Contributor FAQ

If you’ve got a project or story worth sharing, please take a moment to review the following “FAQ” regarding our content submission process:

2021 Editorial Calendar and Deadlines

January/February (Vol. 11, #1)
Submissions due December 18th, 2020
“State of the Industry 2021” ASPRS Lidar Workshop Special
Bonus Mailing = ASPRS Members + Workshop Attendees

Special Edition #1:
March/April : “LIDAR Leaders” (Vol. 11, #2)
Submissions due February 19th, 2021
Official ILMF “LIDAR Leaders” Publication
Bonus distribution = ILMF/SPAR Denver 2021
Bonus mailing = ILMF pre-registrants, previous attendees
*Sponsor listings available, contact us for details

May/June (Vol. 11, #3)
Submissions due April 9th
Imaging and Visualization Spotlight
Bonus distribution = AUVSI 2021, GEOINT 2021

Special Edition #2:
July/August “Sensor Integration” (Vol. 11, #4)
Submissions due June 11th
Sensor Integration 2020
Bonus distribution = AV Symposium + Automotive LIDAR
Bonus mailing = Show attendees, integration specialists, affiliates
*Sponsor listings available, contact us for details

September/October (Vol. 11, #5)
Submissions due August 18th
UAS Technology Spotlight
Bonus distribution = INTERGEO Hanover, Commercial UAV Expo

Special Edition #3:
November/December : “Aerial Technology Showcase” (Vol. 11, #6)
Submissions due September 17th
Specialist profiles, technology and service provider listings
*Sponsor listings available, contact us for details

January/February 2022 (Vol. 12, #2)
Submissions and listings due November 19th
“State of the Industry 2022” – ASPRS Lidar Workshop Special
Bonus Mailing = ASPRS Members + Workshop Attendees

Why publish with LIDAR Magazine?

  • covers all aspects of lidar: airborne topographic and bathymetric; terrestrial; mobile; close range; underwater and others alongside cutting-edge measurement, positioning and imaging technologies as they relate to GeoTech;
  • publishes both digital and print editions (6x per annum + special editions);
  • has a highly engaged, 15,000 member readership addressing key GeoTech verticals;
  • offers short form “Points & Pixels” section for news and other updates in addition to flexible long form format for feature submissions, interviews, case studies, retrospectives and more;
  • is keen to help its customers obtain exposure for their successes
  • For more information, download our media planner.

What to write about?

  • New application for lidar or geomatics technology
  • Project in a remote or challenging area
  • Use of new lidar and lidar-related technologies, including UAVs
  • Complementary technologies, e.g. imagery or radar (SAR or GPR), where they are combined with lidar
  • Especially successful project planning/execution
  • Something lidar-related from the history of a company – people/places/technologies
  • Use of US and international standards where this is especially significant
  • Accuracy of results

Guidelines for authors:

  • Articles are generally within the 1,200-2,500 word range, although we’re flexible
  • Compelling graphics are critical, especially photos of equipment in use, or beautiful project areas, or people; diagrams are valuable too.
  • Bear in mind when writing your article that the readership is a mixture of practitioners, managers, academics and other interested professionals. Explain terms, acronyms and initialisms as you introduce them in your article.
  • LIDAR Magazine is not an academic journal and articles are not peer-reviewed
  • References to published literature are OK but they are not a requirement
  • Provide a short bio of the author(s), which we will put at the end of the article
  • An article should be submitted as simple a Word document, which should include:
    • Title
    • Sub-title
    • Author’s name
    • Text
    • Bio of author
    • Captions for graphics
  • Graphics can be embedded in the above Word file if you think that is helpful to clarify where they should go, but they should also be provided as separate files, e.g. JPEG or TIFF. Image files must be provided at press resolution (minimum 300 dpi @ 100%). Pixels divided by DPI = inches.

Above all, your article should be interesting – our readers should want to “read all the way through”…

Contributed articles are typically written by employees of geospatial companies (system suppliers; mapping services companies; etc.) or their customers (e.g. utilities; producers of autonomous vehicles; energy companies), or PR companies writing on their behalf; some are written by university teachers and researchers; LIDAR Magazine can recommend freelance writers and on occasion send members of our editorial staff to produce content—we’re happy to discuss opportunities on a case by case basis. Here’s a list of previous contributors.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss placement in more detail with you.

Dr. A. Stewart Walker
Managing Editor, LIDAR Magazine
San Diego, California U.S.A
Direct: +1 (858) 376.3792

PS: So, is it LiDAR, LIDAR, Lidar or lidar? Aside from usage in company and product names, we utilize sentence case (Lidar, lidar).