GI_Forum publishes high quality original research across the transdisciplinary field of Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The journal provides a platform for dialogue among GI-Scientists and educators, technologists and critical thinkers in an ongoing effort to advance the field and ultimately contribute to the expansion of an informed GISociety. Submissions concentrate on innovation in education, science, methodology and technologies in the spatial domain and their role towards a more just, ethical and sustainable science and society.

Publication Schedule

The GI_Forum Journal is published in two annual issues (end of June / end of November). This allows for improved review and revision routines, ultimately leading to an overall higher quality of the journal.

GI_Forum Journal Issue 2-2020 is now online!


The GI_Forum Journal is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The Austrian Academy of Sciences Press and we as editors are glad to provide this status as a service to all authors requiring formal Open Access recognition for funding and publishing of their research.


The GI_Forum Jounal has been accepted in SCOPUS in February 2020.

More you should know about the GI_Forum Journal…

  1. Editors-in-Chief & Editorial Board
  2. Review Committee
  3. Open Access Policy
  4. Costs


Adrijana Car, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (FH Kärnten),  Z_GIS – Department for Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg
Thomas Jekel, University of Salzburg
Josef Strobl, University of Salzburg
Gerald Griesebner, University of Salzburg

Editorial Board

Josef Strobl, ÖAW – Commission for GI-Science
Hans Sünkel, ÖAW – Commission for GI-Science
Karlheinz Erb, ÖAW – Commission for GI-Science
Georg Gartner, ÖAW – Commission for GI-Science
Francis Harvey, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography
Diana Sinton, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)

Editorial Staff

Gerald Griesebner, University of Salzburg
Mary Rigby, English-language editor

Review Committee

  • Josef Strobl, Conference Chair
  • Adrijana Car, Programme Chair
  • Gerald Griesebner, Technical Editor
  • Thomas Jekel, Programme Chair
  • Jochen Albrecht, The City University of New York
  • Richard Armitage, University of Salford
  • Heba Aziz, German University of Technology, Oman
  • Euro Beinat, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Mariana Belgiu, University of Twente
  • Lars Bernard, University of Technology Dresden
  • Marion Borderon, Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna
  • Johannes Brauner, University of Technology Dresden
  • Gregory Breetzke, University of Pretoria, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics, and Meterology
  • Chris Brunsdon, University of Liverpool
  • George Cho, University of Canberra
  • Nicholas Chrisman, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (Journal)
  • Alexis Comber, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • Elmar Csaplovics, University of Technology Dresden
  • A.R. Dasgupta, Geospatial Media and Communication
  • Karl Donert, EUROGEO
  • Lucian Dragut, West University of Timisoara, Department of Geography
  • Tilo Felgenhauer, University of Jena
  • Jennifer Fu, Florida International University
  • Frank Gossette, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
  • Inga Gryl, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Michael Hagenlocher, UNU-EHS
  • Muki Haklay, University College London
  • Francis Harvey, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
  • Sabine Hennig, University of Salzburg
  • Michael E. Hodgson, University of South Carolina
  • Angela Hof, University of Salzburg, Department of Geography and Geology
  • Barbara Hofer, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Goesta Hoffman, University of Bonn, Steinmann Institute
  • Peter Hofmann, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Claire Jarvis, University of Leicester
  • Edda Kalbus, Senior Hydrogeology Engineer at TRANSCO, United Arab Emirates
  • Joseph Kerski, Education Manager, Esri, USA
  • Stefan Kienberger, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Hermann Klug, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Alfons Koller, PH-Linz
  • Jacek Kozak, Jagiellonian University Kraków
  • Olaf Kranz, British Embassy Berlin
  • Stefan Lang, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Michael Leitner, Lousiana State University
  • Martin Loidl, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Peter Mandl, Alps Adria University, Klagenfurt
  • Stephan Mäs, Dresden University of Technology
  • Damir Medak, University of Zagreb
  • Graciela Metternicht, University of New South Wales, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Jan-Peter Mund, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
  • Mariyana Nikolova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Katarzyna Ostapowicz, Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management
  • Marco Painho, New University of Lisbon
  • Alenka Poplin, Iowa State University, Department of Community and Regional Planning
  • Jana Pokraka, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Laxmi Ramasubramanian, City University of New York
  • Wolfgang Reinhardt, Bundeswehr University Munich
  • Bernd Resch, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Jüri Roosaare, University of Tartu
  • Johannes Scholz, University of Technology Graz, Institute of Geodesy
  • Uwe Schulze, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Ingo Simonis, Open Geospatial Consortium, OGC
  • Alexander Simonov, Russian State Research Institute on Information Technologies and Telecommunications
  • Petra Staufer-Steinnocher, University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna
  • Dirk Tiede, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Melanie Tomintz, Geospatial Research Institute, University of Canterbury
  • Christoph Traun, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Robert Vogler, University of Salzburg, Department of Geography and Geology
  • Gudrun Wallentin, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
  • Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Austrian Center for Digital Humanities, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Steven Ward, The Climate Corporation
  • Peter Zeil, Spatial Services Ltd.

Open Access Policy

GI_Forum implements the policy of open access publication after a double-blind peer review process through a highly international team of seasoned scientists for quality assurance. Special emphasis is put on actively supporting young scientists through formative reviews of their submissions. Only English language contributions are published.

Contributions are published under a cc-by-nd license.


Organisation and production of the GI_Forum Journal includes the review process, editorial work, production process and technical infrastructure. The editors-in-chief, the editorial board as well as the publisher promote the GI_Forum Journal. Administration and editorial work cause costs. In order to maintain our high standard of quality, the following conditions apply:

  • Publication as part of a presentation at the GI_Forum Symposium:
    Costs are covered by the participation fee of at least one presenting (co-) author.
  • Publication without a presentation at the GI_Forum Symposium:
    Only allowed in rare cases and only possible in consultation with the GI_Forum team. If accepted, fee is 50 Euro*/ printed page.