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Application of Geospatial Science in Disaster Mitigation and Conflict Resolution in Africa

Geo Spatial Information Science Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 30 October 2019

A major challenge with emerging geospatial technologies (e.g. earth observation, global position navigation systems, sensor networks, mobile GIS and virtual environments) is that, in spite of the large investments that are being made to establish such systems, the societal benefits of these investments are rarely articulated. These technologies have tremendous potential to address many of the societal challenges that countries face, especially in the developing world where data availability is often cited as the main factor impeding interventions and sound planning practices.

This Special Issue aims to demonstrate how geospatial technologies (with an emphasis on earth observation, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), ubiquitous sensor networks, mobile GIS, geospatial big data and virtual/augmented reality) have been applied in innovative ways to address socio-economic challenges and support informed, evidence-based, data-driven decision-making towards natural and man-made disaster mitigation and conflicts (between humans, and also between nature and humans) resolution in Africa. We welcome submissions that provide scientific evidence of how geospatial technologies have benefited communities in developing countries at local and regional levels in disaster and conflicts situations. Examples showcasing how geospatial technologies have been employed for addressing societal challenges such as climate change induced disasters and management measures, climate change-induced conflicts and steps towards resolution, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be given preference as such examples will support further investigations across various regions of Africa where disasters and conflicts have impeded access and created humanitarian and environmental crises.


Geo-Spatial Information Science

Language: en-UK

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

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Submission guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tgsi. Submitted articles should not have been published previously, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. All accepted manuscripts will be published on GSIS with Open Access (OA). All article-publishing charges (APC) will be covered by Wuhan University, so you can enjoy the benefits of open access at no cost. Prospective authors are recommended to prepare their manuscript by following the author instructions of the journal GSIS (also see www.tandfonline.com/tgsi). Geo-spatial Information Science (GSIS) is indexed by the ESCI and other databases (Scopus, DOAJ, CSCD, GeoBase).

Note: ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index), along with SCIE and SSCI, which is launched by Clarivate Analytics, now is as a part of Web of Science Core Collection – with the standard of high-quality and peer-reviewed publications. Articles in ESCI are highly searchable, discoverable, and citable, making the content important to scientific community and evaluators visible in the world. Journals in ESCI have passed an initial editorial evaluation and can continue to be considered for inclusion in products such as SCIE and SSCI.

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline of finalized manuscripts: October 30, 2019
  • Results of the First-round Reviews: November 30, 2019
  • Submission deadline of revised manuscripts: December 30, 2019
  • Results of the Second-round Reviews: January 20, 2020
  • Deadline of print-ready version: February 20, 2020
  • Expected inclusion in an issue: April 10, 2020

Editorial Information

Guest Editors:

  • Fanan Ujoh, Centre for Sustainability and Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (SaRIC), London South Bank University, United Kingdom. fananujoh@gmail.com
  • Walter Musakwa, Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. wmusakwa@uj.ac.za
  • Marguerite Madden, Center for Geospatial Research (CGR), Department of Geography, University of Georgia, USA. mmadden@uga.edu
  • Adriaan Van Niekerk, Centre for Geographical Analysis, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. avn@sun.ac.za

Published on 3rd September 2019. Last updated on 3rd September 2019.