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Progress in Physical Geography

2016 Impact Factor: 3.375
2016 Ranking: 35/188 in Geosciences, Multidisciplinary | 11/49 in Geography, Physical
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
An International Review of Geographical Work in the Natural and Environmental Sciences

Managing Editor
Nicholas Clifford Loughborough University, UK
UK Editor
Karen Anderson University of Exeter, UK
North American Editor
Brent Yarnal Penn State, USA
Contributing Editor
Erle Ellis University of Maryland Baltimore, USA
Asian Editor
David Zhang Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
Associate Editor


eISSN: 14770296 | ISSN: 03091333 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

New Journal Section: from the Archives...

Progress in Physical Geography are now publishing a new section, intended as a complement to its long-running Classics Revisited features. Articles in this section are intended to illuminate progress in physical geography in terms of the evolution of ideas over time. They need not be focussed on any one paper or book but can involve several related publications. Unlike 'Classics' they may well focus on the more obscure, less well known but nevertheless significant aspects of the evolution of the subject.

Contributions of 2,500 - 3,500 words will be welcome. At this early stage, we are open to different interpretations of the approach, and we would welcome any preliminary discussion of potential author's ideas. Please contact ppgeditor@sagepub.co.uk in the first instance.

Progress in Physical Geography is an international journal, encompassing an interdisciplinary approach incorporating the latest developments and debates within Physical Geography and interrelated fields across the Earth, Biological and Ecological System Sciences. Contributions which review progress to date; which blend review material with new and original findings; or which introduce material, methods or techniques at the forefront of current knowledge, while setting directions for future work are welcomed. Authors need not be uncritically exhaustive in synthesizing research on a particular topic, but should concentrate on what they consider to be the most promising recent productive trends and developments which are likely to be transformative.

They should further aim at the widest possible international coverage and should consider the relevance of tangential or parallel developments to their fields. In addition, authors are encouraged to evaluate the general significance of research to date, including practical and policy applications where relevant.

This prestigious journal covers all aspects of:

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Biogeography & landscape ecology
  • Human-environment interaction

Papers include the widest possible international coverage and consider the relevance of tangential and parallel developments in other fields.

Each issue now also includes:

  • Research Resource Reviews of books and other research-related resources, including DVD, media and websites
  • A review of a classic book or paper


Progress in Physical Geography
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This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Progress in Physical Geography is an international peer-reviewed journal, encompassing an interdisciplinary approach incorporating the latest developments and debates within Physical Geography and interrelated fields across the Earth, Biological and Ecological System Sciences. Contributions which review progress to date; which blend review material with new and original findings; or which introduce material, methods or techniques at the forefront of current knowledge, while setting directions for future work are welcomed. Authors need not be uncritically exhaustive in synthesizing research on a particular topic, but should concentrate on what they consider to be the most promising recent productive trends and developments which are likely to be transformative.

They should further aim at the widest possible international coverage and should consider the relevance of tangential or parallel developments to their fields. In addition, authors are encouraged to evaluate the general significance of research to date, including practical and policy applications where relevant.

This prestigious journal covers all aspects of:

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Biogeography & landscape ecology
  • Human-environment interaction

 

Each issue now also includes:

  • Research Resource Reviews of books and other research-related resources, including DVD, media and websites
  • A review of a classic book or paper

Book Review Editor
Robert Francis King's College London, UK
Classics and Archives
David Butler Texas State University - San Marcos, USA
Progress Reports Editor
Jennifer Miller University of Texas at Austin, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
P Bishop University of Glasgow, UK
Tim Burt University of Durham, UK
Andrew Comrie University of Arizona, USA
Brian L Finlayson University of Melbourne, Australia
D Foster Harvard University, USA
Thomas W. Gillespie University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Angela Gurnell Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Stuart Lane University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Philip Lewis University College London, UK
George Malanson University of Iowa, USA
Yvonne Martin University of Calgary, Canada
John A. Matthews Swansea University, UK
Glenn McGregor University of Durham, UK
Michael Meadows University of Cape Town, South Africa
Hans Middelkoop Utrecht University, Netherlands
T Oke University of British Columbia, Canada
Duccio Rocchini University of Trento, Italy
Andre G Roy University of Waterloo, Canada
Lothar Schrott University of Bonn, Germany
Douglas Sherman University of Alabama, USA
Phillip Stott School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
Stephen Tooth University of Aberystwyth, UK
Ying Wang Nanjing University, China
Tim Warner West Virginia University, USA
Xiaoping Yang Zhejiang University, China
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Progress in Physical Geography

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pipg to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Progress in Physical Geography will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting a paper to Progress in Physical Geography, we ask that all authors take a minute to read the following short document about the preparation of your manuscript. Any manuscript which does not meet these guidelines will unfortunately be returned, so please check that you have followed these instructions prior to submission.

    1.2 Article Types

    Progress in Physical Geography is an international journal, encompassing an interdisciplinary approach incorporating the latest developments and debates within Physical Geography and interrelated fields across the Earth, Environmental, Biological and Ecological System Sciences. Contributions which review progress to date; which blend review material with new and original findings; or which introduce novel research methods or techniques at the forefront of current knowledge, while setting directions for future work, are welcomed. Authors need not be uncritically exhaustive in synthesizing research on a particular topic, but should concentrate on what they consider to be the most promising recent trends and developments which are likely to be transformative.

    They should further aim at the widest possible international coverage and should consider the relevance of tangential or parallel developments to their fields. In addition, authors are encouraged to evaluate the general significance of research to date, including practical and policy applications where relevant.
    This prestigious journal covers all aspects of:

      • Geomorphology
      • Climatology
      • Biogeography & landscape ecology
      • Human-environment interaction

    General advice on submission process and aspects of formatting should be addressed to Jayne Brian, Associate Editor, PPGJournal@sagepub.com

    Research Articles
    Articles should be up to 7000 words in length, including footnotes, together with figures and illustrations. An approximate guide is to aim for no more than 25 printed pages, with 500 words equivalent per page plus figures.

    If you require further advice, please contact the Editors:

    Nick Clifford: PPGEditor@sagepub.co.uk
    Karen Anderson: karen.anderson@Exeter.ac.uk
    David Zhang: zhangd@hkucc.hku.hk
    Brent Yarnal: alibar@psu.edu

    Classics Revisited/From the Archive
    In Classics Revisited, authors are invited to revisit seminal works or the collected contributions of individuals that have contributed to the study of physical geography.  Submissions should be in the region of 3500-3500 words.

    From the Archives are intended to illuminate Progress in Physical Geography in terms of the evolution of ideas over time. They need not be focussed on any one paper or book but can involve several related publications. Unlike Classics they may well focus on the more obscure, less well known but nevertheless significant aspects of the evolution of the subject. Especially welcome would be new light shed on older ideas from either published or hitherto unpublished material. This may involve the unearthing of material which may place a development in context or clarify an original meaning. Sometimes we may find when we look back that recently we might have re-invented the wheel, or the answer to a current puzzle may possibly lie in some overlooked article. We may well also learn something about the history of science from the thought processes of earlier researchers. Contributions of 2,500 - 3,500 words will be welcome.

    If you would like to contribute a Classics or Archive piece, please contact the Editor. David Butler: db25@txstate.edu 

    Progress Reports 
    Articles in this section summarise more recent progress in a particular field of application or concept.  Frequently, these deal with a major sub-discipline of physical geography, but more specific fields of study are acceptable.  Progress Reports should aim to provide succinct summaries of up-to-date and remerging literature and findings, and also to place these in a longer-term and also broader intellectual context.  It is helpful to refer back to previous Progress Reports on the same or similar topics.  Progress Reports should be 3000-3500 words long.

    If you are interested in preparing a Progress Report, please contact Jennifer Miller to discuss further. jennifer.miller@austin.utexas.edu

    Research Resource Reviews
    Reviews of books and other research-related resources, including DVD, media and the web. These are shorter pieces of up to 1000 words.

    Reviews should be submitted to Rob Francis: robert.francis@kcl.ac.uk

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Progress in Physical Geography operates a conventional double-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s and submitting author's names are always concealed from each other. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees once accepted for review.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Progress in Physical Geography requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Progress in Physical Geography encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    2.6 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Progress in Physical Geography requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) will also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Progress in Physical Geography and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Progress in Physical Geography offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    Progress in Physical Geography adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    For a sample page of references from Progress in Physical Geography please click here.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Progress in Physical Geography is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pipg to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    When preparing your paper:
    - Use the minimum of formatting.
    - Roman, bold and italic type can be used, but only one typeface and size should be used.
    - Capitals should be used only where they are to appear in the finished text.
    - Headings and paragraphs should be separated by two carriage returns.
    - There should be only one space between words and only one space after any punctuation.

    For more detailed guidance please click here to review guidelines on SAGE House Style.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Progress in Physical Geography editorial office as follows:

    Nick Clifford
    School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences,
    Loughborough University,
    Loughborough, UK

    E-mail: ppgeditor@sagepub.com

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