The goal of JournalMap is to achieve a comprehensive set of location records for published articles that can support meaningful search results. Accomplishing this will likely require many distributed but linked efforts. We believe that open access to the location and citation information associated with geo-referenced studies and transparency in how the locations were generated is key to this effort. Accordingly, the data records contained in JournalMap are freely available for download under a Creative Commons license.
What is included: The JournalMap download file includes the DOI number, citation, and latitude/longitude coordinates for the articles included in the JournalMap database. Copyright restrictions from publishers prevent us from distributing article abstracts, keywords, or excerpts from articles containing the originally-printed location information. This download fine is updated periodically but is not a real-time download from JournalMap. If you need a more recent version of the data, please contact us.
Geo-referencing published studies is not a trivial exercise. Challenges include the diversity of formats for reporting coordinates, issues in representing study areas of different shapes and sizes, and extracting place names. Solving the challenges of geo-referencing published studies on a large scale will require the development of best-practices and automation techniques. As a test case for identifying and mining location information from published studies, we have compiled a set of 20 articles that represent a diversity of location reporting forms. All of these exemplars are open-access articles and have been annotated with descriptions of their location reporting style.
We have also created a Zotero group containing these example articles annotated with descriptions of their style of location reporting, available at:
We encourage contributions to the Zotero group with additional examples of location reporting in published studies