Progress in Human Geography is the peer-review journal of choice for those wanting to know about the state of the art in all areas of research in the field of human geography - philosophical, theoretical, thematic, methodological or empirical. Concerned primarily with critical reviews of current research, PiHG enables a space for debate about questions, concepts and findings of formative influence in human geography.
It is published six times per year in paper format and - in Online First - continuously in electronic format. The six editors of PiHG are supported by an international Editorial Advisory Board.
The journal is largely comprised of blind-reviewed review articles, along with so-called Progress Reports. The highly influential and much-cited Progress Reports are commissioned by the editors to provide critical, annual summaries of work in the sub-disciplines of human geography. Regular articles are around 8K long, progress reports around 4K.
for an example of a Progress Report
From time to time PiHG publishes book review symposia that allow extended and multiply authored critiques of significant works with a response from the author. The journal sometimes publishes book review essays.
for an example of a Book Review Symposium
Finally, we occasionally publish retrospective commentaries about classic publications in human geography, focussing on books and other works that have more than stood the test of space and time in shaping the discipline and practice of human geography.
The journal no longer publishes 'Viewpoints', 'Forums', regular book review, retrospectives on ‘Textbooks That Moved Generations’ or published versions of the PiHG annual lectures.
Progress in Human Geography is available to browse online.
Progress in Human Geography is the peer-review journal of choice for those wanting to know about the state of the art in all areas of human geography research - philosophical, theoretical, thematic, methodological or empirical. Concerned primarily with critical reviews of current research, PHG enables a space for debate about questions, concepts and findings of formative influence in human geography.
It is published six times per year in paper format and - in Online First - continuously in electronic format. The six editors of PHG are supported by an international Editorial Advisory Board.
Five major strands - Perspectives, Reviews, Opinions, Biographies and Key Publications - shape the agenda setting content of the journal. In combination, these strands make PHG the most innovative, distinctive and wide-ranging journal of human geography today. They enable it to offer critically informed and diverse accounts of the intellectual traditions and contemporary developments that shape and direct human geographical research and teaching.
|Noel Castree||University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia|
|Chris Gibson||University of Wollongong, Australia|
|Alex Hughes||Newcastle University, UK|
|Nina Laurie||St Andrews University, UK|
|Don Mitchell||Uppsala University, Sweden|
|Katharyne Mitchell||University of California, Santa Cruz, USA|
|Juliet J Fall||University of Geneva, Switzerland|
|Tovi Fenster||Tel Aviv University, Israel|
|Jouni Häkli||University of Tampere, Finland|
|Robin Kearns||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|Wendy Larner||University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Weidong Liu||Chinese Academy of Sciences, China|
|Julia Lossau||University of Bremen, Germany|
|Virginie Mamadouh||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Maano Ramutsindela||University of Cape Town, South Africa|
|Carlos Reboratti||University of Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Nadine Schuurman||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Jean-Francois Staszak||University of Geneva, Switzerland|
|Professor B. S. A. Yeoh||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Perla Zusman||University of Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Louise Amoore||Durham University, UK|
|Kay Anderson||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Clive Barnett||University of Exeter, UK|
|Christopher Board||London School of Economics, UK|
|Peter Dicken||University of Manchester, UK|
|Sarah Elwood||University of Washington, USA|
|Peter Haggett||University of Bristol, UK|
|Ron Johnston||University of Bristol, UK|
|Roger Lee||Queen Mary, University of London, UK|
|David Lowenthal||University College London, UK|
|Alexander B Murphy||University of Oregon, USA|
|Anssi Paasi||University of Oulu, Finland|
|Chris Philo||University of Glasgow, UK|
|Sarah Radcliffe||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Sue Roberts||University of Kentucky, USA|
|Susan Smith||University of Cambridge, UK|
|Michael Williams||University of Oxford, UK|
|Charles W.J. Withers||University of Edinburgh, UK|
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/pihg 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 Human 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.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research Data
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- 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
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Progress in Human Geography, please ensure you have read the information here.
In preparing a paper for submission to PiHG, you should not be uncritically exhaustive in synthesizing research but might concentrate on the most promising and productive trends and developments. Aim at the widest possible international coverage and consider the relevance of tangential or parallel developments in other fields. Wherever possible, you should explore cross-disciplinary links and evaluate the wider intellectual and, where relevant, the wider practical significance of your arguments and the research to which they relate.
As a journal concerned primarily with critical reviews of current issues (philosophical, conceptual, theoretical, topical, methodological, ethical and political) in human geography, PiHG does not publish the results of empirical work or accounts of detailed cases. Sometimes the inclusion of some empirical and/or methodological illustration in a paper submitted to the journal may be helpful in presenting the wider argument. But a paper which is primarily concerned with reporting detailed cases or the results of empirical work, no matter how well founded that work is in wider conceptual and methodological contexts, is probably not suited to PiHG and might best be sent to another journal.
Papers are accepted for consideration on the understanding that they are not being submitted elsewhere.
Papers should not normally be less than 4000 words in length and should NOT EXCEED 8000 words (inclusive of endnotes but excluding Bibliography).
The language of the journal is English.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
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.
Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:
• The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
• The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper
• The author has recommended the reviewer
• The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).
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.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools
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.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Progress in Human 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.
Progress in Human 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.
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
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.
Progress in Human 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.
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.
Progress in Human Geography offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
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.
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.
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.
Progress in Human Geography adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
Progress in Human Geography is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pihg 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.
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.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final 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.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Progress in Human Geography editorial office as follows:
Prof. Noel Castree
Progress in Human Geography
Dept. of Geography