The Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis [JGSA] provides an advanced forum for theories and applications of geospatial analysis and visualization. The journal serves diverse fields such as cartography, geographic information science/systems, remote sensing, location-based services, photogrammetry, geology, etc. It publishes high-quality research papers, reviews, and communications. While there is no restriction on the length of the papers, the standard length is between 3000-5000 words.

JGSA publishes papers on subjects which include visualization theory and technology in real and virtual environments, cartography and cartographic communication, geovisualization and analysis of dynamic phenomena (e.g., movement data and change detection), multiscale and/or higher dimensional visualization of geospatial data, applications of geovisualization such as in geology, landscape design, decision-making, disaster response analysis of social interactions and education, human recognition of geovisualization, geovisualization using various mobile devices (e.g., smart phones, PDAs, tablets and GPS), geovisualization in gaming technology for simulation and geospatial education, Theory and applications of spatial analysis and spatial relations, theory and applications of geo-computation and geo-statistics, spatial data handling, spatial data mining and decision support systems, geo-telematics, spatial information infrastructures and applications of geo-analysis and geovisualization technology (all possible domains).

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statements

Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis (JGSA) is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable and the editorial board does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to JGSA affirm that manuscript content is original.

The editors of JGSA evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of academic merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and relevance to the journal’s scope, and without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. Decisions to edit and publish are not determined by the policies of governments or any other agencies outside of the journal itself. The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of the publication of that content.

Editors, authors, and reviewers will also adhere to the JGSA submission guideline policies:

Duties of Editors

  • Publication Decisions: Based on the review report of the Editorial Review Board the editor has complete responsibility and authority to accept, reject or request modifications to the manuscript.
  • Review of Manuscripts: Manuscripts are initially evaluated by the editor for originality, making use of appropriate software to do so. Following desk review, the manuscript is subject to double-blind peer review, then to the Editorial Review Board which will make a recommendation to accept, reject, or modify the manuscript.
  • Fair Review: The editor must ensure that each manuscript submitted to the Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.
  • Confidentiality: The editor must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: The editor of this Journal shall not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his/her own research without the written consent of the author.
  • Errata Information: The editor must publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
  • Ethical Guidelines: The editor shall ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
  • Proof of Misconduct: The editor should not reject papers based on suspicions; they should have proof of misconduct.
  • Accountability: Editors attend four annual meetings through video conferences or virtual programs if necessary, to include in the journal. They may review submitted manuscripts, identify topics for special issues or attract new authors and submissions if necessary.
  • Duties of Authors

  • Publication guidelines: Authors must follow the submission guidelines of the journal. (See Instructions for Authors)
  • Original Work: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
  • Multiple Submissions: Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • Peer Review Process: Authors must participate in the peer review process.
  • Authorship of the Paper: All authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
  • Data Access and Retention: Authors should provide raw data related to their manuscript for editorial review and must retain such data.
  • Authenticity of Data: Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript. Authors must state that all data referred to in the paper is genuine.
  • Undisputed map: All authors must provide undisputed maps.
  • Conflict of Interest: Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
  • Fundamental Errors: Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes at any point of time if the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in the submitted manuscript.
  • Duties of Reviewers

  • Confidentiality: Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  • Acknowledgment of Sources: Reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research.
  • Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
  • Supporting Argument: Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments
  • Plagiarism, Fraud and Other Ethical Concerns: Reviewers should let the editor know if they suspect/find that a manuscript is a substantial copy of another work, citing the previous work in as much detail as possible.
  • Relevant Work: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
  • Promptness: In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of the manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer
  • Accountability: Review members are invited to attend two annual meetings through video conferences or virtual communications and suggest ideas, new initiatives, and programs if necessary, to include in the journal. They review submitted manuscripts, identify topics for special issues or attract new authors and submissions if necessary.
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    • The first named journal of geo-analysis and visualization in the world
    • Focus is on geo-visualization and spatial analysis, including cartography and visualization of geographic phenomenon and procedures, and not, as in competing Journals, on innovations as related to computer science
    • There is no restriction on the length of the papers
    • Provides an advanced forum for the theories and applications of geo-spatial analysis and visualization in diverse fields such as cartography, geographic information sciences/systems, remote sensing, photogrammetry, and global positioning systems.

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    • Haowen Yan,
    • Michael Peterson,
    • Zhilin Li
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