Progress in Physical Geography
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Progress in Physical Geography

An International Review of Geographical Work in the Natural and Environmental Sciences
2015 Impact Factor: 2.728
2015 Ranking: 38/184 in Geosciences, Multidisciplinary | 14/49 in Geography, Physical
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Managing Editor
Nicholas Clifford Loughborough University, UK
UK Editor
Karen Anderson University of Exeter, UK
North American Editor
Brent Yarnal Penn State, USA
Asian Editor
David Zhang Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
Associate Editor


eISSN: 14770296 | ISSN: 03091333 | Current volume: 40 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

New Journal Section: from the Archives...

Progress in Physical Geography are now publishing a new section, intended as a complement to its long-running Classics Revisited features. Articles in this section are intended to illuminate progress in physical geography in terms of the evolution of ideas over time. They need not be focussed on any one paper or book but can involve several related publications. Unlike 'Classics' they may well focus on the more obscure, less well known but nevertheless significant aspects of the evolution of the subject.

Contributions of 2,500 - 3,500 words will be welcome. At this early stage, we are open to different interpretations of the approach, and we would welcome any preliminary discussion of potential author's ideas. Please contact ppgeditor@sagepub.co.uk in the first instance.

Progress in Physical Geography is an international journal, encompassing an interdisciplinary approach incorporating the latest developments and debates within Physical Geography and interrelated fields across the Earth, Biological and Ecological System Sciences. Contributions which review progress to date; which blend review material with new and original findings; or which introduce material, methods or techniques at the forefront of current knowledge, while setting directions for future work are welcomed. Authors need not be uncritically exhaustive in synthesizing research on a particular topic, but should concentrate on what they consider to be the most promising recent productive trends and developments which are likely to be transformative.

They should further aim at the widest possible international coverage and should consider the relevance of tangential or parallel developments to their fields. In addition, authors are encouraged to evaluate the general significance of research to date, including practical and policy applications where relevant.

This prestigious journal covers all aspects of:

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Biogeography & landscape ecology
  • Human-environment interaction

Papers include the widest possible international coverage and consider the relevance of tangential and parallel developments in other fields.

Each issue now also includes:

  • Research Resource Reviews of books and other research-related resources, including DVD, media and WWW
  • A review of a classic book or paper

Electronic access:

Progress in Physical Geography is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ppg.sagepub.com

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Progress in Physical Geography is an international peer-reviewed journal, encompassing an interdisciplinary approach incorporating the latest developments and debates within Physical Geography and interrelated fields across the Earth, Biological and Ecological System Sciences. Contributions which review progress to date; which blend review material with new and original findings; or which introduce material, methods or techniques at the forefront of current knowledge, while setting directions for future work are welcomed. Authors need not be uncritically exhaustive in synthesizing research on a particular topic, but should concentrate on what they consider to be the most promising recent productive trends and developments which are likely to be transformative.

They should further aim at the widest possible international coverage and should consider the relevance of tangential or parallel developments to their fields. In addition, authors are encouraged to evaluate the general significance of research to date, including practical and policy applications where relevant.

This prestigious journal covers all aspects of:

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Biogeography & landscape ecology
  • Human-environment interaction

 

Each issue now also includes:

  • Research Resource Reviews of books and other research-related resources, including DVD, media and WWW
  • A review of a classic book or paper

Book Review Editor
Robert Francis King's College London, UK
Classics and Archives
David Butler Texas State University - San Marcos
Editorial Board
Karen Anderson University of Exeter, UK
Editorial Advisory Board
P Bishop University of Glasgow, UK
Tim Burt University of Durham, UK
Andrew Comrie University of Arizona, USA
Brian L Finlayson University of Melbourne, Australia
D Foster Harvard University, USA
Thomas W. Gillespie University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Angela Gurnell Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Stuart Lane University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Philip Lewis University College London, UK
George Malanson University of Iowa, USA
Yvonne Martin University of Calgary, Canada
John A. Matthews Swansea University, UK
Glenn McGregor University of Durham, UK
Michael Meadows University of Cape Town, South Africa
Hans Middelkoop Utrecht University, Netherlands
T Oke University of British Columbia, Canada
Duccio Rocchini Edmund Mach Foundation, Italy
Andre G Roy University of Waterloo, Canada
Lothar Schrott University of Bonn, Germany
Douglas Sherman University of Alabama, USA
Phillip Stott School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
Stephen Tooth University of Aberystwyth, UK
Ying Wang Nanjing University, China
Tim Warner West Virginia University, USA
Xiaoping Yang Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • ASTIS Bibliography
  • ASTIS Current Awareness Bulletin
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Agroforestry Abstracts
  • Aquaref
  • C-CIARN (The Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network)
  • Cab Abstracts
  • Current Contents / Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
  • Current Contents/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
  • Ecological Abstracts
  • Ecology Abstracts
  • Environment Abstracts
  • GEOBASE
  • Geo Abstracts: Human Geography
  • Geographical Abstracts: Physical Geography
  • Georef
  • Grasslands and Forage Abstracts
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • ISI Custom Information Services
  • ISI Discovery Agent
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • International Development Abstracts
  • Irrigation and Drainage Abstracts
  • Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts
  • Middle East Abstracts & Index
  • Pollution Abstracts
  • Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus
  • Soils and Fertilizers - Abstracts of World Literature
  • Before submitting a paper to Progress in Physical Geography, we ask that all authors take a minute to read the following short document about the preparation of your manuscript. Any manuscript which does not meet these guidelines will unfortunately be returned, so please check that you have followed these instructions prior to submission.

    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
      2.6 Data
    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 Physical Geography is an international journal, encompassing an interdisciplinary approach incorporating the latest developments and debates within Physical Geography and interrelated fields across the Earth, Biological and Ecological System Sciences.

    1. Article types

    Progress in Physical Geography is an international journal, encompassing an interdisciplinary approach incorporating the latest developments and debates within Physical Geography and interrelated fields across the Earth, Environmental, Biological and Ecological System Sciences. Contributions which review progress to date; which blend review material with new and original findings; or which introduce novel research methods or techniques at the forefront of current knowledge, while setting directions for future work, are welcomed. Authors need not be uncritically exhaustive in synthesizing research on a particular topic, but should concentrate on what they consider to be the most promising recent trends and developments which are likely to be transformative.

    They should further aim at the widest possible international coverage and should consider the relevance of tangential or parallel developments to their fields. In addition, authors are encouraged to evaluate the general significance of research to date, including practical and policy applications where relevant.
    This prestigious journal covers all aspects of:

    • Geomorphology
    • Climatology
    • Biogeography & landscape ecology
    • Human-environment interaction

    General advice on submission process and aspects of formatting should be addressed to Jayne Brian, Associate Editor, PPGJournal@sagepub.com

    Research Articles
    Articles should be up to 7000 words in length, including footnotes, together with figures and illustrations. An approximate guide is to aim for no more than 25 printed pages, with 500 words equivalent per page plus figures.

    If you require further advice, please contact the Editors:

    Nick Clifford: PPGEditor@sagepub.co.uk
    David Zhang: zhangd@hkucc.hku.hk
    Brent Yarnal: alibar@psu.edu

    Classics Revisited/From the Archive
    In Classics Revisited, authors are invited to revisit seminal works or the collected contributions of individuals that have contributed to the study of physical geography.  Submissions should be in the region of 3500-3500 words.

    From the Archives are intended to illuminate progress in physical geography in terms of the evolution of ideas over time. They need not be focussed on any one paper or book but can involve several related publications. Unlike Classics they may well focus on the more obscure, less well known but nevertheless significant aspects of the evolution of the subject. Especially welcome would be new light shed on older ideas from either published or hitherto unpublished material. This may involve the unearthing of material which may place a development in context or clarify an original meaning. Sometimes we may find when we look back that recently we might have re-invented the wheel, or the answer to a current puzzle may possibly lie in some overlooked article. We may well also learn something about the history of science from the thought processes of earlier researchers. Contributions of 2,500 - 3,500 words will be welcome.

    If you would like to contribute a Classics or Archive piece, please contact the Editor. David Butler: db25@txstate.edu 

    Progress Reports
    Articles in this section summarise more recent progress in a particular field of application or concept.  Frequently, these deal with a major sub-discipline of physical geography, but more specific fields of study are acceptable.  Progress Reports should aim to provide succinct summaries of up-to-date and remerging literature and findings, and also to place these in a longer-term and also broader intellectual context.  It is helpful to refer back to previous Progress Reports on the same or similar topics.  Progress Reports should be 3000-3500 words long.

    If you are interested in preparing a Progress Report, please contact Jennifer Miller to discuss further. jennifer.miller@austin.utexas.edu

    Research Resource Reviews
    Reviews of books and other research-related resources, including DVD, media and the web. These are shorter pieces of up to 1000 words.

    Reviews should be submitted to Rob Francis: robert.francis@kcl.ac.uk

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Progress in Physical Geography operates a conventional double-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s and submitting author's names are always concealed from each other. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees once accepted for review.

    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 Physical 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 Physical 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

    2.6 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Progress in Physical Geography requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles [“alongside their article submissions” or “if the articles are accepted”] to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) will also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office.

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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 Physical 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 Physical 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 Physical 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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pipg 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.

    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.

    When preparing your paper:
    - Use the minimum of formatting.
    - Roman, bold and italic type can be used, but only one typeface and size should be used.
    - Capitals should be used only where they are to appear in the finished text.
    - Headings and paragraphs should be separated by two carriage returns.
    - There should be only one space between words and only one space after any punctuation.

    For more detailed guidance please click here to review guidelines on SAGE House Style.

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    5. Manuscript style

    5.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Your paper should be submitted in Word format.

    5.2 Journal Style

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

    5.3 Reference Style

    Progress in Physical Geography adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    For a sample page of references from Progress in Physical Geography please click here.

    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. SI units should be used throughout the text.

    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 SAGE’s 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.

    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 SAGEs Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online but they will appear in greyscale in the printed copy. As such, please ensure that any key takes into account the need to be able to differentiate in greyscale. 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.

    5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Progress in Physical Geography does not currently accept supplemental files.

    5.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts should have their manuscript reviewed by colleagues with experience of preparing manuscripts in English.

    Alternatively it might be useful to consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journalgateway/msg.htm for further information.

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    6. After acceptance           

    6.1 Proofs

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

    6.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    6.3 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 ( http://online.sagepub.com/ ). 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 Physical Geography with SAGE.

    6.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    Progress in Physical 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 can significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    7. 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. Nick Clifford
    Managing Editor Progress in Physical Geography
    Department of Geography
    King’s College London
    Strand
    London, WC2R 2LS, UK.

    E-mail: ppgeditor@sagepub.com

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