About the Journal


Surveying engineering is applied to determine and record the positions of natural and man-made objects on the earth's surface. Accordingly, it is a general term that covers numerous subjects, such as Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Cartography, GIS, Cadastral Surveying, etc. On the other hand, new terminology of geospatial engineering arises with the advanced developments in the: Computer Science, Machine Learning, Satellite Navigation, Remote Sensing, Computer Vision, Internet Of Things, etc.
Therefore, the peer review ‘Surveying and Geospatial engineering Journal’ is released to cover the research and development needs in the mentioned traditional and modern topics. Interestingly, this journal is an ‘open access’ so anyone can read, download, copy, share, print, or use it in education and welcomes research and review papers. Study case papers can also be accepted in the journal if they demonstrate an advanced application in one of the related Geospatial engineering fields.

The journal welcomes contributions of research and reviews on the following topics:

Photogrammetry and laser scanning disciplines

  • Image/sensor orienation and calibration;
  • Airborne laser scanning ALS;
  • Mobile Mapping Systems MMS for indoor and outdoor mapping;
  • Geometric and radiometric sensors;
  • Image processing;
  • Point cloud processing;
  • UAV mission planning;
  • Autonomous navigation;
  • Simultaneous localization and mapping SLAM;
  • GNSS and Inertial Measurement Units IMUs.
  • Underwater photogrammetry;


Surveying Engineering disciplines

  • Construction surveys;
  • Control surveys;
  • Engineering layout;
  • Deformation measurements;
  • Precise alignment, and boundary surveying.
  • Satellite positioning;
  • Quality assurance and control;
  • Coordinate systems;
  • Cadastral surveying and land laws.


Remote sensing and computer vision discipline

  • Data fusion and data assimilation;
  • Image processing and pattern recognition;
  • Multi-spectral and hyperspectral remote sensing;
  • Active and passive microwave remote sensing;
  • Geometric reconstruction;
  • Change detection;
  • Operational processing facilities;
  • Spaceborne, airborne and terrestrial platforms;
  • Machine/deep learning in sensing and imaging;
  • Vision/camera-based sensors;
  • Remote sensing applications.
  • Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR).


GIS discipline

  • Geospatial data modeling;
  • Geospatial analysis and decision making;
  • Geospatial artificial intelligence (machine learning, deep learning, etc.);
  • Cartography;
  • Geospatial web (Internet of Things, sensor networks, etc.);
  • Crowdsourcing and volunteered geographic information;
  • Location-based services and trajectory analysis (indoor mapping, etc.);
  • Smart cities (urban digital twins, BIM /AEC, etc.);


It should be noted that there is no restriction on the length of the submitted articles. The introduced methods and concepts must be presented in detail so that the results can be reproduced.


Section Policies


  • Open Submissions;  
  • Indexed;
  • Peer-Reviewed;
  • double-blind

Peer Review Process

  • All manuscripts submitted for publication in SGEJ are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. The review process is double-blind. If the manuscript is accepted for a full review, it will be reviewed by a minimum of two external reviewers.
  • Submitted manuscripts will undergo an initial check including a Plagiarism Check in the Editorial Office.  Turnitin software is used to check the plagiarism. An Editor together with the Editorial Office takes charge of the peer-review process. It starts with a preliminary review by the Editor (finished no more than 5 working days after manuscript submission).
  • After a manuscript is accepted for a full review, the Editor will send the manuscript to at least two reviews after they accept to review the manuscript and register with the SGEJ system as a reviewer. After passing 2 – 4 weeks, the Editor will collect the reviewers’ comments and prepare a decision letter based on the comments of the reviewers. The decision letter will be sent to the corresponding author to request adequate action. In addition, the authors will see the reviewers’ comments and the decision letter in their account page at the SGEJ system. In the case of the acceptance, the author will be asked to format the manuscript according to the SGEJ template before it goes into typesetting and proofreading with the publisher. The author will receive the paper in PDF produced by SGEJ for checking before it is published online. In brief, the Review Process at SGEJ and details of the submitted manuscript are stated below.
  • Preliminary review
    • decision: accepted for review or
    • decision: pre-rejected
  • reviewer selection
  • writing the decision letter including
    • decision: accepted or
    • decision: to be resubmitted or
    • decision: to be revised or
    • decision: rejected.
    • comments from reviewers
    • Editor's comments
    • Editor's decision about the next status of the manuscript:
  • What should be considered?
  • Before agreeing to review for a journal, Reviewers should take note of the following:
    • Let the editor know if your expertise and/or fields of interest cover the topic of the manuscript.
    • Decline an invitation to review if there is a conflict of interest with one of the authors. Conflicts of interest may include relationships with academic advisors and/ or advisees, anyone at your current institution, members of your family, or people with whom you have collaborated during the last ten years.
    • When declining a review, feel free to provide the contact information of a person who would be qualified to review the manuscript.
    • Upon accepting an invitation you will be provided two weeks to complete your review. Reviewers that don't reply on time will be excluded from the Database of Reviewers.


Publication Frequency

SGEJ publishes biannually (2 issues per year), and the accepted papers are published directly within the open issue. Accepted papers are published online ahead of print.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The publication of an article in the peer-reviewed journal SGEJ is to support the standard and respected knowledge transfer network. Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011) that includes;

  1. General duties and responsibilities of editors.
  2. Relations with readers.
  3. Relations with authors.
  4. Relations with editors.
  5. Relations with editorial board members.
  6. Relations with journal owners and publishers.
  7. Editorial and peer review processes.
  8. Protecting individual data.
  9. Encouraging ethical research (e.g. research involving humans or animals).
  10. Dealing with possible misconduct.
  11. Ensuring the integrity of the academic record.
  12. Intellectual property.
  13. Encouraging debate.
  14. Complaints.
  15. Conflicts of interest.

Plagiarism Checking-up

The Editorial Board of SGEJ will check any case of plagiarism on its own merits. If the plagiarism is detected, either by the editor or peer reviewer at any stage before publication of the manuscript (before or after acceptance), the author(s) will be alert, asking him/her to either rewrite the text. If at least 20% of the original submission is plagiarized, SGEJ has the right to reject the manuscript. We use plagiarism detection that includes the use of one of the active software application for that purpose.

Informed Consent

Obtaining informed consent is a basic ethical obligation and a legal requirement for researchers. An informed consent document is typically used to provide subjects with the information they need to make a decision to volunteer for a research study. This information is most often presented subjects in the form of a written document, but may also be offered verbally by a member of the study team or in some other format understandable to the subject. Regulations and policy require that certain information be provided as part of the consent process. For the research papers that include volunteers as a part of the research (e.g. medical research papers), the Authors must provide documents that clearly indicate the informed consent issue.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Publication Fees

There are NO PUBLICATION FEES (APCs) to publish with this journal. 


The Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Journal (SGEJ) with an ISSN (2710-0642) is Interdisciplinary Publishing Academia (IPAcademia), which locates in Duhok, Iraq.