Guidelines for Submission of Articles
for Possible Publication in The Portolan
Our articles come from many sources. Some are summaries or articles based on presentations before the society. Some are articles that have won (or received honorable mention) in the society's annual Ristow Prize Competition. Some are contributed by members based on individual research or travels that have included cartographic experiences. Still others are contributed by scholars or researchers from throughout the world who wish to present their writing to a worldwide audience of map aficionados, academics and national and university libraries.
To submit an article for possible inclusion in The Portolan, please refer to the following guidelines.
Please submit your manuscript as follows:
Endnotes are preferred.
In the study of the history of cartography, graphics help so much in the understanding of the material. Thus, graphics are a vital part of every article in The Portolan.
Please include print-ready graphic images to support the manuscript, and provide caption titling of each suggested graphic. The digital copy of the submitted copy may have images embedded with the text, but the final article must be provided in TEXT-ONLY form for facilitating of journal preparation.
If the article is accepted for publication, images suggested to be used with the article must be provided digitally by using services such as WeTransfer.com or Dropbox. Images may be in color or black and white – and must be of high resolution (minimum 300 ppi) for use in the journal.
Low resolution images will not reproduce well and will detract from the article, thus acceptance of the article may depend on the quality of the images provided. Indicate the source of the graphics and reproduction permissions granted already (for example from a University Library) so the graphics can be easily incorporated into the journal. Lack of source image permissions may delay publication of the article if it is accepted.
The normal article will contain about three pages of graphics. They may be of varying sizes.
Prior Submission of the Proposed Article
Indicate if the article being submitted has been previously submitted to any other publication. If so, indicate the status of that submission. The Portolan wishes to be first publisher, with no similar submissions appearing in related journals.
Submissions should reflect the most current editions of the following style references:
Contact Information for Inquiries or Submission of Manuscripts: