PE&RS September 2014 - page 909

September 2014
Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (
Instructions for Authors Submitting a Manuscript for Peer Review
Authors submitting a new manuscript for peer review should follow these instructions.
Failure to do so will result in the manuscript being returned to the author.
The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote
Sensing (ASPRS) seeks to publish in
Photogrammetric Engineering &
Remote Sensing
) theoretical and applied papers that address
topics in photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information
systems (GIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS) and/or other geo-
spatial information technologies. Contributions that deal with technical
advancements in instrumentation, novel or improved modes of analysis,
or innovative applications of these technologies in natural and cultural
resources assessment, environmental modeling, or the Earth sciences
(atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, or geosphere) are
especially encouraged. In addition, papers dealing with the practical or
applied aspects for these disciplines will be published as “Applications”
papers (see additional instructions below).
Manuscripts are peer reviewed and refereed by a
panel of experts selected by the Editor. A double-blind review procedure
is used. The identities and affiliations of authors are not provided to
reviewers, nor are reviewers’ names disclosed to authors. Our goal is
to provide authors with completed reviews within 90 days of receipt
of a manuscript by the Editor. Manuscripts accepted for publication
will be returned to the author(s) for final editing before being placed in
the queue for publication. Manuscripts not accepted will either be (1)
rejected or (2) returned to the author(s) for revision and subsequent
reconsideration by the review panel. Authors who do not revise and
return a “to-be-reconsidered” manuscript within 90 days from receipt of
reviews may have their manuscript withdrawn from the review process.
Authors whose first language is not English must
have their manuscripts reviewed by an English-speaking colleague
or editor to refine use of the English language (vocabulary, grammar,
syntax). At the discretion of the Editor, manuscripts may be returned
for English language issues before they are sent for review.
All submissions must also include a separate cover let-
ter. Please modify the sample Cover Letter found at
org/pers/CoverLetter and then convert it to a PDF file. It is important
that we have the full names and titles (Dr. Russell G. Congalton not R.
G. Congalton), complete mailing addresses, and email addresses of all
the authors and any special instructions about the paper. Papers can
not be submitted for review until this information is received by the
editor. Also, the paper must be original work and not currently being
considered for publication in any other journal. Finally, the authors
must pay for any color figures in the manuscript and any page charges
for articles longer than 7 journal pages. (Details on color costs can be
found at
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A maximum of one “Applications” paper will
be published each month as the last paper in the peer-reviewed section
of PE&RS. The authors should follow all the instructions in this doc-
ument. However, the “Applications” paper will be strictly limited to 7
journal pages. These papers will be peer-reviewed, but will emphasize
the practical and applied aspects of our discipline. These papers must
be identified by the author as an “Applications” paper in the cover letter
and will be labeled as an “Applications” paper in the journal.
Authors must submit papers
electronically in PDF format. Care must be taken to remove the author(s)
name(s) from the electronic document. Please remove all author identifica-
tion from the Properties of Microsoft Word before creating the PDF. Verify
under Properties in Adobe Reader that your identity has been removed.
Manuscripts submitted for peer review must
be prepared as outlined below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the
requirements described below will be returned for format revisions
before they are sent for review.
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All pages must be numbered at the bottom of the page. In
addition, manuscripts must be single column and 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. For review purposes every part of the manuscript must
be double-spaced, including title page/abstract, text, footnotes,
references, appendices and figure captions. Manuscripts that
are single-spaced or have no page numbers will be returned to
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Authors are encouraged to be concise. Published
papers are generally limited to 7–10 journal pages. A 27-page
manuscript (including tables and figures), when typed as indicated
above, equals about 7 journal pages. Authors of published paperswill
be charged $125/page for each page exceeding 7 journal pages. These
page charges must be paid before publication; without exception.
(Details on page charges are included on theOffprint andExtra Page
Order Form, available at
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Authors should strive for titles no longer than
eight to ten words. The first page of the paper should include the
title, a one-sentence description of the paper’s content to accom-
pany the title in the
Table of Contents, and the abstract.
To facilitate the blind review process, authors’ names, affiliations,
and addresses must be provided only in a separate cover letter,
not on the title page. Authors should indicate both their current
affiliation and, if different, their affiliation at the time the research
was performed. Following the title and one-sentence and on the
same page must be the abstract. All manuscripts submitted for
peer review must include an abstract of 150 words or less. The
abstract should include information on goals, methods and results
of the research reported. The rest of the paper should begin on
the second page.
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All figures and tables must be cited in the
text. Authors should note that figures and tables will usually be
reduced in size by the printer to optimize use of space, and should
be designed accordingly. For purposes of peer 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 (see instructions for accepted papers)
If the manuscript contains copyrighted imagery, a copyright
statement must be included in the caption (e.g., ©SPOT Image,
Copyright [year] CNES).
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