Progress in Human Geography

Progress in Human Geography

2015 Impact Factor: 5.162
2015 Ranking: 2/77 in Geography
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Managing Editor
Noel Castree University of Wollongong, Australia
Louise Amoore Durham University, UK
Christian Berndt University of Zurich, Switzerland
Sarah Elwood University of Washington, USA
Nina Laurie University of St. Andrews, UK
Pauline McGuirk University of Newcastle, Australia

eISSN: 14770288 | ISSN: 03091325 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Progress in Human Geography is the peer-review journal of choice for those wanting to know about the state of the art in all areas of human geography research - philosophical, theoretical, thematic, methodological or empirical. Concerned primarily with critical reviews of current research, PiHG enables a space for debate about questions, concepts and findings of formative influence in human geography.

It is published six times per year in paper format and - in Online First - continuously in electronic format. The six editors of PiHG are supported by an international Editorial Advisory Board.

Five major strands - Perspectives, Reviews, Opinions, Biographies and Key Publications - shape the agenda setting content of the journal. In combination, these strands make PiHG the most innovative, distinctive and wide-ranging journal of human geography today. They enable it to offer critically informed and diverse accounts of the intellectual traditions and contemporary developments that shape and direct human geographical research and teaching.

PERSPECTIVES involves major reviews of work in human geography and related fields. Papers dealing with relevant issues of concern to their authors are submitted and reviewed in the conventional manner. Additional resources may be published electronically as supplements to published papers.

The highly influential and much-cited Progress Reports are commissioned by the editors to provide critical summaries of work in the sub-disciplines of human geography. PiHG Lectures are delivered to the annual conferences of RGS-IBG and AAG and then usually published in a post peer review form.

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REVIEWS includes Book Review Symposia that allow extended and multiply authored critiques of significant works with a response from the author. The journal sometimes publishes book review essays.

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for an example of a Book Review Symposium

OPINIONS includes Forums, a space for collective debate on major topical matters in the field.

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KEY PUBLICATIONS addresses Classics in Human Geography, reflecting on books and other works that have more than stood the test of space and time in shaping the discipline and practice of human geography. Until recently, the journal also highlighted Textbooks That Moved Generations, focussing on key pedagogic publications since the second world war that translated research into teachable ideas and methods of analysis

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Electronic access:

Progress in Human Geography is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

International Editorial Advisory Board
Juliet J Fall University of Geneva, Switzerland
Tovi Fenster Tel Aviv University, Israel
Jouni Häkli University of Tampere, Finland
Robin Kearns University of Auckland, New Zealand
Wendy Larner University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Weidong Liu Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Julia Lossau University of Bremen, Germany
Virginie Mamadouh University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Pauline McGuirk The University of Newcastle Callaghan, Australia
Maano Ramutsindela University of Cape Town, South Africa
Carlos Reboratti University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nadine Schuurman Simon Fraser University, Canada
Jean-Francois Staszak University of Geneva, Switzerland
Professor B. S. A. Yeoh National University of Singapore, Singapore
Perla Zusman University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Former Editors
Kay Anderson University of New South Wales, Australia
Christopher Board London School of Economics, UK
Peter Dicken University of Manchester
Peter Haggett University of Bristol, UK
Ron Johnston University of Bristol, UK
Roger Lee Queen Mary, University of London
David Lowenthal University College London, UK
Alexander B Murphy University of Oregon, USA
Chris Philo University of Glasgow, UK
Sue Roberts University of Kentucky, USA
Susan Smith University of Edinburgh, UK
Michael Williams University of Oxford, UK
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Manuscript style
      5.1 File types
      5.2 Journal style
      5.3 Reference style
      5.4 Manuscript preparation
      5.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      5.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      5.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      5.4.5 English language editing services
    6. After acceptance
      6.1 Proofs
      6.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
      6.3 SAGE production
      6.4 OnlineFirst publication
    7. Further information


    Progress in Human Geography is an international review of geographical research in the social sciences and humanities. It is currently published six times per year. PiHG focuses on reviews of current research in human geography, methodological and theoretical developments in the field, interconnections with related disciplines, and the relevance of such work to the wider world.

    1. Article types

    In preparing a paper for submission to PiHG, you should not be uncritically exhaustive in synthesizing research but might concentrate on the most promising and productive trends and developments. Aim at the widest possible international coverage and consider the relevance of tangential or parallel developments in other fields. Wherever possible, you should explore cross-disciplinary links and evaluate the wider intellectual and, where relevant, the wider practical significance of your arguments and the research to which they relate.

    As a journal concerned primarily with critical reviews of current issues (philosophical, conceptual, theoretical, topical, methodological, ethical and political) in human geography, PiHG does not publish the results of empirical work or accounts of detailed cases. Sometimes the inclusion of some empirical and/or methodological illustration in a paper submitted to the journal may be helpful in presenting the wider argument. But a paper which is primarily concerned with reporting detailed cases or the results of empirical work, no matter how well founded that work is in wider conceptual and methodological contexts, is probably not suited to PiHG and might best be sent to another journal.

    Papers are accepted for consideration on the understanding that they are not being submitted elsewhere.

    Papers should not normally be less than 4000 words in length and should NOT EXCEED 8000 words (inclusive of endnotes but excluding Bibliography).

    The language of the journal is English.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    PiHG operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

    2.2 Authorship

    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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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.

    2.3.1 Writing Assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations 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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.]

    2.4 Funding

    Progress in Human Geography requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Progress in Human Geography to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

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    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

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Progress in 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Progress in 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.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Progress in Human Geography is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit 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.

    Please ensure that your Microsoft Word or RTF document does NOT include a title page or page numbers; the Progress in Human Geography SAGE track system will generate them for you. It is imperative that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    5. Manuscript style

    5.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.

    5.2 Journal Style

    Progress in Human Geography conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    A title-page footnote may be used to give details of the address at which work pertaining to an article was carried out if this is different from the author's current affiliation. Other notes are permissable but should be kept to a minimum and placed at the end of the text. Acknowledgements should be placed at the end of the article, under that heading.

    In dividing articles under headings, please weight your headings by writing A, B, C in the margin of the page:
    A: subheading numbered I, II, III etc.
    B: subsubheading " 1, 2, 3 etc.
    C: subsubsubheading " a, b, c etc.
    Please avoid using more than three weights of subheading.

    5.3 Reference Style

    (i) Please indicate in brackets at the end of the references the number of pages in mimeographed articles and publications.

    (ii) If several papers by the same author and from the same year are cited, a, b, c etc. should be added to the year of publication (eg, 1972a, 1972b etc.).

    (iii) The use of the phrase et al. (= et alia) to indicate multiple authorship is permissible in the text, but not in the list of references, where all names should be given.

    (iv) No journal titles should be abbreviated. If in exceptional circumstances any abbreviations are used, then they should be listed at the beginning of the references.

    (v) If a reference is unpublished please indicate where it can be obtained.

    (vi) For books where the author is editor of the volume this should be clearly marked in the references.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    5.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    5.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGEs Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    5.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.
    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    All maps, diagrams, figures and graphs should be submitted in the form of completed artwork suitable for reproduction. They should be separate from the typescript (with a list of captions on a separate sheet), but their place in the text should be marked.
    (i) Line diagrams: No illustration (including caption) will be given more space than the text area of the journal page ie, 204 mm x 156 mm. Figures should ideally be drawn for a reduction of one-third i.e., 3:2 or 150:100 mm. Where possible, all figures should be drawn for the same reduction.
    (ii) Photographs: Photographs do not have to be of a constant reduction. The degree of reduction should, however, be marked on the back, and any areas which are not required should also be marked. The limitations as to size are the same as for line diagrams. The prints should be high-quality glossy prints, showing as much contrast as possible.
    All cost for reproducing figures in colour must be met by the author.

    Tables should be submitted as separate files. Indicate in the text where the tables should be placed.

    5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    Supplemental materials must be directly related to the article that they are connected with. They should be files that were used to create the research (such as datasets) or be additional pieces to the article that could not be included in the print version (such as audio/ video material that is impossible to produce in print form).

    Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.

    Supplemental files will be uploaded as supplied. They will not be checked for accuracy, copyedited, typeset or proofread. The responsibility for scientific accuracy and file functionality remains with the authors. A disclaimer will be displayed to this effect with any supplemental material published. SAGE does not provide technical support for the creation of supplemental material.

    File formats

    Any standard MS office format (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project, Access, etc.)

    GIF, TIF (or TIFF), EPS, PNG, JPG (or JPEG), BMP, PS (postscript).
    Embedded graphics (i.e. a GIF pasted into a Word file) are also acceptable.

    MP3, AAC, WMA

    Quicktime, MPEG, AVI.
    All video clips must be created with commonly-used codecs, and the codec used should be noted in the supplemental material legend. Video files should be tested for playback before submission, preferably on computers not used for its creation, to check for any compatibility issues.
    SAGE will not host codec files, or be responsible for supporting video supplemental material where the codec used is non-standard.

    5.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    7. After acceptance           

    7.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    7.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    7.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Progress in Human Geography with SAGE.

    7.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    Progress in Human Geography benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    8. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Prof. Noel Castree
    Progress in Human Geography
    Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research
    University of Wollongong


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