Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Livingmaps review promotes critical cartography as a form of citizen social science, blurring the distinction between professional and amateur mapmakers. It supports and reports on initiatives in participative and community mapping. It welcomes collaboration between artists, academics and activists.

Livingmaps Review is international in scope, and encourages contributions in English from anywhere in the world. The approach is interdisciplinary, encouraging contributions from geographers, historians, archeologists, ethnographers, sociologists, environmentalists, psychologists, visual artists, designers, writers and computer scientists. Livingmaps Review welcomes contributions which develop a dialogue between disciplines around specific cartographical projects. 

Our editorial policy is to avoid academic jargon and to encourage imaginative presentation which experiments with images and text. 

Livingmaps Review encourages work by unpublished contributers.

The content will be divided into five sections:

- Navigations - full length articles with full critical apparatus

- Waypoints - shorter pieces on work in progress

- Mapworks - a gallery of maps, historical and contemporary, with interpretative commentary or dialogue

- Lines of Desire: short fiction, poetry and autobiography, interviews with theorists and practitioners, annotated performance walks and photography

- Reviews: reviews of books, exhibitions and events

- News from Point Nemo. Essays mapping recent adventures into what vios for the author terra incognita







Section Policies


  • Jeremy Crump
  • Mike Duggan
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10,000 words max for articles exploring theoretical or practical aspects of critical cartography.

  • Mike Duggan
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5000 words max on work in progress, including research and reports on mapping projects.  A platform for post graduate students, community activists and others.  

  • Barbara Brayshay
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Max 1,500 words plus images. This gallery section will reproduce a range of  maps, both historical and contemporary, especially maps produced by artists, through participatory mapping projects and innovative  technical  methods. Each map will be accompanied by  a short interpretive commentary or dialogue.

  • Debbie Kent
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Lines of Desire

Short fiction, poetry and autobiography  on cartographic themes. Interviews with leading theorists and practitioners.  Annotated  performance walks and  photo-documentation of  self made paths in town and country.   Max 3000 words

  • Blake Morris
  • Clare Qualmann
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  • Gisli Palsson
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News from Point Nemo

Essas mapping their recent adventures into what is, for the author, terra incognita. 


  • Phil Cohen
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

We do not have a peer-reviewed section.


Publication Frequency

Livingmaps Review is published in spring and autumn each year. 



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.