Open call for Papers: Special issue of Earth Surface Dynamics (ESurf) on Geomorphometry 2013

Nov 1 2013 09:40
Feb 28 2014 22:00

We invite submissions to a special issue of Earth Surface Dynamics (ESurf) on Geomorphometry to coincide with the conference Geomorphometry 2013, held in Nanjing, China in October 2013. Papers are invited from participants at the conference and from the ISG members, but also those in the broader academic community active in this field.

The aim of the special issue is to help authors improve the extended abstracts submitted to the conference (and already peer-reviewed through the EasyChair system) and encourage them to provide novel and in-depth results of research connected with quantification, analysis, visualization and modelling of surface topography i.e. Digital Elevation Models.

"Advances in geomorphometry: new technologies, data and software for DEM analysis"
Earth Surface Dynamics
An Interactive Open Access Journal of the European Geosciences Union
The guest editors: T. Hengl, G. Tang, H. Mitasova, and Q. Zhou
Timeline: 01 Nov 2013 – 28 Feb 2014

When preparing papers for the special issue, it is important that authors make clear in the attached letter/note what is the relevance of their work to Geomorphometry / the science of Digital Terrain Analysis and (where applicable) refer to the extended abstract that has been submitted to the conference.
Topics of interest to the special issue might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Creation of DEM, such as LiDAR DEM, bathymetry DEM, Aster G-DEM etc.
  • Terrain attributes and objects extraction & mapping.
  • Scaling effect and uncertainty quantification analysis in terrain analysis.
  • Terrain visualization.
  • High performance computation and big data in terrain analysis.
  • Terrain analysis for land-cover modeling, hydrological modeling, soil-landscape modeling, environment modeling and other landform modeling.
  • Other fundamental issues of geomorphometry.

Submissions must be new, unpublished work which has neither been previously published, nor is under consideration for publication elsewhere except in the form of an abstract or proceedings type publication. When submitting your work to this journal please make sure you selected the special issue on "Advances in geomorphometry: new technologies, data and software for DEM analysis" otherwise your paper might go to the regular issue.

Submissions will be accepted for review from the 1st of November through ESurf's online submission system. Please carefully review all of the information provided by ESurf in preparing your submission.

You paper will be most likely reviewed by the International Society for Geomorphometry scientific committee. In addition to the Referee Comments, authors are asked to respond to any discussion contribution with Author Comments, and every other member of the scientific community can publish Short Comments under their own name.

ESurf is an open-access interactive journal (interactive comments are published alongside the discussion paper and will remain permanently archived, publicly accessible and fully citable) with no publication charges. It had ca 40 papers submitted in the past 6 months making it one of the most successful launches of the Copernicus journals. A list of papers in discussion and types of review received in this journal, you can follow from here.

The steps in the Copernicus process are that once an author submits a paper (from the chief Senior Editor Thomas J Coulthard):

  1. Associate Editor (AE) accepts to lead processing of a paper and then has to make a decision
  2. If OK, then the paper is proof read by Copernicus and sent back to the Author
  3. Author makes changes/returns proofs
  4. Proofs checked again by Copernicus and published as a Discussion paper
  5. Reviewers assigned....
  6. Reviews received and posted on the interactive discussion. At this stage authors may also reply to these...
  7. AE makes a recommendation (posted on the interactive discussion) based on the reviews
  8. Authors make changes on paper and post their changes/replies to reviewers.
  9. AE decides if change are acceptable (if not go back to #6)
  10. After AE approves paper Senior Editor has a final yes/no
  11. Final files uploaded to Copernicus
  12. Proofs generated and sent to Authors
  13. Authors return proofs
  14. Final paper published...

Each step above can take a little time so that the process from draft to published paper in regular issue can take months. It is important to remember that the Discussion papers are published before review — so they have to undertake a level of proof reading and editing that is not given in the conventional publication path. Once a discussion paper is published, it cannot be changed! Only the final MS... so the original has to be good. This means that it can take longer before you can send a paper out to review than regular journals. So a month to get through this first phase is typical (it is also worth noting that the Copernicus journals process over 2000 articles a year..).

Copernicus Gesellschaft mbH Göttingen
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