Journal of Maps | High Quality Open Access Journal | Taylor & Francis

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Submit a map to Journal of Maps

Publish a map that is derived from your underlying spatial data

2020 Journal Metrics: 2.709 Impact Factor | Q2 Impact Factor Best Quartile | 4.4 CiteScore | 362K annual downloads

Aims & Scope

Journal of Maps offers a unique inter-disciplinary platform for publishing high-quality maps and spatial diagrams across the broad spectrum of physical and social sciences. 

Publishing under an open model, the journal provides an excellent opportunity to obtain a second publication from your research by publishing a map derived from underlying spatial data examining any social or physical process that takes place on a geographical scale. Topics could include, for example, footfall in retail marketing, the excavated remains of an archaeological site, differences in the Human Development Index at sub-national level, modelled tourist catchment areas, or national performance by sport through time.

To be accepted your map or spatial diagram must adhere to high cartographic standards. Follow our guide to common errors in map production to help you with creating your map and review the Instructions for Authors before making your submission.

Scroll down to follow our pre-submission checklist.

Pre-submission checklist:

If you are interested in publishing a map or spatial based on the underlying data from your research, follow these 4 steps before planning your submission:

  1. Review the Instructions for Authors before making your submission to make sure you adhere to the journal requirements.
  2. View the Best Map Award page to see some examples of the inter-disciplinary research previously published in the journal for inspiration, including the most recent award-winning map, "A tourist map of Xi’an: combining historical city characteristics with art".
  3. Visit the journal to view published articles to get some inspiration (remember that the "main map" is in the supplementary materials section).
  4. Read our guide to common map errors to avoid some of the more common mistakes that leads to a submission being rejected.

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:

  1. You will need the input of a graphic designer or cartographer and have experience in using GIS. If no one on your tea has these skills, then a Geography Department or central administration in your university should be able to help.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, searching theme-specific keywords.
  4. Follow our guide to common errors in map production to help you with creating your map.

Ensure you keep to the correct format for your paper:

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].


Why publish a map or spatial digaram?

Publishing a map or spatial diagram in Journal of Maps allows you to:

  • Bring your data to life through visual representation.
  • Reach new audiences for your research by publishing under an open model.
  • Foster new collaborations across disciplines by making your data freely accessible.
  • Ensure appropriate credit for your research data with a citable publication.
  • Retain ownership by publishing using a creative commons license. 

Before making a submission, please read and adhere to our our Instructions for Authors.

Aims & Scope   Instructions for Authors

Calls for Papers

Journal of Maps currently has open calls for papers for special issues. Explore the current special issues to discover the range of maps published by the journal.


Guide to common errors

Read our advice on good practice for creating a map or spatial diagram and learn how to avoid common errors with our handy guide.

Best Map Award

See the latest winner of the Journal of Maps best map award and discover the range of maps published in the Journal of Maps.
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