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Manually Geotagging Articles in JournalMap

This set of instructions applies to articles that have already been input into JournalMap (e.g., through a batch import) but that do not have a location assigned to them. The geotagging principles, however, can be applied to single article entry.

1. Sign in to JournalMap if you have not already done so, then click on the account icon at the top right and choose My Articles


2. Click on the Add an Article to JournalMap button at the top of the page.


3. Enter an article DOI number to begin entering the article and click Next.


4. Open the article in a web browser and confirm the citation information for the article.

Pay attention to the citation information to make sure that critical fields (e.g., title, journal, etc.) do not change; occasionally the wrong DOI number will be entered. However, sometimes number and/or order of authors changes, this is OK.

5. Enter the abstract and keywords for the article. If the article does not have either an abstract or keywords, click the corresponding box to confirm that. Then click Next.


6. Scroll through the article and look for the study area description in the methods section of the text and for any coordinates that were reported.


7. Scroll down on the JournalMap article page and click on the Add Location button.

8. If a common place name was given, you can try typing it into the text box on the map to see if JournalMap will recognize it and place a marker on the map, then use the coordinates and description given to narrow down a location to drop the pin.


9. If no common name was given, copy and paste the full location description from the article into the Location Name as found in Article field. If you did use the common place name search to get an approximate location, once you have dropped the pin you can erase it and paste in the full place description from the article. If no place name was given, check the No recorded place box.


10. Copy and paste any coordinates from the article text into the Coordinates as Found in the Article field. JournalMap can recognize about 100 different coordinate formats and automatically populate the Latitude and Longitude fields.

a. If JournalMap can’t recognize the coordinate format, then you can either try to simplify the coordinates (e.g., remove formatting characters, reduce precision of seconds). See the Tips for Entering a Coordinate link.

b. If a coordinate system other than geographic (degrees) was used, then you’ll need to convert the coordinates to decimal degrees latitude/longitude manually and type them into the corresponding fields. (See links below for coordinate conversion tools).

c. If you manually enter the coordinate values in the latitude/longitude fields, make sure you also copy/paste the reported coordinates in the Coordinates as found in Article field.

d. If no coordinates were reported, click the No recorded coordinate box.

e. Occasionally a bounding box is given, if so leave the full bounding box coordinates in the Coordinate as found in Article field and then manually calculate the coordinates to input by finding the average for both the latitude and longitude.

11. Fill out the article location metadata fields. These can be somewhat subjective, but use your best judgment.

a. Coordinate type refers to the coordinate system used to report locations.

b. Location type refers to the geometry of the location reported. For example, a point location may be given even though the study was conducted in a larger area (e.g., a park). Bounding boxes are areas that are defined by a minimum and maximum latitude and longitude.

c. Location Scale refers to the actual area that was considered in the study. This may be different from the location type that was reported. If it doesn’t report it (i.e. field, lowland range in between mountains, etc.), use your best judgment to asses this. Take into account whether or not the coordinates are point or a bounding box and how large they were.

d. Location Conformance is how well the scale and type match each other. Basically, how well did the location/coordinates reported match what they actually studied. For example, if a point location used to represent a larger study area, this was poor conformance.

e. Location Reliability refers to how well the location was described in the article and how accurately it could be mapped. Basically, how much guess work did you have to do to put this location on our map.

f. Error Type and Description are used to describe coordinate or location reporting errors. Please provide a description of the error.

Lastly, if a study has more than one location listed, within a reasonable number, click Update and Add Another Location to create additional locations for the article.

manual_entry.txt · Last modified: 2016/12/12 09:43 by jkarl

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