Transactions in GIS

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Edited By: John P. Wilson, Qiming Zhou and Alexander Zipf

Impact Factor: 1.0

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 41/76 (Geography)

Online ISSN: 1467-9671

Author Guidelines


Mission Transactions in GIS is an international journal that aims to publish original research articles, review articles, guest editorials and short technical notes on the key ideas, technologies, and applications of interest to geographic information scientists. Within this broad remit, we recognize four interconnected themes as follows:

·    Practical and theoretical issues influencing the development of the core geographic information technologies (geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing)

·    The collection, analysis, modeling, interpretation, and display of geospatial data with these core technologies

·    The connections between these three core technologies and related technologies

·    New applications that help to solve problems affecting the natural, built, social, and/or business environments

The journal will not knowingly publish manuscripts that have appeared in conference proceedings and elsewhere in the same or substantially unaltered form.

Language: Manuscripts should be presented in English.

Submission Transactions in GIS has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

·    Quick and easy submission

·    Administration centralised and reduced

·    Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscript page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Dr. John P. Wilson in the Editorial Office by e-mail:


Authors should submit either Word or LaTex format. If you are submitting your paper in TeX/LaTeX format, you have two choices:

Upload the main .tex document file using the ‘Main Document’ file designation. Once you have done this, you will be prompted to upload all necessary resource files – these should be uploaded with the ‘TeX/LaTeX Suppl File’ designation. Do not upload these files using any other designation, e.g. ‘Figure’ or ‘Additional File’. If this is completed correctly, the system will create a PDF proof of your manuscript for review.

Create a PDF version of your manuscript before submission and upload this document as ‘Main Document’. If you do this, you must upload all relevant TeX/LaTeX files in addition to your PDF file. Please designate these files as ‘TeX/LaTeX Suppl File’.

Refereeing All manuscripts will be submitted for refereeing. Referees shall be confidential. The Editors will have ultimate responsibility for accepting manuscripts.

Presentation of manuscripts Manuscripts should be typed in double line spacing with a margin of at least 3 mm all round. Pages should be numbered. Manuscripts should be set out as follows: (a) Title page, with names and affiliations of author(s), a short title for the running head, four or five key words for indexing purposes, and the name and address of the corresponding author; (b) Abstract of up to 200 words on a separate page; (c) Main text with sections and subsections numbered 1, 2, 2.1, 2.2, etc.; (d) Acknowledgements; (e) References, as described below; (f) Tables, each on a separate sheet, numbered in sequence, and with a caption; (g) Illustrations, each on a separate sheet, numbered in sequence, and with a caption; and (h) Separate list of illustration numbers and captions.

Length of manuscripts should not exceed 6,000 words without the approval of the Editor. Final submission of manuscripts should comprise digital copies of text, tables, and illustrations.

References These should be supplied using the author/date system. References should be cited in the text as either Wilson (1999), Wilson and Ryan (1999), or Wilson et al. (1999) and listed in alphabetical order by author or chronological order by author (oldest first) in the reference list. Titles of books, periodicals, conference proceedings, and publishers should be supplied in full and not abbreviated. References to material published on the Internet should give the full Universal Reference Locator (URL). Some examples of commonly cited reference formats are:

Journal Articles: Borusso G 2003 Network density and the delineation of urban areas. Transactions in GIS 7: 177-91

Books: Zhang J and Goodchild M F 2002 Uncertainty in Geographical Information. London, Taylor and Francis

Conference Proceedings: Brodlie K, Poon A, Wright H, Brankin L, Banecki G, and Gay A 1993 GRASPARC: A problem solving environment integrating computation and visualization. In Proceedings of the Visualization ’93 Conference. Piscataway, NJ, IEEE Computer Society Press: 102-9

Technical Reports: Cosyn B and Paniconi C 1996 GIS (GRASS) Setup for Hydrologic and Remote Sensing Data from the Zwalm Catchment (Belgium). Cagliari, Italy, Centre for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia, Technical Bulletin No CRS4-ENVPRJJ-95/1

WWW Documents: Pebesma E J 1999 Gstat User’s Manual. WWW document,

There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Illustrations Maps, photographs and other diagrams should be supplied at a size suitable for reproduction to width 70 mm or width 149 mm. Illustrations will be reproduced in black and white or color as appropriate. Digital files should be presented in EPS or TIFF format. Halftones should be supplied at 300 DPI and line art at 600 DPI. EPS format is preferred for line art. Most software packages can export to these formats. For further details please visit

Supporting Information Inclusion of supplementary materials in the form of underlying datasets, multimedia files or accompanying slidesets is encouraged. For more information on file requirements, please refer to

License Agreements If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Proofs and offprints The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

A PDF offprint of the article will be supplied upon publication and offprints of articles in multiples of 100 and copies of the journal issue can be ordered when the proofs are returned.

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Blackwell’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.