Journal License and Guidelines

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The OSGeo Journal is published under the Creative Commons By Attribution - No Derivatives license. This gives you the following rights (taken from the above link):

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • No Derivative Works. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
  • For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.
  • Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.


Language translations are managed by the Journal editorial team. You are welcome to help with language translations but they must be coordinated with the Journal team so that content can be rolled back into the official publication. You may also contact the author of the work to obtain further permissions for using the work.


These guidelines for those who are contributing or considering contributing articles or content to the Journal. Direct questions to the Journal management/editorial team if your article will not fit this guidelines.


Journal content covers several broad areas of geospatial interest, but is primarily for presenting articles about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) as applied in the geospatial/geoinfomatics fields. Topical articles covering theoretical aspects of GIS are also welcome, but are encouraged to also point to specific FOSS implementations. Articles that are primarily focused on proprietary (non-FOSS) applications will not be accepted. Articles may contain information about proprietary products as long as they are presented in the context of integrating FOSS within traditionally non-FOSS environments or highlighting migration from non-FOSS to FOSS solutions.

This rationale is based on the fact that there are many other journals and magazines available for non-FOSS applications to promote their products. However, FOSS users are regularly concerned with how to work within a proprietary environment or move away from one, so articles that show a mixture of technology may still be relevant.

Contributors must agree with this sentiment when proposing or submitting content.


  • Contributors retain copyright on their articles
  • Contributors authorize the OSGeo Journal to reproduce and edit the content of their articles, including translating the content into other languages, at no cost and with no commitment to maintain the article in the future
  • Contributors agree to license their articles under the same license as the OSGeo Journal (see Licensing below)
  • Contributors authorize the OSGeo Journal to have copyright over the compilation, including the representation of their articles in the Journal format


Contributors agree to timing deadlines for submitting material to the Journal editorial team and recognize that an article may be rejected or postponed to a future edition if submission deadlines are not met.


You are free to download, print, copy and redistribute the contents of the OSGeo Journal and its articles. If you post the document(s) online, you must also provide a reference back to the original Journal web site: If you cannot provide a link back to the original site, we ask that you identify the source in a manner that respects the original authors and OSGeo and the publisher, for example by adding this text to the web page:

This journal and its articles are published by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), 
the individual articles are copyright of their respective authors.  The Journal is covered by the
Creative Commons By Attribution - No Derivatives license.
The OSGeo Journal web site is: