Drones is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal published monthly online by MDPI. The journal focuses on the design and applications of drones, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPASs), etc. Likewise, contributions based on unmanned marine/water/underwater drones, unmanned ground vehicles, fully autonomous driving, and space drones are also welcome.
  • 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)Inspec, and other databases.
  • Journal Rank: JCR - Q1 (Remote Sensing) / CiteScore - Q1 (Aerospace Engineering)
  • Rapid Publication: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision is provided to authors approximately 17.9 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 2.7 days (median values for papers published in this journal in the second half of 2023).
  • 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.
Impact Factor: 4.4 (2023); 5-Year Impact Factor: 4.8 (2023)
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Topic in Drones, Electronics, Future Internet, Information, Mathematics
Future Internet Architecture: Difficulties and Opportunities Topic Editors: Peiying Zhang, Haotong Cao, Keping Yu
Deadline: 30 June 2024
Topic in Drones, Electronics, Remote Sensing, Sensors, Smart Cities
Advanced Array Signal Processing for B5G/6G: Models, Algorithms, and Applications Topic Editors: Fangqing Wen, Xianpeng Wang, Jin He, Liangtian Wan, Zhiyuan Zha
Deadline: 31 August 2024
Topic in Climate, Drones, Forests, Land, Remote Sensing, IJGI
Advances in Multi-Scale Geographic Environmental Monitoring: Theory, Methodology and Applications Topic Editors: Jingzhe Wang, Yangyi Wu, Yinghui Zhang, Ivan Lizaga, Zipeng Zhang
Deadline: 31 October 2024
Topic in Aerospace, Automation, Drones, Electronics, Remote Sensing
Civil and Public Domain Applications of Unmanned Aviation Topic Editors: Hyoun Jin Kim, Giuseppe Loianno, Didier Theilliol, Nikolaos Tsourveloudis, Kimon P. Valavanis, Nikolaos Vitzilaios
Deadline: 31 December 2024
Special Issue in Drones
Drones for Wildfire and Prescribed Fire Science Guest Editors: Brian K. Gullett, Johanna Aurell, Pantelis Velanas, Diego González-Aguilera, Katerina Margariti
Deadline: 1 July 2024
Special Issue in Drones
UAV Trajectory Generation, Optimization and Cooperative Control Guest Editors: Kaiyu Qin, Haitao Nie, Yikang Yang, Xue Li, Jinliang Shao, Lei Shi, Mengji Shi
Deadline: 8 July 2024
Special Issue in Drones
Distributed Control, Optimization, and Game of UAV Swarm Systems Guest Editors: Yongzhao Hua, Jianglong Yu, Chao Sun
Deadline: 25 July 2024
Special Issue in Drones
Weather Impacts on Uncrewed Aircraft Guest Editors: Kevin Adkins, Jamey Jacob, Joachim Reuder
Deadline: 10 August 2024
Topical Collection in Drones
Feature Papers Collection of the World’s Top 2% Scientists in Drones Collection Editors: Diego González-Aguilera, Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
Topical Collection in Drones
Feature Papers of Drones Volume II Collection Editors: Diego González-Aguilera, Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
Topical Collection in Drones
Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: Drones in Emergencies Operations Collection Editors: Gino Lim, Houbing Song, Israel Quintanilla García
Topical Collection in Drones
Drones for Security and Defense Applications Collection Editors: Diego González-Aguilera, Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez, Abdessattar Abdelkefi, Xiwang Dong, Petros Bithas, Oleg Yakimenko, Andrey V. Savkin
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