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Call for Papers: Innovation in Regional Graphics

Deadline for submissions 16th March 2021

Regional graphics can be incredibly powerful tools for telling stories and making arguments about the state of regions and regionalism. This special issue is a compilation of some of the best examples of the format. We are inviting scholars from any discipline to contribute visualisations (maps, infographics, charts, or other forms of spatial visualisations) that address topics conceptualised at the regional scale. These topics can include, but are not limited to, social, environmental, economic, spatial, or political issues. We are particularly interested in graphics that offer new or innovative perspectives on compelling problems and/or that engage novel methodologies or technologies. Submissions should consist of a high-quality graphic accompanied by a short (1,000 word maximum) explanatory text.

We welcome submissions on any topic of regional interest that conform to the following specifications:

  • The graphic should have some kind of regional dimension that would be of interest to our readers. Regional Studies, Regional Science is an interdisciplinary open access journal from the Regional Studies Association, first published in 2014. The journal focuses on exploring a wide range of topics at different regional scales – these will generally be subnational (such as metropolitan regions, planning regions, etc.) but can cross jurisdictional boundaries (such as cross-border regions and institutions). We particularly welcome submissions from contributors working on regional issues in geography, economics, planning, and political science, however we are not limited to these disciplines;
  • The graphic could be a map, some other form of spatial visualisation, a chart, or other graphic – so long as it clearly communicates the subject matter in an informative and accessible way;
  • The graphic should not have been previously published elsewhere in identical format – e.g. on a blog or in a previous academic paper. Note that as we are soliciting contributions from the 2020 #30DayMapChallenge, we will accept submissions that have previously been posted on a blog for the purpose of disseminating them during that challenge but will not publish them in an identical form. See below for our guidelines for text and formatting;
  • The graphic should be accompanied by a maximum of 1,000 words of text (excluding notes and citations). This text should include:
    • Background and context of the graphic including, ideally, what research questions this graphic helps us answer, why it matters, and the core message that it tries to convey. In this section you should also emphasise the regional dimension of the graphic;
    • A more detailed interpretation of the graphic highlighting specific dimensions of interest;
    • Concise details of how the graphic was made (i.e. technical details) and the data sources used. Any very technical information can be included in an appendix or supplementary materials.
    • Text must be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) guidelines. All text, endnotes, and references should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Manuscripts must be submitted in 12pt, Times New Roman font. Word count totals include all text but exclude endnotes, tables, and figures;
    • The graphic itself should contain enough information (e.g. a title, legend, labels) so that it can be easily understood separate from the text.
  • Since we publish online only, we encourage you to submit your graphic in colour. Authors may wish to consult ColorBrewer when they are selecting colours for use in their graphic;
  • Contributors can submit additional visual information (such as photographs) to supplement their graphics. Please ensure that all appropriate permissions have been secured before adding these elements;
  • Graphics should be submitted in as high a resolution as possible;
  • Graphics should be designed for either in landscape or portrait to best fill the available space of a single A4 page.

Editors will be selectively inviting submissions from suitable entries to the #30DayMapChallenge on Twitter (November 1-30, 2020), however, you do not have to participate in the online challenge in order to be considered.

While this is an academic publication, we welcome submissions from contributors outside of universities. All submissions that conform to the submission guidelines below will be considered.  Submissions that pass editorial checks will be peer reviewed and published in the open access Regional Studies, Regional Science journal. As with all regional graphics submissions to Regional Studies, Regional Science there will be a publication fee of $600/£460/€530/AUD805 for accepted graphics.

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Submission Instructions

Manuscripts will be evaluated and sent out for peer review as they are received and published online as they are accepted. We aim to finalise the collection and provide an editorial introduction on or before 15th April, 2021.

For any questions about submission of article material to this Regional Studies, Regional Science special issue please contact lead editor Jen Nelles with the subject line: “RSRS regional graphic SI inquiry”.

All submissions should be made online at the Regional Studies, Regional Science Scholar One Manuscripts website. New users should first create an account. Once logged on to the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website. When submitting, please select the special issue title from the dropdown menu to indicate that this should be reviewed as part of this collection.

Please note that accepted manuscripts will be subject to open access journal publishing fees where applicable.

Manuscripts may be submitted in any standard editable format, including Word and EndNote. These files will be automatically converted into a PDF file for the review process. LaTeX files should be converted to PDF prior to submission because ScholarOne Manuscripts is not able to convert LaTeX files into PDFs directly. All LaTeX source files should be uploaded alongside the PDF.

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