About the Journal

Topophilia: The Human Geography and Planning Student Journal is an opportunity for students to showcase their work and research. The journal accepts work from 300-level or higher courses (any discipline) with a grade of A- (80%) or higher. The objective of the journal is not only to showcase high quality work, but to also share valuable information gathered by students with their community. Topophilia will be displayed in locations across Edmonton to be read by all. It will be published once per regular school year.

The journal is published through the University of Alberta Libraries with Open Journal Systems. It is an open access platform that will ensure your paper is peer reviewed, permanently archived, and has a DOI for easy online sharing. Publication in Topophilia will build your resume and allow you to share your work beyond the classroom.

The first issue of topophilia: the human geography and planning stuent journal (january 2017).

The first issue of topophilia: the human geography and planning stuent journal (january 2017).

How to Submit

  • As the papers we receive will have primarily been submitted for a class assignment, we ask that you take any feedback given from professors and incorporate that into your submitted work
  • Ensure that your paper conforms to all the requirements under the Author Guidelines
  • Ensure that all papers conform to the requirements listed under Formatting
  • Please email submissions to gapss@ualberta.ca with the subject line: Student Journal Submission
  • The email must include: name, course it was submitted for, and the grade received.
  • Deadline to Submit: April 30, 2018

Author Guidelines

  • Papers and projects must have received a grade of A- or higher, or 80% or higher, in 300-level courses or higher.
  • The subject matter must be relevant to Human Geography and or Planning. Papers and projects do not have to be written or designed for HGP courses.
  • Submitted papers should be between 1000-5000 words in length, including all materials but excluding references. Submitted presentations and projects should be 1-2 pages in length (and thus will likely have to be shortened/adjusted). However, these are not hard cut offs so please submit your work if it is slightly longer or shorter and we will consider it. 
  • Papers must be accompanied by a short abstract (between 150-200 words in length) that gives a brief description of the paper. 
  • Projects and presentations should be accompanied with captions and descriptions for any figures. 
  • Although the papers may have been written for a specific class, consider providing more information that may be relevant to readers of a larger academic audience if necessary. This may include explaining specific details or adding to the introduction of the paper.
  • Submissions must be the author’s own original work and should not have been previously published.
  • Papers, projects, and presentations can be work from any previous semester, not solely the preceding term.    


  • Submissions should be formatted as .doc or .docx (no PDFs). 
  • 1.5 spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Use a space in between paragraphs.
  • Use 2.54 cm margins (1 inch) on all sides. 
  • Use Canadian spelling.
  • All articles MUST be properly cited using APA referencing.
  • Remove any sort of personal identifiers (name, ID #, etc.) in order to ensure a blind review process.
  • Include page numbers on submissions in top right corner.

The Review Process

Papers will be anonymously reviewed as they are submitted by at least two reviewers. Papers/projects will be returned by TBD to authors with reviewer feedback. Final submissions with revisions are due TBD.  

Privacy Statement

The names and email address entered for the journal will be used exclusively for the stated purpose of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. 

Copyright Notice 

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non- exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work with an acknowledgement of its initial publication to this journal.

Note: Topophilia: The Human Geography and Planning Student Journal is not responsible or liable for papers that contain elements of being plagiarized. The liability rests with the author of that particular paper and by submitting a paper, the author consents to this statement.