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Special Issue Call for Papers

Digital Earth Observation

Submission deadline
1 November 2019

Guest Editors:


The 2019 EARSeL symposium’s theme “Digital | Earth | Observation” has highlighted new trends and achievements in EO image processing and analysis, in the light of the big Earth data paradigm. With this equally called Special Issue we encourage the discussion of novel solutions, widely applicable (e.g. in the context of the SDGs), – beyond single case-studies. The theme also comprises the current mega-trend of “digitization” in terms of process automation, workflow re-structuring and the demand for new job profiles in the EO business sector.

Satellite image processing used to be digital from early on. Still, since the early 1970's until recently, the workflows had a significant share of ‘manual’ data manipulation, including local storage, pre-processing, supervised classification, and product design. Only today, with heavily increased computing power, cloud storage and processing systems and automated information extraction, the workflows experience disruptive changes, which challenge both the scientific community and the EO service industry.

Next to an increased level of process automation, the term ‘digital’ encompasses the greater societal and technological transformations we are facing in the way massive EO data is conditioned and combined with other big data sources, so that their inherent value is better exploited and delivered in near real-time to users in highly integrated information products.

Original papers may address one or more of the following topics. Symposium attendees with peer-reviewed extended abstracts are particularly encouraged to submit a full paper.

  • Big data | Digital Earth
  • Machine learning | Deep learning
  • Computer vision | Knowledge organising systems
  • Interoperability | Online processing | INSPIRE
  • Data cubes | EO data infrastructure
  • Copernicus missions | Current Sentinel and upcoming
  • EO applications | Societal benefits | SDGs
  • In-situ data | Crowd mapping | Geo-social networks
  • New jobs | Markets and opportunities

How to Submit your Manuscript

All submissions will be peer reviewed according to the European Journal of Remote Sensing (EuJRS) guidelines. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published or be under review elsewhere.

Prospective authors should consult the Instructions for Authors page on the journal website for guidelines and information on paper formatting and submission.

Authors should submit manuscripts using the EuJRS manuscript central system at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tejr. Please choose 'EuJRS Special Issue Paper' from the 'Manuscript Type' picklist on the submission form, irrespective of the paper type (i.e. even if your paper would normally be classified as a Research Paper, or Review Article). Also, please enter “Digital Earth Observation” in the space provided on the submission form for the name of the special issue.

EuJRS is an Open Access journal, and will be subject to the standard article publishing charge (APC). Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to local taxes.

This special issue is sponsored by the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL). Payment of the article publication charges for this special issue will be coordinated through EARSeL. Please ensure that you have confirmed your submission with EARSeL and then, on submitting your paper, select “I understand that an APC applies, and I, or my institutional representatives, will coordinate payment."

Should you have any submission questions, please contact the Administrator of EuJRS, Patrizia Rossi.


Important Dates

Full paper submission deadline: 1 Nov 2019

Initial decisions on revisions or rejection: 28 February 2020

Articles will be available online approximately one month after acceptance, final technical review and the completion of revisions for compliance with journal format.

Final manuscripts submitted to EuJRS: 30 April 2020

Acceptance: 30 June 2020