The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien

Cover image for Vol. 61 Issue 2

Edited By: Nadine Schuurman

Impact Factor: 0.896

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 55/79 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1541-0064

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Conditions of submission
The submission of a manuscript is an implicit declaration that the work has not been published, in whole or in part, and is not being considered elsewhere. The Editorial Board considers an article ineligible for publication if most of its content is:
(i) under consideration for publication or is published in a journal or book chapter; or
(ii) under consideration for publication or is published in a conference proceeding or a government publication, with a substantial circulation (distributed to 100 or more individuals over a wide area).


All submitted manuscripts will be run through iThenticate plagiarism detection software. Papers with high iThenticate scores will be reviewed and returned to authors for revision prior to consideration for review. Please note, this condition applies to 'self-plagiarism’ as well, i.e. when an author re-uses pieces of text verbatim from his or her previously published work. Self-plagiarized text can constitute copyright infringement. Even when an author holds copyright, verbatim reproduction of text from previously published work is not acceptable. Such passages must either be quoted directly, or rewritten entirely with the appropriate citation.

At the time of submission, the corresponding author will be required to:
(i) attest that the manuscript represents original work that is not being considered for publication, in whole or in part, by another journal;
(ii) state whether the manuscript is one of a kind, or part of a study or thesis from which other manuscripts may be generated;
(iii) confirm that all authors have read and approved the manuscript;
(iv) provide the names of any colleagues who reviewed the manuscript in its final stages

If a manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author, acting on behalf of all co-authors, will have two additional obligations that must be met before a manuscript can be published:
(i) if the article includes any copyrighted material such as photo, map, or diagram, the corresponding author will be responsible for securing signed written permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce the material in both print and electronic formats. A scan of the signed permission(s) should be emailed, with a brief explanation and the manuscript number, to the editorial assistant at
(ii) to complete a copyright transfer form assigning copyright in the article including the abstract to the Canadian Association of Geographers/ L’Association canadienne des géographes. A link to an English Electronic Copyright Transfer Agreement (eCTA) will be sent to authors once a manuscript is accepted. This eCTA will be submitted electronically. A French version of the Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) is available on the ScholarOne submission site and may be found under the Instructions and Forms tab. Once signed, this CTA must be scanned and emailed, with the manuscript number, to the editorial assistant at
(iii) to make the manuscript follow the formatting guidelines found in the TCG Style Guide

Types of submissions
For editorial purposes, submissions are classified as Human Geography, Physical Geography, or Geographic Information Science and are published in English or French.

Research articles report original and previously unpublished research or a development of a theory or technique that significantly extends knowledge within geography. Research articles must be accompanied by an abstract in either English or French. Research articles are refereed and may vary in length from 5,000 to a maximum of 7,500 words, including the abstract, all text, references, tables, and illustrations (maximum of 5 tables and/or figures).

Review essays provide a critical synthesis of information on an important topic. Readers are invited to submit manuscripts that interpret and evaluate the underlying themes from a current body of related literature or that review critically one or a number of major works in ways that go beyond the normal book review. Review essays must be accompanied by an abstract in either English or French. Review essays are refereed and are limited to 5,000 words, including the abstract, all text, references, tables, and illustrations (maximum of 5 tables and/or figures).

Dialogues are short articles that are published as pairs—normally in the same issue. The dialogue will consist of two opposing viewpoints about a topical issue relevant to geography. We encourage Dialogue authors to tackle issues that are provocative and ask someone they know who disagrees with them to counter. Dialogues may speak to issues as diverse as climate change, epistemology, sexuality, immigration, politics, environmental degradation, etc. Dialogues must be accompanied by an abstract in either English or French. Dialogues should be 2000-3000 words in length, including the abstract, all text, references, tables, and illustrations (maximum of 5 tables and/or figures). Dialogue articles are refereed.

Viewpoints are short articles that offer a particular perspective on a geographical problem or issue. They can be provocative but may also provide unique outlooks on a range of issues. They must be referenced and will be refereed. Viewpoints must be accompanied by an abstract in either English or French. Viewpoints should be 2000-3000 words in length, including the abstract, all text, references, tables, and illustrations (maximum of 5 tables and/or figures).

Book Reviews are normally commissioned by the book review editor for individual books of importance to our readership. They are not peer-reviewed. Book reviews may not exceed 750 words in length. Readers willing to undertake reviews of books on specific subject areas are invited to contact the book review editor. Unsolicited reviews may be accepted for publication, subject to the discretion of the editor. All book reviews are now published online and do not appear in the print version of the journal.

Obituaries published in The Canadian Geographer conform to policies established by the CAG executive. For further information on obituaries, please contact the editor.

Special Issues comprise a series of research articles and/or review essays on a selected theme. If you are interested in undertaking a special issue, please contact the editor well in advance with a short proposal outlining the intent of the issue as well as your plan for soliciting and organizing the content.

How to prepare manuscripts
The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien requires that manuscripts be prepared for double-blind peer review, and be formatted in accordance with the TCG Style Guide.

Whether you are submitting or resubmitting, please be sure to follow the formatting guidelines found in the TCG Style Guide.

Title page
In order to ensure anonymity, all identifying information about a manuscript’s author(s) must be confined to a stand-alone Title Page that will be submitted and uploaded separately from the main manuscript. This page should include the title of the manuscript, the authors’ names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as the Acknowledgement section. This page should be formatted according to the TCG Style Guide.

When preparing your Manuscript, do not include self-identifying material in the text. Use of auto-citation should be handled so as to avoid author identification. It is appropriate to reference earlier works as long as they are not identified as belonging to the author within the text of the manuscript. An Acknowledgement section should not be included; this should be submitted on the Title Page.

The first page of your manuscript should include the Title, the Abstract, Keywords and the Key Messages.

Abstracts should not exceed 200 words in length.
• Please provide a minimum of three Keywords up to a maximum of five.
Key messages: please provide 3 succinct bullet points summarizing the key points of your manuscript. These will be published.

Tables (maximum allowed: 5)
It is expected that all Tables will be included as part of the manuscript file. They should follow the References section and not be incorporated into the main text though they should be referred to in the text.

Figures (maximum allowed: 5)
All Figures must be submitted as separate files. Captions for figures should be included in the main manuscript file (after the References) and not in the figure file. All figures submitted to The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien must be a minimum of 300 dpi at the size required for reproduction. Images that consist of linework only must be submitted at 800 dpi. Each figure must be submitted as an individual file containing only the image, in one of the following file formats:
• TIFF (preferred)
• EPS (preferred)

Table of Contents Graphic
The Canadian Geographer - Le Géographe canadien uses a graphical Table of Contents. 
In addition to the standard title and author information for each paper, we will have the option of including a Table of Contents Graphic (TOCG). A TOCG is an image that depicts or complements the key message of the paper, in a manner that will capture our readers’ interest. Content may be literal or representative, and use of colour is encouraged. Within the Table of Contents, this image will appear as a thumbnail; clicking on the thumbnail will enlarge the image to full size. Submitting a TOCG is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended.

•The TOCG must be submitted as a .jpg, .eps, or .tiff/.tif file at a resolution of 300 dpi for colour or greyscale images, and 800 dpi for linework.
•The image should be 55 mm wide x 50 mm high or 110 mm wide x 20 mm high. Any text should be legible at this size.
•The image should not contain elements that are subject to copyright, such as stock photography and graphics taken from the internet.

How to submit manuscripts
The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:
• Quick and easy submission
• Centralized and reduced administration
• Significant decrease in peer review times
From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on your first visit. If you require assistance, click the “Get Help Now” link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page.

French manuscripts
For authors submitting French manuscripts, if possible, please submit using the online submission system per the instructions above. If you are unable to do so, please email your manuscript directly to our French editor, Marius Thériault,

Submitting supplemental material
The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien is able to host online approved supporting information that authors submit with their article. Supporting material must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the printed edition of the journal. It may include data sets, movies, or additional figures or tables, etc. Supporting material will be published as submitted and will not be corrected or checked for scientific content, typographical errors, or functionality. The responsibility for scientific accuracy and file functionality remains entirely with the authors. A disclaimer will be displayed to this effect with any supporting information published. Supporting information may also be displayed on an author or institutional website. Such posting is not subject to the journal's embargo date as specified in the Copyright Assignment form. In such cases, it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the supplied URL for the supporting information remains valid for the lifetime of the article. The availability of supporting material should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the References, headed “Supporting Material,” and providing titles of figures, tables, etc. In order to protect reviewer anonymity, material posted on the author's website cannot be reviewed. The supporting material is an integral part of the article and will be reviewed accordingly. Please see for more information.

Early View (Publication online prior to print)
The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien is enrolled in Wiley-Blackwell'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. 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.

OnlineOpen (allowing non-subscribers to read articles)
OnlineOpen is available to authors 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. For the full list of terms and conditions see Any authors wishing to have their article published through OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: Prior to acceptance, there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to have your article published through OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. 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.

Double-blind peer review
The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien uses double-blind peer review and editors are careful to preserve the anonymity of authors and reviewers. After the editor has approved a manuscript for the review process, it will be sent out to four reviewers.