Instructions for Authors

Dear prospective author, thanks for your interest in submitting a contribution to our journal.

The Pacific Geographies (PG), ISSN (Print) 2196-1468 / (Online) 2199-9104, is the peer-reviewed semi-annual publication of the Association for Pacific Studies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pazifische Studien e.V., APSA). It is an open access journal, all articles can be downloaded for free. PG is listed at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). There are no submission charges. The authors retain copyright. Copyright & Licensing: CC BY-NC-ND. Scientific contributions receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

Please read these instructions carefully before submitting your draft article.

The contributions to Pacific Geographies should discuss original research, are theory-driven and make a contribution to the respective research field. Research notes can also report on research in progress or be the result of applied research activities.

It is the aim of the PG to also encourage emerging researchers including postgraduate students and practitioners to report on their research-based work.

The PG targets a wide audience of readers including academics and students, public and private sector representatives and the general public with an interest in research that is based in the Asia-Pacific region. The use of full-coloured photos and high-quality maps provides authors with unique opportunities to illustrate their work.

Note that the PG will not accept manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines. We look forward to receiving your submission.

Word limits

The PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES publishes academic papers that meet scientific standards, research notes, conference reports, book reviews and interviews. Please use the following words counts as guidance for the length of your paper (+/- 10%):

  • Scientific papers: up to 6,000 words including list of references, abstract, key words, affiliation and biographical information on the author(s), etc.
  • Research notes: up to 3,000 words including list of references, abstract, key words, affiliation and biographical information on the author(s), etc.
  • Conference reports: up to 1,000 words, Book reviews: up to 1,000 words, Interviews: up to 2,000 words

Authors need to submit the following documents: their contribution including list of references, an abstract of up to 150 words (for scientific papers and research notes), 4-5 key words, and a brief biographical note of up to 50 words and their full postal address (all contributions).

The PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES is published in colour so feel free to make the most of this!

Style guidelines and formatting

  • All contributions have to be written in British English.
  • Do not use formatting styles. Do not use spaces or tabs to separate text.
  • Do not embed images, tables etc. within the text document.
  • Do not use footnotes, just endnotes
  • Make use subheadings to structure your text.
  • The editorial board suggests a title consisting of two parts: A main title indicating about the general research issue and a more specific sub-title indicating about the empirical research, at best case formulated as a specific research question.
  • Authors are encouraged to illustrate their work using appropriate high-resolution photos, self-made diagrams, tables, etc. All of these materials need to be submitted in high-quality format, e.g. tiff, .ai or .jpg format; please do not embed these in your text document but send them as extra-files. Usually, maps and tables will be edited according to the overall layout style of the magazine, therefore the submission of editable formats such as Adobe Illustrator are preferred.
  • Autors should have copyright clearance in regard of any graph or photo they use.

References should be made according to following style guides:

In-text Citations

  • Provide the last name of the author, then the year of publication. Example: (Miller 2010)
  • For works with two authors, put an ampersand between the last names of the authors. Example: (Cook & Croft 2015)
  • For works with three or more authors, provide the name of the first author plus “et al.”  Example: (Chen et al. 2018)
  • Include page number only in the rare case where a direct quote (placed in quotation marks) is used. Example: (Smith 2005: 79)

Print Book Example

  • Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (2008). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. American Pacific Association.

Print Journal Example

  • Harlow, H. F. (2019). Fundamentals for preparing geography journal articles. Journal of Regional Geography, 35(2), 93-99.

Online Journal Example

  • Brown, D. (2017). Toward effective poster presentations: An annotated bibliography. European Journal of Marketing, 41(3), 1245-1283.

Online Newspaper Example

  • Parker-Pope, T. (2008, May 6). Psychiatry handbook linked to drug industry. The New York Times.

Website Example

  • Eppendorf Clinic. (2019, July 16). Stress: 99 ways to ease stress.

Review Process

All scientific papers will be subjected to a double blind peer-review process. For this reason, all information that may lead to the identification of the author needs to be removed from the text document; the biographical information about the author is to be submitted in a separate text document.

All manuscripts are accepted and reviewed based on the premise that they are the result of the author’s original work and that the content has not been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Authors who do not have English as their mother tongue are strongly encouraged to let a native speaker do the proof reading before submission.

Authors are fully responsible for considering issues related to copyrights.

The final decision to publish an article and when rests with the Editorial Board.


Please send your submissions to the managing editors.