Drones is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal. The journal focuses on design and applications of drones, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), etc. Likewise, contributions based on unmanned water/underwater drones and unmanned ground vehicles are also welcomed.
  • Open Access— free for readers, with article processing charges (APC) paid by authors or their institutions.
  • High visibility: indexed within Scopus, SCIE (Web of Science)AGRISInspec, and many other databases.
  • Journal Rank: CiteScore - Q1 (Aerospace Engineering)
  • Rapid Publication: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 14.5 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 2.8 days (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2021).
  • Recognition of Reviewers: reviewers who provide timely, thorough peer-review reports receive vouchers entitling them to a discount on the APC of their next publication in any MDPI journal, in appreciation of the work done.
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Topic in Applied Sciences, Remote Sensing, Drones, Sensors
Autonomy for Enabling the Next Generation of UAVs Editors-in-Chief: George Nikolakopoulos, Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez, Diego González-Aguilera
Deadline: 31 March 2022
Special Issue in Drones
UAV Application for Wildfire Detection, Prevention and Management Guest Editors: Evangelos Yfantis, Ernesto Zamora Ramos, Sarah Harris
Deadline: 31 August 2021
Special Issue in Drones
Geoinformatics for the Preservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage Guest Editors: Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez, Fulvio Rinaudo, Diego González-Aguilera
Deadline: 30 September 2021
Special Issue in Drones
Drones for Participatory and Community-Based Sciences Guest Editors: Timothy L. Hawthorne, Bo Yang, Karen Joyce, Stephanie R. Rogers
Deadline: 31 October 2021
Special Issue in Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Assisted Cooperative Air and Ground Communications Guest Editors: Abderrahmane Lakas, Mohammed Atiquzzaman, Omar Sami Oubbati, Vishal Sharma, Sahar Hoteit, Taieb Znati
Deadline: 30 November 2021
Topical Collection in Drones
Feature Papers of Drones Collection Editors: Diego González-Aguilera, Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
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