Trail Six

Call for submissions now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted this year!

Are you an undergrad hoping to get published? Submit to Trail Six, the University of British Columbia’s Undergraduate Journal of Geography.


Submissions for papers will open again towards the end of 2018. Manuscripts must adhere to the criteria outlined below and may be sent to





One submission per person (excluding group submissions)

  • Please do not re-submit submissions from prior years.
  • Maximum 4000 words; please note that this will be reduced to a maximum of 3000 in the editing process.
  • Work must not have been published elsewhere.
  • Group work is permitted (one participant will need to work with editors as the main author and all group members must agree to have their work published.
  • You must be able to commit approximately 30 hours to the review process between January and March.


All students with papers meeting these criteria are strongly encouraged to submit to Trail Six, a nationally recognized undergraduate journal. Selected papers will be peer reviewed by students and professors prior to publication.

Being published as an undergraduate is highly regarded on a resume or graduate school application, and since papers are made anonymous prior to review, you have nothing to lose by submitting an essay.


How to submit:
Please include the following in your submission:

  • Manuscript attached as a Microsoft Word document (.doc) or GIS/cartographic work attached in the appropriate file type (.pdf is suggested).
  • A cover page for your manuscript, which includes the title, your name (do not include your name in subsequent pages), course and course instructor the paper was written for, and grade received. Please comment if edits have been made after the paper was graded (edits are encouraged but not necessary).
  • A separate page with an abstract (max. 200 words).


Please e-mail your submission to

Authors of successful and unsuccessful submissions will be notified in early January.



What kind of work can I submit?

Any paper for a Geography course, whether GEOB or GEOG. GIS/Cartography projects are encouraged, but please note the final journal is printed in black and white.

Papers written for other disciplines that have a strong geographic theme are also accepted.

Can editors submit to Trail Six?

Yes, editors are welcome to submit to Trail Six. The double-blind review method ensures the anonymity of all authors so that submissions are reviewed without bias.

Can I submit a group project?

You can submit the work if one member agrees to be the main author, and all others agree the work can be published by Trail Six. This must be the only paper submitted by the main author.




Now CLOSED: Call for Trail Six Editors!

Would you like to get involved with the Department of Geography by working as an editor for our student-led academic journal, Trail Six? We are now seeking for you for our 2018 edition! This is a great way to become involved with the department as a whole and more intimately with the undergraduate research community. It’s also a great opportunity to refine your academic reading and writing abilities! Any year levels can apply.

Please submit your application to Your application must include the following items:

  • A brief statement of interest
  • Your major and year level
  • An academic writing sample

Previous editorial experience is not a requisite as we will provide training for successful applicants. All undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia are welcome to apply.

Visit the official Trail Six website to learn more about our nationally recognized journal!

Deadline to apply is by Oct. 14th at 11:59pm.


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