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The Professional Geographer was initially a publication of the American Society of Professional Geographers but became a journal of the American Association of Geographers in 1949 after the two organisations merged.

It currently has an Impact Factor of 1.555, ranking 50th out of 83 geography journals worldwide.

The focus of this journal is on short articles in academic or applied geography, emphasizing empirical studies and methodologies.

These features may range in content and approach from rigorously analytic to broadly philosophical or prescriptive. The journal provides a forum for new ideas and alternative viewpoints.

The Professional Geographer is published quarterly (February, May, August and November).

The Professional Geographer Editor To Slow Processes in Response to Challenges Caused by COVID-19


Article submission

Articles can be submitted to The Professional Geographer for review at any time. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the ScholarOne Manuscripts Portal and will be subject to peer-review. For detailed instructions about article submission see:

Information for Authors

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Online access

AAG Members receive online access to all past and current issues of The Professional Geographer - go to the Members Only page and log in using your AAG member ID, then choose Publications on the top menu and navigate to the AAG Journals page

Latest issue

The May 2020 issue of The Professional Geographer is now available online

Back issues

View the Table of Contents for all back issues

Editorial and production teams

Find out about the Editors, Editorial Board and Production team responsible for The PG


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