A well-established international quarterly, the Journal of Historical Geography publishes articles on all aspects of historical geography and cognate fields, including environmental history. As well as publishing original research papers of interest to a wide international and interdisciplinary readership, the journal encourages lively discussion of methodological and conceptual issues and debates over new challenges facing researchers in the field. Each issue includes a substantial book review section, and there is a regular feature on 'Historical Geography at Large' devoted to the public impact of research in the field.
Themes covered in the Journal include:
•The geographies of places and environments in the past
•The dynamics of place, space and landscape
•Historiography and philosophy of historical geography
•Methodological challenges and problems in historical geography
•Landscape, memory and environment
Paper Length: Standard articles should generally not exceed 10,000 words or their equivalent (including notes, tables, maps, diagrams and photographs). Longer papers may occasionally be accepted for publication. Papers for Historical Geography at Large should be in the region of 2-3,000 words. The length of Commentaries, Conference Reports, Obituaries and Review Essays are subject to discussion with editors.
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Authors of Reviews and Review Articles should email copy direct to the appropriate regional Book Review Editor: Karl Offen [firstname.lastname@example.org] for North American authors or Innes M. Keighren [email@example.com] for the rest of the world. Book Reviews should NOT be submitted via the online system.
Papers submitted to the Journal of Historical Geography will normally be evaluated by three referees. Authors and referees will remain anonymous, though some referees may opt to submit 'open' reports. Referees are asked to pay particular attention to the originality of the paper's empirical research, the skill with which the author(s) present and analyse their evidence, and the importance of their research to wider theoretical debate. To be accepted, therefore, a paper must make an original and significant contribution to the general field of historical geography and be properly grounded in the relevant literature.Declaration of interest
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Journal Style. Papers should be set out in the manner of recent volumes of the Journal of Historical Geography and as below. Beyond this The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (Oxford University Press, 1981) should be consulted. Spelling can conform either to British usage (following The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary) or to American usage (following Webster's New International Dictionary) though care should be taken to ensure consistency.
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JHG uses a footnote reference system. Notes should be numbered sequentially through the paper. Authors should avoid long discursive notes and consolidate their notes to avoid excessive repetition of the same reference or source. For notes containing more than one citation, the citations should be separated by a semi-colon. Citations for quotations should only include the cited page(s) not the full page range of the article or chapter, even on the first citation. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication. Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic citations lies entirely with the authors.Superscript numbers indicating notes should appear at the end of sentences, rather than in mid sentence. The notes themselves should appear at the end of the submitted manuscript under a primary section heading 'NOTES', or as footnotes.
Reference StyleReferences should be given in the following form. Please note in particular the lack of capitals and quote marks for paper and chapter titles, the absence of publishers' names, the absence of p. or pp. for page numbers (which are given in full, i.e. 160—189), and the use of semicolons to separate references within a footnote. Short titles for subsequent citation should include enough of the title to makes sense, and ibid, op. cit., loc. cit. should not be used. Consult the most recent issue for examples of circumstances not covered below.
Journal article: L. Veale, G.H. Endfield and S. Naylor, Knowing weather in place: the Helm Wind of Cross Fell, Journal of Historical Geography 45 (2014) 25—37. Short title for subsequent citation, of page 32 of the article: Veale, Endfield and Naylor, Knowing weather in place, 32.Book: I.M. Keighren, C.W.J. Withers and B. Bell, Travels into Print: Exploration, Writing, and Publishing with John Murray, 1773—1859, Chicago, 2015. Specified volumes or editions should be written out in full: volume 1 or second edition. Short title for subsequent citation, of page 15 of the book: Keighren, Withers and Bell, Travels into Print, 15.
Chapter in Edited Collection: C. Cornish, Curating global knowledge: the Museum of Economic Botany at Kew Gardens, in: D.A. Finnegan and J.J. Wright (Eds), Spaces of Global Knowledge: Exhibition, Encounter and Exchange in an Age of Empire, Abingdon, 2015, 119—142. Short title for subsequent citations, of page 123 of the paper. Cornish, Curating global knowledge, 123. For edited collections with a single editor, use (Ed.).Website: Give details of author, title and so on, with the url in full followed by the date last accessed: For example, Great Britain Historical Geographical Information System, http://www.port.ac.uk/research/gbhgis/ last accessed 2 May 2016.
Unpublished work: C. Porter, Towards a quantitative methodology for exploring maps and early mapping in early modern Ireland, c. 1530—1610, unpublished PhD thesis, Lancaster University, 2014.Short title for subsequent citation of page 201 of the thesis: Porter, Towards a quantitative methodology for exploring maps and early mapping, 201.
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Tour diary, 8 March 1900, Lady Curzon Papers, Oriental and India Office Collection, British Library [hereafter OIOC], Mss Eur. F306/42, 3v. Short title for subsequent citation: Tour diary, 8 March 1900, OIOC Mss Eur. F306/42, 3v.Peer review
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