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Cartographica is an international, interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal which publishes transformative research, education, and practice contributions to the social, political, technological, and historical aspects of Cartography. In addition, the journal is the official publication of the Canadian Cartographic Association.

Cartographica provides a forum for the exchange of original perspectives and innovative findings in the production, design, use, cognitive understanding, and novel applications of maps in arts, cartography, computer science, economy, engineering, geography, history, medicine, health, and surveying.

Members of the Canadian Cartographic Association receive a subscription to Cartographica as part of their membership benefits.

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Monica Wachowicz, Associate Professor and Cisco Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering.
She works on the development of mobile location analytics as processes that emerge from the interaction between the physical and virtual worlds of Big Data. These processes are being developed for advancing the core techniques and technologies in mobile location analytics to lead to new fields of inquiry in ambient and living cartography. Her research focuses on building the next generation of maps with predictive capabilities for representing the un-mappable “real behaviour” of people in motion in a physical geographical space and their correspondent daily petabyte-scale streams of unstructured data in a virtual world. The greatest challenges and opportunities arise from socially-generated Big Data that is increasingly recorded via online transactions, mobile communication devices, and distributed sensors, or will be revealed through the Internet of Things.
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Emmanuel Stefanakis, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick.
His research interests fall in the areas of Geospatial Web, Geographic Database Systems, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Geovisualization and Cartography. Lately, he works on research and development of advanced geospatial web applications and services, knowledge discovery and visualization of spatio-temporal and mobility data, and monitoring of risk and damages from natural disasters. He has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in Geomatics at numerous European and North American institutes for over 15 years. He joined the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at UNB in July 2011.
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William Cartwright RMIT University, Australia
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Rina Ghose University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Amy Griffin University of New South Wales, Australia
Lorenz Hurni Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Menno-Jan Kraak University of Twente, The Netherlands
John Krygier Ohio Wesleyan University, USA
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Karen Morin Bucknell University, USA
John Pickles University of North Carolina, USA
Reuben Rose-Redwood University of Victoria, Canada
Nadine Schuurman Simon Fraser University, Canada
Julia Siemer University of Regina, Canada
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Special Issues proposals are encouraged to be submitted and will be reviewed by the journal editors. A special issue should be organized by the special issue editor(s) around a specific content area or methodology that may represent a large scale international development; a single-topic monograph providing an extensive look at one particular area of cartography; or a collection of manuscripts presented at a conference or workshop. The monographs and all manuscripts will be double blind peer reviewed and the special issue editor(s) is/are expected to work with authors until the special issue meets the standards of manuscripts published in the journal. Content, timeliness of the topic, thoroughness of the proposal, relevance for the journal’s readership, and production schedule are among the criteria used for selection.

The Technical Notes and Ephemera section includes research notes, technical information, opinions, news items, and occasional humour and trivia related to all aspects of cartography, geographic information, and geovisualization, including
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* research summaries from universities and government agencies
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* evaluation of maps and data sources
* library and Internet resources
* tips for cartographic production
* humour and trivia

All submissions to this section are encouraged: these will normally be of shorter length than full journal articles (2-6 pages). Those of interest to the international community and materials of interest to a broad audience will be given priority for publication. Where appropriate, peer review will apply. Links to web pages and references to contemporary resources are encouraged, to include material that may not otherwise be available in published journals.

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Cartographica, the international journal for geographic information and geovisualization, is now available online, including the complete back file of previously published articles going back to 1964 with issue 1.1, when Cartographica was known as The Cartographer.
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Monographs and Themes

Volume 48:2 (Summer 2013), special issue: Challenges of Visualization
Volume 47:4 (Winter 2012), special issue: Land Use and Land Change
Volume 47:2 (Summer 2012), special issue: Indigenous Cartographies and counter-Mapping
Volume 46:2 (Summer 2011), special section: Internet Mapping

Volume 44:3 (Fall 2009), special issue: Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization
Volume 42:2 (Summer 2007), special section: Geovisualization and Visual Analytics
Volume 41:4 (Winter 2006), Cumulative Index to volumes 26-41
Volume 41:1 (Spring 2006), special issue: Cybercartography: Maps and Mapping in the Information Era
Volume 40:4 (Winter 2005), special issue: Critical GIS
Volume 40:1/2 (Spring/Summer 2005), Monograph 54: The Origins and Development of J.B. Harley’s Cartographic Theories
Volume 39:2 (Summer 2004), special issue: Addressing the Social Implications of GIS in the Technical Realm: Public Health Data and GIS
Volume 39:1 (Spring 2004), special issue: GIS and Social Science: New Rules of Engagement
Volume 38:3/4 (Fall/Winter 2001), special issue: Public Participation GIS
Volume 38:1/2 (Spring/Summer 2001), special issue: Mountain Cartography
Volume 37:4 (Winter 2000), special section: Linking Geomatics and the Community in Developing Countries
Volume 37:3 (Fall 2000), special issue: Women in Cartography
Volume 36:4 (Winter 1999), Monograph 53: Critical GIS: Theorizing an Emerging Science
Volume 35:1/2 (Spring/Summer 1998), Monograph 52: Nine Short Essays about Maps
Volume 35:1/2 (Spring 1998), Monograph 51: Maps as Mediated Seeing
Volume 34:3 (Fall 1997), Monograph 50: The Distortion Spectrum
Volume 33:4 (Winter 1996), Monograph 49: Mapping Time
Volume 33:3 (Fall 1996), Monograph 48: Cartographic Education in Transition: An International Perspective
Volume 33:1 (Spring 1996), Monograph 47: Spatial, Semantic, and Temporal Data Integration for Application in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
Volume 32:2 (Summer 1995), Monograph 46: Orienting Ourselves in Space: Implications for the School Curriculum
Volume 31:2 (Summer 1994), Monograph 45: An Intensive Comparison of Triangulated Irregular Networks (TINs) and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)
Volume 30:4 (Winter 1993), special issue: The Main Theoretical Issues Facing Cartography: An ICA Report
Volume 30:2/3 (Summer/Autumn 1993), special issue: Mapping Data Quality
Volume 30:1 (Spring 1993), Monograph 44: Introducing Cultural and Social Cartography
Volume 28:3 (Fall 1991), Monograph 43: GIS Education and Training
Volume 27:4 (Winter 1990), Monograph 42: Index and Abstracts, Cartographica Vols. 17-25
Volume 27:3 (Fall 1990), Monograph 41: Colour and Thematic Map Design
Volume 26:1 (Winter 1989), Monograph 40: Numeric Generalizations in Cartography
Volume 25:1/2 (Spring/Summer 1988), Monograph 38/39: The Napoleonic Survey in Egypt: A Masterpiece of Cartographic Compilation and Early Nineteenth Century Fieldwork
Volume 24:2 (Summer 1987), Monograph 37: Studies in Cartography: A Festschrift in Honour of George F. Jenks
Volume 23:1/2 (Spring/Summer 1986), Monograph 34/35: A Review of Coastal Zone Mapping
Volume 21:1/2 (Spring/Summer 1984), Monograph 32/33: Auto-Carto Six
Volume 20:1/2 (Spring/Summer 1983), Monograph 29/30: Mapping for Development: The Contributions of the Directorate of Overseas Surveys
Volume 19:2 (Summer 1982), Monograph 28: Perspectives in Alternative Cartography: Computing Technology and Its Applications
Volume 18:2 (Summer 1981), Monograph 27: Maps in Modern Geography: Geographical Perspectives on the New Cartography
Volume 17:2 (Summer 1980), Monograph 25: The Dynamics of Oceanic Cartography


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Top Ten Classic Articles in Cartographica now Free Online
The top ten most-cited articles in the history of Cartographica are now freely available online

The papers represent a wide range of cartographic interests, and include work by many influential writers. The most-cited article is a well known piece by Brian Harley, often credited with changing the way we think about maps. Harley also has an entry at the number 8 position on maps and ethics. Other notable authors include Mark Monmonier in a piece which helped establish the analysis of interactive and animated mapping, and G. Langran and Nik Chrisman’s article on temporal data.

The listing was created using Elsevier’s Scopus database, and is current as of March 2014.

In order of citation these classic articles are:
1. Harley, J.B. 1989. Deconstructing the Map. Cartographica 26(2), pp. 1-20. DOI:

2. Mark, D.M. 1984. Automated Detection of Drainage Networks From Digital Elevation Models. Cartographica 21 (2-3), pp. 168-178. DOI:

3. Langran, G., and Chrisman, N.R. 1988. A Framework for Temporal Geographic Information. Cartographica, 25(3), pp. 1-14. DOI:

4. Miller, CC., 2006. A beast in the field: The Google Maps mashups of GIS/2. Cartographica, 41(3), pp. 187-199. DOI:

5. Peuquet, D.J. 1984. A Conceptual Framework and Comparison of Spatial Data Models. Cartographica, 21(4), pp. 66-113. DOI:

6. Harley, J.B. 1990. Cartography, Ethics and Social Theory. Cartographica, 27(2), pp. 1-23. DOI:

7. Mark, D.M. and Csillag, F. 1989. The Nature of Boundaries on “Area Class” Maps. Cartographica, 26(1), pp. 65-78.DOI:

8. Douglas, D.H., 1994. Least-costing path in GIS using an accumulated cost surface and slopelines. Cartographica, 31(3), pp. 37-51. DOI:

9. Blakemore, M., 1984. Generalisation and error in spatial data bases. Cartographica, 21(2&3), pp. 131-139. DOI:

10. Matthews, S.A., Detwiler, J.E., Burton, L.M.. 2005. Geo-ethnography: Coupling geographic information analysis techniques with ethnographic methods in urban research. Cartographica, 40 (4), pp. 75-90. DOI:
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Cartographica is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal which publishes transformative research, education, and practice contributions to the social, political, technological, and historical aspects of cartography. Editors-in-Chief – Monica Wachowicz (University of New Brunswick) and Emmanuel Stefanakis (University of New Brunswick)

Cartographica welcomes manuscript submissions of original perspectives and innovative findings in the production, design, use, cognitive understanding, and novel applications of maps in arts, computer science, economy, engineering, geography, history, medicine, health, and surveying.

All manuscript submissions are made via PRESTO .

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