Computers & Geosciences publishes high impact, original research at the interface between Computer Sciences and Geosciences. Publications should apply modern computer science paradigms, whether computational or informatics-based, to address problems in the geosciences.
Computational/informatics elements may include: computational methods; algorithms; data structure; database retrieval; information retrieval; data processing; artificial intelligence; computer graphics; computer visualization; programming languages; parallel systems; distributed systems; the World-Wide Web; social media; and software engineering.
Geoscientific topics of interest include: mineralogy; petrology; geochemistry; geomorphology; paleontology; stratigraphy; structural geology; sedimentology; hydrogeology; oceanography; atmospheric sciences; climatology; meteorology; geophysics; geomatics; remote sensing; geodesy; hydrology; and glaciology.
Other fields may be considered but are not regarded as a priority.
Computers & Geosciences does not consider:
- Pure methodology papers (without computer science)
- Standard code of already well-established, or previously published methods, or incremental modifications
- Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), unless they provide an original solution to a non-trivial input-handling problem
- Papers which use GIS tools in only standard ways, but are otherwise largely focused on the geoscience discipline
- Submissions from fields such as mining engineering, petroleum engineering, geotechnical engineering, rock-mechanics and others, unless such submissions contain a significant geosciences component. For instance, a mining paper only dealing with transport problems, a geotechnical paper on lab experiments, or a paper on rockbolting, would be considered unsuitable.
Code and Data: Computers & Geosciences aims to publish code and supporting data from accepted manuscripts using state-of-the-art technologies. Code should be original and demonstrate a development in research. It should also have clear design and be reproducible, reusable, extensible and maintainable. The journal uses the github.com platform (search for: CAGEO) which allows the community to publish, maintain, update and comment on published code and data.
- Original research article (5000 words): Providing a novel and original contribution to the scientific fields of study outlined above.
- Case studies (Application article, 5000 words): Describing a real-world case study on the scientific fields of study outlined above.
- Scientific review article (6000 words): Critically describing the state-of-the art of applications of computer science in the geosciences, as a stand-alone contribution or to frame a special issue. Criteria for assessment shall be: completeness, depth, novelty, timeliness, quality, and interest to the Journal's readership. Review outlines should be pre-approved by an Associate Editor, or Editorial Board Member of the Journal.
- Book and software reviews (1500 words): Describing and evaluating a new or significant publication or piece of software relevant to aspects of computation or informatics in the geosciences.
- Letter to the Editor: Commenting on published articles. Criteria for assessment shall be the merit of the question or comment raised. The author(s) of the commented-on article shall be offered the opportunity to prepare a reply, to be published alongside the comment.
Invitation to Authors
Authors of papers already published by Computers & Geosciences may have code published via the IAMG site http://www.github.com/cageo. We would like to add as many of the published programs as possible to the FTP server, going back to the the start of the journal in 1975.
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Geographic Information Systems for Geoscientists by Graeme F. Bonham-Carter, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
last update: 2009-01-29 HSP