Terra Digitalis is a peer-reviewed international e-journal of maps. It is edited by research institutes and centers of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The journal publishes maps accompanied by their descriptive articles.

Purpose and theme:

To provide a forum for the publication of thematic maps related with Earth Sciences and Geography, among other disciplines, to facilitate the online distribution of digital cartographic works and recognize its value as scientific products.


The journal main audience are the Earth Sciences and Geography academic communities. Although it accepts contributions from any region of the world, studies focusing on Mexico and Latin America are especially welcomed.

Peer review:

The review process is double blind, performed by external peers, and online.

The maps, accompanied by their descriptive articles,  aiming to be published in Terra Digitalis must be submitted complying with the points described in the Submit section

The procedure for selecting the materials submitted consists of: 1) A first review performed by the editor in chief, to determine if the work meets the objective and scope of the journal. If this is the case: 2) The work is assigned to the section editor, who will select two external reviewers to perform a double blind type review. Subsequently: 3) The editor in chief takes into account the peer reviews and the section’s editor opinion to decide if the article can be accepted, in which case the author is informed and must send the final version of the manuscript taking into account the editors opinions and reviewers comments.


Terra Digitalis adheres to the COPE ethic guidelines (http://publicationethics.org/) .

Periodicity and languages:

The journal is biannual (January-June, July-December), in digital format only. Contributions can be either in English or Spanish.

Edition and financing

The institution in charge of the edition of Terra Digitalis is the Instituto de Geografía from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), who works in colaboration with some other UNAM’s Institutes and Research Centers like the Instituto de Geología, Geofísica, the Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental and Centro de Geociencias. The journal is self financed by the mentioned editing institutions.

Open access

Terra Digitalis is an Open Access journal and its contents fall under an Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 Internacional (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) Creative Commons license. The author preserves the rights of the published material. Post-prints can be self-archived by authors (Sherpa-Romeo: blue). 

Data sharing policy

Terra Digitalis adheres to the FAIR principles for data sharing, which stands for:

Findable: Using DOIs to identify the articles and maps

Accesible: Layers and maps can be downloaded through HTTP

Interoperable: Using Geonode whichs allows publishing data anda metadata in a variety of standards OGC compliant (ISO, FGDC, NASA DIF, DublinCore)

Reusable: Under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0), meaning you can copy, transform and redistribute the material as long as the appropiate credits are given, the material is not used for commercial purposes and redistribution is made under the same license as the original work.

Catalogs and Indexes

Terra Digitalis is listed by the Peer reviewed academic journals catalog of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (http://www.revistas.unam.mx/), the Latindex Directory (https://www.latindex.org/) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Plagiarism detection

All submitted manuscripts are inspected using Turnitin software.

Publication charges

We do not charge any publication fee.

Long-term preservation archive

Internet archive