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The California Geographer

The California Geographer is the refereed annual publication of the California Geographical Society (CGS). All statements and opinions that appear in The California Geographer are the full responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the California Geographical Society.

Read our 2013 call for papers on our blog.

The California Geographer Goes Digital!

The California Geographical Society, in cooperation with EBSCO Information Services, is pleased to announce that the California Geographer is now available online. Beginning with Volume 1 (1960), full text articles from the California Geographer (and a complete set of search tools!) can be accessed through college and university libraries which subscribe to EBSCO’s newest and most comprehensive database, Academic Search Complete™. As one of the world's largest collections of active full-text peer reviewed journals, Academic Search Complete™ contains indexing for 9,000 journals, with full text for 5,500 titles.

On-line Now: Digital Archives of the back catalog of the California Geographer available via ScholarWorks at California State Univesity, Northridge.

Special Reprint - Fifteen Events That Have Shaped California's Human Landscape

The California Geographical Society is pleased to offer this special electronic edition of the popular volume "Fifteen Events that Have Shaped California's Human Landscape". Written by 2000 by Lary Dilsaver,William Wyckoff and Willaim Preston (edited by Ray Sumner) it was offered as a paper reprint in 2002 in conjunction with the Los Angles AAG conference. Re-released in electronic form in 2012 in anticipation of the AAG's return to Los Angeles in spring 2013, it is now available in electronic (.pdf) form by clicking the link below.

Electronic Reprint - Fifteen Events That Have Shaped California's Human Landscape
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Contact Information for Contributors:


Kathryn Davis
Department of Geography
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0116



Questions regarding rights and electronic distribution should be directed to:

Steve Graves
Department of Geography
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91330-8249
(818) 677-3517


Instructions to Contributors

The California Geographical Society welcomes submissions in the following categories:

GEOGRAPHIC SCHOLARSHIP-refereed articles that reflect the diverse interests of our membership and the range and depth of geography (all subfields, regions, and approaches). Maximum length: 20 pages, double-spaced.

GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION-short articles on topics that stimulate geographic education at all levels, including innovative teaching techniques, classroom and field activities, educational initiatives, and special workshops.

GEOGRAPHIC CHRONICLES-chronicles of annual CGS meeting (including abstracts of presentations), reflective essays about the Society and its members, and items of general geographical interest such as commentary on issues within the discipline, notices of grant or travel/study opportunities, and research notes.

BOOK REVIEWS-reviews of recently published books or atlases of interest to our members.


MANUSCRIPTS: Manuscripts may be submitted for review via email attachment. Manuscripts must conform to the guidelines published in recent issues of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. (The Annals follows "Documentation Two" of the Chicago Manual of Style.) Pay special attention to formatting of references and citations, and use endnotes sparingly and only to explicate the text. Provide an abstract of 150 words or fewer. Place tables/charts within the body of the manuscript, but provide graphics separately as described below.

GRAPHICS: All graphics-maps, photographs, drawings, graphs-must be clearly readable in black and white and cited within the text (as figures). For proper formatting of figure citations and captions follow Annals examples. For final submission, graphics must be in one of two digital formats: EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) for most illustrations, or TIFF (Tagged-Image File Format) for raster images. Resolution should be 300 dpi or better. Provide each graphic as a separate document, and in addition provide a list of captions.

TABLES: Follow examples in the Annals for proper formatting. Place tables in appropriate location in the manuscript, not at the end.

DISCLAIMER: In your cover letter, provide a statement that your manuscript has not been published elsewhere, is not under review elsewhere, and will not be submitted to another publication while under consideration by The California Geographer. Articles that have been previously published or are being considered for publication elsewhere cannot be considered.

PEER REVIEW: Manuscripts are subject to anonymous peer review, a process that takes approximately four to six weeks.

SUBMISSION: Please send email attachments of the manuscript (MS Word) and figures (JPEG or TIFF) via email to either of the editors listed above.

Do not identify yourself as author anywhere in the manuscript except on a cover page.

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