1st Call for Papers – ISDE12

The organizing committee for ISDE12 is pleased to invite submissions for the next bi-annual Symposium of the International Society of Digital Earth (ISDE) at the University of Salzburg, Austria, scheduled for July 6-8, 2021. All information regarding the submissions categories and can be found here:


Research Paper
  • describe completed research studies, or new methodologies in the multi-disciplinary themes of Digital Earth research.
  • Scope: max. 2500 words, 4-6 pages
Best Practice Paper
  • are meant to describe focused research findings or research that is still in progress, in both cases describing studies or concepts how Digital Earth research areas including Earth Observation / remote  sensing, GIS, Geoinformatics, Big Data, Geoethics, Artifical  Intelligence, Citizens Science, etc., contribute to the achievement of  the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We particularly encourage  submissions describing experiences and case studies how spatial data, Geoinformatics analyses and Earth Observation methods contribute to the  achievement of a particular SDG or a particular indicator or target,  respectively.
  • Scope: max. 2500 words, 4-6 pages


Both paper types undergo a rigorous peer-review process and will be published open access in the “GI_Forum Journal for Geographic Information Science”, published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press and indexed in Scopus. The accepted papers will be published before the conference under an open access CC-BY-ND license.
In addition, ISDE12 will organize several special issues for the publication of full papers through individual calls.

Review process

We strive for manuscripts comprising high quality original research across the multi-disciplinary themes of Digital Earth research. Our international review committee is strict, but supportive in assessing and improving the submissions regarding both scientific and academic excellence. Especially young scientists are actively supported through formative reviews of their submissions.

All submissions must be written in English language according to the formatting guidelines published on the conference website in order to be accepted for review. Each submission is reviewed by at least two review committee members in a double blind review process. Reviewers have the following possibilities to evaluate a contribution:

  1. The contribution is accepted for publication. Authors receive the reviewers’ comments and need to incorporate these in the final version of the manuscript.
  2. The contribution needs revision by the authors in order to be considered for publication. Authors receive the reviewers’ comments and must incorporate them when revising the manuscript.
    The revised manuscript together with a rebuttal is then submitted for the second round of reviews. If the revision changes are positively evaluated, the manuscript is accepted for publication.
  3. The contribution is not accepted for publication.

With the exception of a rejection, authors are asked to revise their contribution at least once and comment on the changes made in a rebuttal. After the revision phase, reviewers will check the contribution once again. Only after this last check and a positive result, contributions will be published in Issue 1/2021 of the GI_Forum Journal and will be available at the symposium.

Paper submission is possible until the 1st of February 2021 here via our conference platform Conftool.

Interactive and innovative formats

We emphasize to offer innovative and highly-interactive formats at the conference! Trying to be different from traditional conferences, we are open for new formats e.g. an Unconference. Don’t hesistate to hand in your abstract describing your idea of an innovative way to involve the participants and encourage active participation at the Conference.

  • Workshops are interactive, often practice-oriented sessions including the possibility to gain hands-on experience on various expert levels.
  • Scope: Abstract (approx. 400 characters)
  • gives you the ability to discuss a topic more in-depth inviting additional speakers or project partners
  • Scope: Abstract (approx. 400 characters) incl. speaker list
Youth Forum
  • represents a special track for young students (Bachelor or Master level) to gain first impressions of an international, scientific conference and actively participate in the discussion for finding pathways for sustainable and equitable development, as well as creating ideas for applications that help to implement the SDGs.
  • is a special session that allows different formats like workshops, forums, discussions or any other kinds.
  • Scope: Abstract (approx. 400 characters)

We are very much looking forward to your contributions, for the organizing team
Thomas Blaschke
Josef Strobl
Julia Wegmayr
Erika Blaschke