Antipode publishes innovative papers that push at the boundaries of radical geographical thinking. Papers in the journal are rigorous and substantive in theoretical and empirical terms. Authors are encouraged to critique and challenge settled orthodoxies, while engaging the context of intellectual traditions and their particular trajectories. Papers should put new research or critical analyses to work to contribute to strengthening a Left politics broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to, attention to how politics of class, gender, race, colonialism, sexuality, ability are a core part of radical theory and politics.
Antipode’s Editorial Collective welcomes submissions from all places, including the global South and/or from those traditionally marginalised in the academy (historically under-represented groups, regions, countries and institutions). We’re also open to work rooted in a range of intellectual and political traditions, as well as work that crosses the boundaries between them. Geography is an undisciplined discipline, and Antipode seeks to represent its full breadth.
If you are wondering whether to send your paper to Antipode or preparing to send it, please see our recent Editorial, “Radical Geography for a Resurgent Left”, and consider the following:
1. Antipode seeks papers that are innovative and push at the boundaries of radical geographical thinking. If you think your paper does that, make sure that it is clear how it does so. That is, clarify what important debates and questions your paper addresses. Are your findings (as outlined in the manuscript) related to broader issues and concerns in radical politics, broadly defined?
2. Ideally, articles published in Antipode are politically-engaged, timely, and passionate, and often combine critical theoretical interventions and empirical rigor. Does your manuscript do so? How? We value empirical rigor that emerges from politically-engaged research and seeks to transform or intervene in how a given problematic is understood (as opposed to empirical rigor as an end in itself or presented primarily as findings from a research grant).
3. Do you adequately cite and engage scholarship (within Geography and beyond, published in Antipode and/or elsewhere) that is relevant to your argument? Of course, it is seldom possible to cite all relevant literature. Yet articles must go beyond literature reviews to contribute significantly to some set of debates in one or more subfields of geographical research (broadly defined). Also, we are committed to the objective of citational reflexivity, and urge authors to engage with and do justice to those voices too often invisibilized, unacknowledged, or underrepresented in the key debates to which Antipode seeks to contribute.
4. Is your paper attentive to and does it flesh out the classed, gendered, raced, sexed, and other elements of its argument as relevant? This attention means moving beyond descriptions of oppression or axes and intersections of difference (sexuality, race, gender, class, ability, colonialism, to name a few) to provide new or challenging analyses of “difference” in relation to location, space, place, etc. How do such analyses and reflections extend radical geographic approaches?
5. Organization and presentation matter. Is your argument clearly and logically laid out for the reader, and developed throughout the manuscript? Do you adequately support and substantiate the manuscript’s claims? Is your argument and the evidence presented logically organized?
6. All editors, reviewers and readers value clear prose. Try to glance at your manuscript with fresh eyes (or get someone else to do it) to assess whether it is clearly written, well-organized, and understandable to readers outside of your sub-field. We have an international, English-reading audience; please define terms, places, groups, political parties, etc. accordingly.
7. Pay attention to the journal’s submission guidelines. Antipode articles are limited to 9,500 words inclusive of endnotes and references. Tables and figures use page space, too; please bear this in mind if your paper is on the long side.
Papers submitted to Antipode should not be published, in press, or submitted elsewhere. Submitting authors should also ensure that all individuals identified as authors actually contributed to the manuscript, that all individuals who contributed are included, and that the manuscript is an original work (indicating where it overlaps significantly with their previously published work).
Cover letters are optional, but we ask all authors to explain why you have chosen to submit your paper to Antipode and how your paper reflects the journal’s values and parameters. In no more than 300 words, please outline what your paper does and why it matters, what conversations ongoing in the journal it is contributing to/engaging with, and so on.
8. Note that we publish a variety of formats. In addition to papers, Antipode also publishes special issues and symposia, and a Book Series. We also publish Interventions and Reviews on the journal’s companion website, AntipodeOnline.org (on which see below).
Marion Werner, Kiran Asher, Laura Barraclough, David Featherstone,
Alex Loftus, Stefan Ouma and Andy Kent
The Antipode Editorial Collective
Translation and outreach
The Antipode Foundation is committed to “internationalising” its activities, that is, maximising the diversity of those submitting and subscribing to the journal, applying for International Workshop and Scholar-Activist Project Awards, and attending the conferences and meetings, and the summer school, it supports. Its translation and outreach programme is a step towards this.
To facilitate engagement with scholarship from outside the English-speaking world – breaking down some of the barriers between language communities, enabling hitherto under-represented groups, regions, countries and institutions to enrich conversations and debates in Antipode, and opening all of the Foundation’s activities to the widest possible group of beneficiaries – Antipode’s Editorial Collective is responsible for the commissioning, reviewing, and decision-making of non-English essays. Whether new or already published, we’re looking for important papers that have been formative in a given field, at a certain time – papers that have contributed to theory and/or had implications for praxis. Papers are handled in much the same way as English essays; the advice of the International Advisory Board and other expert referees is sought, revisions are requested where necessary, and if they are sufficient the Editorial Collective approach the Foundation with a request for funds. Its trustees will only approve the translation of essays that have been subject to proper peer review and accepted by the Editorial Collective.
Translated papers are published with translator’s/editor’s notes where necessary; these are intended to “situate” them, outlining their meaning and significance to the time and place in which they were originally published, and explaining any keywords less well known to Anglophone readers. As well as seeking new and already published papers, the Editorial Collective consider unsolicited proposals from authors, translators and editors. If you have an essay in mind, please contact Andy Kent: email@example.com
Special issues and symposia
Antipode occasionally publishes special issues and symposia. The Editorial Collective seeks papers that both individually and collectively make a significant contribution to the advancement of radical/critical geography, whether by pushing debates forward in novel ways or by taking discussions in new directions. We look for papers that speak to ongoing conversations in the field, to be sure, but as representatives of an undisciplined discipline we also look for papers that stray beyond established borders (of all kinds) and that think creatively about the journal’s lines of descent and possible futures. And a “symposium”, of course, is a party, so we look for papers that are not only lively and well-presented but also engaging – cross-referenced papers, deeply in dialogue, meaningfully connecting with each other, and holding together as a collection to form something more than the sum of its parts. A strong introduction to a special issue or symposium takes on these provocations in bold and compelling ways.
The Editorial Collective meets twice a year, in June and November, to consider proposals. These should explain the collection as a whole and its “fit” with Antipode (in no more than 1,500 words), and should also include biographical sketches and 150-word abstracts from authors. Symposia consist of around seven essays, each 9,500 words (inclusive of endnotes, references, tables and figures), and a guest-editor’s introduction.
Proposals should be e-mailed to Andy Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the end of May and October, and decisions will made before the end of June and November. If you have a question, please get in touch with Andy.
The Antipode Book Series
The Antipode Book Series explores what it means to think radical geography, broadly considered, “antipodally” as in opposition and from various margins, limits or borderlands.
An Antipode book provides insight “from elsewhere”, across boundaries rarely transgressed, with internationalist ambition and located insight. We want manuscripts willing to step outside the comfort of regional, national and disciplinary boundaries to think across comparative and connected insights from elsewhere.
An Antipode book confronts and sharpens the stakes in a set of issues. This does not amount to polemics, or clear lines between enemy and friend. Rather, an Antipode book diagnoses the ways in which grounded critique emerges from particular instantiations of contradictory social relations in order to change them. We seek manuscripts driven by this practical socio-spatial imperative, rather than a purely ideological commitment to “radical geography”.
An Antipode book might look to revise larger and interdisciplinary scholarly debates by pushing at their boundaries, or by showing what happens to a problematic as it moves or changes. Equally, an Antipode book might think with binaries we instinctively dismiss, to think in complex ways about the ways in which such binaries are mobilized and boundaries maintained.
An Antipode book investigates the specific density of power and struggle in one or more sites, but with lessons that might travel internationally, to provide surprising echoes elsewhere. Indeed, we seek books written with this deliberative communicative intent, theoretically bold and empirically rich but also intended for critical renovation and re-use in other sites of critique.
Finally, an Antipode book will be written in lively, accessible prose that does not sacrifice clarity at the altar of sophistication. We seek books that are not necessarily from the discipline of geography, but which push the boundaries of geographical critique to understand our fractured world in order to change it. Authors or editors with ideas for Antipode books should contact the Book Series editors with an idea or full proposal which will be subject to review by the editors and two anonymous referees:
Nik Theodore, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago; email@example.com
David Featherstone, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow; David.Featherstone@glasgow.ac.uk
The Interventions section of Antipode will now, with a few exceptions, be online. The strength of Interventions consists in part in their attitude and directness: they’re timely and pressing, and they’re often springboards for ongoing discussions. The relationship between geography and social theory and “live” events, current affairs, etc. warrant thoughtful yet expeditious commentaries. However, publication can be a slow process: Antipode appears just five times a year, and rising numbers of submissions coupled with a limited page budget means the impact of Interventions can be undermined by a wait in the publication queue. Migrating Interventions online will open up the possibility of thinking, writing and sharing ideas, and inciting conversation, in response to events as they unfold.
We welcome short (about 1,500-word), perhaps polemical, essays that among other things cast a radical geographer’s eye over contemporary matters of concern or report on strategies for change and forms of organisation producing a more socially just and radically democratic life. We also welcome collections of essays that speak to each other in productive ways. Of course, you will continue to see some Interventions, of a more “reflective” kind, in the pages of Antipode – commenting on the state of radical practice and theory, or introducing debate and disagreement around politically contentious issues of the Left – but AntipodeFoundation.org will showcase some of the best and most provocative radical geographical writing available today.
If you’ve an idea for an intervention, please get in touch with Andy Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All Antipode book reviews are now freely available from our online repository, Wiley Online Library. While this digital archive will remain in place, since January 2013 we’ve no longer been publishing book reviews in the journal; all new book reviews appear exclusively on AntipodeFoundation.org. This has allowed us to feature not only more reviews, but also more substantive reviews (in the style, say, of the London Review of Books), more quickly. The makeover has also transformed the book reviews section into a more capacious “Book reviews, etc.” section, that may now feature, in addition to book reviews, reviews of film and music, grey literature, and political pamphlets – in fact, any texts that have something to say to the radical geographic imagination.
Please see our guidelines and get in touch with Andy Kent (email@example.com) with ideas for reviews.
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Antipode is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics; COPE provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics, including how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct.
For something on the history of the journal, see our past editors’ reflections and the more recent editorials listed below. For more on its present condition, see our introduction to Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50, our free-to-download book celebrating Antipode’s 50th anniversary.
The Point Is To Change It (2010)
The Power of Numbers (2009)
Home Truths (2005)