The Pennsylvania Geographer publishes articles on a wide variety of geographic themes and invites authors to submit manuscripts. Issues are organized around preannounced themes, but manuscripts dealing with other topics will also be considered for publication.  Articles should be sent to William B. Kory (, Editor, Gregory E. Faiers (, Associate Editor, or Ola Johansson (, Associate Editor, The Pennsylvania Geographer, Geography Department, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, PA 15904. Book reviews and software reviews should be sent to Donald Buckwalter, Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705.


Articles submitted for publication in The Pennsylvania Geographer will be evaluated for appropriateness and scholarship through a peer review process. To be considered for publication, manuscripts must conform to the following requirements, adopted by the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society:

1.  Deadlines for submitting materials are February 15 for the spring/summer issue and August 15 for the fall/winter issue.

2.  Articles of any length will be considered. Book and software reviews should be approximately 2-3 pages in length. Manuscripts should use double line spacing with adequate margins. Please only use a single space between sentences. For each manuscript, provide a title page including the title of the work, the name and affiliation of the author(s), and the name and address to whom correspondence should be directed.  Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words. No keywords are needed.

3.  You have two choices on how to submit your work. A. Mail us the manuscript as a Microsoft Word document on a CD, plus three paper copies of the manuscript; or B. Submit your manuscript via email as a Microsoft Word document attachment.

4. Citation of references must conform to the style found in current issues of the AAGs Professional Geographer. Use parenthetical notation of author and date in the text, and provide complete citation of sources at the conclusion of the article, titled: Literature Cited. Do not use footnotes. If you choose to include endnotes, use the superscript function in Word, not the endnote function.

5. Place all figures and tables at the end of the manuscript with appropriate captions. Indicate placement of figures and tables in the text (e.g. “Insert Figure 1 approximately here”). Note that maps and other figures will be reproduced in black and white. Make sure your illustrations are legible in black and white.

6. Include a short biographical sketch of the author(s) at the end of the manuscript.

7. Copies of all manuscripts, maps, photos, etc. should be kept by the author before mailing. Manuscripts, maps, charts, photos, and other illustrations will not be returned.  PGS assumes no responsibility for loss or damage of materials sent to the editors.

8. Every manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter in which the author affirms that the paper will not be submitted elsewhere until an editorial decision has been received from The Pennsylvania Geographer, and that a similar version of the manuscript has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

9. The Editors and the PGS assume no responsibility for opinions and statements expressed by contributors.


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