International E-Journal for Critical Geographies

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International E-Journal for Critical Geographies ACME is an on-line international journal for critical and radical analyses of the social, the spatial and the political ISSN 1492-9732 (PRINT) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    The journal's purpose is to provide a forum for the publication of critical work about space in the social sciences - including anarchist, anti-racist, environmentalist, feminist, Marxist, non-representational, postcolonial, poststructuralist, queer, situationist and socialist perspectives. Analyses that are critical are understood to be part of the praxis of social and political change aimed at challenging, dismantling, and transforming prevalent relations, systems, and structures of exploitation, oppression, imperialism, neo-liberalism, national aggression, and environmental destruction.

    ACME is intended to be international in scope. The editors especially encourage submissions from academic and non-academic sources outside Anglo-America. Articles may be submitted and published in English, French, Italian, German or Spanish. Articles written in other languages may be accepted for review after consultation with the editors. The editors also encourage submission of alternative presentation formats.

  • Profile

    Peer-review Process   Articles accepted for publication in ACME must meet the highest standards of scholarly peer review. All manuscripts are reviewed by at least one of the editors, one member of the editorial board or editorial advisory board, and two additional peers in similar fields. We will do our utmost to ensure that at least three sets of review comments will be provided directly to the author(s). The process is open by choice — the author(s) and reviewers choose whether to reveal their own names. ACME editors encourage an open and constructive review process.

  • Editors

    Editorial Collective:

    Harald Bauder (responsible for German)
    Department of Geography, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
    Email: HBauder at
    Lawrence Berg
    Centre for Social, Spatial & Economic Justice, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada
    Email: Lawrence.berg at
    Kath Browne
    Department of Geography, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
    Email: K.A.Browne at
    David Butz
    Department of Geography, Brock University, St.Catharines, Canada
    Email: DButz at
    Katherine McKittrick
    Gender Studies, Queen's University, Canada
    Email: k.mckittrick at
    Sara González Ceballos (responsible for Spanish)
    School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
    Email: S.Gonzalez at
    Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch (responsible for French)
    Department de géographie, Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences humaines, Lyon, France
    Email: mhoussay at
    Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
    Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
    Email: kuntala.lahiri-dutt at
    Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg (responsible for Italian)
    Dipartimento di Scienze umane per la Formazione "Riccardo 
    massa", Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
    Email: at
    Editor Emerita:

    Pamela Moss, University of Victoria, Canada
    Former Editors:

    Caroline Desbiens, Université Laval, Canada
    Salvatore Engel-di Mauro, SUNY New Paltz, USA
    Katherine McKittrick, Queen's University, Canada
    Rachel Pain, Durham University, UK
    Editorial Assistant:

    Levi Gahman, University of British Columbia, Canada

    International Editorial Advisory Board:

    Abel Albet i mas, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
    Trevor Barnes, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Luiza Bialasiewicz, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
    Ulrich Best, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Bernd Belina, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
    Michael Brown, University of Washington, USA
    Paul Chatterton, University of Leeds, UK
    Salvatore Engel-di Mauro, SUNY New Paltz, USA
    Kim England, University of Washington, USA
    Katharina Fleischmann, Cottbus University, Germany
    Michael Flitner, University of Bremen, Germany
    Mary Gilmartin, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
    Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Costis Hadjimichalis, Harokopio University, Greece
    Iain Hay, Flinders University of South Australia, Australia
    Sheila Hones, University of Tokyo, Japan
    Bettina van Hoven, University of Groningen, Netherlands
    Louise Johnson, Deakin University, Australia
    Sara Kindon, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand
    Scott Kirsch, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA
    Hille Koskela, University of Helsinki, Finland
    Jenna Loyd, City University of New York, USA
    Ana María Liberali, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina
    Laura Y. Liu, The New School, New York, USA
    Robyn Longhurst, University of Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand
    Clare Madge, University of Leicester, UK
    Minelle Mahtani, University of Toronto, Canada
    Don Mitchell, Syracuse University, USA
    Karen M. Morin, Bucknell University, USA
    Pamela Moss, University of Victoria, Canada
    Pierpaolo Mudu, (World Health Organization) European Centre for Environment and Health, Rome, IT
    Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu, Finland
    Rachel Pain, Durham University, UK
    Eric Perramond, Colorado College, USA
    Ugo Rossi, University of Naples "L'Orientale"
    Paul Routledge, University of Glasgow, Scotland
    Antje Schlottmann, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
    Anna Secor, University of Kentucky, USA
    James Sidaway, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Juanita Sundberg, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester, UK
    Anke Strüver, Westfälische Willhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
    Tracey Skelton, University of Loughborough, UK
    Blanca Ramirez Velazquez, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico
    David Wilson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, USA
    Perla Zusman, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Guide to authors

    In consideration of the publication of an article in ACME, authors warrant and undertake:

    a. that their article is an original work, has not been published before, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere in its final form either in printed or electronic form;

    b. that they have obtained permission from the copyright holder to reproduce in their article (in all media including print and electronic form) material not owned by them, and that they have acknowledged the source;

    c. that their article contains no violation of any existing copyright or other third party right or any material of an obscene, indecent, libelous, or otherwise unlawful nature, and that to the best of their knowledge their article does not infringe the rights of others;

    d. that they will indemnify and keep indemnified the Editors and Publishers of ACME against all claims and expenses (including legal costs and expenses) arising from any breach of this warranty and the other warranties on their behalf; and,

    e. that in the case of a multi-authored article they have obtained copyright assignment from all co-authors to enter into this publishing agreement on their behalf and to bind them to it, and that all co-authors have read and agreed the above warranties.

    Submission    Manuscripts are to be submitted to one of the editors as an attachment to an email.

    Files   Submit manuscripts in 'Rich Text Format' (rtf),or Word (doc format, as not all our reviewers can read docx format). Do not submit in Word Perfect format.

    Format   Text in manuscripts should be set out in double-spaced, indented (0.5 in. or 1.27cm) paragraphs. Please use a Times font (e.g. Times, CG Times, Times New Roman), size 12. Do not include extra lines between paragraphs. (More on the manuscript details below.)

    Title Page    Include the title of your manuscript in bold capitalised text. You should also provide your name, affiliation, and contact information (including fax and e-mail address) on the first page of the manuscript. The title of the paper should also be included on the first page of themanuscript (prior to the abstract).

    Abstract   Include an abstract of 200 words or less on the first page of the manuscript. Please make sure that this abstract is about the entire paper and not an introduction to the paper.


    Length   The body of the text can vary in length from 1500 to 8000 words. As a general guideline, editorials, observations, and review essays tend to be shorter (1500 to 3000 words) than theoretical- and empirical-based research papers (5000 to 8000 words).

    Type   Editorials, literature reviews, debates, pictorial essays, poetry, mini-collections on specific topics, and research papers.

    Language   Reviews of manuscripts are conducted in English, French, or German. Manuscripts written in other languages may be accepted for review after consultation with the editors.

    Writing Style   The style that ACME advocates emphasizes clarity, accessibility, and care in writing. Manuscripts are accepted in a wide range of writing styles, e.g. informal, personal, jargonistic, story telling, academic.

    Use of Language   Manuscripts must be written in non-sexist, non-racist language.

    Citations   Authors should use the author-date system for citations: (Corker and French, 1999; McDowell, 1999, 96-122; Bell et al., 1994).

    Quotations   Quotations, both excerpts from other published material and from primary research (interview transcripts, for example), should be included in the text if less than 40 words. Quotations of more than 40 words should be indented (left side only) by .5" or 1.27cm, single-spaced with a line inserted both before and after the block of text. Do not use quotation marks (single or double) to mark the text.

    Figures, Tables, Illustrations  All should be in electronic format and be included in the body of the paper. Please do not use tabs. Use the table creation tool in your word processor.

    Section Headings  Use bold type for first-order section titles (i.e. Heading 1). Use type that is both bold and italic for second-order section titles (i.e. Heading 2). Use italics for third-order section headings (i.e. Heading 3). Do not indent paragraphs and begin text on the same line as third-order headings .

    Spelling    There is no spelling style preferred. Consistency within the manuscript is expected.

    Punctuation   Standard punctuation is expected. Use "..." for ellipses — in quotes to indicate that part of the quote is missing and in the text to indicate a pause.

    Permission   Obtaining copyright permission for reproductions is the responsibility of the author(s). Due acknowledgement is expected.

    Acknowledgments   Acknowledgments are to be included at the end of the body of the text, before the list of references.

    Footnotes   Footnotes are to be used sparingly and placed at the bottom of the page. Use the word processing feature for creating footnotes. Please use Arabic numerals.


    List references alphabetically at the end of the manuscript.
    For more than one entry with same author(s) and date, use letters to distinguish them, e.g. 1999a, 1999b, 1999c.
    Arrange entries under a particular author's name chronologically, with the most recent listed first.
    All authors' names are to be part of the entry.

    Bell, David, Jon Binnie, Julia Cream and Gill Valentine. 1994. All hyped up and no place to go. Gender, Place & Culture 1, 31-47.

    Corker, Mairian and Sally French (eds). 1999. Disability Discourse. London: Open University Press.

    Dyck, Isabel. 2002. Embodied knowledge in place: Body, gender, and space in immigration research. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, Belfast, January.

    Gibson-Graham, J.K. 1997. Postmodern becomings: From the space of form to the space of potentiality. In, Georges Benko & Ulf Strohmayer (eds.), Space and Social Theory: Interpreting Modernity and Postmodernity. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 306-23.

    Klein, Melanie. 1946/1991. Notes on some schizoid mechanisms. In, Juliet Mitchell (ed.), The Selected Melanie Klein. London: Penguin, pp. 175-200.

    McDowell, Linda (ed.) 1999. Gender, Identity & Place. London: Polity Press.



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    Manuscripts are to be submitted to one of the editors as an attachment to an email.

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