in its entirety, stimulate debates and spark social change.
The critical politics that fueled the radical geography movement is being dissipated in philosophical-theoretical aestheticization and niceties, and empirical evasions. Particularly, articles written from specifically Marxian and post-Marxian/post-structural philosophical-theoretical and political positions face a difficult time – young academics have to deny their radical politics to get published. Thus, HG consciously favors political as well as theoretically-based articles from various left positions that definitely include Marxist-Socialist positions, in addition to feminist, queer, anarchist, anti-racist, postcolonial, anticolonial, subaltern and any newly emerging critical thought.
Additionally, HG is a forum to respond to the difficult and wide range of urgent social and political questions thrown up by capitalist globalization that are not being fully addressed in an increasingly neoliberalizing and commodified academia. Some of the most basic issues (the Iraq invasion, the war induced refugee crisis, global finance capitalism, poverty, famine, imperialism, environmental crisis) are hardly mentioned in the existing journals. Hence, we favor a new, more extensive and politically inclusive journal of broadly, but very politically, conceived Human Geography
|Richard Peet||Clark University, USA|
|Raju Das||York University, Canada|
|John Lauermann||City University of New York, USA|
|Clayton F. Rosati||Bowling Green State University, USA|
|Jayson Funke||City University of New York, USA|
|B. S. Butola||Jawaharlal Nehru University, India|
|Jerónimo Montero||Argentina’s National Council of Scientific and Technological Research, Argentina|
|Alistair Fraser||Maynooth University, Ireland|
|Wing Shing Tang||Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong|
|Jessica Marter-Kenyon||University of Georgia, USA|
|Jay T. Johnson||University of Kansas, USA|
|Guy Baeten||University of Lund, Sweden|
|Patrick Bond||University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Myrna Breitbart||Hampshire College, USA|
|Kevin Cox||Ohio State University, USA|
|Mike Davis||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Annette Desmarais||University of Manitoba, Canada|
|Jody Emel||Clark University, USA|
|Salvatore Engel-DiMauro||State University of New York, New Paltz, USA|
|Arturo Escobar||University of North Carolina, USA|
|Nancy Ettlinger||The Ohio State University, USA|
|Emily Gilbert||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Ruthie Gilmore||University of Southern California, USA|
|Jim Glassman||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Sara Gonzalez||University of Leeds, UK|
|Derek Gregory||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Costis Hadjimichalis||Harokopio University, Athens, Greece|
|Elaine Hartwick||Framingham State University, USA|
|David Harvey||City University of New York, USA|
|Andy Herod||University of Georgia, USA|
|Nik Heynen||University of Georgia, USA|
|Maria Kaika||University of Manchester, UK|
|Mazen Labban||Rutgers University, USA|
|Ana María Liberali||Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina|
|Alex Loftus||Royal Holloway College, UK|
|Bernardo Mançano Fernandes||State University of Sao Paulo, Brasil|
|Geoff Mann||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Don Mitchell||Syracuse University, USA|
|Phil O'Keefe||Northumbria University, UK|
|Phil O'Neill||University of Western Sydney, USA|
|Stijn Oosterlynck||KU Leuven, Belgium|
|Thomas Ponniah||George Brown College, Toronto, Canada|
|Cynthia Pope||Central Connecticut State University and Yale University, USA|
|Laura Pulido||University of Southern California, USA|
|Abdi Samatar||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Eric Sheppard||UCLA, USA|
|Erik Swyngedouw||University of Manchester, UK|
|Michael Watts||University of California, Berkeley, USA|
|Bobby Wilson||University of Alabama, USA|
|Christian Zeller||University of Salzburg, Austria|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Human Geography
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hug to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Human Geography will be reviewed.
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There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Human Geography does not accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers.
Table of Contents:
- What Do We Publish
1.1 Aims and Scope
1.2 Article Types
1.3 Writing Your Paper
- Editorial Policies
2.1 Peer Review Policy
2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.5 Research Data
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication Ethics
3.2 Contributor’s Publishing Agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing Your Manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplemental material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting Your Manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First Publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further Information
Before submitting your manuscript to Human Geography, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Human Geography is a peer-reviewed journal publishing on advances in critical human geography. The board of editors invites the submission of substantive articles, opinion pieces, book review essays and book reviews. We strive for a well-written, critical, intellectual journal, not full of empirical detail, and not encumbered by too many citations, a journal that can be read in its entirety. If authors are unsure about the fit of a proposed article, send us a brief synopsis to look at and give an opinion on suitability, style etc.
Substantive articles submitted to HG should not exceed 8000 words in length. This 8000-word limit includes visual aids such as maps, images and figures. Visual aids are calculated based on their size relative to the journal page – e.g., half-page figure counts as 250 words. The word limit excludes abstract, title page, keywords, acknowledgements and references. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
An opinion piece published in Human Geography is a short reflection on an important event/process, place, or an idea, whether contemporary or historical. The ‘opinion’ in the opinion piece must be based in intellectual reasoning, which is illustrated – or which can be illustrated -- with empirical evidence. It is expected to be critical of the social-ecological world, including the political practices aimed at influencing that world, and/or of the ideas about that world.
We welcome unsolicited submissions deploying one or more of the several approaches to society and its relation with nature, that challenge the existing political-economic arrangements and social oppression. And we especially welcome unsolicited opinion articles written from a Marxist perspective. The topic of the opinion piece must have contemporary relevance, theoretical and/or practical. An opinion piece does not have to be purely academic: an opinion article could seek to bridge the gap between the academic space and the world of emancipatory actions, in the form of ‘radical fieldnotes’ reflecting on the on-going struggles for a better world.
An opinion piece should be no longer than 3000 words. All Opinion pieces/editorials will be reviewed.
Book reviews focus on a single book (though often engage with other literature to address broader questions and themes within geography). The purpose of a regular book review is to summarize the main findings of the book and discuss how it contributes to debates in critical/radical geography (theoretically, methodologically, pedagogically, etc.). Book reviews are a maximum of 2000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references. Book review titles should be formatted as such: Title of Book, Book’s Author(s), Place of publication or location of source, Publisher (if applicable), Year (or date if an exhibit)
Book review essays review two or more recent books that address a similar theme. The purpose of book review essays is to discuss emerging conversations in the field. They summarize the main findings of each book, but also explain broader debates in the field under review. Book review essays are a maximum of 5000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references. For review essays, create an appropriate title of no more than 25 words, followed by the sources in the same manner as book reviews.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Making your article discoverable
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
2. Editorial Policies
2.1 Peer Review Policy
Substantive articles undergo double-blind peer-review process. Opinion pieces and book reviews are peer-reviewed by editors and may be sent out for blind reviews based on the decision of the opinion or book review editor(s).
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
Human Geography is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Human Geography can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
Human Geography encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway
2.5 Research Data
At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, Human Geography encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.
3. Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication Ethics
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Human Geography and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway
Human Geography offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
4. Preparing your manuscript
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
4.3 Supplemental Material
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files
4.4 Reference Style
Human Geography adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Clark JM and Hockey L (1979) Research for Nursing. Leeds: Dobson Publishers.
Gumley V (1988) Skin cancers. In: Tschudin V and Brown EB (eds) Nursing the Patient with Cancer. London: Hall House, pp.26–52.
Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 296(4): 401–405.
4.5 English language editing services
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Human Geography is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hug to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
6. On acceptance and publication
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
7. Further Information
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Human Geography editorial office as follows:
Waquar Ahmed – Waquar.Ahmed@unt.edu
Ipsita Chatterjee – Ipsita.Chatterjee@unt.edu
7.1 Appealing the publication decision
Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.
If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at firstname.lastname@example.org