Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 72 ›› Issue (9): 1717-1728.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201709015

• Orginal Article • Previous Articles    

Writing and contribution of geography papers from the perspective of peer review

Jialin LI1,2(), Shujin HE3, Xiaohua ZHU3()   

  1. 1. Department of Geography & Spatial Information Technology, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, Zhejiang, China;
    2. Marine Culture and Economic Research Center of Zhejiang Province, Ningbo 315211, Zhejiang, China
    3. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2017-06-17 Revised:2017-08-01 Online:2017-09-30 Published:2017-09-30
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41471125;Project of Graduate Student Course of Ningbo University


A geography paper is an important manifestation of geographical achievements as well as a significant carrier of information transmission and storage for geographical science and technology. How to publish scientific papers in a more influential scientific and technical journal so that the achievements can be recognized by the community, is a major concern of geographers. In this paper, we analyzed the types of potential journals and the choice principles of target journals and pointed out that the journal groups with unified online editing system had become the trends because they facilitated the paper submission. After that, we investigated current peer review forms and the choice rules of peer reviewers, and explored several key points of paper writing, including the innovation, research methods, abstract, introduction, discussion and conclusion, figures and tables and references. Finally, we analyzed comment types of peer reviews and identified them into two main types: revision and rejection. For a paper requiring revision, we suggested that the authors should carefully revise the paper and respond to the comments from reviewers. For a paper rejected, the authors should make clear the problems, make a comprehensive modification or improvement in the research methods, research contents and so on, and resubmit the paper.

Key words: peer review, geography, paper writing, contribution