Call for Papers

IJGIS Special Issue on CyberGIS:
Blueprint for Integrated and Scalable Geospatial Software Ecosystems

Geographical information science and systems have flourished for multiple decades. In the foreseeable future, GIS will continue to play essential roles in numerous fields (e.g., ecology, environmental engineering and sciences, geography and spatial sciences, and geosciences, to name just a few) for solving scientific problems and improving decision-making practices with significant societal impacts. However, while cyberinfrastructure has recently emerged as a new paradigm for empowering e-Science and computational sciences across numerous fields, enormous challenges that GIS faces for flexible sharing and integration of functional components and scalable use of cyberinfrastructure are expected to continue to arise from massive and diverse geospatial applications. To address these challenges, CyberGIS represents a new GIS modality based on the synthesis of cyberinfrastructure, geographical information science, and spatial analysis and modeling. Exciting research frontiers, centered on CyberGIS, have recently been recognized to establish integrated, scalable, and sustainable geospatial software ecosystems, and underpin data-driven computational spatial sciences. For example, in the October of 2010, the U.S. National Science Foundation funded a 5-year $4.4 million major initiative with 10 institutions and multiple international partners involved to investigate “CyberGIS Software Integration for Sustained Innovation”. Within such a context, the purpose of this IJGIS special issue is to gather a cohesive set of original unpublished papers that describe the state of the art advances revolving around CyberGIS, with a particular focus placed on, but not limited to, the following set of topics:

CyberGIS architecture and frameworks;
CyberGIS fundamentals and principles;
Data-driven computational spatial sciences;
Processes and strategies for developing and sustaining CyberGIS;
Scalable algorithms and methods for CyberGIS; and
Science drivers and domain applications of CyberGIS.


All submissions will be subject to the standard IJGIS peer review process. All manuscripts including any support materials should be submitted using the journal's online “Manuscript Central” portal ( To access this portal, first-time users must register themselves as authors. Authors need to select “Special Issue” while they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process, and identify the “CyberGIS” special issue in their cover letter. For detailed instructions for authors, please refer to:

Important dates

Paper submission due: April 30, 2012
Acceptance notification: July 31, 2012 (estimated)
Publication of the issue: November 30, 2012 (estimated)

Guest Editor

Dr. Shaowen Wang

Department of Geography,
Department of Computer Science, and
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign