Journal of Terrestrial Observation



Philosophy of Journal of Terrestrial Observation

Journal of Terrestrial Observation seeks to publish original and innovative research in earth observation. For more information, please see Journal of Terrestrial Observation Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Terrestrial Observation provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Any original work in the field of earth observation, including satellite remote sensing, aircraft reconnaissance, and proximate sensing utilizing in situ instrumentation, can be submitted (see also the Aims and Scope page for more information).

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Terrestrial Observation, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Terrestrial Observation. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Terrestrial Observation, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Journal of Terrestrial Observation has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and The Purdue University Press

Convention: Author refers to both single-author articles and multiple-author articles. In the latter case, it refers to the authors singly and collectively. Copyright holder refers to both single-copyright holder articles and multiple-copyright-author articles. In the latter case, it refers to the copyright holders singly and collectively.

The Purdue University Press does not seek the copyright on published articles. In consideration for publication, however, the author (or the copyright holder if different) grants, in perpetuity and valid world-wide, The Purdue University Press, its subsidiaries, and its successor companies, a perpetual right to archive, publish, and republish at its discretion and as often as they wish the article in any medium or media of their choosing and without further consideration for the author (or the copyright holder if different). The author (or the copyright holder if different) further grants The Purdue University Press, its subsidiaries, and its successor companies the right to transfer, sell, or license these rights, in whole or in part, to any entity of their choosing, at prices of their choosing, and without further consideration to the author (or the copyright holder if different).

Ways in which The Purdue University Press, its successors, its subsidiaries, or its assignees can use these rights include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making the electronic journal containing the article available, at a price of Purdue University Press's choosing, to libraries, institutions, and individuals.
  • Republishing the article in another electronic journal and making that journal available, at a price of Purdue University Press's choosing, to libraries, institutions, and individuals.
  • Making the article available as part of one or more anthologies or as an individual item, at a price of Purdue University Press's choosing, to libraries, institutions, and individuals.
  • To disseminate the article not only through the Internet, but in any digital means, including, but not limited to, diskette, CD-ROM, or DVD.
  • To change the electronic format -- but not the content -- of the article as necessary to exploit changes in technology and accommodate users' preferences. Hence, for example, The Purdue University Press could convert the article from Adobe's PDF to PostScript, or to any other electronic format.
  • To store and otherwise archive the article, including printing copies of the article that could be digitized at a later date via electronic scanning.

Moreover, for five years, from the date of initial publication in Journal of Terrestrial Observation, the author (or copyright holder if different) grants The Purdue University Press an exclusive right to distribution of the article in digital form. Specifically, the author (or copyright holder if different) agrees to forgo electronic publication or other digital dissemination of the article, or substantial portions of the article, for a period of five years commencing from the initial date of publication in Journal of Terrestrial Observation. This includes publication in another electronic journal (not affiliated with The Purdue University Press, publication in a print journal with an online version, otherwise making it available on the Internet, or dissemination on any digital media, including, but not limited to, diskettes, CD-ROMs, and DVDs.

In granting The Purdue University Press these exclusive electronic rights for five years, the copyright holder agrees to cooperate with The Purdue University Press in the event that The Purdue University Press seeks to enforce these rights against a third party.

Personal-use exceptions: The following uses are exempt from the exclusive five-year period:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the copyright holder's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media are not readily accessible by persons other than the copyright holder.
  • The copyright holder's personal website, provided that website is non-commercial.
  • A non-commercial electronic working-paper series affiliated with the author's place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology's online working-paper series).
  • A non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking exceptions, or who have questions about use, should contact Purdue e-Pubs at .

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Purdue e-Pubs website and/or software agree not to misuse the Purdue e-Pubs service or software in any way.

The failure of The Purdue University Press to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Purdue e-Pubs and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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