Semiannual, Islamic Azad University (Meybod Branch)

Journal of Nature and Spatial Sciences (JONASS) ISSN: 2783-1604, (J. nat. spatial sci.) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal dedicated to publishing high-quality scientific research work in the broad field of spatial sciences.

JONASS received an "A" rank and 80/100 score in 2021 in Journal Evaluation

JONASS was approved by the 7th Commission of the Central Organization of the Islamic Azad University in the summer of 2020 (License No. 21319, dated 22/02/1399 AH) and was indexed in Publons, Publishing License - Ministry of Culture, Google Scholar, ROAD Magiran, The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI), ACADEMIA, twitter, LinkedInI.A.U. EVAL.CIVILICA,

The aim of the journal is to obtain valuable national and international indexes by publishing the second and third issues.

Use the JONASS template1 then submit your best paper in the template. This journal has Digital Object Identifier (DOI) allotment for the articles.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 

i4oc standard
This Journal complies with i4oc (Initiative for Open Citations) standards for open citations. Open means that citation data must be freely accessible and reusable without restrictions. The Initiative for Open Citations I4OC is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, researchers, and other interested parties to promote the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data.

Copyright Notice

All articles of this journal are Open Access and it follows the terms outlined by the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) to be the standard terms for Open Access. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of the licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Article Processing Charges (APC)

JONASS doesn't have any Article Processing Charges (APCs).


Plagiarism Policy

JONASS uses DupliChecker software to avoid plagiarism in published papers. This web-based software rates the manuscripts with percent. For example, if a manuscript has 20% plagiarism it means that 20% of the manuscript's words and sentences come from other sources that are suspected of plagiarism. All the reports from DupliChecker will be checked by a human operator to avoid mistakes. According to the policy of this journal in facing plagiarism: a Manuscript will enter the external peer review if be its plagiarism below 20%.

Repository Policy

Archive Policy

Author Self-Archiving Policy

As JONASS is an Open Access journal authors are entitled to make their article publicly available according to the terms of the “CC-BY-4.0” license: Authors who have published under a  “CC-BY-4.0” license may share and distribute their articles on non-commercial websites and repositories.

Re-use guidelines for open access content
When posting, distributing, or reusing Open Access articles, the journal should be clearly attributed as the original place of publication and correct citation details should be given. Authors should also deposit the URL/DOI of their published article in any repository, in addition to the Version of Record.
When making their article available according to the terms of their Open Access license, we strongly encourage authors to deposit the Version of Record. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from such repositories and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.

Journal Archiving

JONASS creates a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. Also, Magiran and Civilica, the national library of scholarly journals in Iran, protect and preserve all the academic publications in all journals. The JONASS uploads all published articles on both servers to keep forever online. Also, JONASS provides access to archived material through JONASS archives and IAU archives.  Manuscripts are the parts of an open archive that are made freely available from the JONASS website after a certain period, which begins from the final publication date of the manuscript. All articles published with open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Permitted reuse is defined by a Creative Commons user license called "Creative Common Attribution". In addition, JONASS retains the copyright of published articles, which are released under a “CC-BY-4.0” enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.


Double-Blind Peer Review Policy

This journal uses a double-blind peer review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. 


Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest statement must be placed before the reference list in the manuscript resembling below: "The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this manuscript".


Advertising policy

All advertisements and commercially sponsored publications are independent of editorial decisions. JONASS does not endorse any product or service marked as an advertisement or promoted by a sponsor in JONASS does publications. Editorial content is not compromised by commercial or financial interests, or by any specific arrangements with advertising clients or sponsors.

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