Open access journal renamed to Drone Systems

New journal name (because words matter)

Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) is excited to announce that, as of January 1, 2022, the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems is now called Drone Systems and Applications. The journal was renamed to eliminate the use of a term that is neither gender-neutral nor gender-inclusive.

Changing the journal’s title is in line with Canadian Science Publishing’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Both the journal and its publisher are committed to fostering a more inclusive and equitable culture in science publishing, and to addressing systemic barriers and biases that cause harm.

“Efforts to achieve an inclusive society require that we use inclusive language. Words matter and use of the term “unmanned” in our field of research has long been conspicuously problematic. We are proud to announce that we are taking action by removing this term from the title of our journal. We welcome your thoughts and continued support as we build a more inclusive research community, together,” said Dr. Dominique Chabot, Editor-in-Chief of Drone Systems and Applications.

“We are grateful to the journal’s community for sharing their thoughts on gendered language in their field of study. Changing the journal name was the right thing to do, and it was rewarding to have arrived at that decision after spending time listening to and learning from each other,” said Elaine Stott, Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Science Publishing. “Listening, learning, and acting describes our approach to tackling issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion across our journal portfolio. Together with our Editors-in-Chief and partners like the Laurier Centre for Women in Science, we are proud to advance justice in research publishing.” 

New publishing model (flip to open access)

Also effective January 1st, the newly titled Drone Systems and Applications transitioned (“flipped”) from a subscription-based journal to a gold open access journal. Articles in Drone Systems and Applications will be published under a Creative Commons license and will be free to read for everyone. Previously published articles have been made free access at no cost to the authors.

Fees associated with open access (called article processing charges or APCs) will be waived on all submissions received by December 31, 2023. After this period, authors from eligible countries and territories of the Research4Life program can request a fee waiver.

“Autonomous systems and their applications are tenants of the 4th Industrial Revolution we now live in. Given the social, cultural, economic, and environmental benefits that could emerge from this field, we felt it was important to make the research freely accessible. As a not-for-profit publisher, our goal is for Drone Systems and Applications to profile and support the communities studying this technology and its far-reaching impacts on society,” said Elaine Stott.

Same commitment to editorial expertise and rigorous peer review

Drone Systems and Applications remains an online-only journal committed to publishing quality science that has undergone rigorous peer review. The journal retains its editorial board of internationally respected researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry.

“The engineering and application of drones requires research that is innovative, collaborative and multifaceted, and a complimentary journal that supports exceptional science. The editorial board of Drone Systems and Applications includes global expertise in remote sensing, geomatics, aeromechanics, intelligent systems, photogrammetry, wildlife conservation, and more. We’re proud to be leading an open access journal published by CSP, a not-for-profit publisher that prioritizes the needs of authors and upholds rigorous publishing standards,” said Dr. Amanda Hodgson, Associate Editor at Drone Systems and Applications and marine megafauna researcher at Murdoch University in Australia.

Why publish in Drone Systems and Applications

  • Drone Systems and Applications is open access, making your content easier to discover and share
  • Article processing charges are waived for two years (until December 31, 2023)
  • Rigorous peer review and quick turnaround times
  • Internationally respected editorial board comprising academia, industry, and government
  • Professional and personal customer service through peer review, publishing, and post-publication
  • Publish in our numerous cross-journal, cross-discipline online collections that highlight your research
  • Support a Canadian, not-for-profit publisher

To learn more about preparing and submitting a paperpublishing fees, or copyright and permissions, please contact the Drone Systems and Applications editorial office.

About Drone Systems and Applications

Drone Systems and Applications is an online-only, peer-reviewed, open access journal that features research related to developments in the rapidly emerging international field of unoccupied or uncrewed vehicle systems: i.e., remotely controlled or autonomous mobile robots that operate in the air, on the ground, or on or below the water surface. The journal is broadly themed into three main areas of practical and academic interest: engineering (e.g., physical design, mechanics, navigation & control, instrumentation), applications (including research, commercial, industrial, and military), and societal aspects (e.g., safety, regulations, public perceptions, economics).

About Canadian Science Publishing

Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) is Canada’s independent, not-for-profit leader in mobilizing science, making sure it is easy to discover, use, and share. Featuring content from a global community of researchers, CSP is Canada’s largest publisher of scientific journals, publishing 22 peer-reviewed journals that cover the natural and physical sciences and engineering.


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