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One of the world’s leading geography journals since 1911, AAG’s flagship publication publishes original, timely, and innovative articles that advance geographic knowledge in all facets of the discipline. Articles adhere to a high standard of scholarship and make an important contribution to geographic knowledge. They are grounded in the relevant literature of the specialization it represents and, where appropriate, establish relationships to themes within the broader discipline. Journal articles span across but are not limited to Geographic Methods; Human Geography; Nature and Society; and Physical Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Published 10 times a year, one special issue is dedicated to a single theme drawing on a diversity of papers from across the discipline.
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- A Computational Framework for Preserving Privacy and Maintaining Utility of Geographically Aggregated Data: A Stochastic Spatial Optimization Approach
- Do Urban Golf Courses Provide Barriers to Equitable Greenspace Access in the United States?
- Struggles over Skills: Lived Experiences of Evolving Technologies and Gendered Hierarchies at Work
- Climate Gentrification: Valuing Perceived Climate Risks in Property Prices
- Spatiotemporal Heterogeneities in the Causal Effects of Mobility Intervention Policies during the COVID-19 Outbreak: A Spatially Interrupted Time-Series (SITS) Analysis
- Wind–Human Resonance in a Polluted City: The Case of Dalinpu in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
- Making the Cotton District (White): Urban Renewal, New Urbanism, and the Construction of a Nostalgic Neo-Plantationist Pastiche
- Human-Induced Resource Scarcity in the Colorado River Basin and Its Implications for Water Supply and the Environment in the Mexicali Valley Transboundary Aquifer
- l0-Norm Variable Adaptive Selection for Geographically Weighted Regression Model
- Governing Wildfire Risk in Canada: The Rise of an Apparatus of Security
- “Hanging Around in Their Brokenness”: On Mental Ill-Health Geography, Asylums and Camps, Artworks and Salvage
- Computational Cartographic Recognition: Identifying Maps, Geographic Regions, and Projections from Images Using Machine Learning
- Where Did Redlining Matter? Regional Heterogeneity and the Uneven Distribution of Advantage
- Periodicity and Variability in Daily Activity Satisfaction: Toward a Space-Time Modeling of Subjective Well-Being
- Spatiotemporal Interpolation Using Graph Neural Network
- Real Property Supremacy: Manufactured Housing and the Limits of Inclusion through Finance
- Indonesia’s Plantationocene
- Surges in Three Svalbard Glaciers Derived from Historic Sources and Geomorphic Features
- Named Landforms of the World: A Geomorphological and Physiographic Compilation
- Outer Space Mining: Exploring Techno-Utopianism in a Time of Climate Crisis
- How do Spatiotemporally Patterned Everyday Activities Explain Variations in People’s Mental Health?
- South of the South: Political Dissidence, Exile, and Latin American Transnationalism Around the “New Geography” Meetings in the Southern Cone (1960s–1970s)
- Understanding “Islandness”
- Valuing Nature in Global Production Networks: Hunting Tourism and the Weight of History in Zambezi, Namibia
- Effect of Climate and Soils on the Diffusion of Towns on the Territory of Poland in the Thirteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries
- A Bayesian Implementation of the Multiscale Geographically Weighted Regression Model with INLA
- Dynamic Fire Regimes and Forest Conditions Across Three Centuries in a Shortleaf Pine-Oak Forest in the Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas, USA
- Geographic Mythology and Global Health
- More-Than-State Ontologies of Territory: Commoning, Assembling, Peopling
- Infrastructures of Overlordship: Law, Labor Camps, and the Material Geographies of Servitude
- The Heterogeneity of Ecosystem Services across the Riverine Landscape of the Koshi River Basin, Nepal
- An Empirical Spatial Network Model Based on Human Mobility for Epidemiological Research: A Case Study
- “Why Change?” Monopoly and Competition in the Southeastern U.S. Electricity System
- Factors That Affect Student Outcomes in U.S. Geography Education
- Developing a Place–Time-Specific Transmissibility Index to Measure and Examine the Spatiotemporally Varying Transmissibility of COVID-19
- Cultivating an Alternative Subjectivity Beyond Neoliberalism: Community Gardens in Urban China
- How Colonialism Makes Its World: Infrastructure and First Nation Debt in Canada
- Living Images: A Recursive Approach to Computing the Structural Beauty of Images or the Livingness of Space
- Black Towns and (Legal) Marronage
- Toward a World Where We Can Breathe: Abolitionist Environmental Justice Praxis
- At Home: Black Women’s Collective Claims to Environmentally Just Rental Housing
- Making the City of Lakes: Whiteness, Nature, and Urban Development in Minneapolis
- Water Infrastructure as Intrusion: Race, Exclusion, and Nostalgic Futures in North Carolina
- Racial Geographies of Land and Domestic Service in Panama
- A Pedagogy of Unbecoming for Geoscience Otherwise
- Subalternization of a Postplantation City
- Articulating Indigenous Law as “Environmental Protection”? The Piikani Nation and the Oldman River Dam Environmental Assessment Review Process
- Reproducing the Plantation
- On Swampification: Black Ecologies, Moral Geographies, and Racialized Swampland Destruction
- Storytelling Earth and Body
- Unfixing Space: Toward Anti-Caste Philosophies of Nature
- Birds, Dogs, and Racism: Conflicts over Care in New York’s Central Park
- Nature, Agriculture, and Black Space-Making in Serra dos Tapes, Brazil
- Ecological Memory in the Biophysical Afterlife of Slavery
- Toward “Total Freedom”: Black Ecologies of Land, Labor, and Livelihoods in the Mississippi Delta
- Regulating Improvement: Industrial Water Pollution, White Settler Authority, and Capitalist Reproduction in the St. Clair–Detroit River Corridor, 1945–1972
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The Annals publishes papers in four categories: Regular Manuscripts, Special Issues, Forums, and Commentaries. The journal also publishes the AAG Presidential Address and memorials for former AAG Presidents and distinguished geographers.
- Regular Manuscripts—Articles submitted for publication should be original, timely, innovative, and advance knowledge in all facets of the discipline. They should address significant research problems and issues, and be attuned to the sensibilities of a diverse scholarly audience. Articles should be a maximum of 11,000 words, including abstract, references, notes, tables, and figure captions.
- Special Issues—Special Issues are curated by Editors and include a collection of shorter manuscripts (around 5000 words) about a specific theme or issue. Topics rotate across the areas covered by the Annals; each year there is one Special Issue that highlights the work of geographers on a significant global theme. Abstracts of potential articles will be solicited via an open call. The articles are by invitation only, led by an Annals Editor, and based on the evaluation of the abstracts.
- Forums—Forums are a collection of short papers on a focused topic that are published together in the journal. Forums are an opportunity to showcase and advance significant intellectual insights in the discipline in a coherent and collective way. Forums consist of an introduction (2,500 words) and short individual papers (5,000 words each), with a maximum total word limit of 25,000. A forum is proposed by a forum organizer, and if accepted, the forum organizer works in tandem with an Editor to guide the papers through the peer review process. Forum proposals should provide a background and context, table of contents, timeline, and justification of the forum’s significance and relevance to the Annals audience.
- Commentaries—Commentaries are responses to specific published Annals articles and appear in online form only. They should be submitted within one year of the publication of the original article and written in a style and tone that is professional, scholarly and concise (less than 2,000 words including references). Commentaries will be peer reviewed. Authors of the original article will be invited to respond to the commentary in a short endorsement and/or rebuttal. To submit a commentary, please see the commentary submission guidelines linked above.
Call for Abstracts
National Parks and Protected Places
David R. Butler, Editor
National Parks and similar, if differently defined, protected places embody the concept of “specialness of a place” by preserving geographic locations illustrating unique landscapes. The geographic aspects of these special places attract geographic research across the range of sub-disciplines comprising the field of Geography and in locations around the world. In physical geography, national parks provide natural laboratories for examining a variety of questions in geomorphology, biogeography, climatology, and hydrology, and the impacts of ongoing climate change are an area of concern and interest across these subdisciplines. Within human geography, numerous inequalities exist relative to national parks in a variety of forms, including but not limited to the ways in which conservation areas have dispossessed indigenous and other marginalized people of their territory and access to customary resources; park distribution and accessibility; economic disparities in terms of cost and ability to take advantage of visitation, and racial variations in utilization and access to park landscapes. This proposed special issue will invite contributions from across the discipline and from related disciplines that examine geographic questions related to national parks and protected places.
This Special Issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers calls for papers examining all geographic aspects of the concept of national parks and protected places, including but not limited to:
- Accessibilities and inequities in park access – economic, racial, physically challenged, spatial (and other) variabilities
- The changing role of national parks in the Anthropocene
- Population growth and pressures on national parks
- Geomorphology, hydrology, biogeography, and climatology of national parks
- National parks as natural labs – still (or ever?) a viable concept?
- Historical perspectives on national parks
- International perspectives on national parks and protected places
- Applications of geospatial technologies in national parks and protected places
- Positive and negative societal and human impacts of national parks and protected places
- National parks and protected places in the context of Geoheritage and Geotourism
- The politics of national parks and protected places
- Defining what a national park truly is or should be; varying definitions around the globe
- The future of national parks and protected places
- National parks as “green grabbing” or racialized dispossession
- Climate change and national parks
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by email to Jennifer Cassidento(firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 31, 2023. The Editor will consider all abstracts and then invite a selection to submit full papers for peer review by June 1, 2023. Papers will have a target maximum length of 5,000 words (including main text, abstract, references, tables, figure captions, etc.). First draft papers will be due by December 1, 2023 and final papers will be due in October 2024 for publication in 2025. For any questions about this Special Issue contact the Editor, David R. Butler (email@example.com). For questions about the abstract submission process contact the Annals Managing Editor, Jennifer Cassidento (firstname.lastname@example.org).