Environment, Geography, Geology UG Research


Author Guidelines

These guidelines present a checklist for authors before submitting articles to eGG. All guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Articles that do not follow the guidelines will be returned to the authors before being reviewed by the Editorial Board.

General guidelines:

  • All work must be original, fully referenced and previously unpublished.
  • Ensure that the article conforms to the style format for the eGG e-journal as set out within the Manuscript Guidelines below.
  • Articles (including review papers and book reviews) must not exceed 5000 words excluding all words included in the abstract, figures/tables, figure/table captions and the reference list at the end of manuscripts.
  • All parts of a submission should be digital and in an editable format. We accept articles in word (.doc). PDF submissions are not accepted.
  • Appropriate permissions must be obtained to reproduce any copyrighted material or content. Anything used within the article that is not your own, original work (e.g. figures, tables, photos etc.), must have had copyright permission obtained, and/or must be attributed to the original source in the caption. Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for reproducing anything that has previously been published, and for crediting the source and copyright in the accompanying captions. Authors are also required to acknowledge these within the article where appropriate.
  • Articles that are based on work submitted for assessment as part of a student’s degree may only be submitted to eGG after the assessment has been completed.
  • All funding relevant to, and provided for, the research should be appropriately acknowledged in the ‘Acknowledgements’ at the end of the article.

Manuscript guidelines:

Manuscripts should be structured as set out below:

Title and author details
The title of the paper, author name(s), academic affiliation(s) (when the original research was conducted), project supervisor (if appropriate) and a contact email address (if appropriate) should appear at the top of the manuscript.

Abstract and keywords
An abstract is required, and should provide an interesting overview of the concept of the paper including aim, methods used, and significant outcomes, in not more than 250 words. Authors should also provide at least four, and a maximum of six, keywords on a separate line for the purpose of indexing the article. Keywords will be used to aid searches, and could include the topic, location of study area, the methods used, and any other useful terms.

Research articles should be structured, to include sub-headings, that are appropriate for the content
For Environment, Physical Geography and Geology articles, these might include for example: Introduction, Study Site, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References. For Human Geography articles, the structure of the paper and the resulting sub-headings are likely to be more flexible and will be at the discretion of the author. For further guidance, please contact the Editor-in-chief (l.linch@brighton.ac.uk).


Author profile
Authors should submit a brief author biography (100 words maximum) to set the research paper into a suitable context. For example: “[Name] is a Level 4/5/6 BSc (Hons) Geology student. [Name]’s particular research interests include [e.g. sedimentology etc.], which form the basis of this research article. This research was carried out as part of [e.g. a final year project/an oral presentation/an extended essay etc.] for [name of module]. [Name] has been awarded the [name of prize/award] for their research. [Insert any other relevant details about the research presented in your article]”.

Only the first letter of headings and proper names are capitalised. A maximum of three levels of headings may be used:


1.1. This is a second-level heading

1.1.1. This is a third level heading

Images should be of high quality (1200 dpi) and high resolution digital (tiff, jpg, png) files, resized for web suitability, saved under their corresponding number (e.g. Fig. 4) and submitted as separate files from the main manuscript. All scale lines should be labelled (e.g. km, m, mm, μm, nm etc.) as appropriate. Figures are numbered separately and consecutively using Arabic numerals (e.g. Figure 4 etc.). Where several illustrations comprise one figure, each illustration should be labelled consecutively and in alphabetical order on the illustration itself with capital letters (A, B, C etc.) and information for each consecutive illustration must be included within the figure caption. Figure captions (inserted below figures) must also be typed as a list at the end of the main manuscript.

Google maps
If Google maps have been used to create a map as part of your submission, all sources must be acknowledged and the Copyright attributed to Google maps. The examples at Google show what is acceptable for publication, where the Copyright attribution text and Google logo must be visible within the map and cannot be obstructed or modified by any means.

Tables should be submitted as individual MS Word or Excel files separate from the main manuscript. Tables should be typed using few horizontal rules and no vertical rules. Tables are numbered separately and consecutively using Arabic numerals (e.g. Table 2 etc). Table captions (inserted above tables) must also be typed as a list at the end of the main manuscript after the list of figure captions.

Measurements must all be given in SI metric system. In exceptional historical cases, English equivalents may be allowed. Numerals should be used in the text for all full units of measurement from 10 and above. Words should be used for quantities of objects, persons, etc. and or numbers from one to ten.

Authors must use the Harvard referencing system, in which authors names (no initials) and dates are given in the main body of the text (e.g. Walkington and Jenkins, 2008). For quotations, specific pages should also be indicated in the main body of the text (e.g. McDowell, 1995: 76). In references where there are more than two authors, the surname of the first author is given followed by et al., to indicate all other authors (e.g. Clayton et al., 1965). References are listed alphabetically at the end of the paper under the heading ‘References’. They should include all author surnames and initials. Book titles and journal names should be in italics. The place of publication and publisher’s name should always be given when books are referred to. The following gives detailed examples of how references should be presented.

Clayton, L., Laird, W. M., Klassen, R. W. & Kupsch, W. O. 1965: Intersecting minor lineations on Lake Agassiz plain. Journal of Geology 73: 652-656.

Tarplee, M. F. V. 2006: Subglacial till – the ‘upwardly mobile’ sediment? PhD thesis, Queen Mary University of London. 318 pp.

Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. & Sidaway, J. 2008: An Introduction to Human Geography: Issues for the 21st Century. Pearson, London (3rd edition). 509 pp.

Book chapters
McDowell, L. 1995: Body work: heterosexual gender performances in city workplaces. In D. Bell & G. Valentine (Eds.) Mapping Desire: Geographies of Sexualities. Routledge, London. pp. 75-95.

World Wide Web pages
Walkington, H. & Jenkins, A. 2008: Embedding undergraduate research publication in the student learning experience: ten suggested strategies. Brookes e-Journal of Learning and Teaching 2 (3).

Other publications
Where there is doubt, include all bibliographical details.

These guidelines have been published by the University of Brighton.

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