About the Journal

What is JOAS?

Journal of Open Aviation Science is an open-access peer-reviewed journal, established by researchers for researchers (inspired by the existing OpenSky research network). It promotes high quality open science, open data and reproducible scientific research for aviation, as such practice is largely missing in current aviation research. Our primary objectives are:

  • to promote reproducible research in the aviation sector using open source tools and open data; and
  • to encourage the reproduction of existing research in aviation research domain.

In addition to original scientific research, we welcome replication of existing research publications using open source implementations and open data. Particularly, we welcome contributions comparing the performance of reference models with their open source counterparts.

Each submission is carefully and openly reviewed, based on the quality of the manuscript and on the reproducibility of research. Tables and figures must be submitted with accompanying publically available code, explanations, tests and data. Code shall be tested in order to guarantee that any researcher can re-use it.

Our Focus and Scope

The current scope of the JOAS covers the following areas within the aviation domain:

  • Air traffic management
  • Aircraft surveillance and signal processing
  • Airline operations and management
  • Airport operations and management
  • Artificial intelligence for aviation
  • Flight trajectory optimization and prediction
  • Human factors
  • Meteorology for aviation
  • Modeling and simulations of airplane and air traffic operations
  • Noise and mitigations
  • Policy and economics in air transportation systems
  • Safety and risk modeling and analyses
  • Security and privacy for aviation technologies
  • Sustainability and environmental impact

Article types

You can submit the following types of articles:

  • Original open research articles: Original research with mandatory open data, and open code to reproduce the results.
  • Re-Science articles: Reproducing results from previous research with shared tools and data.
  • Data articles: Paper announcing a significant open data set in aviation research domain.
  • Software articles: Paper announcing a significant open-source tool for aviation research.

Requirements for each article types can be found at the submission page.

Article processing charges (APC)

Currently, there is no APC fee for JOAS, as the journal is supported by researchers with their spare time.

Open Access Policy

JOAS is licensed under a Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. You are free to use the work, but you have to attribute (refer to) 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). The easiest way to refer to an article is to use the HOW TO CITE tool that you find alongside each article in the right sidebar.

Research Data

Research data related to the JOAS articles must be openly accessible. Research data must be registered on a recognized research data repository and supports data citation.

Copyrights and publishing rights

JOAS allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions. JOAS allows the author(s) to retain publishing rights without restrictions.


Authors can archive the pre-print and post-print versions of the work they have submitted to JOAS, including the pdf-version of the article (the so-called publisher's version) that is available on this website. Authors are explicitly free to copy and redistribute the work they have submitted in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the work they have submitted to JOAS for any purpose.

Publication ethics

Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Review Process

JOAS uses an open peer-review process, we are committed to:

  • publish peer review content
  • allow online open review before publication
  • open discussions between authors, editors and reviewers
  • allow post-publication comments
  • share both author and reviewer identities at publication

Plagiarism Policy

All papers are checked for plagiarism by the assigned editor and reviewers, and a software-based plagiarism check can be performed additionally. In case of suspected plagiarism, the authors will have 2 weeks to provide an explanation.

Reproducing a part of a published content or images is allowed if the original source and authors are respectively referred to and are given proper credit.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Authors are allowed to deposit a Submitted version, an Accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript) and a Published version (Version of record) of their work in an institutional or any other repository of their choice.

TU Delft OPEN Publishing is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research. We work in partnership with organizations as well as maintaining our own digital archive.


JOAS  grants you the right to publish the metadata of the series, it's issues and articles under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Publication ethics

Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the fair data principles. The journal adheres to the COPE Core Practices  and the principles of transparency as described in the Declaration on transparent editorial policies for academic journals

Code of conduct

Check TU Delft OPEN code of conduct


The opinions expressed in our published content are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the views of opinions of TU Delft OPEN Publishing.

The responsibility of the content provided is exclusively of the author(s) concerned. TU Delft OPEN Publishing, Journal of Open Aviation Science , the editors and reviewers are not responsible for errors in the contents or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in it.

The opinions expressed in the publications of Journal of Open Aviation Science do not necessarily represent the views of TU Delft OPEN Publishing and the editors. 

We follow an open access publishing principle, in which author(s) are the sole owners of the copyright of the content published, for any omissions, copyright violation author(s) of the concerned article are only responsible. Our responsibility is limited only to removal of the concerned article from the journal once the query is raised.