FAQ / Help Section
The content in this help section will continually grow and expand based upon the feedback we receive. There are currently the following sections:
· How do I view the articles and maps?
· Where can I download the articles from?
· The webpages look slightly funny in my web browser.
· How do I submit a map?
· Is your journal peer-reviewed?
· Is your journal citation listed?
· What copyright restrictions are there?
· Are there any special regulations concerning Ordnance Survey data?
· What size page should I use for my article and map?
· Is a copyright statement required on the map?
· Can you design a map for me?
· Where can I print a map?
· Do you have an ISSN?
· How do I unsubscribe from the newsletter?
· What is the charge for submitting an article/map?
· How do I (my institution) subscribe to the Journal of Maps?
How do I view the articles and maps?
All maps and articles are published by JoM as Adobe Acrobat PDF files. In order to view our content you will need to download (and install) a PDF viewer. Adobe produce a FREE viewer which is used throughout the industry. We strongly recommend the use of Foxit PDF Reader for viewing very large PDF map files. It is also a FREE download and is very small (<1Mb), fast and efficient. No installation is required; just unzip the files and go.
Where can I download the articles from?
The Journal of Maps currently has all of it's content archived by the UK Web Preservation Programme, an initiative of the British Library designed to permanently record the electronic documentary heritage of the UK. A complete archived copy of the journal will be stored in the British Library's permanent collections.
The Journal of Maps also mirrors all of its content at the UK Mirror Service. This is a complete copy of our data directories and is the most up-to-date archive of our collection.
From 2012 Taylor and Francis will host an entire back catalogue of our content .
The webpages look slightly funny in my web browser.
The JoM site has been carefully designed by our web designer to work across Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla, Konqueror, Opera and Safari. It's been extensively tested on Mac, PC and Linux. Most importantly, it is based upon industry standards, with a particular emphasis on accessibility; Internet Explorer is the least standards compliant web browser. We strongly encourage Internet Explorer users to try an alternate browser such as Firefox or Opera.
How do I submit a map?
From 2012 we no longer accept new submission as the journal will be published by Taylor and Francis. Please see their website for further details.
Is your journal peer-reviewed?
Upon submitting an article/map for review, the author is required to suggest two persons (that are not in the same institution and that they have not published with) who could potentially review the paper. The editorial staff review the persons listed and may, or may not, use them as peer-reviewers. In addition to two external reviewers, a cartographic reviewer is also assigned. JoM operates an open peer-review system; neither author nor reviewer will remain anonymous to one another or the other reviewers for the paper. As a journal we believe that both authors and reviewers should be accountable for their opinions and be able to learn from the review process.
Is your journal citation listed?
Yes! We received citation listing in 2009 and all published content has now been indexed. Our Impact Factors are:
2009 - 0.935
2010 - 0.623
What copyright restrictions are there?
All material published upto 2012 by the Journal of Maps is copyright, however we operate within the framework of Creative Commons licensing (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs). The licenses that Creative Commons issues cover the "grey-area" between complete restriction in the use of copyright material (i.e. all rights reserved, full copyright) and public domain (no rights reserved). From 2012 all material will be copyright Taylor and Francis.
Users are permitted to use and distribute any JoM material (upto 2011) for non-commercial purposes. However we donot allow the alteration of any of our content and, when used, proper attribution must be given. All material published from 2012 is under full copyright.
Are there any special regulations concerning Ordnance Survey data?
Due to copyright restrictions of OS data, we are currently unable to publish maps licensed through EDINA. Please read this page to find a more detailed discussion.
What size page should I use for my article and map?
JoM will only publish material based upon ISO paper sizes. The notes to authors page details the main ISO paper sizes; these should be used for maps. If you map is larger than A0, please scale your page size in relation to the ISO paper sizes. Articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents at whatever paper size the author wishes; all published material will be typeset at A4.
Is a copyright statement required on the map?
If accepted for publication, JoM will hold copyright to license and distribute the map. JoM requires all maps that are submitted for review to incorporate a "© Journal of Maps, 201x" in to the map design. Further details are available on the notes to authors page.
Can you design a map for me?
Some authors donot have the requisite skills, or acces to relevant facilities, to design their own map. We would suggest hiring a cartographer for this purpose. JoM has a recommended cartographer who is able to draught maps. Any design work would involve a contract between the author and the cartographer and does not involve JoM; at this stage a price would be negotiated. Further details are available on the notes to authors page.
Where can I print a map?
Most of our maps are larger than A4 (~LTR) in size and are therefore unprintable on most home printers. Many university departments have large format inkjet printers, however if you donot have access to such a printer then you would need to use a commercial service.
Do you have an ISSN?
Yes. It's 1744-5647 for the Journal of Maps and ISSN 1755-2958 for the Journal of Maps Student Edition.
How do I unsubscribe from the newsletter?
Please email us simply putting "unsubscribe" in to the subject line.
What is the charge for submitting an article/map?
From 2012 there will be no submission fee.
How do I (my institution) subscribe to the Journal of Maps?