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Journal overview

The importance of maps in all aspects of research has received increasing attention. Global methods of mapping with online maps, along with animations, are changing how maps are used and presented. A considerable amount of research is being conducted in map presentation through the Internet, both to desktops and mobile devices.

International Journal of Cartography ( IJC) is the official flagship journal of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) which is a much needed research outlet concentrating on the map as a form of communication about the world, and aims to promote research in the fields of cartography and GI Science. The journal encompasses a wide range of topic including:

  • spatial modelling, visualization, analysis and planning
  • theoretical GI Science including geospatial ontologies and semantics
  • maritime, environmental and urban GIS, remote sensing and photogrammetry
  • cognitive-based GIS and cartography: modelling of navigation knowledge and landscape perception in urban spaces and built environments
  • historical maps
  • art and cartography
  • topography

IJC is supported by an international advisory board of experts and welcomes innovative, high-quality research articles relevant to maps and geospatial science from multiple disciplines.

Peer Review Statement

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors, in consultation with Associate Editors where appropriate, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double anonymized and submission is online via Editorial Manager.

Manuscript Types Accepted

  • research articles
  • technical notes
  • reviews of books, atlases and maps

Books and Atlas Reviews for the International Journal of Cartography

The Editors of the IJC welcome the submission of books and atlases for review that would be of interest to and relevant for an international audience of cartographers – either because of their contents, their design or their methodology. Through the Journal Books Reviews Editor, Dr David Fairbairn, we hope to attract publications that are innovative, that describe new theoretical developments, show new applications, new ways of visualizing geospatial information (including generalization) and of using this visualized information. That may be the main focus of cartography but, from the topics the International Cartographic Association’s commissions are contributing to, we can see many equally important additional aspects of the discipline: specific applications like risk mapping, sustainability, mapping of mountains, planets or topography, technical aspects like standards, open source, map production techniques and internet mapping or mapping for mobile devices or location-based services. Finally, education and the history of the discipline as well as the study of old maps also belong to our potential field of interest. In this sense there will be no difference with the variety of topics and the focus of potential papers to be published in IJC.

It is recent publications on these topics that we wish to have reviewed. Titles for review can be books or atlases or even single maps and digital cartographic applications, if the latter merit being singled out. They can be printed or they may be in digital form, as long as they are generally accessible and can be ordered worldwide.

Our aim is that the review section in IJC will not only be filled with books and atlases IJC receives by chance; we also wish to review the most relevant publications and are open to suggestions from members of the ICA community.

Reviews are undertaken by specialists in the field (generally from the ICA commissions). The reviews are written in English and are approximately 1,000 words in length. We aim to have reviews completed within two months of receipt of the publication concerned. The published reviews include a scan (minimum 300dpi) of the publication cover.

Generally, these reviews provide an idea of the contents, highlighting its special contributions and mentioning its shortcomings, if any. Each review includes the author’s name, the name of the publication, number of pages and illustrations, size (height x width) if it concerns a paper publication, ISBN, publishing , publisher and year of publication and price in local currency.

Books, atlases, maps and cartographic applications for review should be sent to:

International Journal of Cartography Review Editor - Dr David Fairbairn, c/o Geospatial Engineering, School of Engineering, Cassie Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UNITED KINGDOM.

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