Cover image for Vol. 47 Issue 5

Edited By: Sharad Chari, Tariq Jazeel, Katherine McKittrick, Jenny Pickerill and Nik Theodore

Impact Factor: 2.104

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 11/76 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1467-8330

Author Guidelines

  1. Antipode publishes papers which offer a radical (Marxist/socialist/anarchist/anti-racist/feminist/queer/green) analysis of geographical issues and whose intent is to engender the development of a new and better society. Papers from both non-academic and academic sources are welcome.

  2. Papers submitted for publication should not normally exceed 9,500 words, inclusive of endnotes, references, etc.
  3. The author(s) should submit papers on-line
    Questions should be sent to the Editorial Manager, Andrew Kent

  4. Submissions should include a title page, an abstract of no more than 150 words, a list of four-six keywords, and an anonymised text with endnotes (rather than footnotes please) and references. Any figures or tables files should be submitted in .eps or .tif format with a resolution of at least 300dpi for images / photos and 600dpi for line drawings / graphs. Further guidelines can be found on Author Services via this link.

  5. Authors should also explain, in 300 words or less, why they have chosen to submit their paper to Antipode and how their paper reflects the journal’s values and parameters. You may wish to see the editorial published in Antipode 43:2, 'Antipode in an Antithetical Era'

  6. Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF - available from the Editorial Manager and via this link) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the ELF does not affect ownership of copyright in the material.

  7. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. View a list of independent suppliers of editing services.
    All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

  8. Peer Review Policy

    Antipode is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics, and its Editorial Collective follows COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. This covers, among other things, dealing with possible academic misconduct and ensuring the integrity of the scholarly record. COPE provides advice to editors on all aspects of publication ethics, including the handling of authorship disputes, suspected redundant (duplicate) publication and plagiarism (including self-plagiarism/text recycling), as well as the peer review process and the issuing of corrections (corrigenda/errata) and retractions. The guidelines and flowcharts used by the Editorial Collective are available online from COPE.

    Antipode asks all authors submitting manuscripts to declare any conflict of interest, and confirm that manuscripts have been submitted solely to the journal and are not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere. Submitting authors should also ensure that all individuals identified as authors actually contributed to the manuscript, that all individuals who contributed are included, and that the manuscript is an original work (indicating where it overlaps significantly with their previously published work). Our online manuscript submission system invites authors to read Wiley’s Guidelines on Publishing Ethics.

    When a manuscript is submitted, Antipode’s Editorial Office Manager uses CrossCheck to screen for text recycling and redundant publication, before forwarding it to the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts rejected by the Editor-in-Chief at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws or language problems, or are clearly outside the scope of the journal. Manuscripts suitable for review are forwarded to a Handling Editor. Some “borderline” manuscripts may be rejected at this stage to save time for authors and referees; others are sent out to a minimum of two (ideally three or four) referees with sufficient expertise, avoiding those with conflicts of interest.

    Antipode employs “double-blind” reviewing, where both referees and the author remain anonymous throughout the process–though referees are free to identify themselves should they wish, and we welcome suggestions for referees from the author. Referees are asked to make a recommendation (“accept”, “minor revision”, “major revision” or “reject”), indicate whether they would be willing to review a revision of the manuscript, and provide comments for the Handling Editor and author. COPE’s Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers are an excellent resource for all referees.

    Most manuscripts will be reviewed within three months. If there is a delay – should willing and able referees be hard to find, or the referees’ reports be submitted late or significantly discordant – Antipode’s Editorial Office Manager will be in touch. Referees advise the Handling Editor, who alone is responsible for the decision to accept, reject or request revisions. Revised and re-submitted manuscripts are returned to referees–with detailed cover letters explaining how the criticisms have been addressed–within two weeks, if necessary.

    Just over a third of submissions are published. Accepted manuscripts* are copy-edited by our publisher, and proofs are available for correction within a month or two; the version of record is published online before inclusion in an issue around nine months later. Rejection decisions can be appealed when problems with the peer review process are suspected, and appeals will be considered by the Handling Editor working with other members of the Editorial Collective.

    *Note that it is a condition of publication that authors sign our Exclusive Licence Form. The ELF is not a Copyright Transfer Agreement–the author remains the copyright owner of a manuscript. The author is permitted to self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final, copy-edited) version of a manuscript on a personal website or in an institutional repository or archive, subject to an embargo period of 24 months following publication of the final version. For more information see Wiley’s terms and conditions.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Editorial Office Manager Andy Kent –

  9. Special issues and symposia

    Antipode occasionally publishes special issues and symposia. The Editorial Collective seeks papers that both individually and collectively make a significant contribution to the advancement of radical/critical geography, whether by pushing debates forward in novel ways or by taking discussions in new directions. We look for papers that speak to ongoing conversations in the field, to be sure, but as representatives of an undisciplined discipline we also look for papers that stray beyond established borders (of all kinds) and that think creatively about the journal’s lines of descent and possible futures. And a ‘symposium’, of course, is a party, so we look for papers that are not only lively and well-presented but also engaging - papers that are in dialogue, meaningfully connecting with each other, and holding together as a collection to form something more than the sum of its parts. A strong introduction to a special issue or symposium takes on these provocations in bold and compelling ways.

    The Editorial Collective meets twice a year, in May and November, to consider proposals. These should explain the collection as a whole and its ‘fit’ with Antipode (in no more than 1,500 words), and should also include 150-word abstracts from authors. Symposia consist of around seven essays, each 9,500 words (inclusive of endnotes, references, tables and figures), and a guest-editor’s introduction. Some recent examples can be found here.

    Proposals should be e-mailed to Andrew Kent before the end of April and October, and decisions will made before the end of May and November. If you have a question, please get in touch with Andy.

  10. Interventions

    The Interventions section of Antipode will now, with a few exceptions, be online. The strength of Interventions consists in part in their attitude and directness: they’re timely and pressing, and they’re often springboards for ongoing discussions. The relationship between geography, social theory, and events such as the 2013 Boston marathon, NSA and surveillance, and the Arab Spring, among other spatial matters, warrant thoughtful yet expeditious commentaries. However, publication can be a slow process: Antipode appears just five times a year, and rising numbers of submissions coupled with a limited page budget means the impact of Interventions can be undermined by long waits in publishers’ queues. Migrating Interventions online will open up the possibility of thinking, writing and sharing ideas, and inciting conversation, in response to events as they unfold.

    We welcome short (about 1,500-word), perhaps polemical, essays that among other things cast a radical geographer’s eye over ‘live’ events or report on strategies for change and forms of organisation producing a more socially just and radically democratic life. Of course, you will continue to see some Interventions, of a more ‘reflective’ kind, in the pages of Antipode - commenting on the state of radical practice and theory, or introducing debate and disagreement around politically contentious issues of the Left - but will showcase some of the best and most provocative radical geographical writing available today. They should be sent to our Interventions editor Katherine McKittrick and Andy Kent in the editorial office.

  11. Reviews

    All Antipode book reviews are now freely available from our online repository, Wiley Online Library. While this digital archive will remain in place, from January 2013 we’ll no longer publish book reviews in the journal; all book reviews will migrate to This will allow us to feature not only more reviews, but also more substantive reviews (in the style, say, of the London Review of Books), more quickly. The makeover will also transform the book reviews section into a more capacious ‘Book Reviews, etc.’ section, that may now feature, in addition to book reviews, reviews of film and music, grey literature, and political pamphlets – in fact, any texts that have something to say to the radical geographic imagination. We also welcome reviews of non-English-language texts – reviews that break down some of the barriers between language communities, enabling hitherto under-represented groups, regions, countries and institutions to enrich conversations and debates in Antipode. If you’ve an idea for a review, please get in touch with our Reviews editor Andy Kent.

  12. Antipode Book Series and special issues

    The Antipode Book Series explores what it means to think radical geography, broadly considered, ‘antipodally’ as in opposition and from various margins, limits or borderlands.

    - An Antipode book provides insight ‘from elsewhere’, across boundaries rarely transgressed, with internationalist ambition and located insight. We want manuscripts willing to step outside the comfort of regional, national and disciplinary boundaries to think across comparative and connected insights from elsewhere.

    - An Antipode book confronts and sharpens the stakes in a set of issues. This does not amount to polemics, or clear lines between enemy and friend. Rather, an Antipode book diagnoses the ways in which grounded critique emerges from particular instantiations of contradictory social relations in order to change them. We seek manuscripts driven by this practical socio-spatial imperative, rather than a purely ideological commitment to ‘radical geography’.

    - An Antipode book might look to revise larger and interdisciplinary scholarly debates by pushing at their boundaries, or by showing what happens to a problematic as it moves or changes.

    - Equally, an Antipode book might think with binaries we instinctively dismiss, to think in complex ways about the ways in which such binaries are mobilized and boundaries maintained.

    - An Antipode book investigates the specific density of power and struggle in one or more sites, but with lessons that might travel internationally, to provide surprising echoes elsewhere. Indeed, we seek books written with this deliberative communicative intent, theoretically bold and empirically rich but also intended for critical renovation and re-use in other sites of critique.

    - Finally, an Antipode book will be written in lively, accessible prose that does not sacrifice clarity at the altar of sophistication. We seek books that are not necessarily from the discipline of geography, but which push the boundaries of geographical critique to understand our fractured world in order to change it.

    Authors or editors with ideas for Antipode books should contact the Book Series editors with an idea or full proposal which will be subject to review by the editors and two anonymous referees: Sharad Chari and Vinay Gidwani