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Notes to contributors

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The South African Geographical Journal considers publication of original material on all aspects of geography, both physical and human, with particular relevance to southern Africa.  Material published includes peer-reviewed research papers, review articles on specific topics of geographical interest and short research notes, and book reviews.  The major requirement for publication is the significance and value of the work for the development for geography and geographers.  Corresponding authors can receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their article appears as well as 50 e-prints.

Full-length articles should not normally exceed 7 500 words in length.  Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with wide margins, and must be submitted in triplicate.  The title, the author’s name(s) and affiliation(s) should appear on a separate sheet.

Original photographic positives of all figures, together with photocopies of figures to accompany the two reviewer copies of the text, must accompany all submissions.  All figures should be sized to fit either a double or single column of the Journal when reproduced full-size, or reduced by a factor or two.  Computer drawn graphics are acceptable only if they are of comparable quality of those produced conventionally; linework must be clear and readily reproducible, and computer characters should be replaced with typeset lettering.  Figures will be reviewed by our Cartographic Advisor, and those not meeting our standards will be returned for revision. Figure captions should not accompany the figures, but be typed on a separate sheet.

Tables should be included at the appropriate point in the text.

Layout and referencing MUST follow the style of the Journal.  Incorrectly referenced papers will be returned to the authors for correction.

Submissions must be accompanied by an indication of the word length, and by a statement that the paper has not been and will not be submitted concurrently for publication elsewhere.

Detailed instructions and a Guide for Authors are obtainable from the Editor or can be found on the journal’s Instructions for Authors webpage.

Copyright of papers published in the Journal will be vested in the Society.  South African Geographical Journal now uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. All submissions should be made online at the South African Geographical Journal ScholarOne Manuscripts site.


Prof David Hedding
Department of Geography
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Florida campus
011 471 2120
Prof Ashley Gunter
Discipline of Geography
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Florida campus
011 471 3390