Cartography and Geographic Information Science Call for Papers: Special Issue of Cartography and Geographic Information Science

The Power of Mapping for Science in Primary and Secondary Education

Cartography and Geographic Information Science


  • Consolidate the current state of knowledge on best practices for integrating maps and mapping technologies for science in primary and secondary education.
  • Create awareness across disciplines and stakeholders, including policymakers, of what is traditionally siloed-- but complementary--research in science education, geography, and allied disciplines


With improved usability, costs, and availability, web-based GIS and geospatial technologies continue to increase in their potential to improve students’ awareness of and participation in science, including cartography and geographic information science. Yet students have not had equal access to geospatial technologies, constraining the impact on the sciences and their future diversity and innovation.

Therefore, this special issue is devoted to research on mapping in primary and secondary education in:

  •  high need schools and school districts / divisions, especially those with limited resources such as little to no computer access
  •  special education, an important context rarely considered in science education

Details for Submission and Timeline

  • Manuscript Length: 7,000 words maximum, including references
  • Submit through; select this special issue 45(04)
  • Use of dynamic graphics are encouraged
  • All accepted papers are required to provide a summary that will include not more than five bullet points as the “take home message” of the study.
  • Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2017.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Bridget K. Mulvey, Science Education
  • Guest Editor: Jacqueline W. Curtis, Geography