Hints for Authors

Dear prospective author, please read these instructions carefully before submitting your draft article.

In order to uphold scientific standards, the PG is implementing a peer-review process. Articles submitted as „scientific papers“ will be peer-reviewed by two external reviewers. Scientific papers report on and discuss original research; they are theory-driven and contribute to the knowledge in the respective field. Articles submitted as „research notes“ will be peer-reviewed by one external reviewer and a member of the editorial board. “Research notes” can report on research in progress or be the result of non-original or applied research. All other contributions will be reviewed by the editorial board. It is the aim of the PG to also encourage emerging researchers such as postgraduate students as well as practitioners to report on their research-based work.

The PG targets a wide audience of readers including academics and students, public and private sector representatives and the general public with an interest in research that is based in the Asia-Pacific region. The use of full-coloured photos and high-quality maps provides authors with unique opportunities to illustrate their work and sets the PG apart from other area studies journals.

Note that PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES will not accept manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines. We look forward to receiving your submission.

The Editorial Board

The PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES publishes academic papers that meet scientific standards, research notes, conference reports, book reviews and interviews. Please use the following words counts as guidance for the length of your paper (+/- 10%):

• Scientific paper: between 16.000 and 24,000 characters (without empty spaces) but including list of references.

• Research note: between 12,000 and 16,000 characters (without empty spaces) but including list of references.

• Conference reports: up to 1,000 words, Book reviews: up to 1,000 words, Interviews: up to 2,000 words

Authors need to submit the following documents: their contribution, an abstract of up to 150 words (for scientific papers and research notes), up to 5 key words, and a brief biographical note of up to 50 words and their full postal address (all contributions).

The PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES is published in colour so feel free to make the most of this!

Style and formatting:

• All contributions have to be written in British English. Do not use formatting styles. Do not use spaces or tabs to separate text. Do not embed images, tables etc in the text document. Do not use footnotes. Use subheadings.

• Authors are encouraged to illustrate their work using appropriate photos, diagrams, tables and images. All of these materials need to be submitted in high-quality .tiff, .ai or .jpg format; do not embed these in your text document. Usually, maps and tables are edited according to the overall layout style of the magazine, therefore the submission of editable formats such as Adobe Illustrator are preferred.

• All contributions must be fully referenced using APA style. See http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm for online tutorials.

Review Process:

All scientific papers will be subjected to a double blind peer-review process. For this reason, all information that may lead to the identification of the author needs to be removed from the text document; the biographical information about the author is to be submitted in a separate text document. All manuscripts are accepted and reviewed based on the premise that they are the result of the author’s original work and that the content has not been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Authors who do not have English as their mother tongue are strongly encouraged to let a native speaker do the proof reading before submission.

Authors are fully responsible for considering issues related to copyrights.

The final decision to publish and article and when rests with the Editorial Board.


Deadline for the open content issue No. 47 will be 30 September 2016 and for the special issue No. 48 it will be 31 March 2017.


Please send your submissions to the managing editors

Last update: July 2016