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Geodesy and Cartography

The Journal of Committee on Geodesy of Polish Academy of Sciences


Open Access

Geodesy and Cartography
Printed version ISSN :2080-6736
On-line version ISSN :2300-2581
The primary version of the journal is the printed one.

GEODESY AND CARTOGRAPHY is a semiannually journal publishing peer-reviewed articles with original solutions of theoretical, experimental or applicable problems in the field of geodesy, surveying engineering, cartography, photogrammetry and related disciplines. Besides original research papers, the journal includes commissioned review papers on topical subjects and special issues arising from chosen scientific symposia or workshops.

Aims and Scope

Why subscribe and read

  • A source of high quality research in Geodesy and Cartography,
  • Manuscripts report novel findings in Geodesy and Cartography that are likely to advance the direction and thinking of the field,
  • An international forum for the dissemination of research data in Geodesy& Cartography; designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas between researchers from different countries,
  • Accommodates different styles and formats to help scientists from various backgrounds interact effortlessly.

Why submit

  • Transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review; promotion of each published article,
  • provided assistance in improvement of the manuscripts technical format,
  • Language-correction services for authors from non-English speaking regions,
  • promoting the journal to a wide range of researchers working in the same and related fields.

Rejection Rate

  • 30%

Type of Publication:

Instructions for Authors

Articles should be submitted on line

GEODESY AND CARTOGRAPHY is a semiannually journal publishing peer-reviewed articles with original solutions of theoretical, experimental or applicable problems in the field of geodesy, surveying engineering, cartography, photogrammetry and related disciplines. Besides original research papers, the journal includes commissioned review papers on topical subjects and special issues arising from chosen scientific symposia or workshops.

Legal requirements
The author(s) guarantee(s) that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any language without the consent of the copyright owners, that the rights of the third parties will not be violated, and that the publisher will not held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Types of paper
Original Research papers: Research papers can have 6000 words in length, although longer articles will be accepted on an occasional basis if the topic demands this length of treatment. Original research papers contain five sections:

(i) Abstract
(ii) Introduction
(iii) Data used and methods applied
(iv) Results
(v) Discussion
(vi) Conclusions
(vii) Acknowledgments
(viii) References

Original Short communication papers: Short communication papers can have 2500 words as a maximum and contain at most 1 table and 3 figures. Such a note is technical and well-focused, for example illustrating a new technique, describing a well worked-out case study or a specific new algorithm. Original Short communication papers contain five sections:

(i) Abstract
(ii) Introduction
(iii) Data used and methods applied
(iv) Results,
(v) Discussion
(vi) Conclusions
(vii) Acknowledgments
(viii) References

Review article: The journal also considers short reviews (not exceeding 12 pages in print) intended to debate recent advances in rapidly developing fields that are within its scope. Such articles may have ample references. Reviews contain four sections:

(i) Abstract
(ii) Introduction
(iii) Topics (with headings and subheadings)
(iv) Conclusions and Outlook
(vi) Acknowledgments
(vii) References

Symposium pieces
Symposium pieces describe a research symposium or seminar and present the topic covered in the form of a news brief, opinion piece, or mini-review. A news brief summarizes a few talks on the same general topic or issues at a given symposium. This can include a summary of the discussion that followed the symposium or the significance of the talks at a large symposia to a particular field. It is important to indicate the main point of the symposium.

An opinion piece discusses the personal perspectives after a given symposium, including an analysis of the symposium and how this affected the author.

A mini-review can be based on a theme from a given symposium. This may require the author(s) to review articles written by a speaker at that symposium.

These articles should be no more than 3,000 words. All symposium pieces should include the following:

(i) Abstract
(ii) Introduction
(iii) Topics (with headings and subheadings) [specifically required for a mini-review]
(vi) Conclusions and Outlook
(vii) References

Book reviews: The journal publishes reviews for books falling within its aims and scope. A book review consists of maximum 250 words. It should clearly identify the book's contents, the addition to current books and literature and a recommendation by the reviewer. All book reviews should be clearly identified as such and will be handled by the journal's book review editor

Manuscript submission

Submission of the manuscript implies: that the work has not been published before (except in form of an abstract or as a part of a published lecture, review or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out.

Articles should be submitted on line via link

In case the manuscript has more than one author its submission should include the list specifying contribution of each author to the manuscript with indicating who is the author of the concept, assumptions, research methodology, data processing. Major responsibility is of the author submitting the manuscript.

The Editor will counteract in GEODESY AND CARTOGRAPHY against Ghostwriting, i.e. when someone substantially contributed to the preparation of the manuscript but has neither been included to the list of authors nor his role is mentioned in the acknowledgements as well as Ghost authorship, i.e. when the author/co-author did not contribute to the manuscript or his contribution is negligible. Any detected case of Ghostwriting and Ghost authorship will be exposed and the appropriate subjects, i.e. employers, scientific organisations, associations of editors etc, will be informed.

Electronic submission of a manuscript

Layout guidelines:

  • use a normal, plain Times Roman font for text, italics for textual emphasis, bold for mathematical vectors,
  • use the table functions of your word processing program, not spreadsheets, to make tables,
  • use the equation editor of your word processing program for equations,
  • place all figures with figure legends and tables with table legends in the manuscript,
  • submit also all figures as separate files.

Data format:

Save your manuscript in RTF or DOC Microsoft Word for Windows format.


Figures should be provided in JPG or TIF (specifically for halftone illustrations) format. The filename should include the figure number. Scanned line drawings should be digitised with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi relative to the final figure size. For digital halftones, 300 dpi is usually sufficient. Non-standard fonts used in the vector graphics must be included. Please do not draw with hairlines. The minimum line width is 0.2 mm (0.567 pt) relative to the final size.

Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts should be typed in single-line spacing throughout on the A4 sheet with 2.5 cm margins.

1. Title page: - a concise and informative title

    • the name(s) of the author(s)
    • the name(s) and address(es) of the affiliation(s) of the author(s)
    • the e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the communicating author

2. Abstract: the paper must be preceded by a sufficiently informative abstract presenting the most important results and conclusions.

3. Keywords: three to five keywords should be supplied.

4. Introduction: should state the purpose of the investigation and give a short review of the pertinent literature.

5. Main text: including method and input data (working details must be given concisely; well-known operations should not be described in detail); results presented in tabular or graph form, with appropriate statistical evaluation, discussion of results - statement of conclusions drawn from the work, conclusions.

6. Acknowledgements: should be brief and consist of grant or individuals that require acknowledgement.
The names of funding organizations or institutions providing data should be given in full.

7. References: the list of references should be in alphabetical order and should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications could only be mentioned in the text. References should consist of the complete list of authors and should be given in the following form:

- journal articles: Forsberg, R. and Tscherning C.C., (1981a): The use of height data in gravity field approximation. J. Geophys. Res., 86, 7843-7854. DOI:.......

- books: Torge, W. (2001). Geodesy. 3rd Edn, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

- multi-author books: Krak, J-M. and Ormeling F. (1996). Cartography: Visualization of Geospatial Data. Edinburgh: Pearson Education Limited.

Rummel, R. (2000). Global unification of height system and GOCE. In: M.G. Sideris

(proceedings) (ed), Gravity, Geoid and Geodynamics 2000, IAG Symposium, July 31-August 4 2000. Vol. 123, Springer, (pp. 13-20).

In the text, references should be cited by author(s) last name and year: e.g. (Beutler, 2003a), (Featherstone and Kirby, 2000), (Schwarz et al., 1990), (Sjöberg et al., 2000; Strykowski, 2001b; 2002).

8. Formulae and symbols: must be written legibly and will be typeset in italics. One-layer indexing is preferable. Numbering of formulae, if necessary should be given in brackets fitted to the right margin.

9. Footnotes: to the text should be numbered consecutively and placed on the bottom of the page to which they refer. Footnotes to the tables should be indicated by superscript lowercase letters.

10. Illustrations and tables: all figures (photographs, graphs or diagrams) and tables should be cited in the text and each numbered consecutively throughout. Lowercase roman letters should identify figure parts. Figure legends must be brief and must contain self-sufficient explanations of the illustrations. Each table should have
a title and a legend explaining any abbreviation used in that table.

11. Units: SI units must be used.

12. Running head: consisting of at most 60-70 characters a concise banner representing the title of the article must be submitted by the author(s).

Proofreading is the responsibility of the author. Corrections should be clear; standard correction marks should be used. Corrections that lead to a change in the page layout should be avoided. The author is entitled to formal corrections only. Substantial changes in content, e.g. new results, corrected values, title and authorship are not allowed without the approval of the editor. In such case please contact the Editor-in-chief before returning the proofs.

The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

Geodesy and Cartography is covered by the following services:

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  • DOAJ
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  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • GeoArchive
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Elżbieta Bielecka, Military University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy (WAT WIG), Poland

Editorial Advisory Board
Aleksandra Bujakiewicz, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Beata Medynska-Gulij, Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM), Poland
Edward Osada, University of Lower Silesia, Poland
Jan Krynski, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (IGiK), Poland
Jerzy Rogowski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Zbigniew Wisniewski, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (UWM), Poland
Josef Adam, University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Adam Chrzanowski, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Dorota Grejner-Brzezińska, The Ohio State University, USA
Jaakko Makinen, Finnish Geodetic Institute, Finland
Helmut Moritz, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Heinz Ruther, University of Cape Town, RSA
Michael Sideris, University of Calgary, Canada
Gabriel Strykowski, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Jaroslaw S. Yatskiv, Main Astronomical Observatory, Ukraine

Thematic Editors
Janusz Bogusz, Military University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy (WAT WIG), Poland

Photogrametry and Remote Sensing
Ireneusz Wyczałek, Poznan University of Technology, Faculty of Civil nad Environmental Engineering, Poland

Cartography and GIS
Ablina Mościcka, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Warsaw, Poland
Marcin Karabin, Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Geodesy and Gartography, Poland

Pawel Kamiński, Military University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy (WAT WIG), Poland

Technical Editor
Karolina Krawczyk, Military University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy (WAT WIG), Poland

Language Editor
Peter Halls, University of York, Great Britain

Elzbieta Bielecka

Bogumiła Zuga 32A Str.
01-811 Warsaw, Poland
T: +48 22 701 50 15

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