Call for Papers: Special Focus Issue of the International Journal of Cartography on the State of the Art & Science in Cartography

Call for Papers: Special Focus Issue of the International Journal of Cartography on the State of the Art & Science in Cartography

Guest Editors: Arzu Çöltekin, Anthony C. Robinson, Luciene Delazari, Pyry Kettunen

The ICA Commissions on Visual Analytics, Cognitive Issues in Geographic Visualization, and User Experience (UX) invite paper submissions for a special focus issue of the International Journal of Cartography ( The theme for this special issue centers on the State of the Art & Science in Cartography, with the aim of synthesizing literature in emerging areas of Cartography and especially at its intersections with other domains. This is a special issue focusing on literature reviews, i.e., we are not targeting empirical research results. Papers submitted for this special issue should focus on reviewing and synthesizing recent literature in an area of cartographic research and geospatial sciences. Submissions should emphasize the state of the art in a given thematic area, and culminate by identifying key themes, challenges, or opportunities, and critical reviews are welcome. We will accommodate both systematic and narrative reviews. We do not target original research results, unless they are in support of demonstrating claims made in the review.

Examples of topic areas may intersect with:

  • Representation in cartography (humanities and graphics perspectives both welcome)
  • Data journalism, cartography, and storytelling
  • Accessibility in cartography
  • New paradigms for web mapping
  • Usability evaluation and human factors research
  • Perception, cognition, memory of space and place
  • Individual and group differences in human performance with spatial tasks
  • Visual variables: Bertin and beyond
  • Color research in cartography
  • Extended reality (virtual, augmented, mixed) displays
  • Geovisual analytics
  • Information visualization, scientific visualization, visual analytics
  • Machine learning in cartography and geospatial sciences
  • Satellite imagery in cartography
  • Spatial decision making
  • Spatial learning
  • Maps and map-like displays in urban planning and urban design

We are also open to proposals that relate to cartography but are not listed above.

Please send expressions of interest including a brief abstract to frame your paper proposal to our team of guest editors (details below). We will collect submissions through 2021 and first half of 2022. Earlier submissions will be processed and published online as they come in. The submissions will be subject to rigorous double-blind review and accepted papers will appear in the ICA’s official journal International Journal of Cartography, which is indexed in scopus.

A summary of important dates:

  • 30 Sept 2021 or earlier: Expressions of interest by email to guest editors, including a working title and abstract (Arzu Çöltekin <>, Anthony C Robinson <>, Luciene Stamato Delazari <> and Kettunen Pyry <>)
  • 15 July 2022 or earlier: Full papers to be submitted to the journal marking our focus issue. Submission instructions for the journal can be found here (please remember to indicate that it is for our focus/special/theme issue):

First Call For Papers: 2020 ICA Workshop on Analytical Reasoning

2020 ICA Workshop on Analytical Reasoning

Cartography, Visualization, Design

Date: Monday 14 September 2020

Location: University of Warsaw, Poland

It has been 15 years since visual analytics was first established as the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive maps and visualizations. Since then, new models have been proposed to understand cognitive reasoning processes, new technologies have been released to support interactive, mobile, and immersive mapping, and new methods have been developed to examine and evaluate user experiences with analytical support systems. We call for research papers in cartography, visualization, and allied design fields to capture the state-of-science on visuospatial analytical reasoning.

Analytical Reasoning goes beyond simply noticing a pattern, and invokes a complex set of processes that aim to explain what has been seen, or to predict what will happen next. Creating the conditions in which users are able to reason about spatial information is a difficult task, and there are many challenges to overcome. This workshop invites short reports on ongoing and emergent work that aims to tackle one of the many dimensions in cartography that relate to supporting analytical reasoning. Broadly speaking, we are seeking work that focuses on understanding users, their cognitive processes, and/or their interactions with visual representations and computational methods via maps or geographic visualization. We welcome research that tackles these and related problem areas through computational, representational, or contextual methodological lenses. This workshop will provide a forum in which new approaches and ideas can be discussed and where new research collaborations can be formed. 

Early stage work is explicitly encouraged, especially by junior scholars or those who might be new to cartography.

This workshop represents the joint efforts of the University of Warsaw Department of Geoinformatics, Cartography, and Remote Sensing in collaboration with the International Cartographic Association Commissions on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, Visual Analytics, and User Experience (UX)


We invite two kinds of contributions. First, we seek two-page short papers on completed research. Two-page short papers should be prepared using the CHI format, with accepted papers receiving 20 minutes for presentation and discussion. Second, we seek 150-word abstracts on work in progress or early graduate proposal ideas. Short abstracts will receive 5 minutes for a lightning talk presentation with discussion following all lightning talks. Select papers may be encouraged for expansion into a special journal issue, depending on participation.

Short papers and abstracts will be reviewed by two program committee members to gauge appropriateness for the workshop.

Relevant Topics Include:

  • Geovisualization and visual analytics
  • Storytelling for improved comprehension of geographic processes
  • User experience design for expert systems
  • Visuospatial cognition and reasoning
  • Models of spatial cognition
  • Models of human visuospatial reasoning
  • Individual and group differences in spatial abilities
  • Wayfinding and navigation
  • Reasoning on the go with augmented and mixed realities
  • Thematic map design
  • Visual variables and visual semiotics
  • User perspectives on thematic cartography
  • Human-computer interaction 
  • Immersive analytics
  • Understandable machine learning
  • Algorithms and spatial decision making
  • Spatial decision support systems


Papers and abstracts should be submitted using our EasyChair site located at:

2-page paper deadline: 15 May 2020

Short abstract deadline: 1 June 2020

Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2020

Registration deadline: 31 July 2020

If you need a visa to Poland to participate, or have other questions about the workshop, please contact the local organizers at


Please visit our workshop website for registration details: 

Every effort is being made to offer this workshop at a low cost, and we expect registration fees to be minimal with an optional group dinner taking place in the evening after the workshop concludes.

Commission on Visual Analytics Activities at the 2019 ICC in Tokyo

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics welcomes you to join special sessions and activities at the upcoming 2019 International Cartographic Conference to be held from July 15th – 20th in Tokyo, Japan.

The preliminary conference program has been posted here, and you will see several sessions sponsored by our Commission taking place on Friday, July 19th:

T27-1 Social Applications of Geovisual Analytics
Room: Conference Room 2 (Plaza Heisei)
Datetime: Fri 19th July 10:50-12:10
Chair: Anthony Robinson (The Pennsylvania State University)
T27-1-1 Visual Analytics for Regional Economic Environment Factors Based on a Dashboard Design
Chenyu Zuo, Linfang Ding, Liqiu Meng
T27-1-2 Reasoning about Socio-Economic Data: A Visual Analytics Approach to Bayesian Network
Ekaterina Chuprikova, Liqiu Meng
T27-1-3 Geovisual analysis of VGI for understanding people’s behaviour in relation to multifaceted context
Natalia Andrienko, Gennady Andrienko, Siming Chen, Dirk Burghardt, Alexander Dunkel, Ross Purves

T27-2 Design & Computation in Geovisualization
Room: Conference Room 2 (Plaza Heisei)
Datetime: Fri 19th July 14:50-16:10
Chair: Arzu Coltekin (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland)
T27-2-1 On the relevance of cartography — An interaction design perspective
Sebastian Meier, Jordi Tost, Frank Heidmann
T27-2-2 Given the problem of projection, are heat maps an oxymoron?
Daniel Strebe
T27-2-3 The Levenshtein distance as a measure of mirror symmetry and homogeneity for binary digital patterns
Godfried Theodore Toussaint

T27-3 Visualizing Flows & 3D Geovisualization
Room: Conference Room 2 (Plaza Heisei)
Datetime: Fri 19th July 16:40-18:00
Chair: TBD (TBD)
T27-3-1 Creating Maps of Artificial Spaces for Exploring Trajectories
Gennady Andrienko, Natalia Andrienko
T27-3-2 Workflow for 3D geovisualization of the data obtained with the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Augmented Reality
Łukasz Halik, Maciej Smaczyński, Beata Medyńska-Gulij
T27-3-3 Geovisualization of complex origin-destination flow maps using Discrete Global Grid Systems
Paulo Raposo
T27-3-4 Using Focus + Context Techniques to Visualize Building Information Model in virtual Geo-Environment
Shen Ying, Chengpeng Li, Weiyang Li, Naibin Chen, Zhigang Zhao

In addition, we would love to see you at our Commission Meeting, which will be held on Friday, July 19th – 12:10 – 13:30 in Plaza Heisei Conference Room 2.