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Publications of conferences and workshops

The ICA publishes the outcomes of its conferences and workshops in three series:

  1. Advances in Cartography and GIScience of the International Cartographic Association (short: Advances of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2084): single-blind peer review based on a full paper;
  2. Proceedings of the International Cartographic Association (short: Proceedings of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2092): single-blind peer review based on submitted abstracts, developed to full paper;
  3. Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association (short: Abstracts of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2106): single-blind peer review based on submitted abstracts; publication of abstract only.
YearEvent/TitleDate/PlaceAdvances Volume NumbersProcedings Volume NumbersAbstracts Volume Numbers
2020Central European Cartographic Conference and 68th German Cartography Congress – EuroCarto 2020Vienna, Austria (online), 21–25 September 20202
201915th International Conference on Location Based Services – LBS 2019Vienna, Austria, 11–13 November 20192
2019The 29th International Cartographic ConferenceTokyo, Japan, 15–20 July 2019121
2017The 28th International Cartographic ConferenceWashington, D.C., USA, 2–7 July 20171
Useful resources

International Journal of Cartography (IJC)

The International Journal of Cartography

Published by Taylor & Francis for ICA
Print ISSN: 2372-9333
Online ISSN: 2372-9341
Current editors: William Cartwright and Anne Ruas

ICA News

ICA News

Published twice a year in print and pdf form.
For information, please visit the ICA News page.

ICC Proceedings 1993–2015

Until 2015, proceedings of International Cartographic Conferences (ICC) were published by the local organizing committees for ICA. Digital versions are available online since ICC 1993.

Affiliate Journals

The Cartographic Journal

The Cartographic Journal

Published by Taylor & Francis for the The British Cartographic Society
First published in 1964
Print ISSN: 0008-7041
Online ISSN: 1743-2774
Current editor: Alexander Kent


Published by University of Toronto Press for the Canadian Cartographic Association
First published in 1965
Print ISSN: 0317-7173
Online ISSN: 1911-9925
Current editors: Emmanuel Stefanakis

Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS)Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS)

Published by Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)
First published in 1973
Print ISSN: 1523-0406
Online ISSN: 1545-0465
Current editor: Nicholas Chrisman

The world drawn by children. Maps from the Barbara Petchenik International Competitions 2017 & 2019

The National Geographic Institute of Spain has published the book “The World drawn by children. Barbara Petchenik International Competitions 2017 & 2019 / El mundo dibujado por los niños. Concursos Internacionales Barbara Petchenik 2017 y 2019” as a tribute to the 150th anniversary of its foundation.

This book has been created thanks to the valuable contribution of the ICA Commission on Cartography & Children and the remarkable cooperation of the Spanish Society for Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. However, above all, it could only come into fruition thanks to the wonderful drawings made by children competing in the 2017 and 2019 editions of the international competition. This competition is organised by the ICA and aims to promote creative representation of the world as seen by schoolchildren, to strengthen geographic and cartographic knowledge and to make participants aware of the world in which they live, favouring understanding and preservation.

The pdf-version of the book can be downloaded here (35mb).

More books on the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition can be found here.

Mapping for a Sustainable World

On the International Day of Education 2021 the new book Mapping for a Sustainable World a co-publication by the United Nations and the International Cartographic Association, was published online.

It is published as an open access document according to the CC BY-NC license. Drawing from cartography, the book offers guidelines for mapping geographic datasets related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by introducing basic principles of map design and use, discussing established best practices and conventions, and explaining how different mapping techniques support understanding of the SDGs. The pdf-version of the book can be downloaded from the page accessible via https://www.un-ilibrary.org/content/books/9789216040468. A printed version is in preparation.

Menno-Jan Kraak (ICA), Robert E. Roth (ICA), Britta Ricker (ICA), Ayako Kagawa (UN), Guillaume Le Sourd (UN): “Mapping for a Sustainable World”, Unites Nations & International Cartographic Association, New York, 2020, 79 pages.

The World of Maps

The World of Maps is a book produced to accompany the International Map Year. The perspective of the book is to broaden the knowledge of cartography and geographic information among the general public and especially among school children. The World of Maps includes individual chapters covering a variety of cartographic topics and issues that form a coherent introduction, reference volume and work-book for those who are interested in investigating the nature of contemporary mapping.

It has been translated to several languages, an overview can be found here.

B. Rystedt, F.J. Ormeling (ed.): “The World of Maps”,
International Cartographic Association, Stockholm, 2014, 147 pages.


The Springer ICA series is a subseries of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography.

Elsevier Science

Butterworth Heinemann

(a subcompany of Elsevier specialized in educational books)

  • Anson, R. and F. J. Ormeling (1994), Basic Cartography, volume 1, ed. 2
    (copies available at Amazon.com (external link))
  • Anson, R. and F. J. Ormeling (2002), Basic Cartography, volume 2, ed. 2
  • Anson, R. and F. J. Ormeling (1996), Basic Cartography, volume 3

Map Collector Publications

  • Pelletier, M. (1996), How to Identify a Map Maker
  • Wallis, H. and A. H. Robinson (1987), Cartographical Innovations

GIM International: ICA reports

ICA regularly publishes in GIM International magazine. All current issues (since 2014) can be found in the online archive of GIM. Older contributions can be found below. You can access the scanned monthly pages bundled as one PDF per year.

10 years ICA reports in GIM International

Publication Agreement

By submitting a paper or similar type of work to an ICA conference, symposium or commission meeting the author allows ICA to publish it on paper or in digital form and to distribute copies free of charge or for sale. All other rights remain with the author.

Paper submitted should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication. Authors submitting papers warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the ICA against any break of such warranty. If the paper has some kind of text, illustration or image with copyright a declaration of the corresponding copyright shall be included. The author is responsible for obtaining the necessary permission of copyright.