Related to the book review by Stephen Matthews on linked micromaps (Spatial Demography 2013 1(1):141-143), readers might be interested to know that there are two R packages now available to produce linked micromaps. Several colleagues and I at the EPA worked together to develop the micromap package. In that package, we describe how to produce linked micromaps for a variety of areal units, such as states, counties, districts, watersheds, etc. Dan Carr, Jim Pearson, and Linda Pickle developed the package micromapST to produce linked micromaps specifically for the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Both packages are available at the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN: http://cran.rstudio.com/ ).
Welcome from the Book Review Editor,
We intend to include 2-3 book reviews per issue. To achieve such a target I need assistance from our readers. Specifically I need help in identifying books that should be reviewed and I need help in identifying and securing reviewers.
At the outset I see at least three different formats to the ‘book reviews’ we will carry.
First, there is the conventional book review of a recently published text. This will be the bread and butter of the Book Review section. In general our readership will be primarily interested in books on the latest technological and methodological developments in spatial analysis, spatial statistics, geographic visualization, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and geospatial data. The substantive focus of demography is quite diverse encompassing US and global perspectives on topics such as spatial inequality, health disparities, population health, migration/immigration, aging, racial/ethnic segregation, and population and environment.
Second, we would like to invite reviews of classic texts, conceptual, methodological or substantive. The journal Progress in Human Geography launched this idea some 20 years ago inviting a contemporary review of a classic text and even including replies from the authors. In this incarnation I am looking for reviews that synthesize (and personalize) the relevance and contribution of these classic books to the broad field of spatial demography.
The third type of contribution to the Book Review section will be short essays that focus on specific themes that cut across several related books. Again the submissions can be focused on shared conceptual, methodological or substantive topics.
I’ll work to secure books from publishers and welcome suggestions of which books to secure for review.
Looking forward to hearing from you;
Stephen A. Matthews (Book Review Editor)
Address: Population Research Institute, 211 Oswald Tower, University Park, PA 16802-6211
Tel: (814) 863-9721 Fax: (814) 863-8342