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2018 Best Paper Award for Early Career Scholars

Sponsored by the Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers

Call for Papers
Deadline: 15 October 2017 [CLOSED]

In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in 2004, the AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) established a competition to recognize "exemplary research scholarship in remote sensing" by post-doctoral scientists and faculty in Geography and allied fields.

Qualified persons are invited to submit a journal manuscript for the Best Paper Award for Early Career Scholars in Remote Sensing. Applicants must have earned the Ph.D. within the last six years (2011-2017) and be a member of the AAG RSSG (or file for membership in the AAG RSSG). The competition will be held in conjunction with the 2018 AAG Meeting in New Orleans. The recipient will receive a certificate and the winning paper will be published in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS). The award will be announced at the AAG Business Meeting of the RSSG and also at the AAG conference honors Luncheon.

The competition will be based solely on the quality and scientific merit of a submitted manuscript that must be prepared in accordance with the format and paper length limitations of the PE&RS journal ( Multi-authored manuscripts are eligible; but the applicant should be the first author, and should also submit a statement indicating that she/he is responsible for over 50% of the research and writing of the paper. Manuscripts submitted for award consideration should not have been submitted elsewhere and should not be in review by any other journal. Manuscripts will be evaluated by external reviewers and the RSSG Awards Committee. The Awards Committee reserves the right not to make an award if no papers meet the expected standard. Although only one paper will be recognized for the award, any paper that meets the standard of potential publication will be submitted to the PE&RS editor for consideration for publication in the journal.

Important note on color figures and page charges: The Awardee is responsible for paying the journal for any color figure and page charges, and must agree to pay any such charges before their paper will be considered for the Award. Black and white figures are free of charge in PE&RS; color figures cost $500 for 1-3 color plates, $1,000 for 4-6 color plates, and $1,500 for 7+ color plates. The first 7 manuscript pages are free, with page charges being $125 for each additional page (a double-spaced manuscript that is 24-26 pages including figures and tables is usually about 7 journal pages). ASPRS offers optional open access publication for $2,500. Applicants should consider submitting figures in B&W and keeping their manuscript to a reasonable length unless they are willing to pay the charges.

To apply, submit your manuscript in the normal way to PE&RS (see . Include a cover letter that states the manuscript is being submitted to the AAG RSSG Early Career Award. In addition, send a pdf digital copy of your manuscript and your current C.V. to the RSSG Awards Chair, Tim Warner, West Virginia University, by 11:59 pm EST on October 15, 2017. All queries should also be directed to Tim Warner.