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05 September 2021

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Journal of Maps

Special Issue Editor(s)

Nigel Walford, Kingston University, UK
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Mike Smith, Plymouth University, UK
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Francis Donnelly, GIS & Data Librarian, Brown University
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Dean Carson, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia
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Celebrating Census

We invite contributions to a special issue of the Journal of Maps focused upon the evolving character and cartographic opportunities offered by traditional census statistics and the impact of transitioning from these sources of population data at a range of spatial scales into a new era of big data assembly. In so doing, the special issue marks two important events taking place in the UK during 2021 in the history of British Censuses and seeks contributions that reflect the past transition of population data cartography through the digital era of the last 50 years and anticipates its transformation into the big data era of the foreseeable future.

Purpose and Rationale

The purpose of this special issue is threefold. Firstly, it marks two ‘census-related’ events occurring in the UK in 2021: the 100 year anniversary of the first national enumeration of the population held under the auspices of the 1920 Census Act and what is expected to be last British census conducted in that manner. Secondly, it seeks to showcase and exemplify lessons learnt from innovative developments in the cartographic representation of population data over the past 50 years. Thirdly, it aims – through cartography and international comparison – to explore opportunities for the representation of demographic information likely to emerge from the amalgamation of administrative and bespoke surveys of the population.

The visual presentation of population data has pervaded the evolution of geospatial technologies and their application for over half a century. The importance of such approaches to both enlightening and obscuring demographic change and events has become increasingly obvious with their realisation as a result of various media using cartography as a means of communicating messages to stakeholders and members of the public at large. People are increasingly exposed to maps of population data in the course of their everyday lives, whether showing vital events (births, deaths and natural change) or specific themes, such as the spread of disease or the incidence of poverty, than ever before.

It has become increasingly evident that the mapping of population data no longer respects a limited range of disciplinary boundaries and occurs across the spectrum of social as well as the natural sciences where human-environmental interactions are at the forefront of our concerns. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the epidemiological mapping of the Covid-19 pandemic that has dominated internet browsers and TV screens in 2020. Seeking to recognise the ubiquity of population data, this special issue aims to explore how international comparison and past transition to the digital era may guide cartography towards the presentation of such data derived from a diverse assemblage of sources as countries move away from the traditional decennial population census.


Without constraining the range of topics that are potentially suitable for inclusion in the special issue, we offer the following as examples:

  • Spatial and statistical consistency over time
  • People on the move
  • Mapping people through space and time
  • Mapping morbidity and mortality
  • Politics and population data
  • International comparison of demographic mapping
  • Before and after population mapping using censuses and administrative sources
  • Population data and mapping human-environmental interaction
  • Transition and evolution in population mapping

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Submission Instructions

All papers are expected to consist of a map or series of maps (loosely and broadly defined to include various forms of spatial representation) accompanied by a brief explanatory text. Papers should be bespoke, and the mapping of good quality. All papers in this special issue will be peer reviewed. To submit a paper, authors should do the following:

  1. Email a short draft (500-word limit) to the editors outlining the key themes and scope of the paper, where possible including example mapping, by Friday 30th April 2021.

Abstract selection will be by the special issue editorial team. You will receive a notification by Monday 14th June 2021.

  1. Submit a completed paper (4000-word limit) by Sunday 5th September 2021.
  2. The special issue will be published in 2022.

The special issue editor is happy to discuss ideas for papers and their suitability with potential contributors prior to the short draft submission stage. Please email Nigel Walford ([email protected]) or Mike Smith ([email protected]) in the first instance.

All submissions should be made via the Journal of Maps website (http://www.tandfonline.com/tjom) where further guidance on all aspects of submission can be found.

Please note that Journal of Maps is a fully open access journal. The standard article publishing charge (APC) is £615 / $800 / €705. Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to local taxes.

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