Have you read through the description of the GIS Snapshots Article Type?
Does the title accurately represent the content on the map?
Does the article align with the journal’s mission?
Is the manuscript clear, concise, and jargon-free?
Does the manuscript contain the required sections (Map Caption, Purpose, Data and Methods, Highlights, Action) and are they well-defined?
Does the submission include alternate text for the visually impaired?
Is the map caption 75 words or less?
Are references current and relevant? Are there ≤15 references?
Are software and data sources mentioned in the caption with their full citations provided in the references list?
Is there no more than 1 nonmap figure? Is there no more than 1 table?
Is the word count ≤1,000?
Is the graphic 8.5 x 11 portrait orientation?
Does the cover letter provide a cartographic statement?
Is the caption’s text separate from the graphic and not embedded?
Does the caption alone convey the map’s meaning without reading the article’s narrative?
Is the map title clear, concise, and descriptive?
Is the orientation of the map (north arrow) marked?
Is the scale of the map indicated?
Has a full citation for the data source(s) been provided in the references list?
Does the cover letter describe the method you chose for creating class breaks? (Common methods include Jenk’s natural breaks, quantile, equal interval, standard deviation, or a customized method by the map author.)
Does the cover letter indicate why you choose this method?
Does the cover letter provide the reason for number of classes chosen?
Did you use resources for choosing color symbols on a map (eg, ColorBrewer)?
Is the symbolization scheme sensitive to a central value (eg, 0, 1, or some mean/median value) for quantitative data? If so, did you use a diverging color palette? If not, did you choose a sequential color palette?
Is the map’s color scheme accessible to color-blind readers?
Is the map understandable when printed in black and white?
Is your map a bivariate map with a 2-variable key or legend?
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