Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

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Co-editors: Tim Bunnell and Lu Xi Xi

Impact Factor: 0.56

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 58/76 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1467-9493

Author Guidelines

Beginning in 2013 Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography will award annual prizes for the best paper by a graduate student and the best overall paper. US$1000 will be awarded to the winning paper in each of the two categories. Any kind of paper published in the journal – theory papers, empirical papers, methodology papers etc – will be considered for the awards each year. For eligibility to the graduate student category, the lead author must be enrolled in graduate study at the time when their paper is first submitted to the journal.

Selection of the winning papers will be made by members of the journal’s Editorial Board and International Advisory Board. Results will be announced by the end of each calendar year and short profiles of the author(s) will be published in the subsequent volume of the journal.

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 author and reader. Manuscripts requiring excessive alterations will be returned to the author for revision.

All articles submitted to the Journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.

• Beginning from March 2013, all submissions to the Journal must be submitted online at ScholarOne submission site. A user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance, click Get Help Now at the top right hand corner of the webpage.
• Manuscripts (preferably Microsoft Word) should be double-spaced, with top, bottom and side margins of 1 inch (or 2.54 cm).
• Tables should be included in the main document; only figures should be supplied as separate files.
• Specify any special characters used to represent non-keyboard characters.

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Covering letter
Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest
If tables or figures have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher), stating authorization to reproduce the material, must be attached to the covering letter.

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 US$ 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.

The length of an article (including references, endnotes and tables) should not exceed 8000 words.
Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgements, (v) references, (vi) endnotes, (vii) figure legends, (viii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (ix) figures. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

Title page
The title page is separate file from the main paper and is not for review.
The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors and (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and email address, plus facsimile and telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.
The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. Do not use abbreviations in the title. A short running title (less than 40 characters) should also be provided.

Abstract and key words
All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 200 words or fewer the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references.
Six keywords (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.

The text should be organised into an introductory section, conveying the background and purpose of the report, and then into sections identified with subheadings.

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. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting. An EndNote reference style for this Journal can be found here.

The Harvard (author, date) system of referencing is used (examples are given below). 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 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). Use a, b etc. after the year when there are two or more references to work by one author in the same year. 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. 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 A, 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.

Watt 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 Nov 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.

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. In the event that an author is not able to cover the costs of reproducing colour figures in colour in the printed version of the Journal, SJTG offers authors the opportunity to reproduce colour figures for free in the online version of the article (but they will still appear in black and white in the print version). If an author wishes to take advantage of this free colour-on-the-web service, they should liaise with the Editorial Office to ensure that the appropriate documentation is completed for the Publisher.

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-Blackwell’s web page for digital graphics standards.

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.

Supporting Information
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The Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography is covered by Wiley's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print 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. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

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.

FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard copyright transfer agreements (CTA) in place for the journal, including terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: CTA Terms and Conditions FAQs.

OnlineOpen – ‘Gold road’ Open Access
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 licence. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication. 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, known as ‘gold road’ open access.

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)

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We work 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

It is essential that corresponding authors supply an email address to which correspondence can be emailed while their article is in production.
Notification of the URL from where to download a Portable Document Format (PDF) typeset page proof, associated forms and further instructions will be sent by email to the corresponding author. The purpose of the PDF proof is a final check of the layout, and of tables and figures. Alterations other than the essential correction of errors are unacceptable at PDF proof stage. The proof should be checked, and approval to publish the article should be emailed to the Publisher by the date indicated, otherwise, it may be signed off on by the Editor or held over to the next issue.

A free PDF offprint will be supplied to the corresponding author. A minimum of 50 paper offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields. If you have queries about offprints please email
The corresponding author of each article and book review will be sent one free copy of the issue of the Journal in which his or her article appears after publication.