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PE&RS Instructions for Authors of Highlight Articles

Highlight Articles are meant to extend the impact of PE&RS to an even broader range of readers. These articles are semi-technical or non-technical. There is typically one Highlight Article published in each month’s Journal. Each article should address topics of broader interests with greater impact to the geospatial community, and accommodate the interests of readers with a diverse level of geospatial knowledge. Highlight Articles may:

* review recent or historical developments in technology, industry or academia;
* discuss new or unusual approaches to common problems;
* address topics of common concerns or interests.

Highlight Articles can not be vendor-specific articles; however, vendors may encourage their employees and/or customers to write application articles. Product names are not mentioned in the body of the article but are allowed in the author credit line at the end of the article.

Please note: these are NOT to be peer-reviewed articles and therefore are not to contain lengthy lists of references or complex equations. High quality photos and graphics are encouraged.

What about Payment?
PE&RS does not pay for articles, but the Journal is a good public relations/marketing vehicle as it is read and recognized around the world. An article in PE&RS may enhance a writer’s professional recognition and career advancement. It indicates that the author’s organization or employer understands the value of the dissemination of information that will enhance the usefulness of geospatial technologies. Contributing a Highlight Article to PE&RS also gives companies, agencies, and individuals an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and expertise in matters involving geospatial information technologies.

Highlight Article Proposal Preparation and Submission
Interested authors should send a short (150- 300 words) proposal to PE&RS Assistant Editor Jie Shan ( for review. The proposal should include the title; the authors and their affiliations; the intended audience (technical user, business manager, novice); summary of the work, its impact and significance; and a description of supporting graphics you will provide. Proposals will typically be acknowledged within 3-5 business days.

Submitting Manuscripts
Once your proposal has been approved, authors must submit the full manuscript electronically in Microsoft Word format to Assistant Editor Jie Shan following the format guidelines outlined below. With your submission, please also include your address and telephone number and a brief biographical paragraph that specifies the way you prefer your byline to appear, your title, your affiliation (company, agency, university, and location), and any relevant experience. Upon receiving a manuscript, the Assistant Editor will notify the corresponding author of its receipt. Each submitted Highlight Article will be reviewed by the Assistant Editor, with help from the Editorial Board, to determine whether it is suitable for publication. All articles accepted for publication are subject to copy editing for clarity and for conformity with PE&RS style. Authors will be expected to review the final galley proofs before publication.

How Long does it take to get Published?

* Getting an article from idea to publication takes several months. The typical lead time between the final submission and publication is two to four months. Complex or lengthy articles may take longer, whereas timely subjects can be expedited for faster publication.

Format Guidelines
Manuscripts submitted must be prepared as outlined below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the requirements described below will be returned for format revisions before they will be considered.

1) TYPING: All pages must be numbered at the bottom of the page. In addition, manuscripts must be double-spaced. An 11 or 12-point font such as Times New Roman or Arial is preferred. Authors should use 8.5 by 11-inch or A4 International (210- by 297-mm) paper size, with 30-mm (1.25 inch) margins all around.

2) LENGTH: Highlight Articles can vary from 650 words up to 2,500 words with additional images, graphs, tables, diagrams, or other appropriate illustrations.

3)TITLE: Authors should strive for titles no longer than eight to ten words.

4) FIGURES AND TABLES: All figures and tables must be cited in the text. Authors should note that figures and tables will usually be reduced in size to optimize use of space, and should be designed accordingly. For purposes of initial review, figures and tables can be embedded in the manuscript. However, it should be noted that papers, once accepted, will require that all figures be included as separate files. Illustrations should be 300 dpi tiff images. Anything less will not be accepted. If the manuscript contains copyrighted imagery, a copyright statement must be included in the caption (e.g., ©SPOT Image, Copyright [year] CNES).

5) COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS: A few color illustrations may be included at no cost, as long as they add value to the article. The Assistant Editor will contact the corresponding author if there is any question regarding color illustrations.

6) METRIC SYSTEM: The metric system (SI Units) will be employed throughout a manuscript except in cases where the English System has special merit stemming from accepted conventional usage (e.g., 9- by 9-inch photograph, 6-inch focal length). Authors should refer to “Usage of the International System of Units,” Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 1978, 44 (7): 923-938.

7) EQUATIONS: Keep equations to a minimum. Authors who believe that equations are necessary, should express equations as simply as possible. They should include only those equations required by an average reader to understand the technical arguments in the manuscript. Manuscripts that appear to have excessive mathematical notation may be returned to the author for revision. Whenever possible, authors are encouraged to use the Insert and Symbol capabilities of Microsoft Word to build simple equations. If that is not possible, the author must indicate in the letter of transmittal which software was used to create the equations. Microsoft Equation, Microsoft Equation Editor, or MathType format should be used only if absolutely necessary. Equations must be numbered, but unlike tables, figures, color plates, and line drawings should be embedded in the text file.

8) REFERENCES: A complete and accurate reference list is essential. Only works cited in the text should be included. Cite references to published literature in the text in alphabetical order by authors’ last names and date, as for example, Jones (1979), Jones and Smith (1979) or (Jones, 1979; Jones and Smith, 1979), depending on sentence construction. If there are more than two authors, they should be cited as Jones et al. (1979) or (Jones et al., 1979). Personal communications and unpublished data or reports should not be included in the reference list but should be shown parenthetically in the text (Jones, unpublished data, 1979). For more specifics on references please refer to Reference Section of the Instructions for Authors of Peer-reviewed Articles.

Journal Cover
Authors of a Highlight Article often purchase the cover of PE&RS for the month that their article is published. This cover can demonstrate some aspect of the article. Please note that purchasing a cover for a particular issue of PE&RS does not guarantee publication of a Highlight Article. The article must meet the publication criteria outlined above.

For more information about purchasing the cover, please contact:

Sheldon Piepenburg
Staff Director of Special Programs

We look forward to your submissions. If you have further questions about these guidelines or wish to submit an article proposal please contact:
Dr. Jie Shan
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Tel.: (765) 494-2168 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (765) 494-2168


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