Open Access Journal – Geo: Geography and Environment

I came across an open access journal related to my field(s) called: Geo: Geography and Environment. It is published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) in London.

The editors are professors at University of Exeter and University College London. It is fully open access and all of its articles are published under the Creative Commons License.

The journal lists its “Aims and Scope” in the following way:

Geo is a fully open access international journal publishing original articles from across the spectrum of geographical and environmental research. Geo welcomes submissions which make a significant contribution to one or more of the journal’s aims. These are to:

  • encompass the breadth of geographical, environmental and related research, based on original scholarship in the sciences, social sciences and humanities;
  • bring new understanding to and enhance communication between geographical research agendas, including human-environment interactions, global North-South relations and academic-policy exchange;
  • advance spatial research and address the importance of geographical enquiry to the understanding of, and action about, contemporary issues;
  • foster methodological development, including collaborative forms of knowledge production, interdisciplinary approaches and the innovative use of quantitative and/or qualitative data sets;
  • publish research articles, review papers, data and digital humanities papers, and commentaries which are of international significance.

The journal explains open access in this way:

Open Access and Copyright

All articles published by Geo are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share. All Geo articles are published under a choice of Creative Commons Licenses which permit use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright on any research article published by Geo is retained by the author(s). Authors grant Wiley a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified. Further information can be found on our open access license and copyright page.

I didn’t find a specific statement on the journal’s stance toward the open access movement but they do list “Reasons to publich in Geo,” which include:

  • high standard, rigorous peer review
  • immediate open access
  •  articles published under Creative Commons Licenses
  • articles can be enhanced by integrated hosting of multimedia and data content
  • fully compliant with all open access mandates

Three of the five reasons listed related to open access. As far as I know I haven’t read any articles yet from this journal but I will certainly keep an eye out for it as I am researching for future projects.

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