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Research in Geographic Education is an international peer-reviewed journal of research published in the Spring and Fall by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education at Texas State University - San Marcos. The journal board is interested in receiving research manuscripts in geographic education or closely related areas, including but not limited to:


  • spatial cognition
  • map learning
  • learning theory
  • curriculum
  • gender issues
  • distance learning
  • non-traditional learning
  • environmental psychology
  • environmental education
  • cross-cultural spatial learning
  • teaching methodologies
Submit manuscripts electronically to Joann Zadrozny ( The editor(s) and at least two external reviewers review each manuscript. Manuscripts accepted for publication must exemplify the highest standards of scholarship in geography or related fields. The initial and final copy of the manuscript should be submitted electronically in MSWord or text rich format.

The order of the manuscript should be as follows:

  • Title Page - including manuscript title, author(s) information, short biographical sketch, acknowledgements
  • Abstract
  • Manuscript Text
  • Notes - if appropriate
  • References
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
ETHICS. An author submitting a manuscript to Research in Geographic Education should not submit the same or a related manuscript elsewhere until our review process is completed. In accordance with copyright law, the manuscript must not duplicate substantial portions of previously published materials.
MANUSCRIPT. Manuscripts must be word processed, double-spaced, and in a 12-point, Times New Roman font on one side only of 8.5-inch by 11-inch (or A4) paper, not to exceed 20 pages, including illustrations, tables, and references. If a unique font must be used (e.g. Greek or Latin characters), then a postscript font file should be included along with the other files and its presence noted. A 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin should be used throughout. Illustrations are not to be embedded in the text, but should be submitted as separate files.
TITLE PAGE. The title page must include the paper's title, and the author(s) name(s), affiliation, address, phone number, e-mail address, acknowledgements (if any), and a brief (2-3 sentences) biographical sketch. Do not include any identifying information anywhere else on the manuscript.
REFERENCES. The reference style followed for Research in Geographic Education is the APA Writing Style. References in the text should be cited parenthetically in this order: author(s) last name(s), year of publication, and page number, where appropriate, with each separated by a comma. Multiple references should be listed with the most recent citation first. Please refer to the examples provided for electronic material below. The list of references at the end of the manuscript should begin (double-spaced) on a separate sheet immediately after the text and notes. Entitle this section "REFERENCES." List all references alphabetically by the author's last name, then chronologically. Provide full, unabbreviated titles of books and periodicals, and write out acronyms in full.
  Text of Electronic Material
  (Cheek & Buss, 1981, p. 332)
(Shimamura, 1989, chap. 3)
  (Myers, 2000,  5)
(Beutler, 2000, Conclusion section, para. 1)
      Journal Article
      Abbott-Chapman, J. & Robertson, M. (1999). Home as a private space: Some adolescent constructs. Journal of Youth Studies, 2(1), 23-43.
      Electronic Copy of a Journal Article, 3-5 authors retrieved from database
      Borman, W. C., Hanson, M. A., Oppler, S. H., Pulakos, E. D., & White, L. A. (1993). Role of early supervisory experience in supervisor performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 78, 443-449. Retrieved October 23, 2000, from PsycARTICLES database.
      Newspaper Article
      Brook, T. (1992, October 15). Mauling death may prompt hiking restrictions. Hungry Horse News, pp. 1, 12.

Dewey, J. (1916). Democracy and education. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co.

      Article in an Internet-only Journal
      Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being. Prevention & Treatment, 3, Article 0001a. Retrieved November 20, 2000, from

Stand-alone Document, no author identified, no date

      GVU's 8th WWW user survey. (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2000, from
      Electronic Issue of Journal Based on a Print Source
      Hacket, E. J. (Ed.) (1994). Perspectives on scientific misconduct [Special issue, electronic version]. Journal of Higher Education, 65(3).
      Chapter in an Edited Volume
      Stea, D., Blaut, M. & Stephens, J. (1996). Mapping as a cultural universal. In J. Portugali (Ed.), The Construction of Cognitive Maps, (pp. 345-360). The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
      Internet Article Based on Print Source
      VandenBos, G., Knapp, S., & Doe, J. (2001). Role of reference elements in the selection of resources by psychology undergraduates [Electronic version]. Journal of Bibliographic Research, 5, 117-123.
      Electronic Version of Journal Article that Differs from Print Version}
      Weist, M.D. (2001). Toward a public mental health promotion and intervention system for youth. Journal of School Health, 71, 101-104. Retrieved August 21, 2001, from ProQuest database.
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NOTES. Substantive notes may be inserted to amplify arguments in the text. Please keep notes to a minimum. They should be brief and address a single point in the manuscript. Notes should be numbered sequentially in the text and will appear under the heading "NOTES" at the end of the text. They should be word processed, double-spaced, in the same font size as the text.
TABLES. Tables should be discussed in the text. All tables should be word processed, double-spaced, on separate sheets of paper in the same font size as the text. Each table should have a descriptive title as well as informational column headings. Tables should be at least 4.5-in x 7.4-in [18.75-cm x 11.25cm] with a resolution of at least 600 dpi as submitted as separate jpg, gif, tiff, or similar file format. On a separate page following references, please include a “LIST OF TABLES”.
ILLUSTRATIONS. Maps, graphs, and photographs should convey ideas efficiently and elegantly. Graphics should be legible, clean, and clearly referenced. Sound principles of design should be employed in the construction of graphic materials, and the results should be visually interesting and tastefully executed. Illustrations should be at least 4.5-in x 7.4-in [18.75-cm x 11.25cm] with a resolution of at least 600 dpi. Submit camera-ready, black-and-white illustrations as separate files in jpg, gif, tiff, or a similar file format. We cannot redraw illustrations and we do not reproduce in color. Please do not embed them in the text or in a document file. On a separate page following the List of Tables, please include a “LIST OF FIGURES”.
PERMISSIONS. If your manuscript uses previously published material of substantial length, it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the holder of the copyright and to bear all costs for the right to use copyright materials. The copyright for all information published in Research in Geographic Education is held by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, Texas State University - San Marcos, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666, USA.