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The Geographical Bulletin

The Geographical Bulletin is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal that is published twice a year by GTU. Articles concerning any area of geographical interest are solicited. Though we champion student-written and student-led research, submissions are also solicited from faculty across the board. In the past, many luminaries of Geography have published with us (some are listed here). As part of GTU's wider mission, The Geographical Bulletin is available free of charge, online, and open access to ensure accessibility for all to every article.


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Editorial policy and instructions to authors

All manuscripts must be in acceptable format and ready for peer review. The editor strongly recommends that student manuscripts be reviewed by a faculty member and/or advisor, and those editorial comments be implemented prior to submission. The Geographical Bulletin publishes two types of articles: original research articles (double blind peer-reviewed) under the "Research" heading, and shorter-interest pieces (reviewed by the Editor only) under the "Geographical Essays and Reviews" heading.

While The Geographical Bulletin does not impose word limits, most research articles fall between 4000-10,000 words (including references and captions). Book reviews and shorter essays on relevant topics are also solicited, and usually have a word count of ~1000-2000 words.

These shorter interest pieces might include content such as fieldwork reports, reviews of emerging trends in the discipline, and retrospective/reminiscences (e.g., "looking back" on old geographers, revisiting old theories/paradigms, old programs, and then reporting how they have fared since). They could also comprise "Pocket Projects" (those shorter-but-just-as-important research ideas that have yet to be formalized), chapter histories, famous geographer profiles/honorifics (living or deceased), and career-related topics such as advice to early career professionals/academics.

Regardless of submission type, all contributions to The Geographical Bulletin of Gamma Theta Upsilon must follow these general specifications:

  1. All manuscripts should be double-spaced on 8 ½" x 11" page size with 1 ½" margins. Use 10 or 12 point fonts only. Use the same type style and font size throughout the paper. Italicize book and periodical titles in the body.
  2. A full submission includes: 1) a digital copy of the manuscript in Microsoft Word format, 2) all figure/table files as separate items – do NOT embed images in the manuscript, and 3) a separate Word file with all figure/table captions. Name the tables and figures consistently, with the author's name in each (e.g., SmithFigure1.jpg; SmithTable2.xls; SmithCaptions.doc). If the files are too large to submit as e-mail attachments, please use an online file-sharing service such as Dropbox, One Drive, or Google Drive, and make all related files available to the Editor.
  3. The submitted copy of the potential article should be blind. That is, it should contain no information that would identify the author to a potential reviewer. Instead, include full contact information in your submission e-mail, including: Name(s) of author(s), author order, affiliation(s), address(es), and email address(es). If applicable, please include which authors are students, as well as their status and level (e.g., enrolled, undergraduate). Upon acceptance, the lead author will be requested to furnish short bios (~30-50 words) for each author that will appear at the end of their article.
  4.  As an open access online-only journal, The Geographical Bulletin publishes all figures in color. All line drawings and graphics must be suitable for high quality, online imagery. Maps must have scales, a fine neat line serving as a boundary, and patterns that will tolerate reduction and enlargement (think vector, not raster). Color graphics and photographs should be of sufficient contrast and saturation, and of professional quality. Digital copies of all figures, drawings, photos, and other graphics are required, in JPG format, at least 300 dpi and at least 5" x 7.5". For purposes of review, scans of draft maps are acceptable. Again, do NOT embed figures or tables in the manuscript file. These should be included as noted in number 2 of this instruction list.
  5. References, tables, charts, and other graphics such as maps and photographs should be cited parenthetically in the text as follows: (Wilhelm 2015), (Table 3), or (Fig. 2). If a published statement is quoted, use page numbers e.g., (Wilhelm 2015, 3-4). Double space references on a separate page immediately following the manuscript's last line of text. Endnotes and footnotes should be used sparingly. All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically by author and double-spaced between entries following standard APA style as noted here, with citations from online sources (i.e., websites and webpages) listing the date the URL was last accessed:

    Knapp, B.D. 1993. Soil Survey of Presque Isle County, Michigan. United States Department of Agriculture. Soil Conservation Service. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

    Meyer-Arendt, K. and Hartman, R.D. 1998. Casino Gambling in America. In: Marglin, F. A. (ed.) Dominating Knowledge: Development, Culture, and Resistance. New York: Stanford University Press, pp. 217–228.

    Smith, N.W. 1996. The New Urban Frontier. London: Routledge.

    U.S. Census Bureau. 2017. Subcounty Population Estimates. []. Last accessed 02 July 2017.

    Zukin, S. and Baskerville, R. W. 1998. From Coney Island to Las Vegas in the Urban Imaginary. Urban Affairs Review, 33(5): 647–654.

  6. Include an abstract of up to 150 words, double-spaced and followed by up to five key words. The abstract should state the objective, methods, and conclusions of the paper, and should appear on a separate page.
  7. Potential articles should be written in active voice, be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and use the Oxford Comma. The author retains sole responsibility to obtain copyright release in writing to use any copyrighted material.


Send electronic copies of all manuscripts to:
Dr. Casey D. Allen
Editor, The Geographical Bulletin
Email: [email protected]