SPECIAL ISSUE CALL (CfP) for COVID-19

Turkish Geographical Review (TGR), Turkey's long-established peer-reviewed academic journal that feature quality and value which might be represented by the fact that the number of citations received by the well-recognized international index that its impact factor has reached to over 1. The presence of geographical studies is vital for forming necessary policies and providing infrastructure for other studies which leads to producing the solutions to the socio-economic and environmental problems facing the society. In this context, “new” lifestyles, “new” spatial encountering, “new” planning needs for the landscape emerging issues in the face of the current C-19 problem will probably the most pervasive issues, especially after this process. In particular, in many areas, the concepts such “over-consumption”, “over-use”, “over-tourism” etc as have been widely discussed and now begin to be seen the major problems facing the society and environment. In this vein, the emergence of novel C-19 pandemic and potential to emergence of forthcoming pandemics, and related issues have begun to widely and intensely discussed in the scientific community across the world. At this point, it is closely monitored that the scientific journals of the Geographical Institutions, principally in the USA and the UK, have opened up many topics on the novel virus pandemic’s potential problems in the society and environment to the discussions. Therefore, we are out to this call for the potential manuscripts reflecting the spatial sense in the context of Turkey and it vicinity regions (Middle-East, Near East Asia, and Eastern Europe) under the umbrella of this special issue of TGR to identify the concerns, challenges, impacts and strategies for survival as well as to explore a set of potential solutions for revival of the society and environment during and post-pandemic times.

Since TGR incorporates the publications spanning both Physical and Human Geography subjects within a holistic coverage, this call is not only for the two main areas of Geography, and especially since these effects are widely experienced in the educational sector, the outcomes are particularly important for the solution tool that education is a way in which geography can deliver its clear messages to the society and policymakers. In this context, the issues such as inequalities, resultant consequences of inequalities, risk management and flexibility mechanisms, bio-politics, new trade rules, human movements, and their effects on transportation places can be studies under the following subjects: critical geography (gender inequality, flexibility, vulnerability, isolation, unemployment, income distribution, etc.) (Raghuram, 2019; Lopez, 2019; Manderson & Levine, 2020; Farmer, 1999; Bartos, 2019; Smith & Easterlow, 2005; Connell & Walton -Roberts, 2016; MacKinnon, & Derickson, 2013), health geography (immunization, care, etc.) (Brown, 2012; Herrick, 2014; Smallman-Raynor et al. 2002; Herrick, 2017; Neely & Nading, 2017), agricultural geography (fair trade and healthy product, workforce, organic agriculture), transportation geography (change in travel places, sectoral policies, “new” experiences, the sense of place etc.) (Budd et al. 2011; Bowen & Laroe, 2006), urban geography (Connolly et al. 2020; Füller, 2016, Keil, 2006; Leitner et al. 2018), tourism geography (effects on the cycle of destination development, sectoral crises and trends, risk management etc.) (Lew, 2020; Parry et al. 2016), Political Geography (political-ecology, geopolitical balances, international organizations, etc.) (Jackson & Neely, 2015; Green, & Lavery, 2018; Hin chliffe, 2013; Mitchell, & Sparke, 2018), Geographic Information Systems applications (mapping, critical GIS, surveillance, ethical use of geographic data) (Shaw & Sugden, 2018; Roe et al. 2019; Enticott & Ward, 2020; Hay et al. 2013), School and Higher Education (online supported education, virtual education, experiential learning, student and lecturer/teacher experiences and problems) (Sparke, 2017; Lynch et al. 2010), Climate change and sustainability (Gahman, & Thongs, 2020; Watts, 2015), Management of mountain areas, Historical Geography (past pandemics in Anatolia and Ottoman Geography, results and experiences, spatial and temporal distributions, socio-economic effects etc.) (Smallman-Raynor, 2002; Gandy, 2006; Kearns, 2006; Smallman-Raynor & Cliff (1999) are mainly expected, yet it is not restricted to these subjects, more welcomes.

Special Issue Editors will subject the submitted articles to a double-blind review process under the journal's evaluation policy. According to the results of the evaluation, such results as “acceptance of an article, receiving major or minor corrections or rejection” may occur.

Abstract Submission Date (750 Words): 10th of July, 2020

Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: 30th of July, 2020

Deadline for the Submission of Articles: 15th October, 2020

Publication Date of the Special Issue: 30th of December, 2020


The Summary has to be included the following sub-sections:

Authors are expected to present a structured abstract for the submissions (up to 750 words including keywords), this summary is expected to be meeting the following at least 4 and maximum 7 subheadings:
• Purpose (mandatory)
• Design / methodology / approach (mandatory)
• Findings (mandatory)
• Research limitations/implications (if any)
• Practical implications (if any)
• Social implications (if any)
• Originality / value (mandatory)

Abstracts should be presented in Microsoft Word program (12, Times New Roman, single-spaced)

• You can access the spelling rules that the author (s) should follow via this link: (https://dergipark.org.tr/tr/pub/tcd/writing-rules)

• Abstracts should be sent to editor@tck.org.tr by adding the title “Abstract - Special Issue Turkish Geographical Review” to the subject section.


Main Policies of the Journal for the Acceptance of Abstracts

Summaries for the specific issue will be selected for a limited number of topics under the following policies, which are as follows: (i) Providing a perspective on the broad diversity of global threats by addressing issues, (ii) contributing to field knowledge to guide future research and practices, (iii) Include different methodologies and research paradigms, (iv) its relevance and relationship to global and social sustainability, (v) policies for the future of TGR (such as ranked in international indexes, increasing recognition, and strengthening the impact factor).