Since its inception in 1974 the Cartography and Geographic Information Science journal (then known as The American Cartographer) has undergone several major changes throughout its history, including doubling the number of yearly issues from two to four in 1986; changing the name of the journal to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems in 1990 and to its current name in 1999; becoming one of the three official journals of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) in 2004; and finally, inclusion into Thomson Reuters' Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences Citation Index in 2009.
In this editorial I would like to report on another significant change. At the end of last year a publishing agreement was signed between the Cartography and Geographic Information Society and the Taylor and Francis Group to "grant Taylor and Francis the fight and responsibility to publish the CaGIS journal and its contents during the term of the agreement". Without a doubt this is a major step forward for the CaGIS journal in an effort to remain and possibly increase its status as a modern and popular scientific journal. As part of the Taylor and Francis Group the CaGIS journal will beginning with this issue
(1) Use an on-line and automatic submission and review system, namely ScholarOne, for manuscripts submitted to the journal. This will simplify and streamline the production of CaGIS and reduce the turn-around time for refereeing and publication.
(2) Publish five instead of four yearly issues, with each issue being between 84 and 96 pages long. This is equivalent to about six to seven research articles per issue. The increase in the number of issues and articles per issue is partly reflected by the increased popularity of CaGIS among authors (and readers) since the journal's inclusion into the Thomson Reuters' Web of Knowledge. The five issues will appear in January, March, June, September, and November.
(3) Publish articles both on-line first and in a hardcopy format later. Similar to The Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer, which are both published by Taylor and Francis as well, the on-line version of each article will be published on a designated online platform of the Taylor and Francis Group first and appear in print later. As soon as articles have been accepted, they will be published on-line within four weeks and can then be accessed, downloaded, and referenced. Such a quick production process is especially important for authors in academia where (only) published articles are important in tenure and promotion evaluations.
Besides these changes, I am happy to report that CaGIS will continue to publish accepted manuscripts and color figures at no costs to authors in both the on-line and the printed version of the journal. …