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Author Information for the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

The Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (JARS) covers the concepts, information, and progress of the remote sensing community.

In addition to contributed research papers, JARS occasionally includes special sections in key areas of technology. Special sections are assembled by guest editors. See the editorial schedule for a list of forthcoming special section topics


Submit a manuscript

Authors should read and follow the instructions on how to prepare and format a manuscript prior to submission. Authors should also read the journal policies prior to submission to ensure the manuscript meets the journal requirements. The journal policies also provide information about submitting a proceedings manuscript to the journal.

Journal of Applied Remote Sensing uses an online submission system. Please do not submit your manuscript via e-mail.

All authors are required to include a cover letter with their submission explaining the significance and novelty of the work, the problem that is being addressed, and why the manuscript belongs in this journal. This cover letter sample (.doc) can be used as a template.

This journal typically allows only one round of major revision. Authors should carefully address all reviewer comments when submitting a revised manuscript. Also note that resubmission of a rejected manuscript is normally not allowed until three months after the decision date.


Types of Manuscripts

Letter: A short technical communication of significant interest intended for rapid publication in the JARS Letters section of the journal. The manuscript length may not exceed six typeset pages. This corresponds to approximately 3000 words (excluding title, abstract, and author information); figures will further reduce the maximum word content. 

Regular Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended as a regular contribution to the journal.

Special Section Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended for submission to a special topical section organized by a guest editor.

Review Paper: An article reviewing a particular topic or field. Review papers are typically invited papers written by a highly regarded expert in the field. Review articles summarize progress made in a particular research or development area during a specified period and summarize the current state of the art. An author interested in submitting a review paper should submit an abstract and outline of the projected paper to the Editor for approval.


Why publish in this journal?

JARS aims to be the publication of choice for readers and authors as a cost-effective and timely publication using modern visualization and communication technology. This journal is accessible to the broad-based remote sensing community via the SPIE Digital Library, with rapid reviewand publication of articles, multimedia content, and free full-color images.

Author benefits:

  • Rapid publication of articles
  • Professional copyediting and typesetting
  • Free online color figures
  • Video and audio content
  • Reference linking via CrossRef
  • 5 free downloads for authors from the SPIE Digital Library
  • Open access publication at a low cost through payment of voluntary page charges
  • Voluntary page charges
  • Abstracting and indexing in leading scientific databases, including Science Citation Index Expanded; Web of Science; Current Contents/Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences; Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences; Inspec; Scopus; and Ei Compendex.

Page Charges

Payment of page charges for JARS is voluntary, at $60 per typeset page. Page charge support helps SPIE as a not-for-profit society to offset the costs involved in the publication of research results, including copyediting, typesetting, and xml conversion. SPIE journal page charges are kept low in recognition of the fact that many authors have limited funding available to cover publication expenses. Authors who pay the voluntary page charges in full receive the benefit of open access for their paper. Open access papers are also published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Read more about our open access program.

An author's decision on whether to pay page charges has no impact on the review process or the timing of publication of the article. Articles for which publication fees are not paid in full are published under subscription access control with the standard SPIE transfer of copyright agreement. Read more about the rights and restrictions of these publication licenses.

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