Geographical Research

Cover image for Vol. 52 Issue 1

Edited By: Iain Hay, Brian Finlayson, Amanda Davies, Wayne Stephenson

Impact Factor: 0.783

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 41/72 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1745-5871

Author Guidelines

Geographical Research is published on behalf of the Institute of Australian Geographers. The primary objective of Geographical Research is to advance geographical research across the discipline.


Manuscripts must be written in clear, concise and direct English. Authors should be guided by the Wiley-Blackwell House Style Guide. This guide is downloadable at

Note that Australian, UK or US English is acceptable so long as the selected version is used consistently through a manuscript.

Submitted articles should be research-based and should not exceed 6000 words in length, with text reduced proportionately to allow for figures and tables.

Commentaries on research issues and directions including discussions of earlier papers are also welcome. Commentaries should not exceed 3000 words.

Book reviews are commissioned directly by the book review editors. Inquiries concerning potential reviews should be made to Assoc. Prof. Clive Forster (for human geography) at or Dr Wayne Stephenson (for physical and environmental geography) at Unsolicited book reviews cannot be accepted.

Obituaries are published on the lives of significant geographers and are commissioned directly by the editors. Inquiries concerning obituaries should be made to Dr Alexandra Wong at the editorial office (email


Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, in 12 point font, with at least 30mm margins on A4 page size. Pages should be numbered sequentially. Line numbers should be shown, restarting on each page.

The use of italics and bolding should be minimised throughout the manuscript. Special caps, paragraph formatting, headers and footers, and footnotes should not be used. Endnotes may be included but only if they are essential. They should appear after an Acknowledgements entry. An Acknowledgement entry should include a declaration of any relevant commercial or other links or affiliations. It is also customary to acknowledge the contribution of colleagues, institutions and grant bodies where these are significant.

Two levels of heading may be used in a manuscript. These are:

First order headings

Second order headings

Referencing should conform to the Harvard style as detailed in the Wiley-Blackwell House Style Guide. References in manuscripts must include page numbers for direct and indirect quotations and for data sources and newspaper sources. Page or chapter numbers should be included for reference to specific arguments in books or reports.

Guidelines for the presentation of formulae, numerical and other scientific expressions are detailed in the Wiley-Blackwell House Style Guide.

The use and referencing of illustrations, and the formats and procedures for their electronic submission, are detailed in the Wiley-Blackwell House Style Guide. Hard copy originals of images may be requested; in which case they must be high quality, sharply focused prints on glossy paper, with good contrast and intensity. Contributors have the option of supplying colour images (diagrams, maps or photographs) which will be published online in colour at no cost to contributors. However, unless an author has made an arrangement with the publisher involving payment of a fee, these images will appear in black and white in the printed journal. Since colour images may not reproduce well in black and white, it is desirable that good quality black and white versions of all images are provided. Authors are advised to use symbols and contrasting shading rather than colour in line drawings and maps. Note that figures must be submitted in files separately from the text.

Please refer to the Wiley-Blackwell Style Guide for further advice on formatting and related matters.

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google. By optimising 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. Please read these guidelines (pdf) to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.


Research articles and commentaries are submitted via ScholarOne Manuscripts at Book reviews and obituaries are to be submitted direct to the commissioning editor unless otherwise requested.

The following items are required in a ScholarOne Manuscripts submission:

  • Cover letter
  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Main document
  • Exclusive Licence Form

Cover letter

A cover letter offers the manuscript for publication and briefly describes the contents of each file submitted.

Title page

The title page should include a title (with the initial letters of the major words capitalised), the first name or initials of the author(s) and family name(s) (in capitals), their position(s), institutional affiliation(s), full postal and email addresses, and clear indication of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. A short running title (or ‘Running Head’) of no more than 40 characters is also required.

The title page will not be used in the refereeing process. The title is also submitted as a separate entry in the submission stage at the Scholar One Manuscripts Author Centre.


The abstract is between 200 and 250 words in length. The abstract should emphasise the research contribution made by the manuscript. It should include a summary (as appropri­ate) of the aims, methods and main findings. It should be informative and add meaning to the title. The abstract should not act as an introduction to the text and anticipatory statements such as ‘this is discussed’ and ‘conclusions are given’ should be avoided. In general, the abstract should not contain mathematical symbols and statements should not be amplified by examples.

The abstract is also submitted as a separate entry in the submission stage at the Scholar One Manuscripts Author Centre.

Main document

The ‘Main Document’ presented at the ScholarOne Manuscripts Author Centre is a complete manuscript with the following components in order: (1) title (2) abstract and key words (3) acronyms and abbreviations (4) text (5) acknowledgments (6) endnotes, if any (7) references (8) captions for figures (9) tables, complete with title and footnotes (9) figures.

Note that the Wiley-Blackwell House Style Guide gives advice for downloading figures files separately.


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 license 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 below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Processing of manuscripts

Following editorial screening for quality, suitability and compliance, manuscripts will be assessed by at least two independent referees using a double-blind process. Referees provide advice to the editors for their decision about revisions and publication.

Author Services

Authors can register with Wiley-Blackwell Author Services to gain easy access to information on the status of their articles after acceptance. Online tracking is available and authors can choose to receive automated emails at key stages of production. Useful information for authors on topics such as copyright, ethics and artwork is available, as well as free perpetual online access to published articles for the author and up to ten colleagues. There are also Wiley discount deals available. More details can be found at


A PDF typeset pages proof, associated forms and further instructions will be sent from the Publisher by email to the corresponding author. The purpose of the PDF proof is as a final check of the layout, text, tables and figures. Alterations other than the correction of production errors or changes requested by the editors are unacceptable at PDF proof stage. Corrections to the proof should be advised to the editorial office as instructed according to the advised deadline in order to enhance timeliness of publication.


A PDF offprint and a single copy of the issue of the journal in which the paper appears will be provided to the corre­sponding author of original articles free of charge. Note this does not apply to book review authors. A minimum of 50 hard copy offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online at Inquiries should be made via email to .

Pre-submission English-language editing

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

Please note that these services are paid for and arranged by the author, and the use of these services does not imply acceptance or preference of a manuscript for publication.

Video Abstracts and Supporting Information

Would you be interested in raising the profile of your article with an online Video Abstract or additional Supporting Information?

A video abstract is a short video introduction from you that will excite people’s interest in your article. Your article will still have your text abstract, but this video supplement will add a new dimension and draw new readers to your article. Supporting Information is important ancillary information hosted online with your article that is relevant to the parent article, but which does not or cannot appear in the printed edition of the journal. Supporting Information can include material such as additional images, videos, audio or data sets, for example.

You can watch two example video abstracts here:

These additional materials help to raise awareness of your article and to pique the reader’s interest. They offer you another way in which to convey your message and to appeal to your audience in new ways. Both options are very easy to prepare and can significantly add to your article’s presence online, connecting you to your readership and adding variety and flavour to your research output.

If you are interested in preparing additional material for your article, please find more detail in the attached documents, or contact Professor Phillip O’Neill (Geographical Research, ) or Simon Goudie (Wiley-Blackwell,