To be accepted in the journal your map or spatial diagram must adhere to high cartographic standards. Remember these 4 top tips for producing your map:
You will need the input of a graphic designer or cartographer and have experience in using GIS. If no one on your team has these skills, then a Geography Department or central administration in your university should be able to help.
Typical software for producing a map or spatial diagram includes ArcGIS or QIS for data manipulation and map production. Some designers use Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
Remember maps are powerful storytelling devices, but are also aesthetically appealing. Look for inspiration in your design from other maps that have been published, but think about creating a “mood board” through a service such as Pinterest to help. You can find inspiration from a service like https://Behance.net, searching theme-specific keywords.
The word limit (excluding abstract, captions, reference) is 2500-4000 words. Our “short form” will force you to include only what is really necessary!
For guidance or advice on how to prepare a successful submission you can contact the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Maps, Dr Mike Smith, at [email protected].