About Drones

Aims & Scope

Drones (ISSN 2504-446X) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal published monthly online. 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.

Special Requirements of Drones:

  • The manuscript submitted must clearly and directly address topics related to unmanned platforms. If the manuscript is dealing with general theoretical aircraft design, it is recommended to validate the theoretical/numerical results with experimental data from a study of an unmanned platform, at least at a laboratory scale;
  • The journal does not consider the publication of manuscripts related to military operations/applications or that have any explicit reference to military organization.

1. Design

- onboard sensor design
- airframe and structural design
- power supply
- geometric and radiometric sensors
- sensor fusion
- calibration of imageries
- controlling system
- signal/image processing
- nano drones or nanotechnology

2. Development

- performance
- control system
- mission planning
- security systems
- autonomy
- navigation and position/orientation
- autonomous take-off and landing
- artificial intelligent
- machine learning
- simultaneous localization and mapping
- controlled and non-controlled airspace
- meteorology
- GNSS outages
- regulations, and economic impact

3. Applications

- environments
- agriculture
- forestry
- geosciences
- urban area
- logistics
- disaster assistance
- security and surveillance
- architecture
- monitoring, change detection
- health
- marine science
- education

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

MDPI is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Drones will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2024 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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