Cartographic Perspectives Code of Conduct

The Editor

The Editor of the journal is responsible for ensuring that all material published in Cartographic Perspectives (CP) is high quality, relevant to our readers, and within the scope of the journal. The Editor decides which content is to be published in CP.

The Editor is assisted and advised by an Editorial Board, as well as other journal staff, to whom some responsibilities may be designated.

The Editor commits to investigate any claims of plagiarism, misrepresentation, or other malfeasance made against a contribution published in CP.

The Editor, the Editorial Board, and the staff of the journal all commit to an ongoing examination of their own biases and subjectivities, and to working to overcome any impediment these biases may pose in the fair evaluation of submissions to the journal.

The Editor commits to ensuring that the journal’s practices for the consideration, review, acceptance, editing, and publication of contributions all operate without regard to the race, sexuality, gender identity/presentation, religion, nationality, ethnicity, or political beliefs of the author(s), and that no structure or practice of the journal will act as an impediment to someone based solely on these factors. This is an ongoing process.

The Editor sets review policies for all contributions. The content in some contributions will undergo peer review; for other sections, reviews will be conducted by the Editor or other members of the editorial team.

The editorial process for CP will work to ensure that published contributions do no violence to others based on their identity — such violence includes the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes, the use of denigrating language, and cultural appropriation.

The Author(s)

Authors contributing to CP must provide original works, free of plagiarism. Proper citation, quotation, and attribution or any other person’s work is the responsibility of the author(s). Submissions to the Peer Reviewed Articles section should not have been published or submitted concurrently for consideration for publication elsewhere.

If multiple people have worked on a contribution, the corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the work is correctly attributed, that all authors agree with the submitted version of the manuscript, and that all co-authors are properly credited in the final publication.

Authors are responsible for securing permission to use any images or whole creative works reproduced as part of their contribution, or declaring that such usage qualifies as Fair Use.

After acceptance, manuscripts may be edited before publication. Authors must approve copyediting changes, and will work with the editorial team to find mutually agreeable solutions when alterations are requested.

If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their published work, they must promptly notify the Editor and cooperate in the retraction or correction of the paper.

Authors retain all intellectual property rights to their submissions, and license them to CP for eventual publication.

CP will not require authors to pay a fee for the consideration, review, acceptance, or publication of any contribution.

All unpublished materials, and correspondence between the author and the editorial team or peer reviewers, will remain confidential.

All published contributions to CP will be made publicly available, at no cost.

Peer Review

Those asked to review submissions, whether blind or not, must evaluate submissions on their merits as intellectual contributions. Reviewers must commit to first understanding their own natural subjectivities and biases, and then work to ensure that these do not interfere with a fair and critical evaluation of any contribution put before them.

Reviewers will express their opinions respectfully, without personal criticism of the author. All critique of reviewed manuscripts should be made clearly, with supporting arguments, and focused on the particulars of the author’s work.

Reviewers will protect the confidentiality of submissions that they are asked to review, and will not disclose the content of submissions, or the author’s identity (if known or presumed) without permission from the Editor.

Reviewers will alert the Editor if they suspect that an author has engaged in plagiarism, misrepresentation, or other malfeasance.


If an author, reviewer, member of the editorial team, or of the reading public, feels that this Code of Conduct has been violated, they may appeal to the Editor for a redress of their grievances.

If they feel that the CP Editor has failed to properly enforce this Code of Conduct, they may appeal to the President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), who will bring the matter before the NACIS Board of Directors for consideration.

Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their contribution any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their work. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

The Editor, Editorial Board, and other journal staff may submit contributions to CP. No member of the editorial team will be responsible for reviewing, editing, or approving their own work, and the review, editing, and approval processes will be undertaken to avoid this conflict of interest.

This Code of Conduct has taken inspiration from the COPE Core Practices as well as the codes of conduct of From the European South and J-Reading.