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April 26, 2019 


ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Derek Lichti, University of Calgary, Canada
Qihao Weng, Indiana State University, USA

Associate editors
Claudia Almeida, INPE, Brazil
Jay Gao, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Eberhard Gülch, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany
Olaf Hellwich, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Sanna Kaasalainen, Finnish Geodetic Institute, Finland
Minho Kim, Sangmyung University, Seoul, South Korea
Lalit Kumar, University of New England, Australia
Hans-Gerd Maas, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Xin Miao, Missouri State University, USA
Giorgos Mountrakis, State University of New York, USA
Onisimo Mutanga, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Konrad Schindler, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Uwe Sörgel, University of Stuttgart, Germany

        ISPRS journal cover


Aims and scope


The ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is the official journal of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). The journal is to provide a channel of communication for scientists and professionals in all countries working in the many disciplines employing photogrammetry, remote sensing, spatial information systems, computer vision, and other related fields. The journal is designed to serve as a source reference and archive of advancements in these disciplines.

The journal's objective is to publish high quality, peer-reviewed, preferably previously unpublished papers of a scientific/research, technological development or application/practical nature. The journal will publish papers, including those based on ISPRS meeting presentations, which are regarded as significant contributions in the above mentioned fields. We especially encourage papers: of broad scientific interest; on innovative applications, particularly in new fields; of an interdisciplinary nature; on topics that have not been dealt with (or to a small degree) by the ISPRS Journal or related journals; and on topics related to new possible scientific/professional directions. Preferably, theoretical papers should include applications, and papers dealing with systems and applications should include theoretical background.

The ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is published by Elsevier in twelve volumes per year.


Additional information on the Elsevier website


The main webpages on the ISPRS Journal are maintained by Elsevier. There you can find the following information:

  • Detailed Description and Topics
  • Audience
  • Abstracting and indexing services
  • Related Elsevier publications
  • Bibliographic and ordering information, including info for reduced subscription rates
  • Free On-line sample copy
  • Dispatch dates
  • Table of Contents (ToC) service (incl. paper titles, authors and abstracts for the current and the four last years). Full-text of the papers is also electronically available for all members of hardcopy institutional subscribers (i.e. if your library has registred for the journal via ScienceDirect Web Editions).
  • Full-text search on abstracts, title, authors and keywords
  • Manuscript Status. Allows authors to track their paper after getting the proofs.
  • Information on Elsevier incl. search facilities
  • Information on and registration for ContentsDirect (a free pre-publication contents alerting service)
  • Theme issues
  • Most downloaded articles
  • Related links


Subscription information


Detailed subscription information for the ISPRS Journal can be found here.


Author information


Paper requirements
Please follow the instructions for authors for the preparation of your paper. Template files created by Elsevier are available for Microsoft Word and LaTeX. Note that submitted papers should be formatted in one column and with double line spacing.
Paper submission
Papers should be submitted electronically using the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) at http://ees.elsevier.com/photo. First time users will first need to create a profile at this web address and obtain a username and password. Authors should then submit all text-processing files, i.e. one Word file with all information included and files for figures, or one LaTeX file together with all style files, bibliography files and Postscript files for the figures. Authors are advised to only submit a PDF file in case the automatic PDF generation fails.
LaTeX styles
For submissions in LaTeX, please use the class file elsarticle.cls as in
and the bibliography style file elsarticle-harv.bst in
for your reference list. You do not need to upload elsarticle.cls and elsarticle-harv.bst to EES.
Editorial services
Authors needing help with paper editing, linguistic corrections and proof reading can make use of Elsevier's language editing services.


Theme issues


Published theme issues



The U.V. Helava Award


The U.V. Helava Award is awarded to authors of the best paper in the ISPRS Journal over a period of four years.

Best paper awards of the period 2016-2019:


Best paper awards of the period 2012-2015:


U.V. Helava Awards of previous periods:



Journal reports


Four-year reports about the journal are presented to the General Assembly of every ISPRS congress.





  • January 2013: The Journal will now be published twelve times per year in twelve Volumes.
  • January 2013: Conghe Song of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Jay Gao of the University of Auckland, Uwe Sörgel of Leibniz Universität Hannover and Hans-Gerd Maas of Dresden University of Technology joined the journal as new associate editors
  • January 2013: Onisimo Mutanga of the University of KwaZulu Natal succeeded Dar Roberts as an associate editor
  • January 2013: After eight years of excellent service to the ISPRS, George Vosselman turned over the position of Editor-in-Chief to Derek Lichti
  • September 2012: Sanna Kaasalainen of the Finnish Geodetic Institute has been appointed as additional associate editor.
  • January 2012: Lalit Kumar of the University of New England and Dar Roberts of the University of California, Santa Barbara have been appointed as additional associate editors.
  • November 2011: Konrad Schindler of the ETH Zürich has been appointed as additional associate editor.
  • Feburary 2009: Daniel L. Civco of the Connecticut University has been appointed as additional associate editor.
  • January 2009: Qihao Weng of Indiana State University succeeded Ling Bian as associate editor of the ISPRS Journal.
  • January 2009: Under the new contract between ISPRS and Elsevier for the years 2009-2012, the ISPRS Journal will increase the number of published articles by around 57%. See the editorial of issue 64/1 for further information.
  • January 2006: Ling Bian of the State University of New York at Buffalo succeeded Marguerite Madden as associate editor of the ISPRS Journal.
  • December 2005: The Artwork Quality Control Tool is now integrated in EES. As soon as you upload artwork, this tool will check if the quality meets the requirements outlined in the Artwork Instructions.
  • March 2005: As of March 14, the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) is available for paper submission (http://ees.elsevier.com/photo). EES replaces Elsubmit and enables completely web-based paper submission, paper reviewing, and communication with authors and reviewers.
  • January 2005: After serving the ISPRS Journal for eight years, Manos Baltsavias turned over the position of Editor-in-Chief to George Vosselman. At the same time Marguerite Madden and Eberhard Gülch joined the journal as additional Associate Editors.
  • July 2004: The Helava Award for the period 2000-2003 has been presented to Changno Lee and James S. Bethel.
  • January 2004: Olaf Hellwich joined the journal as Associate Editor.
  • May 2003: Elsevier now provides in electronic form the full text of all journal issues back to volume 1 published in 1965 (called Photogrammetria up to September 1989).



Problems and/or queries, send e-mail: Derek Lichti