The George Wright Forum: Overview, manuscript guidelines, and submission form
The George Wright Forum is the journal of the George Wright Society. Published since 1981, The George Wright Forum is devoted to interdisciplinary inquiry about parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. We seek to publish critical thinking on all aspects of research, resource management, administration, and education as they relate to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites.
Published three times a year (April, August, December), hard copies of the journal are available exclusively as part of membership privileges of the GWS or via a library subscription. However, non-members may order individual issues on-line or download PDF versions of our backlist.
The George Wright Forum encourages authors to submit articles that bear importantly on the Society's objectives: promoting the application of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to policy-making, planning, management, and interpretation of the resources of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites around the world. We look for articles that have a strong point of view, are clearly articulated, and which report important new research findings, management techniques, or policy approaches. We actively seek manuscripts that represent a variety of protected area perspectives.
The Society also welcomes proposals for sets of articles under a common theme. Thematic sets comprise anywhere from three to eight articles prepared under the guidance of one or more guest editors. You may propose either an individual paper or a theme issue.
Content standards for The George Wright Forum are maintained by the co-editors in consultation with the Publications Committee of the GWS Board of Directors. This policy enables The George Wright Forum to stay abreast of critical issues and emerging trends in the management of protected areas.
Length and language of submission. Manuscripts should run no more than 4,000 words unless prior arrangements with the editors have been made. Articles are published in English; we welcome translations into English of articles that were originally prepared in another language. In such cases we also try to publish an abstract of the article in the original language. We encourage illustrations (photos and other graphics); the limit is 5 per article. (See below for important technical information on submitting illustrations.)
Deadlines. Unless prior arrangement has been made with the editors, there is no specific deadline for manuscript submission. We evaluate manuscripts as they are received (the process usually takes 4–6 weeks); if the manuscript is accepted, it is assigned to the next available issue.
Citations. Citations should be given using either of the formats laid out in the 16th (2010) edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
Editorial matters. Manuscripts submitted for consideration are reviewed by the co-editors and, as necessary, by the Publications Committee. This is not a formal peer-review process; however, if requested by an author, the editors will seek outside review of any individual manuscript. Generally, manuscripts that have been accepted are edited only for clarity, grammar, and so on. We contact authors before publishing if major revisions to content are needed. Because of tight publication deadlines, we do not routinely provide page proofs for authors to review (but may be able to do so, if requested). The George Wright Forum is distributed internationally; submissions should minimize provincialism, avoid academic or agency jargon and acronyms (for example, we do not use the USNPS 4-letter acronyms for park names), and highlight broadly applicable advances and insights.
Copyright and permissions. The George Wright Forum is copyrighted by the Society; written permission for additional publication is required but freely given (for noncommercial purposes) as long as the article is attributed as having been first published here. We do consider certain previously published articles for republication in The George Wright Forum. Authors proposing such articles should ensure all needed copyright permissions are in place before submitting the article for consideration. Permissions and attributions should be submitted for all photos and other graphics requiring them.
Graphics and photos. All graphics MUST be in .tif or .jpg format and sourced at 300 dpi (for photographs) and 300 to 1200 dpi (for graphs, charts, and other line art) when sized at approximately 4x6 inches. NO OTHER FORMATS OR RESOLUTIONS ARE ACCEPTABLE. Each graphic must be submitted in a separate file, NOT embedded in a text document. A separate text document containing captions and credits must be submitted.
No more than five graphics, photos, and tables (in combination) are allowed for each paper.
We particularly welcome good, vertically oriented, color photos for possible use on the cover. Keep in mind that all photos and other graphics on inside pages are run in black-and-white in the hard copy edition of each issue. Therefore, do not make reference to specific colors in graphics (e.g., "The red line represents so-and-so") because all inside graphics get grayscaled before print publication. Also, be aware that many highly detailed maps that are meant for on-screen viewing or printing in color, such as are commonly produced with GIS software, will lose fine detail when grayscaled; certain features that stood out easily in color may be indistinguishable from each other when grayscaled. We strongly suggest you preview such maps in grayscale before submitting.
Under certain conditions, we also accept hard-copy illustrations for scanning into digital format. Submit original (not photocopied) line drawings, charts, and graphs as nearly "camera-ready" as possible. If submitted in a size that exceeds The George Wright Forum’s page dimensions (6x9 inches), please make sure the reduction will still be legible. Avoid the use of dark shading in graphics. The preferable form for photographs is black-and-white (matte or glossy) prints. Medium contrast makes for better reproduction. Color prints and slides are also acceptable; half-tones and photocopies are not. Please provide captions and credits and secure copyright permissions as needed, and indicate whether you wish materials to be returned.
How to submit an individual paper for consideration
All papers and accompanying material must be submitted via the following form:
How to submit a proposal for a theme issue
To propose a set of thematic articles, submit the following form:
If you have questions before you submit a proposal or a manuscript, contact us! We're glad to help.
The George Wright Society
ATTN: Editor, The George Wright Forum
P.O. Box 65
Hancock, MI 49930-0065 USA
Telephone: 1-906-487-9722 • firstname.lastname@example.org