Drones is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal published monthly online by MDPI. 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)Inspec, and other databases.
  • Journal Rank: JCR - Q2 (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: 4.8 (2022); 5-Year Impact Factor: 5.5 (2022)
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Topic in Drones, IJGI, Land, Remote Sensing
Advances in Earth Observation and Geosciences Topic Editors: Diego González-Aguilera, Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
Deadline: 30 April 2024
Topic in Applied Sciences, Drones, Information, Sensors
Recent Advances and Technologies in Emergency Response, Security and Disaster Management Applications Topic Editors: Evangelos Maltezos, Eleftherios Ouzounoglou, Panagiotis Michalis, Angelos Amditis, Stefanos Vrochidis, Norman Kerle, Christos Ntanos
Deadline: 20 May 2024
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
Special Issue in Drones
Using Drones for Individual Tree Detection (ITD) and Its Applications Guest Editors: Eben N. Broadbent, Adrian Cardil, Ana Paula Dalla Corte, Pabodha Galgamuwa G.A., Midhun Mohan, Shaurya Bajaj
Deadline: 20 April 2024
Special Issue in Drones
UAV IoT Sensing and Networking Guest Editors: Abderrahmane Lakas, Panagiotis Sarigiannidis, Mauro Tropea
Deadline: 30 April 2024
Special Issue in Drones
Drone-Based Wildlife Protection, Monitoring, and Conservation Management Guest Editors: Aaron M. Foley, Humberto Perotto-Baldivieso
Deadline: 15 May 2024
Special Issue in Drones
Resilient UAV Autonomy and Remote Sensing Guest Editors: Chi Chen, San Jiang, Xijiang Chen, Mao Tian, Jianping Li, Jian Zhou
Deadline: 31 May 2024
Topical Collection in Drones
Feature Papers Collection of the World’s Top 2% Scientists in Drones Collection Editors: Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez, Diego González-Aguilera
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
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