About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Irish Geography is a multi-disciplinary journal that publishes a range of full and short articles, commentaries and reviews on or about Ireland's geographies. Articles take a number of forms and all submissions are welcome. Longer articles would document substantial pieces of original research across a range of geographical areas and subjects. Shorter submissions, which might include short empirical pieces, theoretical commentaries, subject reviews and other types of commentary, would also be welcome. Special Issues are also encouraged on specific topics from human, physical and environmental geographies. The journal also publishes Book Reviews of recent work published in Ireland and beyond.

Peer Review Process

The journal adheres to standard double blind review processes. All submissions will be sent to two reviewers who will review the work in terms of innovative content, relevance to the Journal's aims and scope and high-quality writing and presentation. The normal time given to reviewer's will be four weeks in the first instance, followed by period of four to six weeks for resubmission and a further four weeks for second review and final verdict. The journal is especially keen to make the review process as quick as possible for potential authors. It should also be noted that submissions that do not meet the journal's aims and scope or are otherwise deemed unacceptable by the Editor, will be acknowledged and returned to the original authors.

Publication Frequency

The journal will appear twice a year, in May and November.

Online copies of accepted articles, will after proofing, be made available on line.

Publication Ethics

  • Publication decisions: The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
  • Fair play: An editor will at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  • Confidentiality: The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

These statements are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE) Guidelines for Journal Editors (see https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Guidelines). The full guide for Irish Geography is available here.

Journal History

Irish Geography has been published by the Geographical Society of Ireland since 1944. An early editorial decision was to concentrate on the geography of Ireland and this has been maintained ever since. This focus has been a source of strength to the journal and has been important in enhancing its international reputation. More recently, to reflect the changing context and increased importance of globalization and migration to Ireland, a decision was made to also allow material on the Irish diaspora and overseas networks to be included in the journal.