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 many other databases.
  • Journal Rank: CiteScore - Q1 (Aerospace Engineering)
  • Rapid Publication: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 16.3 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 3.7 days (median values for papers published in this journal in the second half of 2021).
  • 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.
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Topic in Applied Sciences, Remote Sensing, Drones, Sensors
Autonomy for Enabling the Next Generation of UAVs Editors-in-Chief: George Nikolakopoulos, Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez, Diego González-Aguilera
Deadline: 31 March 2022
Topic in Sensors, Remote Sensing, Applied Sciences, Electronics, Drones
Artificial Intelligence in Sensors Editors-in-Chief: Yangquan Chen, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Nunzio Cennamo
Deadline: 31 December 2022
Topic in Applied Sciences, Drones, Energies, Machines, Materials, Sensors
Design, Simulation and New Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Deadline: 31 March 2023
Special Issue in Drones
Ecological Applications of Drone-Based Remote Sensing Guest Editor: Adam Cross
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Special Issue in Drones
Bio-Inspired Drones Guest Editors: Mirko Kovac, Sophie Armanini, Abdessattar Abdelkefi
Deadline: 28 February 2022
Special Issue in Drones
Advances in Deep Learning for Drones and Its Applications Guest Editors: Marija Popović, Inkyu Sa
Deadline: 15 March 2022
Special Issue in Drones
Drones, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics for the Conservation of Threatened Species Guest Editor: Grant Hamilton
Deadline: 31 March 2022
Topical Collection in Drones
Feature Papers of Drones Collection Editors: Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez, Diego González-Aguilera
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