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 14.8 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 2.5 days (median values for papers published in this journal in the first 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 Agriculture, Agronomy, Drones, Horticulturae, Remote Sensing, Sensors
Applications of Big Data and Machine Learning in Smart Agriculture Topic Editors: Xiuliang Jin, Hao Yang, Zhenhai Li, Changping Huang, Dameng Yin
Deadline: 30 September 2023
Topic in Aerospace, Applied Sciences, Drones, Machines, Sensors, Actuators, Automation, Vibration
Perspectives in Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control Topic Editors: Ziquan Yu, Youmin Zhang
Deadline: 30 November 2023
Topic in Applied Sciences, Drones, Electronics, Remote Sensing, Sensors, Technologies
Artificial Intelligence in Sensors, 2nd Volume Topic Editors: Yangquan Chen, Nunzio Cennamo, M. Jamal Deen, Junseop Lee, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Simone Morais
Deadline: 31 December 2023
Topic in Agriculture, Applied Sciences, Drones, Remote Sensing, Sensors
Unmanned Ground and Aerial Vehicles (UGVs-UAVs) for Digital Farming Topic Editors: Monica Herrero-Huerta, Jose A. Jiménez-Berni, Shangpeng Sun, Ittai Herrmann, Diego González-Aguilera
Deadline: 31 January 2024
Special Issue in Drones
Advanced Intelligent Decision-Making and Flight Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Guest Editors: Mou Chen, Bin Jiang, Youmin Zhang, Zixuan Zheng, Shuyi Shao
Deadline: 30 September 2023
Special Issue in Drones
UAV IoT Sensing and Networking Guest Editors: Mauro Tropea, Abderrahmane Lakas, Panagiotis Sarigiannidis
Deadline: 14 October 2023
Special Issue in Drones
UAVs in 5G and beyond Networks Guest Editors: Iván Vidal, Francisco Valera
Deadline: 31 October 2023
Special Issue in Drones
Reliable and Green Long-Endurance Drones Guest Editor: Gianpietro Di Rito
Deadline: 16 November 2023
Topical Collection in Drones
Feature Papers Collection of the World’s Top 2% Scientists in Drones Collection Editors: Diego González-Aguilera, Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
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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