Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

Cover image for Vol. 37 Issue 3

Co-editors: Tim Bunnell and Lu Xi Xi

Impact Factor: 1.085

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 45/77 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1467-9493

Author Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the guidelines below, manuscripts should be submitted online at the journal's ScholarOne submission site

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The journal welcomes proposals for special issues and special sections. Click here for information about submitting a proposal.

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are peer reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers and one of the co-editors. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, which reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the Editorial Board and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between the author and reader. Manuscripts requiring excessive alterations will be returned to the author for revision.


Plagiarism and conflict of interest

Authors are required to declare that the submitted manuscript is an original piece of work. By originality, we mean that (1) the manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere (except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium); (2) all of the data and text (unless otherwise acknowledged) are the work of the submitting author(s); and (3) all secondary sources have been fully acknowledged and referenced. The Journal uses IThenticate to screen all submissions. Manuscripts that show clear evidence of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, will not be sent out for review.

Authors are also required to declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest. If tables or figures have been reproduced from another source, authorization from the relevant copyright holder (usually the publisher) is required.

Optimizing Your Article for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimizing your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

Word length

The length of an article (including references, endnotes and tables) should not exceed 8000 words.

Format and Style

Spelling. The journal uses British spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Use ‘ize’ and ‘z’ (e.g. ‘industrialize’, ‘globalization’).
Units. All measurements must be given in SI or SI-derived units. All currency must have the USD equivalent
Abbreviations In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
Special Characters. Specify any special characters used to represent non-keyboard characters.

The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ commercial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged.

Main text file

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.

The journal uses the Harvard (author, date) system of referencing.

• In the text give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000).
• If there are two authors use ‘and': Smith and Jones (2001); but if cited within parentheses write use ‘&’: (Smith & Jones 2001).
• When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002).
• If several papers by the same authors and from the same year are cited, a,b,c etc should be inserted after the year of publication.
• Where applicable, the page reference should follow the year of publication: Smith and Jones (2001: 53).
• In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order.
• In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al.
• Do not use ibid. or op cit.
• Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith, 2000, unpublished data).
• All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.
• Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Watts M (2003) Development and governmentality. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 24 (1), 6-34.

Driver F, Gilbert D (eds) (1999) Imperial Cities: Landscape, Display and Identity. Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Chapter in a book
Peck JA (2000) Places of work. In Sheppard E, Barnes TJ (eds) A Companion to Economic Geography, 133–48. Blackwell, Oxford.

Bray RCL (1988) Place Imagery in Small Towns: A Cross-cultural Study of Perth, Ontario and Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire (PhD dissertation). Department of Geography, University College London.

Online source
Agence France Presse (2003) PM Goh to stay in politics after stepping down. 25 August. Available at: (accessed 4 November 2004).

Endnotes should be placed as a list at the end of the paper only, not at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep endnotes brief: they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper and should not include references.

Figure legends
Figure legends should be provided at the end of the manuscript. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Table size should not exceed full text width (122.7 mm) and height (205 mm).

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text.

Figures must be supplied as high resolution – at least 300 d.p.i. .tif files for photographic figures and 800 d.p.i. .eps files for line figures. Please do not embed figures in the Word document – they must be supplied in separate files. Line figures should be supplied as sharp, black and white graphs or diagrams, drawn professionally or with a computer graphics package. Lettering must be included and should be sized to be no larger than the journal text. For more information, please see Wiley's web page for digital graphics standards.

Supporting Information
Supporting information is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at:

Associate your ScholarOne account with your ORCID iD
ORCID iD is a unique and persistent identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and connects you and your research activities. We encourage you to register for an ORCID iD and then associate it with your ScholarOne account. Click here to find out how.

Collaboration with GEO: Geography and Environment
SJTG works together with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Wiley's open access journal, Geo: Geography and Environment, to enable rapid publication of good quality papers that are outside the scope of our journal. Authors of papers rejected by our journal as unsuitable on the grounds of scope or space may be offered the option of having their manuscript, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Geo editorial team. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. Geo will consider submissions from across the spectrum of geographical and environmental research, which reach the standard acceptable for publication. Geo is a fully open access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.


Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article throughout the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking.


Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at


Article PDF for authors

A PDF of the article will be made available to the corresponding author via Author Services.

Printed Offprints

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Author Guidelines updated 1 December 2015