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The IMCoS Journal

We are very proud of our regular IMCoS Journal which is the mouthpiece of the Society and members receive it four times a year in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. It has been constantly improved and was recently updated so that it has now grown to a 64-page glossy colour production with a wide range of articles of interest to lovers and collectors of early maps; many of them containing original research by members and friends of IMCoS.

Any member is welcome to submit an article or news item and we like to publish reports on all the Society’s meetings including the annual International Symposium and Collectors’ Evening where members bring their maps to display and have identified. We also have regular features like a Letter from the Chairman, book reviews on newly-published books, You Write to Us with letters to the editor and Worth a Look which highlights unusual and interesting maps. IMCoS Matters cover all the Society’s activities and Mapping Matters gives you news from the mapping community around the World.


The latest IMCoS Journal - 4 times a year for members

Featured articles in the SPRING 2016 issue include:

A previously unknown likeness of the St Gallen globe: New speculations about its origins

by Jost Schmid 

Projecting earthly matters on the moon: The toponyms of Van Langren and Hevelius

by Nydia Pineda De Ávila

 "The English Atlas" of the late seventeenth century: John Ogilby, Moses Pitt and their Dutch atlas models

by Christianna Thompson


 We also have our regular items

 A Letter from the Chairman 

From the Editor’s Desk  

New Members

IMCoS Matters

Mapping Matters

Cartography Calendar

You Write to Us

Book Reviews, this issue featuring 

The History of Cartography (Vol 6 parts I and II) • Mapping the Cold War, Timothy Barney • A World of Innovation, Cartography in the Time of Gerhard Mercator, various eds• Surveys ... Somerset Coast, Adrian James Webb Mapping the West with Lewis & Clark, Ralph Ehrenberg and Herman Viola 


If you are not yet a member of IMCoS and would like to see a copy of our Journal please contact our Editor.

Copy for the Journal should be submitted to the Editor by mail or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are always glad to hear from any member who would like to write a report of any of our events. This is your publication and we welcome contributions from you.

Advertising space is also available and advertising rates are quite reasonable (see below).

Images for the Journal should if possible be provided with at least 20 cm across their width at 300 dpi, meaning 2362 pixels across or more. We can always make images smaller but if we over enlarge, images can appear blurry or pixelated. If in doubt please contact the Editor. 

The Editor is LjiljaMaritime na Ortolja-Baird. Ljiljana was a publisher with the Octopus Publishing Group until her retirement in 2009. She has had a long career in book publishing which she embarked on after graduating from the University of Melbourne. She completed her Masters degree at the University of London as a mature student. While on the course she studied cartographic history under Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke. Her interest is in map publishing and in particular, the use of maps in the teaching of geography in the eighteenth century.

Our designer is Cath French.  The Advertisement Manager is Jenny Harvey who has wide experience of marketing and is a past Chairman of IMCoS.  

In 1994 an index of the Journal was published covering Issues No.1 to No.59. We are currently preparing a subsequent index from No.60 to No.120. We hope to publish this on our website and in printed form.

Back issues of the IMCoS Journal and the bulletins (practical advice for collectors)  can be bought by contacting Jenny Harvey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Please note that some of the earliest issues of the Journal can only be provided as photocopies. Top

 Articles for the Journal

Guidance to authors for submission of articles

The IMCoS Journal is a quarterly publication for people who love early maps. We invite submissions from enthusiasts, collectos and academics. We cover all aspects of the subject of early maps and their provenance from all parts of the world. The first issue appeared in September 1980 following formation of the Society and since then it has grown from a small two-page leaflet to a full 64-page coloured magazine 255 x 195 mms. The journal covers fully all the activities of the Society wherever they take place in the world and highlight the events and enthusiasms of its members. The contents of each issue include a letter from our chairman, Hans Kok, and an editorial by the Editor, Ljiljana Ortolja-Baird. 
Contributions to our book reviews and letters to the editor sections are welcome as are short articles for our sections on unusual maps called “Worth a Look”. News of people and events in the map world are also invited for our section on “Mapping Matters”
Book reviews should be 500-700 words long unless the reviewer has agreed a longer review with the Editor and letters to the Editor are welcome.


Please note that acceptance of an article for publication gives IMCoS the right to place it on our website. Articles can range between 2,000 -5,000 words plus endnotes. If an article is going to be longer please contact the editor who will make a final decision on whether it can be included.
The Editor reserves the right to reject any article or to edit contributions according to our house style. The language and spelling convention for the Journal is UK English.
Please send copy as an attachment by e-mail or on CD-ROM/USB stick. If you are submitting an article with embedded images it is important also to include a digital copy of the text with the images as separate files. Would authors also please include a list of suggested captions to their images and make sure each caption is identified. It is helpful if authors can suggest whereabouts in the article an image would be most appropriate—the designer will try to comply but this may not always be possible.
Authors will not receive payment but they will receive 4 free copies of the Journal in which the article is published.


For an article of c.2000 words in length please send us between 6-8 digital images. These can be submitted either as attachments to an e-mail (individually), via an internet-based large file transfer site (e.g. or, via dropbox or on a CD-ROM/USB stick which we can return if required. Please note that low resolution pictures WILL NOT REPRODUCE satisfactorily in print, nor will many of the images available on the web. We welcome colour where available. We need jpegs or tiffs at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and at a size no smaller than 20 cms across. The larger the image the better – this gives full flexibility for design and good detail. Any jpeg less than 1 MB is likely to be too small - and files should have the quality option set between 8 (high) and 12 (maximum) - 5 or 6 MB is more likely to be appropriate. Good tiff files are larger and are best sent on a CD-ROM or USB memory stick.
The source of the illustrations should be credited  and it is assumed that all rights for the publication will have been cleared by the author.  A photograph of the author plus a short profile would be welcome.
For further information contact the Editor, Ljiljana Ortolja-Baird.
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Telephone: +44 (0) 1296 670001
Mailing address:14 Hallfield, Quendon, Essex CB11 3XY, England. Top

Advertising Rates for 2016

Advertisement formats for print

We can accept advertisements as print ready artwork saved as a tiff, high quality jpegs or pdf files. All elements of the artwork need to use CMYK for colour adverts and greyscale for black and white adverts rather than RGB or Spot (Pantone) colours. All fonts must either be embedded or turned to outlines. It is important to be aware that artwork and files that have been prepared for the web are not of sufficient quality for print. The resolution (ppi) needed for print is indicated below. 


Advertisement sizes

Full page advertisements should be 216 mm high x 158 mm wide and 300-400 ppi at this size.

Half page adverts are landscape and are 105 mm high x 158 mm wide and 300-400 ppi at this size.

Quarter page advertisement are portrait and are 105 mm high x 76 mm wide and 300-400 ppi at this size.


Deadlines for new adverts are 25th January (Spring issue), 15th April (Summer Issue), 25th July (Autumn issue) and 25th October (Winter issue).

Deadlines for ready printed flyers are 15th February, 30th April, 15th August and 15th November.

Those who advertise in the Journal may have a web banner on the IMCoS web site for the annual rate. For a web banner all we need is a jpeg or gif at 72 ppi (165 pixels wide x 60 pixels high). The colour mode should be set to RGB rather than using CMYK, greyscale or Spot (Pantone) colour.

Advertising rates (in pounds sterling) for 2016 are as follows:

Journal annual (4 editions)   Colour   B&W 
Full Page 950 680
Half Page                                     630 450
Quarter Page                               365 270
Journal single (1 issue)    
Full Page                                       380 275
Half Page                                    255 185
Quarter Page                               150 110
Flyer insert (A5 double per issue) 325 300
Web Banner* 300  

*Please note web banners (shown below) are only as additional advertising to a Journal (annual) advertising subscription. Top