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Deadlines and Peer Review

Initial submission: One hardcopy and one digital file of the manuscript can be submitted at the registration desk during the annual meeting or a digital version can be emailed to the editors prior to the annual meeting in order to be reviewed and considered for publication. Tables and figures, along with their corresponding captions and titles, should be presented in order at the end of the manuscript.  Table and figure formatting is described in detail below. Digital files of the initial submission may be in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. Manuscripts will undergo a normal peer review and will be returned to authors within eight to ten weeks. Manuscripts that are accepted for publication should be revised to consider reviewer comments where appropriate.

Submission of a revised manuscript: One hardcopy and one digital file of the revised manuscript should be returned to Adam Kalkstein (Adam.Kalkstein@usma.edu) or Paul Marr (pgmarr@ship.edu). within four weeks of receiving the reviewers’ comments. Again, tables and figures, along with their corresponding captions and titles, should be presented in order at the end of the revised manuscript. Digital files of the revised manuscript must be in Microsoft Word ONLY.


Manuscripts must not exceed eight (8) pages, including all figures, tables, endnotes, and references, based on the following formatting conditions:

  • single spaced
  • 10 point font
  • Times New Roman font
  • 1 inch top and bottom margins, 1 inch left and right margins
  • do not right justify
  • single-column format

Beginning of Your Manuscript

Follow this format:

PAPER TITLE (all capitals, bold, 12 point)

Author (your name, 10 point)
City, State, Zip

In the case of multiple authors, indicate the corresponding author using a superscript * after the name.

Multiple authors from the same institutions should use a numbering scheme for their address as follows:

K.M. Monahan*1, K. Miller2, K.N. Irvine1, and J. Whitney3
1Department of Geography and Planning
2Department of Earth Sciences
State University College at Buffalo
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14222
3Natural Resources Conservation Service
50 Commerce Way
East Aurora, NY  14052


Abstract and Keywords

Type the word ABSTRACT: (all capitals, bold, italics, 12 point), space two spaces and then start the text of your abstract (in italics, 10 point). Do not indent the first line of the abstract. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words.  Double space after the abstract and then type the word Keywords: (bold, italics, 10 point) and type up to five keywords (in italics, 10 point) that describe your paper.  Double space after your keywords and then start your text.

Text Headings



Second-level Subheadings Within the Text should Start at the Lefthand Margin and be Bold with Important Words Capitalized (10 point)


Third-level subheadings, if any, are bold, italics, beginning at the lefthand margin, with only the first word capitalized (10 point)


Tables should be presented at the end of the manuscript in the order they appear in the text.  The only lines of separation in the table should be horizontal (i.e. no vertical lines, as can be done in the Table option of Word). A table number (Arabic numbers) and title should appear at the top of the table. Important words in the table title should be capitalized. There should not be a period at the end of the table title.


Table 2.  Volume of Material Eroded and Deposited Over Time

table example


High-quality illustrations (maps, graphs, and other illustrations) should be presented at the end of the manuscript in the order they appear in the text.  Type figure captions below the illustrations.  Figure captions should be left justified. Capitalize the word “Figure x.” and the first word of the caption and end the caption with a period.  Graphics must be high-quality. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible (8 point or larger) upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Poor quality graphics will not be reproduced in the journal and may result in rejection of the manuscript. Color figures are free of charge.


Figure 5.  Cazenovia Creek morphology.

Endnotes and References

The headings for these elements should be typed like first-level subheadings. Use Endnotes rather than Footnotes. References should be typed using the following as a style guide (or consult the Annals of the Association of American Geographers):

Thorn, C.E. 1988. Introduction to Theoretical Geomorphology. Boston: Unwin Hyman.

Woodhouse, W.W. 1978. Dune Building and Stabilization with Vegetation. Special Report No. 3 Ft. Belvoir Virginia: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Engineering Research Center.

Butzer, K.W. 1989. Cultural Ecology. In Geography in America, ed. G.L. Gaile and C.J. Willmott, pp. 192-208. Columbus: Merrill.

Mann, R., Sparling, E., and Young, R.A. 1987. Regional Economic Growth from Irrigation Development: Evidence from Northern High Plains Ogallala Groundwater Resource. Water Resources Research 23:1711-1716.

References from the same author should be ordered by date in ascending order. References should be single-spaced (even between successive references).

In the text, references should be listed according to the following style:

It is one of the oldest tourism resorts in the country and is severely affected by pollution and coastal erosion (Nakatani et al., 1994; Tampoe, 1988).


According to Sauer (1979), household waste was stored in cans behind residences, awaiting transfer to the nearest dumping site, most often a nearby vacant lot.

General Comments

Do not align text with the space bar. Other than leaving two character spaces after periods and colons, use the tab key to space out text, including the beginning of paragraphs. All paragraphs, except for ABSTRACT, should be indented.

Paginate your paper starting with page 1.

Suggest a running title for the header of the paper.

Numbers ten and less should be written in full while numbers greater than ten should be written in Arabic format.
Use the % symbol rather than writing the word “percent”.

All quotation marks should be double rather than single. Long, direct quotes should be separated from the paragraph containing the quote with a double space before and after the quote.

When listing ideas or items, number them using Arabic format within parentheses (i.e. (1), (2)).