Call for Papers: Geomatics Indaba 2015

Deadline: 30 April 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 11 - 13 August 2015


Where: Jones Road, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

Venue: Emperors Palace

Conveners: GISSA, SAGI, IMSSA, EE Publishers

Geomatics Indaba 2015 is a fully inclusive geomatics sector conference, exhibition and training event, encompassing all levels of interested and relevant persons, organisations, government departments and agencies, municipalities, public and private companies, NGOs, universities and training organisations – from students to professionals; junior staff to executives, officials and leaders; in both the public and private sectors; from South Africa, Africa and abroad.

Authors and presenters are invited to submit peer-reviewed academic papers of approximately 5000 words (including tables, figures, and references) for presentation at the GI 2015 conference. Peer-reviewed academic papers should cover and report on the outputs of theoretical and applied research relevant to the theme, subject matter and target audience of the conference. While it is accepted that proprietary technologies, products and services may be described, peer-reviewed academic papers should be generic in nature, and should not have overtly self-serving or commercial content. The use of company names, brand names and trademarks should be kept to an absolute minimum.We urge authors to write papers detailing completed research rather than ‘work-in-progress’. Each paper will undergo rigorous double-blind peer-review to ensure high quality papers. 

Academic papers must be submitted using the on-line paper submission system of the South African Journal of Geomatics available at:

Author guidelines and a step-by-step guide to the electronic submission process are available on the site. Authors are requested to send an individual email to the editor at: [email protected], indicating whether your online submission is intended for the Geomatics Indaba 2015. Please include your name, surname and the title of your submitted paper in your email.


Presenters (i.e. one person per paper presented) may attend the conference on the day of their presentation at no cost, but if the presenter wishes to attend the full conference and hospitality functions (refreshments, lunches, cocktail party, etc.), then a reduced delegate fee of R3400 + VAT applies.

Publishing of peer-reviewed academic papers presented at GI 2015

Peer-reviewed academic papers for GI 2015 will be selected on the basis of their merit, significance, relevance, correctness, originality and clarity following a double-blind peer-review process. A selection of papers will be published in the South African Journal of Geomatics (ISSN 2225-8531). A special printed publication of this issue will be included in the delegate bags at GI 2015. The special issue will also be included on the conference CD. The other accepted peer-reviewed academic papers will be included in the digital conference proceedings (ISBN 978-0-620-64079-4), to be handed out on CD in delegate bags and published on the conference website. Selected peer-reviewed academic papers may also be published in PositionIT magazine (ISBN 1818-2097).

Peer-reviewed academic papers must follow the defined paper template and style-sheet available at the South African Journal of Geomatics website ( Please strictly adhere to these guidelines.


Authors will be allocated a 20-minute slot at the GI 2015 conference to present their papers, and will be provided with a digital projector, screen, laser pointer, podium, microphone, remote mouse and notebook PC with the latest version of PowerPoint for their presentation. Due to time limitations, the 20-minute presentations will be limited to 15 slides.

The opening slide of a presentation must follow a defined conference slide template, but subsequent slides may be free format. Presenters must ensure the text of their slides has adequately sized fonts and background contrast for visibility.

Important deadline dates

Call for peer-reviewed academic papers and presenters: Commencing January 2015
Submission of full-text academic papers for peer-review: Closing 30 April 2015
Notification of provisional acceptance of papers for the academic track: Closing 15 June 2015
Submission of final full-text peer-reviewed academic papers for publishing: Closing 7 July 2015
Registration of presenters of accepted peer-reviewed papers for academic track: Closing 24 July 2015
Submission of PowerPoint presentations for the conference CD: Closing 31 July 2015
Presentation of pagers at Geomatics Indaba 2015: 1
1 to 13 August 2015

Geomatics Indaba 2015 academic papers committee

Should you have any further queries regarding peer-reviewed academic papers and presentations at the GI 2015 conference, please contact:

Prof. Gregory Breetzke, Chairperson, University of South Africa, [email protected]
Dr. Serena Coetzee, University of Pretoria, [email protected]
Prof. Julian Smit, University of Cape Town, [email protected]
Prof Fred Cawood, University of the Witwatersrand, [email protected]

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