For Authors

Manuscript Submission

The Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems has been established to facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding the development and application of unmanned systems in the context of aeronautics. The use of Systems in the title is indicative of the Journal including the entire ecosystem necessary to operate UAS, not just the vehicle itself. For example, this could also include topics relating to the ground control station, communications, security, navigation, human performance, sensors, legislation, training, and operations.

Two defining threads woven throughout the Journal include:

  • Domain (e.g. emergency response, agriculture, mapping and surveying)
  • Technology (e.g. sensor development, platform development, avionics)

The Journal is specifically tailored to aerial systems, and does not include unmanned vehicles operating on land, in water, or other environments. Aerial vehicles include, but are not limited to, fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft plus lighter-than-air platforms such as aerostats. The mission of the Journal shall be to ensure scholarly discussion through the publication of research promoting the use of UAS globally, across domains and for the greater good of society as a whole. The Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems is a peer-reviewed publication typically issued biannually. Manuscripts may be submitted using our contact form.

Authors will be notified of selection within one month of publication. Unless otherwise noted, selected submissions will appear in the next issue, which will be published online.

Peer-Reviewed Articles
These articles will undergo a blind review process, meeting the standards expected of a peer-reviewed journal. The staff reviewing the content have advanced degrees, many with doctorates, and have backgrounds in UAS and various related fields. Feedback will be provided to the authors at several points in the review process and the final content will be at a standard, both conceptually and grammatically, expected for a peer-reviewed journal.

Technical Papers
The Journal acknowledges that there is interesting and innovative work being done, for example in industry, that may not warrant formal publication as a peer-reviewed article but still has value to the wider UAS community. These technical papers will not be peer-reviewed, in the traditional sense, but will still undergo a vetting and editorial process. Technical papers must show new work being done by the author and must provide an actual contribution, insight, analysis, progress or other experience that has merit and would be of interest to the UAS community.

Book Reviews
Suggestions for book reviews will be considered by the Journal, and both Journal staff and others within the UAS community may be invited to provide the reviews. Book reviews provided by the book’s publisher or author will not be used. The review must also meet standards regarding clarity, purpose, grammar and brevity. Any other party, including the book publisher or book author, will provide no payment or other benefit to the reviewer of the book.

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