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:

2024 Editorial Calendar and Submission Deadlines

Special Edition #1:
Winter 2024 LIDAR Leaders” (Vol. 14, #1)
Editorial submissions due December 15th
“LIDAR Leaders Award Preview” – ILMF (GeoWeek) Special
Bonus mailing = ILMF Pre-Registrants, ASPRS Members and more
*Showcase listings available through January 19th, contact us for details

Spring 2024 “Lidar Workshop” (Vol. 14, #2)
Editorial submissions due March 15th
“State of the Industry 2024” ASPRS Lidar Workshop Special
Bonus mailing = ASPRS Members + Workshop Attendees.
Bonus distribution = GEOINT 2024 (dedicated bins), AUVSI

Special Edition #2:
Summer 2024 “Sensor Integration Spotlight” (Vol. 14, #3)
Editorial submissions due June 14th
Sensor Integration 2024
Bonus distribution = INTERGEO 2024, Commercial UAV Expo
*Showcase listings available through July 12th, contact us for details

Fall 2024 : “Airborne Technology Showcase” (Vol. 14, #4)
Editorial submissions due September 15th
All the latest airborne mapping trends (lidar, UAS, photogrammetry, SAR, etc.)
Bonus promotions = Commerical UAV Expo (digital), Lidar 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 (4x per annum including 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
  • For news and PR placement, check out our premium press options

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.

Stewart Walker Crop

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).