Focus on Geography

Cover image for Vol. 58 Issue 4

Edited By: Dr. Tom Bell and Dr. Peggy Gripshover

Online ISSN: 1949-8535

Associated Title(s): Geographical Review

Author Guidelines

Manuscript submissions are to be sent electronically to either of the co-editors, Peggy Gripshover ( or Tom Bell (  FOCUS on Geography welcomes article ideas and manuscripts from geographers and those who write geographically. Articles must be excellent in quality and written for an informed general audience. A personal point of view and a sense of humor are welcome. FOCUS on Geography provides a place for geographers' individual voices to emerge, free from professional jargon. Brief articles (photo essays) should be five to ten pages, double-spaced; feature articles are about fifteen pages double-spaced. Your submission should follow the guidelines set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.  Please submit your manuscript in a digital format via email in MS Word. Photographs or other images (including maps) must be submitted in digital format, be of very high quality, sharply focused, and reasonably bright for clear viewing (prints should be scanned at 900 dpi). TIFF format is required for all images. Maps should be included.  The design and production of maps should be individually discussed with the editors but each map must include a title, neat line, scale, legend, and northing system.  If using maps or photographs from outside sources, it is the author’s responsibility to seek permission for publication.  Authors should indicate in the text the preferred location of figures. Figures (including images) are not be included in the text, but, rather, should be saved to a separate file.  Figure captions are to be included at the end of the manuscript after the reference section. A brief biographical sketch should also be placed at the end of the manuscript.  Due to the large size of image files, it is preferred that images be transferred to a CD and mailed to the editors. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact the editors prior to submission.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the 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.

Each manuscript will be sent to at least two referees. The acceptance or rejection of manuscripts is based on referees’ and the editors' comments and criteria. Your manuscript can only be accepted if it has not been published in another publication or submitted to another publication. The American Geographical Society will retain copyrights of all articles published in FOCUS. FOCUS on Geography does not pay for articles; authors receive multiple copies of "their" issue. For other information about FOCUS on Geography, Geographical Review, Ubique, and the AGS Travel Program, please visit the American Geographical Society website at:

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article -- once it has been accepted -- through 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 author will receive an e-mail with 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 and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.