Polar Geography

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Polar Geography  
Former names
Polar Geography and Geology
Discipline Polar geography
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1088-937X (print)
1939-0513 (web)
LCCN 97659017
OCLC no. 55059927

Polar Geography is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal covering research on the physical and human aspects of the Polar regions. It is published by Taylor & Francis and was established in 1977. From 1980 to 1994 it was known as Polar Geography and Geology.


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Cover of the journal in 1977

The journal was established in 1977 with the financial support of the National Science Foundation and in cooperation with the American Geographical Society "in an effort to fill part of the gap in the broad area of physical and human geography of the Arctic and Antarctic".[1][2]

Founders included Theodore Shabad (Columbia University), who also became the journal's first editor-in-chief for 11 years, until his death in 1987,[3][4] and Melvin G. Marcus (Arizona State University).[5]

Originally the journal was published by Scripta Technica Inc.[2] and later by Bellwether Publishing. It was acquired by Taylor & Francis in 2007.[6] At its inception the journal was named Polar Geography, changed three years afterwards, in 1980, to Polar Geography and Geology. In 1995 the journal's name was changed back to the original one.[7]

The journal's aim was to make important Soviet, Japanese, and West European research on the polar regions available in English.[1] Subsequently, the journal's focus shifted to the north circumpolar region with emphasis on the Russian Arctic, publishing articles dealing with human as well as physical dimensions of Arctic and Subarctic environments.[8]


The following persons have been editor-in-chief:

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in ProQuest.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shabad, Theodore (1977). "Editor's introduction". Polar Geography. 1 (1): ii–iii. doi:10.1080/10889377709388607. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Shabad, Theodore (April 6, 1981). "Letter in bottle recalls lost chapter in Arctic exploration". The New York Times. p. 8, Section A. 
  3. Barr, William (1987). "Theodore Shabad: 1922–1987". Polar Geography and Geology. 11 (3): 162–163. doi:10.1080/10889378709377324. 
  4. Hevesi, Dennis (May 6, 1987). "Theodore Shabad, a Times editor and a geographer, is dead at 65". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved Dec 18, 2014. 
  5. "Melvin G. Marcus April 13, 1929–March 2, 1997". Polar Geography. 20 (3): 161–162. 1996. doi:10.1080/10889379609377597. 
  6. "Polar Geography". Bellwether Publishing. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved Feb 20, 2014. 
  7. Castree, Noel; Rogers, Alisdair; Kitchin, Rob, eds. (2013). A Dictionary of Human Geography. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. p. 574. ISBN 978-0-19-959986-8. 
  8. "Polar Geography". Bellwether Publishing. 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-08-06. Retrieved Feb 20, 2014. 
  9. "ProQuest journal listings". Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved Feb 20, 2014. 

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