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The electronic journal EchoGéo, created under the auspices of the PRODIG research unit, aims to build a bridge between the research community and the public of specialists or enlightened amateurs who are sensitive to clear, scientific and relevant information. Our ambition is to make available to all a sustained and scientifically validated geographical information on Societies, Environment and Development.

Any text proposed to the journal is therefore examined by the Editorial Committee, which judges whether it meets the journal's expectations. If it is accepted, it is then evaluated anonymously by at least two experts who advise the Committee on the possible publication of the article and its conditions.

The journal has five sections

a section, Sur le Vif (“In Real Time”)

In this section, texts are published continuously, independently of the quarterly rhythm of the journal, and which can also be of variable size, even quite small (from 25,000 to 50,000 characters).

They aim to shed light, through geography, geopolitics or other social sciences that take into account the spatial dimension, on current events or moments by taking into account their spatial dimension. The idea is obviously to be "in the limelight" but without yielding anything to the requirements of a scientific article.

We try to publish the texts as soon as possible after the events they analyse, but the proofreading process may result in a time lag of a few weeks, or sometimes a few months, with the event being dealt with.

four sections appearing in quarterly issues of EchoGéo

- a section Sur le Champ (“On the Field”)

This section groups texts of no more than 40,000 characters dealing with questions of scientific interest but whose novelty still leaves space for controversy, new developments and hypotheses in the analysis that we report on.

Three times a year (January-March, April-June and July-September issues), it brings together texts responding to a call for thematic articles previously validated by the Editorial Board.

The end-of-year issue (October-December) is a Varia.

- a section Sur le Métier (“On the Job”)

Its purpose is to provide up-to-date information on the geographer's profession by publishing, in turn, dossiers on tools and methods in the fields of cartography, images, tele-detection and Geographic Information Systems. Its articles can vary from 10,000 to 50,000 characters (with an average of 20,000).

- a section Sur l'Écrit (“On Writing”)

It proposes either interviews with authors or readers of texts, or cross-readings of one or more texts. The spirit of this section is to provide an off-centre look at the various forms of writing that may be of interest to geographers and, more generally, to our readership.

"Writing" is to be taken literally: the analysis of any type of written medium is welcome. The texts chosen may be disciplinary texts written by geographers as well as other forms, in particular literary texts or texts from other disciplines, or even non-academic texts, insofar they have a spatial and geographical dimension and that they can shed light on the writing and can shed light on the writing and reading practices of geographers. It is therefore not a matter of reviews or book reports.

The themes may be related, but not necessarily, to the thematic dossier of the current issue of Sur le Champ. The format may vary, between 10,000 and 30,000 characters.

- a section Sur l’Image (“On Image”)

It is intended to be a space for reflection on the geographical research and writing, based on a broad conception of images (photography, of course, but also maps, sketches, diagrams and video sequences). It intends to respond to the profusion of contemporary images by constructing a critical and analytical approach to images and by encouraging reflection on the diversity of forms of geographical writing.

The articles in their diversity should show that the image can be placed at the heart of a strategy of research, writing and geographical communication. The section therefore invites the reader to consider both epistemological and didactic issues.

The articles, which may be short (10,000 to 15,000 characters) or longer (40,000 characters), are built around an analytical commentary on one or more images, dated, located and signed by their author (who is not necessarily the author of the article).

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