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South Australian Geographical Journal

Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

EDITOR IN CHIEF : Dr. Melissa Nursey-Bray

Number of Issues : volume open

Subject: Environmental Studies, Geography, Geosciences, Planning & Development, Political Science, Urban Studies

ISSN: 1030-0481



License type: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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History of the journal

The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (S.A. Branch) from 1885 to 1986 and then The South Australian Geographical Journal from 1987 has been the journal of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, under the terms of the Royal Charter, since 1885. Since 1885, it has published original unrefereed accounts of first exploration or settlement of South Australia, the Northern Territory, northern Western Australia, Antarctica, and New Zealand. During this time some research papers and review articles were refereed and included. The Society Council membership and annual reports have also been included. Since 1987, rigorous editorial oversight has been employed and refereed papers range across the entire subject of geography, with particular reference to public debates, policy-orientated agendas, and notions of ‘relevance.’

Journal aim: we aim to publish the work that explores geography in all its forms. We welcome papers that explore the application of theoretical or conceptual geographical ideas to policy and practice, particularly in Australia, case studies, research from early career researchers and cutting edge and interdisciplinary projects.

Audience: the journal attracts a diverse audience of readers in academia, business, governments, members of the society and non-governmental organizations, and students interested in the interface between people and place, human and physical geographies, and the connections between them.

Contributions welcome: contributions are invited on the geography of South Australia and its immediate vicinity, and on the nature, methods, and study of geography, broadly interpreted. Contributions can be research papers, which are peer reviewed by two independent referees, and other papers such as lectures, reviews, commentaries, and research notes, which are not refereed. It will be made clear on publication, which are peer reviewed manuscripts. Manuscripts focusing on local issues are welcome. Proposals for guest-edited special issues are encouraged and welcomed.

For reference to back issues there is an index of contents for the series volumes 85 to 107 (1985 to 2008). 
For the contents of earlier volumes contact the Society's Library. Copies of volumes published since 1990 are available for purchase.
For the full set of the Proceedings and the Journal there is an index of topics for volumes 1 to 108 (1885 to 2009). 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license users are free to share the work (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format), if the contribution is properly attributed and used for non-commercial purposes. The material published in the journal may not be altered or built upon.


The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia (Inc.) is a voluntary, not-for profit organisation for advancing geographical science and promoting public awareness and enjoyment of Geography and related topics. 

The Society was founded in Adelaide on 10 July 1885. It played a role in two major exploratory expeditions (the Elder and Calvert expeditions - see "Exploration") at the close of the 19th century.

In 1905 the Society purchased the York Gate Library, a major private collection amassed by a London merchant relating to geography, exploration and colonisation. Through this purchase, the Society acquired the permanent home which it still enjoys through its affiliation with the Public Library, now the State Library of South Australia. 
Initially housed in purpose-built premises in the Institute Building, the Society is currently located in the Mortlock wing of the main State Library Building on North Terrace. 
The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Inc.


PO Box 3661 Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000
South Australia



Dr. Melissa Nursey-Bray - Geography, Environment and Population, The University of Adelaide

Editorial Board

Prof. Iain Hay - Flinders University, Australia
Prof. Alaric Maude - Flinders University, Australia
Prof. Andrew Millington - Flinders University, Australia
Geoffrey Owens - Wright State University, USA
Prof. Guy Robinson - University of Adelaide, Australia
Dr. Rod Shearing - President, Royal Geography Association, Australia


Submissions: electronic submission as Word documents is preferred.
Please e-mail manuscripts to the Chief Editor, Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray, at

Articles should generally not exceed 6,000 words. Shorter contributions are also welcome. Papers should include the name, position, and institutional affiliation of all authors, title, and an abstract of no more than 120 words. First order headings are set in bold lower case, second-order headings, if used, are in italics. Footnotes are not used, but endnotes may be used sparingly. The preferred location of any illustrative material submitted separately to the text should be indicated.

To publish in South Australian Geographical Journal, authors are not required to pay an article processing charge (APC).

For more information regarding format of a paper please refer to the Instruction of Authors.

Upon acceptance of a manuscript, Authors will be requested to sign Open Access Agreement prior to publication.