Special Issue "Human-Centered Geovisual Analytics and Visuospatial Display Design"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Arzu Coltekin

Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland
Fax: +41 44 635 5848
Interests: geovisualization; visual analytics; virtual reality; vision; visualization; human computer interaction; design; spatio-temporal analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Sidonie Christophe

Co-Chair of ISPRS WG IV/9: Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality and Co-Chair of International Cartographic Association Commission on Cognitive VisualizationThe COGIT Laboratory, IGN the French National Mapping Agency, PEMLV 73 av. de Paris, 94160 Saint-Mande, France
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Interests: geovisualization; geovisual analytics; GIScience
Guest Editor
Dr. Anthony Robinson

Co-Chair of International Cartographic Association Commission on Visual Analytics Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 318 Walker Building, University Park, PA, 16802, USA
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Interests: user-centered design; geovisual analytics; cartography
Guest Editor
Dr. Urška Demšar

Co-Chair of International Cartographic Association Commission on Visual Analytics School of Geography & Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews, Irvine Building, North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AL, Fife, UK
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Interests: geovisual analytics; movement analytics; GIScience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The special issue is organised by the ISPRS’ Working Group on Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality and ICA’s Commission on Visual Analytics.


This Special Issue seeks papers, broadly, on geovisual analytics and visuospatial display design with human-centered approaches.

Human abilities, limitations and attitudes are defining factors for adaptation of technological solutions, such as visuospatial displays used in geovisual analytics software environments. Human-centered issues (and associated solutions) can be complex to understand, model, and, importantly, generalize from individual experiments. Therefore, it is important that we continue asking new questions, or answer the old questions again with fresh perspectives to advance and solidify our knowledge. In addition to fundamental knowledge, technical solutions that are informed by fundamental knowledge (e.g., on the perceptual and cognitive factors) are still rare, even though it is understood that they could benefit users.

With this Special Issue, we intend to create a compendium of state-of-the-art knowledge on human-centered approaches to creating and using geovisual analytics environments; and the design of the visuospatial displays that are of core importance in visual analytics processes. We welcome contributions that feature technical solutions informed by human-centered user research; experimental studies demonstrating new knowledge in human visuospatial information processing, spatial perception and cognition, and studies focusing on usability engineering. Furthermore, we welcome literature reviews and theoretical papers that consolidates knowledge on any of the listed topics, or topics related to the scope of the Special Issue.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • User-centered techniques for representing and interacting with big spatial data
  • Usability and utility evaluation of geovisual analytics
  • Cognitive studies of geovisualization
  • Personalization and customization of visuospatial displays
  • Ageing and visuospatial displays
  • Perceptually informed design principles for geovisual displays
  • Design and evaluation of virtual environments and augmented reality approaches for geovisualization
  • What about time? User-centered visual analytics for spatio-temporal data
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for movement and dynamic phenomena
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for environment and climate change
  • Geovisual analytics solutions for sustainability (from local to global scales)

Important Dates

  • An expression of interest with a 200-word abstract should be sent to the editorial team latest by 15th of August 2018 at the email address human.isprs.ijgi@gmail.com. Please also mention if you will need a discount or waiver on the open access fees. If your institution has funds for open access publications, please consider that others might not, before asking for the waiver or discount.
  • Deadline for full paper submissions: 15 November 2018

Dr. Arzu Çöltekin
Dr. Sidonie Christophe
Dr. Anthony Robinson
Dr. Urška Demšar
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). You may request waiver or discount when submitting, if you cannot afford the APC. Requests will be evaluated a case-by-case basis, and journal will grant a waiver or discount in cases of genuine need. The journal will consider max. 5 free papers in this special issue.

Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Geovisual analytics
  • Geovisualization
  • Visuospatial displays
  • Perception
  • Cognition
  • Usability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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