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Edited By: Kavita Datta (co-Editor, Human Geography), Peter Kraftl (co-Editor, Human Geography) and Rob Bryant (co-Editor, Physical and Environmental Geography)

Impact Factor: 1.349

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 32/77 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1475-4762

Associated Title(s): Geo: Geography and Environment, The Geographical Journal, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

Author Guidelines

1. Remit of Area

Area publishes ground breaking research and scholarship from across the field of geography. Publishing concise 5000 word papers, Area is an outlet for new debates and original ideas from both established and emerging scholars. Most papers will be sent to two referees; the review process is double blind. Please note that some papers will be rejected at the pre-screening stage if they do not meet the criteria for publication in Area.

2. Paper Types

Area publishes concise high quality regular papers, commentaries and special sections (guest edited collections of papers on a specific theme).

Regular papers: The maximum target length of regular papers is 5000 words, including references, endnotes, tables, figures and other text. An abstract not exceeding 300 words is required and should not normally contain citations. Six key words should be included. Where appropriate, these should include: one for locality, one for topic, one for method and three others. Further guidance on optimising titles and abstracts for search engines is available here.

Commentaries: Area welcomes proposals for commentaries that respond to a previously published Area article, engage with an aspect of the discipline of geography or reflect on an aspect of current political or policy decision-making. The maximum word length of commentaries is 1500 words and anyone considering writing a commentary should contact the Editorial Office ( in the first instance and before writing the commentary. All commentaries are subject to peer review.

Area Special Sections: Area welcomes proposals for Special Sections. These normally consist of 5 to 7 papers and a short editorial introduction on a specific theme. Papers submitted for inclusion in a special section undergo the same rigorous peer review as regular papers. Proposals, which should be emailed to the Editorial Office (, must include:

• A clear introduction (500 to 750 words) that sets out the wider intellectual context for the Special Section. This should review relevant existing contributions and make clear the added value of publishing the papers collectively as opposed to single journal articles.

• A 250 word abstract for each paper in the Special Section. These should include the authors, outline the contents of each paper and explain how each paper will speak to the wider issues outlined in the introduction. All Special Section proposals are subject to review and, if the proposal is accepted, all papers within the Special Section remain subject to the regular Area peer review process.

3. Paper submission guidance

How to submit a paper
Papers should be submitted online as a Word or RTF document to Area using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Manuscripts should normally be double-spaced, use 12 point fonts and wide margins. Submissions should be anonymised for peer review and be set out in conformity with the information outlined below. Those that do not may be returned to the author at the initial pre-screening stage. To make a submission, please read the guidelines below then visit

Title page
The title of the paper, name(s), main professional/academic affiliation(s) and full address(es),including email, of the author(s) should appear in a separate Word or RTF document, as the review process is double blind and papers are submitted anonymously to reviewers.

Only the first letter and proper names are capitalized. A maximum of three levels may be used:

A This is a first-level heading
First-level headings are flush left on a separate line.
The first text line following is flush left.
B This is a second-level heading
Second-level headings are flush left on a separate line.
The first text line following is flush left.
C This is a third-level heading Third-level headings are flush left. The text follows on the same line.

These should be submitted, wherever possible, as separate eps or 300 dpi tiff files via ScholarOne Manuscripts. Heavy lines in line art should be saved as pure black; only common fonts should be used in illustrations. All scale lines should be labelled in km, and all maps should feature a North arrow. If images are provided in colour, these will be used in the online version of the published paper. Those figures requiring colour in order to be legible will also be printed in colour but all others will be rendered into black and white. All possible effort must be made to ensure that these figures can be rendered into greyscale for print. Printing illustrations in colour may incur additional costs, for details please contact the Production Editor at For further information on digital artwork standards please visit

Captions must be typed on a separate sheet. Figures and photographs should be numbered separately using consecutive Arabic numerals (Figure 4 etc). All should be referred to as `Figures'.

Tables must be typed using few horizontal and no vertical rules. They are numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (Table 2, etc). Titles should be concise, but as informative as possible. The approximate position of Tables and Figures in the text should be marked in the typescript.

Equations should be numbered consecutively with bracketed Arabic numerals in the right-hand margin. Authors must provide instructions in the margin for any special typeface required (e.g. bold, italic, Greek, etc). Careful attention must be paid to sub- and superscript symbols, and upper and lower case letters.

Measurements must be given in SI metric system. In exceptional historical cases, English equivalents may be used. Numerals should be used in the text for all numbers above ten and those relating to abbreviated units of measurement (e.g. 19 km). Words should be used for numbers from one to ten.

Informational Notes must be restricted to the minimum; usually the material can be incorporated into the text. Endnotes should be used as appropriate.

Supplementary Electronic Material that can be published as part of the online version of a paper is welcomed. Supplementary material must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but does not or cannot appear in the printed edition of the journal. For further information, please see:

Authors must use the Harvard system, in which authors names (no initials) and dates are given in the main body of the text, with specific pages indicated if required (McFarlane 2010, 29). Multiple citations should be separated by a semicolon and listed alphabetically. References are listed alphabetically at the end of the paper under the heading References, and set out as follows:

Bradshaw M
2010 Global energy dilemmas: a geographical perspective The Geographical Journal 176 275-90

Bissell D 2007 'Mobile bodies: train travel and practices of movement' Unpublished PhD thesis Department of Geography, Durham University

Lee R and Smith M D
eds 2004 Geographies and Moralities: International Perspectives on Development, Justice and Place Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford

Chapter of book
McAlister J and Smith B J 2007 Analytical techniques for investigating terrestrial geochemical sediments in Nash D J and McLaren S J eds Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 409-42

World Wide Web pages
RGS-IBG 2014 Academic books and journals ( Accessed 1 August 2014 Please note that the url should be that of the page you are citing; a link to the organisation the page is published by is insufficient.

Other publications
Where there is doubt (e.g. Occasional papers), include all bibliographical details – a reference should give a reader sufficient information to allow them to locate the resource exactly and unambiguously. The place of publication and publisher's name should always be given when books are referred to.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at
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.

4. Research and publication ethics

Area expects all submitting authors to ensure that the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research are upheld. Authors should ensure that their research complies with ethical guidance issued by their institution, or funder, as well as best practice guidelines appropriate to their sub discipline. Clear statements as provided by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Submitted papers should also adhere to best practice on publication ethics, for guidance please see Authors are expected to ensure that their submitted article is original, fully attributed and does not contain material that is untrue, inaccurate or plagiarised. Authors are responsible for ensuring that all appropriate permissions and approvals for copyrighted material have been obtained.

Area uses iThenticate software to support in the identification of plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Failure to comply with the above standards will be treated very seriously. The Editorial team reserve the right to inform an author’s institution in the event of a confirmed breach.

Please note that on acceptance, authors will be obliged to sign a legally binding form confirming that the above standards have been met which will make them personally liable for any breaches for which civil or criminal charges can be brought. Nether the Publisher, the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of Geographers), nor the Editors, can be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained within papers published by Area.

Area is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

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5. Production

Please note that it is the author’s responsibility to finalise their text prior to acceptance for publication. The ability of authors to alter their text post-acceptance will be very limited and adjustments to style or content which the Editor does not feel are necessary may be refused.

Copyright and licences
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services where, via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), they will be able to complete the licence agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs here

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. Read the full list of terms and conditions

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons Licence Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution Licence OAA (CC - BY)
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence OAA (CC BY NC)
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs Licence OAA (CC BY NC ND)

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

OnlineOpen is fully compliant with open access mandates – meeting the requirements of funding organizations where these apply, including but not limited to:

The Wellcome Trust
Austrian Science Fund
Telethon Italy
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
For more information on funder mandates and open access policies please click here.

Author Services also enables authors to track their articles – once accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online, choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production and, enable free online access to their published article for all co-authors and up to 10 nominated colleagues. Authors will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Area is included in Wiley's EarlyView service. EarlyView articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. EarlyView 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 EarlyView articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so EarlyView 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. To receive an e-mail alert once your article has been published, please register with Author Services (see above).