A list of relevant GIS journals
We are curating a list of journals that we consider when submitting a GIS manuscript. Some of the journals listed below are not squarely GIS journals, but they have been known to publish relevant GIS papers in the past, and to provide a peer-review of high quality.
For 18 journals an analysis has been carried out to compute their publication speed, and to get a general idea what are the average waiting times from submission to acceptance and publication.
Many of the listed journals have been involved in a comprehensive scientometric study published in IJGIS.
We support SciRev, a website which allows you to share your experience with a journal’s scientific review process. It aggregates journal review quality ratings and processing times, and helps to differentiate efficient journals with a committed peer-review. Therefore for each entry, where applicable, we also provide the link to its SciRev page.
The impact factor for each journal can be checked (inside the campus or using a VPN) here. The search system is very picky. It’s probably easier to search by ISSN or to first find the exact name here using the search function of your browser.
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ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)
Provides coverage of various forms of graphics applications including geometric modeling, design and analysis of algorithms, person-machine interaction techniques and computer graphics hardware
Advances in Engineering Software
The objective of this journal is to communicate recent and projected advances in computer-based engineering techniques. The fields covered include mechanical, aerospace, civil and environmental engineering.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Covers major research articles and in-depth book reviews for all fields of geography.
Automation in Construction
Broad scope, but favours a lot BIM/IFC papers recently.
Building and Environment
Building and Environment is an international journal that publishes original research papers and review articles related to building science and human interaction with the built environment.
Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS)
Provides current information on GIS and digital mapping, as well as more traditional cartographic methods.
Computational Geometry -- Theory and Applications
Publishes fundamental research in all areas of computational geometry, and disseminates information on the applications, techniques and uses of computational geometry.
Computer Graphics Forum
Computer Graphics Forum is the leading journal for in-depth technical articles on computer graphics. The rapid publication of articles allows readers to keep up to date with new debates and topics of research.
Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
Covers current developments and applications of computer-aided design in every field.
Computers & Geosciences
Covers all aspects of the application of computers to the geosciences, including algorithms, programming, computational problem-solving techniques, as well as data processing and file maintenance concerns.
Computers & Graphics
Contains papers on the utilization of computer interactive graphics applications in industrial problem solving. Articles cover computer-aided design, person-machine communication techniques, and information systems.
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
Focuses on the development, enhancement, and use of computer-based methodologies for understanding and improving environmental and urban systems.
Discrete & Computational Geometry
Contains research articles for mathematicians and computer scientists in the areas of discrete geometry, as well as the design and analysis of geometric algorithms.
Environment and Planning B -- Planning & Design
Covers research in the application of formal methods, methods models, and theories to spatial problems which involve the built environment and the spatial structure of cities and regions.
Environmental Modelling & Software
Environmental Modelling & Software publishes contributions, in the form of research articles, reviews and short communications, on recent advances in environmental modelling and/or software.
GIScience & Remote Sensing
GIScience & Remote Sensing publishes original, peer-reviewed articles associated with cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing of the environment (including digital image processing), geocomputation, spatial data mining, spatial statistics, and geographic environmental modelling.
Geographical Analysis -- An International Journal of Theoretical Geography
Covers advances in geographical theory, model building, quantitative methods, spatial planning, and research.
Aims to promote the most innovative results coming from the research in the field of computer science applied to geographic information systems.
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Presents timely information on computer graphics research, technology and applications.
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (IJGI)
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964), an international scientific open access journal on geo-information, is jointly published by ISPRS and MDPI online quarterly.
ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Provides a channel of communication for specialists in all countries working in the disciplines that apply photogrammetry and remote sensing.
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (JAG)
Covers applications of aerospace data-gathering techniques for development of natural resources.
International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications (IJCGA)
Covers the design and analysis of algorithms, and its applications to various fields including computer-aided geometry design, computer graphics, constructive solid geometry, operations research, pattern recognition, robotics, solid modelling, and others.
International Journal of Digital Earth (TJDE)
Aimed at harnessing the world's data and information resources to develop a virtual 3-D model of the Earth in order to monitor, measure, and forecast natural and human activity on the planet.
International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science (IJFCS)
Brings out articles on all areas of the theoretical and mathematical foundations of computer science. Also publishes new results and proposals in these areas.
International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS)
Provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, techniques, approaches and experiences in the rapidly growing field of geographical information systems.
International Journal of Health Geographics
International Journal of Health Geographics is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal fully dedicated to publishing quality manuscripts on all aspects of geospatial information systems and science applications in health and healthcare.
Journal of Geographical Systems -- Geographical Information, Analysis, Theory and Decision
Aims to encourage and promote high quality scholarship on important theoretical and practical issues in regional science, geography, the environmental sciences, and planning.
Journal of Maps
Journal of Navigation
Presents papers on every aspect of navigation - air, land, sea, and space - and papers on every type - scientific, historical, and narrative.
Journal of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Processing (PFG)
Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation. Covers the progress and application of photogrammetric methods, remote sensing technology and the intricately connected field of geoinformation processing.
Journal of Spatial Science (TJSS)
Covers aspects of professional practise and implementation of techniques related to cartography, geodesy, geographic information science, hydrography, photogrammetry, remote sensing or surveying.
Landscape and Urban Planning (LUP)
Landscape and Urban Planning is an international journal aimed at advancing conceptual, scientific, and applied understandings of landscape in order to promote sustainable solutions for landscape change.
Covers topography and mapping, satellite altimetry, bathymetry, positioning, precise navigation, boundary demarcation and determination, tsunamis, plate/tectonics, geoid determination, acoustics and space instrumentation, ground truth, system calibration and validation, and geographic information systems.
The world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE’s broad scope provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.
Spatial Cognition & Computation
This multidisciplinary journal is based on the assumption that the critical issues pertaining to spatial cognition and computation lie at the intersection of a number of disciplines--including cognitive psychology, cognitive science, mathematics and computer science, geography and cartography, animal behavior, neuropsychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and planning and architecture.
Survey Review (SR)
Survey Review is an international journal which has been published since 1931, until recently under the auspices of the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE)
The Cartographic Journal
Covers all aspects of cartography, mapping and spatial data display, including digital mapping, Geographical Information Systems and related remote-sensing technologies, and global-positioning systems.
The Photogrammetric Record (TPR)
The Photogrammetric Record is an international journal containing original, independently and rapidly refereed articles that reflect modern advancements in photogrammetry, 3D imaging, computer vision, and other related non-contact fields.
The Professional Geographer (RTPG)
Provides a forum for new ideas, alternative viewpoints, and debates with emphasis on questions and problems of broad interest to geographers.
Transactions in GIS
Provides a forum for original research articles, review articles, short notes and book reviews.
At least it’s in Scopus
Annals of GIS (TAGI)
Publishes original research on the theory, methods, development and applications of geographic information systems, remote sensing, global positioning and cartography.
Cartographica -- The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization
Cartographica delivers cutting-edge international research in all aspects of cartography (including the production, design, use, cognitive understanding, and history of maps), geovisualization, and GIScience.
Geo-spatial Information Science
Presents novel and significant research results encompassing the full spectrum of Geo-spatial Information Science. Offers research articles of immediate and far-reaching importance. Provides a forum for research papers in geomatics from all over the world. Publishes original research papers, review articles and research notes
Geomatica (formerly CISM Journal ACSGC), is the official quarterly publication of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics. It is the oldest surveying and mapping publication in Canada and was first published in 1922 as the Journal of the Dominion Land Surveyors’ Association.
Journal of Land Use Science
Provides information on the study of the nature of land use and land cover, their changes over space and time, and the processes that produce these patterns and changes can be termed 'land use science'.
Journal of Location Based Services (TLBS)
Provides a forum for the exchange of original ideas, techniques, designs and experiences in the rapidly growing field of location based services on networked mobile devices.
Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS)
Research on the theoretical foundations of spatial and geographical information science, computation with geospatial information, and technologies for geographical information use.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Reports on leading-edge research in artificial intelligence and other areas of computer science.
An open-access journal for over ten years, the URISA Journal is the flagship, and official, journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, the association for GIS professionals
Non-indexed, but could be in future
ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS)
Publishes the highest quality papers on all aspects of spatial algorithms and systems and closely related disciplines. It has a multi-disciplinary perspective in that it spans a large number of areas where spatial data is manipulated or visualized (regardless of how it is specified - i.e., geometrically or textually)
International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM)
Covers Building Information Modeling, 3D GIS, and integration of 3D information in the Urban Built Environment.
International Journal of Cartography
The official journal of the International Cartographic Association (ICA). It aims to promote research in the fields of cartography and GI Science.
International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR)
Covers e-planning theory, history, methods, ethics, best practices, on e-planning pedagogy, future developments, and on the software technology associated with e-planning.
International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR)
It aims to further the scientific endeavor underpinning the development, implementation and use of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). These are defined as frameworks of technologies, data, policies, institutional arrangements, and people aimed at increasing the availability, understanding, and use of spatial data and services to support policy, business, research, and society at large.
Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS)
academic journal with a formal peer review process that is designed to improve the quality of the software submitted. Upon acceptance into JOSS, a CrossRef DOI is minted and we list your paper on the JOSS website.
Journal on Data Semantics
Covers conceptual modeling, databases, Semantic Web, information systems, workflow and process modeling, ontologies, business intelligence, interoperability, mobile information services, data warehousing, knowledge representation and reasoning, and artificial intelligence.
digital publication containing case studies, news, tutorials, project updates and more. With a general aim at promoting, highlighting and educating readers about open source geospatial applications in general, but also provides updates on OSGeo projects. The Journal is also available in French.
Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards
Provides an advanced forum for the science and technology of open data, crowdsourced information, and sensor web through the publication of reviews and regular research papers.
PeerJ Computer Science
PeerJ Computer Science is the new open access journal covering all subject areas in computer science, with the backing of a prestigious advisory board and more than 300 academic editors.