Call for Submissions

CaGIS is pleased to re-announce the call for submissions of extended abstracts, poster presentations, and workshop proposals for AutoCarto 2020. The 2020 symposium will take place on the Esri campus in Redlands, California, November 18 through 20. Workshops will take place on November 17. See submission guidelines below for details.

The theme of AutoCarto 2020 is WhereNext. We welcome submissions of extended abstracts for research presentations and workshop proposals with a topical or technical emphasis related to WhereNext. We are not only looking at where we are and where to go next, but we challenge the ideas of where and next in terms of meaning, communication, visualization, and reasoning in the new age of automation, robotic revolution, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Important Dates

  • Workshop proposals due: August 15, 2020
  • Workshop decisions: August 20, 2020
  • Extended abstracts due: September 1, 2020 (please choose New Paper as the submission type)
  • Extended abstract decisions: September 14, 2020
  • Poster abstracts due: September 21, 2020
  • Poster decisions: September 30, 2020
  • Revised extended abstracts due: September 30, 2020

Extended paper abstracts

Cartography and Geographic Information Science (the journal of CaGIS) plans to publish a special issue (or a special section) following the symposium. Authors who would like to submit a full manuscript to the CaGIS journal can indicate their interest in their extended abstract. The program committee will consider all submissions and select for publication those abstracts most likely to be accepted as manuscripts for the journal. Due dates for the full manuscripts will be announced after the symposium. 

Guidelines for extended paper abstracts

  • Submit extended abstracts via EasyChair.
  • Include title, authors, affiliations, and the email for the corresponding author.
  • Include no more than 1,500 words of research description with clear statements on objectives and novelty.
  • We welcome completed research projects, work in progress, or visionary works that probe new directions in cartography and GIScience.
  • All abstracts must follow the styles and formats required by the CaGIS journal. A template in (.doc) format and guidelines in (PDF) format are provided for your convenience. 
  • We will notify authors of selected abstracts and a due date for registration.
  • Authors must register for the symposium before we publicly announce the selection.

Poster abstracts

In addition to paper sessions, AutoCarto 2020 offers opportunities for poster presentations to allow one-on-one conversations on topics displayed graphically on posters. Posters invite interactive and in-depth discussions on your research with attendees at AutoCarto 2020.

We welcome submissions of poster abstracts (up to 500 words) addressing the theme “WhereNext” from all topics of cartography and geographic information science.

Poster abstracts can be submitted at Please assure that you select “Poster” for your submission.

A poster session may be the right fit for you if:

  • Your research is visually interesting and lends itself well to being presented through maps, pictures, and graphics.
  • You need extra time to prepare an abstract, beyond the paper deadline.
  • You want to present in a casual, conversational venue with one-on-one interactions.
  • You want to make new connections and network with fellow attendees.
  • You want your presentation to be searchable in the Abstract Gallery after the symposium.
  • You are a student scholarship winner and are required to present at AutoCarto but you did not submit a paper abstract.

Guidelines for poster abstracts

The poster display boards are 8 feet high and can be set up in 2-, 3-, or 4-foot widths. Since a poster format is best when your material can easily be communicated visually, text should be limited to brief statements.

  • Each presentation should make a unified, coherent statement.
  • Materials, both textual and visual, should be of professional quality and be clearly legible from a distance of four feet.
  • The maximum size is 4 feet in width or 4 feet in height with a smaller size in the other dimension (for example, 4 feet wide by 3 feet high or four feet high by three feet wide).
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and must be submitted on EasyChair at
  • Poster abstract submissions should be indicated as posters on EasyChair.

Workshop proposals

Workshops may last from 90 minutes to a full day.

Guidelines for workshop proposals

  • Submit workshop proposals to the program committee chair, May Yuan at
  • Include workshop title, organizers, affiliations, and email addresses for all organizers.
  • Include the duration of the workshops (e.g., 90 minutes, half-day, full day, etc.)
  • Include one to two paragraphs on the workshop topic, background, objectives, and expectations.
  • Include the plan and technical requirements for the workshop (e.g., schedule, format, Internet, computers, expected number of attendees, etc.)

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