Fifty years of Area: Taking stock, looking forward

Peter Kraftl*, Kavita Datta, Robert Bryant, Fiona Nash

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The year 2018 marks Area's 50th anniversary. The past 50 years have witnessed profound shifts in the nature of higher education, in research practices and priorities, and in academic publishing. In this Editorial, we look both to the journal's past and to its future. Firstly, we examine some significant publishing trends in Area between 1998−2018. Secondly, we use these data – and the occasion of the journal's 50th anniversary – to map out possible future priorities for the journal and, indeed, for geography as a discipline. Looking forward, our vision is for a renewed focus on multiple forms of collaboration, co-production and the building of alliances as we seek to retain and sharpen our commitment to publishing cutting-edge geographical research, and to hosting lively, provocative and generative debates about geography as a discipline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-439
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to gratefully acknowledge the input of four undergraduate work experience students at the RGS-IBG, who undertook the analysis of publication trends in Area, 1998−2018: Isabella West-Ortiz; Jemima Grant; Heather Boswell; and Molly Chapple.

Publisher Copyright:
The information, practices and views in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). © 2018 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Academic publishing
  • collaboration across borders
  • ethics
  • history of geography
  • inclusive, anti-oppressive scholarship
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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