Antipode

Cover image for Vol. 46 Issue 3

Edited By: Nik Theodore, Sharad Chari, Vinay Gidwani, Katherine McKittrick and Jenny Pickerill

Impact Factor: 2.43

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 7/72 (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

    The practice of peer review is to ensure that good scholarship is published. It is an objective process at the heart of good academic publishing and is carried out at all reputable academic journals. All manuscripts submitted to Antipode will be peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below. (Special issues have slightly different peer review procedures since Guest Editors are invited to nominate qualified reviewers for the submissions but all papers in special issues must meet the same review standards as regular submissions.)

    Initial manuscript evaluation
    The Handling Editor first evaluates the manuscript. Those rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are clearly outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are then passed on to two or, preferably, three experts for review.

    Type of peer review
    This journal employs double blind reviewing, where both the referee and author remain anonymous throughout the process - though referees are free to identify themselves should they wish.

    How the referee is selected
    Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our database is continually being updated. We welcome suggestions for referees from the author though these recommendations may or may not be used. It is important to understand that ‘ideal’ referees are not always available for a variety of reasons.

    Referee reports
    Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript;

    • Is suitable for publication in a radical journal of geography
    • Is original
    • Is theoretically and methodologically sound
    • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
    • Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
    • Contributes to relevant literature in Geography and related disciplines
    • Correctly references previous relevant work

    Referees are not expected to correct or copyedit manuscripts. Language correction is not part of the peer review process.

    How long does the review process take?
    Typically the manuscript will be reviewed within three months. Should the referees’ reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed a further expert opinion will usually be sought. Revised manuscripts are usually returned to the initial referees within two weeks. Referees and editors may request more than one revision of a manuscript.

    Final report
    A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and will include verbatim comments by the referees.

    The editor’s decision is final
    Referees advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision, to accept or reject the article.

  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 AntipodeFoundation.org 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 AntipodeFoundation.org. 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


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