Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The theme of the Conference Proceedings is aimed at solving one of the urgent problems of modern science — the creation and use of GIS as an effective tool for creation models of sustainable development of territories. The widespread use of information technologies is recommended for all countries on the Agenda of the 21st century, adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1992 and confirmed at the same conference in Johannesburg (South Africa, 2002). In the framework of the task for 23 years the conference InterCarto. InterGIS is held, dedicated GIS for sustainable development of territories. This series is the only annual international conference held in Russia in this field. The conference themes are often consistent with one of the commissions of the International Geographical Union.


Publication Frequency

1 issue per year


Open Access Policy

"Proceedings of the International conference “InterCarto. InterGIS” is an open access. All articles are made freely available to readers immediatly upon publication.

Our open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition — it means that articles have free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

For more information please read BOAI statement.



A bilateral anonymous ("blind") peer review method is mandatory for processing of all scientific manuscripts submitted to the editorial stuff of "InterCarto. InterGIS" conference materials. This implies that neither the reviewer is aware of the authorship of the manuscript, nor the author maintains any contact with the reviewer.

  1. Members of the editorial board and leading Russian and international experts in corresponding areas of life sciences, invited as independent readers, perform peer reviews. Editor-in-chief, deputy editor-in-chief or science editor choose readers for peer review. We aim to limit the review process to 2-4 weeks, though in some cases the schedule may be adjusted at the reviewer’s request.
  2. Reviewer has an option to abnegate the assessment should any conflict of interests arise that may affect perception or interpretation of the manuscript. Upon the scrutiny, the reviewer is expected to present the editorial board with one of the following recommendations:
    - to accept the paper in its present state;
    - to invited the author to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before final decision is reached;
    - that final decision be reached following further reviewing by another specialist;
    - to reject the manuscript outright.
  3. If the reviewer has recommended any refinements, the editorial staff would suggest the author either to implement the corrections, or to dispute them reasonably. Authors are kindly required to limit their revision to 2 months and resubmit the adapted manuscript within this period for final evaluation.
  4. We politely request that the editor to be notified verbally or in writing should the author decide to refuse from publishing the manuscript. In case the author fails to do so within 3 months since receiving a copy of the initial review, the editorial board takes the manuscript off the register and notifies the author accordingly.
  5. If author and reviewers meet insoluble contradictions regarding revision of the manuscript, the editor-in-chief resolves the conflict by his own authority.
  6. The editorial board reaches final decision to reject a manuscript on the hearing according to reviewers’ recommendations, and duly notifies the authors of their decision via e-mail. The board does not accept previously rejected manuscripts for re-evaluation.
  7. Upon the decision to accept the manuscript for publishing, the editorial staff notifies the authors of the scheduled date of publication.
  8. Kindly note that positive review does not guarantee the acceptance, as final decision in all cases lies with the editorial board. By his authority, editor-in-chief rules final solution of every conflict.

Publishing Ethics

The work of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of International Conference InterCarto. InterGIS adhere to the rules as stated below.

Articles submitted for publication must:

  • to fall within the scope of the Conference;
  • contain results of research not published previously;
  • to be supplemented with the complete list of the used sources;
  • not include plagiarism and false information;
  • conform to the existing standards of the scientific paper preparation.


  • confirm the participation of each of them in the research performed, as well as authenticity and reliability of the data presented;
  • take part in finalizing the paper and, if necessary, advance argumented objections or correct mistakes.


  • respect the author's point of view;
  • give an unbiased assessment of papers and their compliance with the scope of the journal, and verify that the name of the paper and the abstract comply with its contents;
  • in case of conflict of interests or other reasons that prevent the reviewer from giving an objective assessment of the paper, he should promptly inform the editors so that they could find another reviewer;
  • observe the terms of reviewing;
  • maintain strict confidentiality in reviewing.


  • are aware of their responsibility for the decision whether the submitted paper is accepted or rejected
  • accept the articles that conform to all the selection criteria and fall within the scope of the Proceedings;
  • reserve the right to reduce and to edit the text of articles;
  • make sure there is no conflict of interests;
  • provide double-blind peer review of each article;
  • keep the reviewers anonymous;
  • provide publishing rebuttal or corrections in case of mistakes having been found.
  • when rejecting a paper, are guided by objective standards as stated below.

Criteria for articles selection

In the Proceedings of the International conference “InterCarto. InterGIS” are published scientific articles, aimed at solving one of the urgent problems of modern science creation and use of Geographic Information Systems as effective tools for creating models of Sustainable Development of Territories. In articles discussed theoretical and methodological aspects of ensuring environmental, economic and social aspects of Sustainable Development, development of geoinformatics, cartography, remote sensing, environmental sustainability and evaluation of the impact on the environment. Possibilities for GIS mapping of climate change, biodiversity and nature protection, development of mobile GIS, the creation of virtual geographic environment, use of GIS in education and for the preservation of cultural, historical and natural heritage are also discussed.

Articles submitted to the Proceedings must represent the significant, completed and not yet published research results.

All scientific articles submitted to the Editorial Board of the Proceedings are subject to double blind peer review. Articles are reviewed by members of the Editorial Board and invited reviewers who are leading experts in the field, which is the subject of the article. In case the reviewers had essential critical comments, the paper is sent to the author for making the necessary corrections and complements and then sent to the reviewers once again. If the author and the reviewers cannot come to an agreement about the manuscript, the editors may seek for an opinion of an independent expert. In conflict situations the decision is made by the editor. In case of conflict situation, the final decision on whether or not the paper is to be published is made by the chief editor.


Author fees

Publication in "Proceedings of the International conference “InterCarto. InterGIS” is free of charge for all the authors.

The conference doesn't have any Arcticle processing charges.

The conference doesn't have any Article submission charges.


Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Plagiarism detection

Proceedings of the International Conference InterCarto. InterGIS use native russian-language plagiarism detection software Antiplagiat to screen the submissions. If plagiarism is identified, the COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed.


Preprint and postprint Policy

Prior to acceptance and publication in Proceedings of the International Conference InterCarto. InterGIS, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites.

As part of submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted. After a manuscript has been published in Proceedings of the International Conference InterCarto. InterGIS we suggest that the link to the article on journal's website is used when the article is shared on personal or public websites.

Glossary (by SHERPA)

Preprint — In the context of Open Access, a preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers.

Postprint — The final version of an academic article or other publication - after it has been peer-reviewed and revised into its final form by the author. As a general term this covers both the author's final version and the version as published, with formatting and copy-editing changes in place.