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Update for Prospective Authors and Readers

Space and Polity

For a quarter of a century, Space and Polity has served as an international peer reviewed scholarly journal publishing the very best political geographical research from across the world. The mission of the Journal is to play a leading role in advancing Political Geography as a distinctive branch of knowledge.

On 8th July 2019, Ronan Paddison, founding editor of Space and Polity and for over two decades Editor-in-Chief of the journal, sadly died.  Before his passing Ronan was planning a significant refresh, restructure and repositioning of Space and Polity, believing that it had the potential to be developed to the next level. Inspired and informed by Ronan’s vision, a newly constituted Editorial Board is currently engaged in a significant reappraisal and relaunch of the Journal.

So, what’s new?

We have new priorities

The journal will continue to accept submissions from across the political geographical spectrum but will actively procure, publish and promote articles which:

  • Strengthen ties between political philosophy, political philosophers, and political geographical thought and make foundational theoretical and conceptual contributions
  • Conduct politically aware historiographical investigations of political geographical thinkers, theories, concepts, ideas and debates and interrogate and reimagine the trajectory of political geography as an politico-intellectual project itself
  • Advance significant new insights, through new approaches, methodologies, data sets, and empirical analyses into the most pressing public political problems which present in the 2020s
  • Provincialise and decolonise political geography and increase awareness and appreciation of Global South political geographical theory and debate
  • Inspire political geographical centred scholar activism and enhanced civic and cultural engagement and think anew about the contribution of political geographical scholarship, research, pedagogy and praxis to the public square and to the public good.

Visit our Aims & Scope page for further information.

We will publish new article formats

In addition to publishing regular research articles and book reviews and convening themed Special Issues, Space and Polity will now publish shorter ‘provocations’ and ‘extended authors meets critics’ fora. Because provocations will speak to a topical disciplinary conundrum or timely public political problem, they will be subject to rapid review and turnaround and if accepted will enjoy early publication.

See our Instructions for Authors page for full details of the different article types and guidance on how to prepare a submission to each.

We will offer authors greater flexibility in word limits

To maximise flexibility for authors, the journal will now accept for review regular articles which are no less than 6,000 words and no more than 9,000 words and provocations which are no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 2,000 words.

We will help authors boost readership and citations

A new social media strategy and twitter account will help authors expand the number of readers engaging and citing their work.


For further information on our relaunch plans:

Follow us on twitter @SpacePolity

Watch out for the Annual Space and Polity Invited Lecture  – rotating biannually between RGS (IBG) conference and the AAG Meeting – coming later in 2020.  


We invite you to join us on the exciting new journey and to consider publishing your very best research with us. Visit the journal to find out more. 

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