About the Journal
Focus and Scope
The Geoinformatics FCE CTU Journal aims to publish theoretical, empirical, and applied research papers in geoinformatics and all geosciences close to computer processing. The journal's main emphasis is on design, implementation and use of open source geographical software, especially in areas of:
- Free Software in geoinformatics, Open source Geographic Information System (GIS) and all relevant tools,
- Web Map Services, Map servers and all sorts of Internet publishing of geographic data,
- Geodesy, Land and Engineering surveying, Adjustment of geodetic measurements and networks, precision analysis
- Computer based cartography, Photogrammetry and 3D scanning,
- Education in GIS systems,
- Cadastre, Legislation (e.g. EU legislation in geographic data publishing and use).
Peer Review Process
All papers are double-blind reviewed. Geoinformatics FCE CTU Journal publishes only papers written in English. We expect that the papers submitted to Geoinformatics FCE CTU were not published in any other journal or conference. We accept papers previously published in conference proceedings, if they are significantly extended.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Publication ethics and malpractice statement
The publisher and editorial board of the Geoinformatics FCE CTU have adopted the ethical standards and guidelines published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE; http://publicationethics.org). These guidelines specify the ethical principles that are expected from the authors, reviewers, editors, and the publisher.
The authors shall follow the international standards stated in the COPE document: Responsible research publication: international standards for authors.
Authors shall publish only original work, which is not plagiarized and has not been published anywhere else. The same work should not be submitted to multiple publications unless agreed between all parties involved. Authors shall inform editors if the same research findings have been published previously or if multiple reports or multiple analyses of a single data set are under consideration for publication elsewhere. All information incl. data, graphs, charts, pictures, etc. shall be properly acknowledged and cited.
All parties (authors, co-authors, funders, etc.) shall be properly recognized, acknowledged, and introduced honestly. Authors shall not omit any contributors; however also shall not listed co-authors without a significant contribution to the work. No contribution shall be given to any party that had brought no contribution to the work. Authors shall prevent from guest, gift, and ghost authorship. All authors shall agree on the final version of the document and should agree to be listed as authors.
All authors are responsible for the entire work. All authors shall work with the editors to correct any mistakes if those have been discovered. Authors should respond appropriately to reviewers’ comments and provide additional information past the review process if necessary.
Presented research should have been conducted in ethical manner. Methods used, calculations, findings, and data presentation shall be checked carefully to make sure all information at all stages is correct. Authors should take collective responsibility for their work and for the content of their publications.
Research results shall be presented honestly, without falsifications, or any inappropriate data manipulation. All stages of the research shall be described clearly to allow other researchers and research teams to repeat the research. The authors shall describe complete and final research results. Work of others shall be cited properly, all read documents shall be listed; no literature that has not been used for the research shall be listed in the reference list.
The full citation of the document:
Wager E. & Kleinert S. (2011) Responsible research publication: international standards for authors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22 - 24, 2010. Chapter 50 in: Mayer T & Steneck N (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (pp 309-16). (ISBN 978-981-4340-97-7) Also available online at: http://publicationethics.org/files/International%20standards_authors_for%20website_11_Nov_2011.pdf
The reviewers shall follow the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.
Retrieved from: http://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines
Reviewers are expected to review such works they have professional expertise for. Reviewers shall keep confidentiality of the reviewed document, shall not use any information they gain during the peer review process to their own or to third parties benefit, nor to discredit others.
Reviews are expected to be completed in a timely manner and reviewers are asked to respond as soon as possible especially if they cannot conduct the review for any reason. The review shall be objective, constructive, not influenced by the authors’ identity or background, or by any commercial issues. Reviewers shall also report all potential conflict interests to the journal.
The editors shall follow the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors
Retrieved from: http://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct
Editors are responsible for the content of the journal. They assure quality of the content they publish, and shall publish errata, or clarification immediately when necessary. They also assure authors freedom of expression.
The peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed sections of the journal shall be clearly marked. Peer review shall be conducted by qualified reviewers and professionals in the particular subject area. Peer review shall be fair, unbiased, and timely process. Editors shall ensure confidentiality of all material and information gained during the peer review and publication process.
The decision on acceptance / rejection of the paper shall be done upon the paper’s importance and suitability for the journal in terms of its originality, validity, and aims of the journal. Authors of the criticized papers shall be given an opportunity to respond to the critique and comments. Editors respond promptly to all complaints and ensure to make all effort to resolve these. In case of misconduct, or suspicion of misconduct, editors are obliged to take all steps to pursue and properly investigate all individual cases and take appropriate conclusions. Commercial considerations shall not affect editorial decisions, nor the quality or scope of the articles published. All detailed requirements and information, incl. information about the peer review process, are stated in the “information for authors” section.
The editors further provide information for reviewers, communicate with them on issues related to their agreement to review papers, and protect the reviewers’ identity in case of (single- or double-) blind peer review process. Further information for reviewers is stated in the “information for reviewers” section.
The editors shall ensure intellectual property rights of authors and shall be aware of all new issues within intellectual property laws and conventions. They shall also be aware of new editorial policies and standards and shall keep all related parties (authors, reviewers, members of the editorial board, journal owners, publishers) informed about these.
Editors shall make sure all research published has been done in ethical manners. They shall also have to have tools to deal with any conflicts of interest of their staff, authors, reviewers, editorial board, owner / publisher, and their own.
The publisher shall follow the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors
Retrieved from: http://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct
The Geoinformatics FCE CTU (Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague) was founded in 2006 as an open access journal. Formerly it was hosted on a mediawiki with articles converted to LaTeX and volumes published in PDF. The articles used to be submitted and reviewed openly on the mediawiki until 2010, when double blind review process was adopted and volumes were published directly from LaTeX sources (or converted from MS Word documents to LaTeX).
Originally the journal was registered (ISSN) as bilinqual with articles in English and Czech, but from vol. 4 (2009) only articles in English are accepted. In 2010 Geoinformatics FCE CTU was listed on the „List of peer-reviewed non‐impacted periodicals issued in the Czech Republic“ issued by the Research, Development and Innovation Council.
Since 2015 the journal is published by the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague and hosted on a management and publishing system Open Journal Systems (OJS). From 2015 all new articles are licensed under CC BY 4.0.
In 2015 the journal was accepted into Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).