Journal History

2017 The inaugural issue was released. Drones was published as a quarterly journal.
2018 Drones was indexed in AGRIS - Agricultural Sciences and Technology (FAO).
2020 Drones was indexed in Scopus - Elsevier.
2021 Drones was indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) - Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics).
Drones announced the first edition of the PhD Thesis Award.
Drones established four Sections:
  • Drone Design and Development
  • Drone Communications
  • Drones in Ecology
  • Drones in Agriculture and Forestry
Drones received its first Citescore (2021) of 5.4, ranked 13/129 (Q1) in “Aerospace Engineering” category, ranked 73/329 (Q1) in “Information Systems” category, ranked 154/693 (Q1) in “Computer Science Applications” category, ranked 62/260 (Q1) in “Control and Systems Engineering” category, ranked 72/227 (Q2) in “Artificial Intelligence” category.
2022 Drones received its first Impact Factor (5.532), ranked 10/34 (Q2) in the Category “Remote Sensing”.
Drones received an increased CiteScore (2022) of 7.2, ranked 11/131 (Q1) in the Category “Aerospace Engineering”, ranked 59/353 (Q1) in the Category “Information Systems”, ranked 122/747 (Q1) in the Category “Computer Science Applications”, ranked 48/270 (Q1) in the Category “Control and Systems Engineering”, ranked 64/269 (Q1) in the Category “Artificial Intelligence”.
Drones announced the first edition of the Best Paper Award.
Drones adopted a monthly publication schedule.


2017–Present Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Diego Gonzalez-Aguilera

Section Editor-in-Chief

2021–Present Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Abdessattar Abdelkefi for the Section on "Drone Design and Development"
Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Yangquan Chen for the Section on "Drones in Agriculture and Forestry"
Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Eben Broadbent for the Section on "Drones in Ecology"
Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Vishal Sharma for the Section on "Drone Communications"
2023–Present Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez for the Section on "Innovative Urban Mobility"
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