Information for Authors

We are interested in publishing high-quality, topical, peer-reviewed articles. In addition, we accept submissions that are of an informational nature that are determined by the Editor-in-Chief to be more appropriate for publication in another format, such as Letters to the Editor. Such submissions are published with more limited, but equally diligent, review.


Instructions and guidelines are provided below for:


  • Letters to the Editor; and
  • Articles

Letters to the Editor


Content Guidelines


Letters to the Editor must not exceed 800 words in length, or contain headings, sub-headings, or more than one figure. A title for the Letter should be included, to indicate the specific technical subject area addressed therein. JoSS will publish the accepted Letter, edited as determined necessary, with the Author’s name, affiliation, and email address, as a by-line at the end of the Letter.


References to previously published works should be cited as appropriate; it is the Author’s responsibility to ensure their completeness and accuracy, bearing in mind that their purpose is to lead the reader directly to the source of the cited information. JoSS assumes no liability for incorrect references in a Letter to the Editor.


Instructions for Submission


Please submit your Letter to the Editor as a digital, editable file to (cc to: We also require that your submission include a completed, signed Copyright Transfer form (a link to which may be found in the Information for Authors section, top menu).




After review and approval by the Editor-in-Chief, and receipt of a signed Copyright Transfer form, the Letter will be published at the Editor’s discretion in the “Letters to the Editor” section of the JoSS website, along with any reply from the Editor. JoSS reserves all rights over publication, editing, and formatting decisions related to such submissions.



Content Guidelines


For articles submitted for peer-review, we accept original, creative, previously unpublished articles that address one or more of our technical topic areas listed below. We strongly encourage new authors to review the JoSS Author Guidance, to ensure that a high-quality, well-structured, thoroughly researched and documented original article is submitted. It is very important that these Guidelines be understood and complied with, especially with regard to copyright issues, appropriate references, and originality of work. A paper that has been published online in connection with a conference, for example, may not be submitted for subsequent publication in a scholarly journal, even by the same author, without running afoul of copyright issues, unless there is substantial difference between the two, including its title. If even a segment (including a Figure, Table, Photo, etc.) of a previously-published document is incorporated into the JoSS submission, it should be appropriately referenced, both in text and in the References section. Please refer to the Author Guidance for further assistance with this and other important issues related to Author responsibilities.


Cost to Authors


During 2012-2017, we have accepted submissions at no charge, with no imminent plans to begin charging Author fees of any kind.


Manuscript Preparation

Submission Templates
To assist JoSS Technical Editors and Reviewers, Authors are requested to follow the guidelines and formatting templates provided in our Article Preparation Instructions and Template (.pdf/.doc). (A pdf file is included for permanent reference; a Word file is included for optional use with your text.) Alternatively, for those interested in submitting a LaTeX file manuscript, please refer to these documents:
LaTeX Help
JoSS LaTeX Article Submission Template
LaTeX Bibliography Template
(JoSS is indebted to Thomas R. P. Heine, Derek Dalle, and Paul Bucksch for their contributions in developing and providing LaTeX template files for use by this publication.)


As stated in these templates, the original manuscript submission must be no longer than 20 pages in total length, in double-spaced, single-column format to facilitate Reviewers’ reading and commenting on the manuscript. Font style and size, heading format, margins and other details are described in the Template. Please do not embed reference links for in-text cites or footnotes, and carefully follow formatting examples, including citation formatting in the References section, as provided in the Template. We reserve the right to return articles that have not been properly formatted. (Note that after review and acceptance, manuscripts will be re-formatted per JoSS layout specifications by our staff.)
Author Contact Information

Be sure to include an email address and telephone number not only for the submitting/corresponding author, but also for any other authors as backup contacts to make any decisions about the article should we not be able to reach the primary author. Only the corresponding author’s email address will be published with the article, however.
Designation of Topic Area

Also remember to list the appropriate Topic Area for your subject matter. For your reference, our Topic Areas are:

      • Command and Data Handling (C&DH)
      • CONOPS/Systems
      • Education/Outreach
      • Electrical Power System (EPS)
      • Formation Flying
      • Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C)
      • Interplanetary Probes
      • Payload/Science/Missions
      • Propulsion
      • Space and Ground Systems Engineering
      • Space Policy
      • Structures, Mechanisms, and Thermal
      • Tracking, Telemetry, and Communications (TT&C)
      • Other Relevant Topics (e.g., Launch, Assembly, Integration & Testing, Standards, etc.)
Instructions for Submission


    • Step 1: Complete and sign the Copyright Transfer and Permission Request Forms, also provided below. Your manuscript submission is not considered complete until we have received signed Copyright Transfer and Permission Request Forms, which you may return either by post, fax, or digitally scanned email attachments. It is not critical that these be included with your initial submission, but they should follow shortly thereafter.
    • Step 2: Send your article electronically in pdf file format to (cc to:, and your signed forms via post, fax, or as digitally scanned email attachments.

For mailing or emailing your submission, or for assistance regarding these instructions, please refer to the following:


        • Mail: Journal of Small Satellites (JoSS)
          A. Deepak Publishing
          15 Research Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 USA
        • Tel: (757) 766-7880 or -7990
        • Email: or
 Publication Process
 Submission Received and Acknowledged

You will receive acknowledgement of receipt within a day or two of submitting your manuscript. Please follow-up with email inquiry, if you do not.

Assigned to a Technical Area Editor (TAE) – Potential Reviewers Identified – Reviewers Committed

The Editor-in-Chief will assign your submission to a Technical Area Editor (TAE), who will identify appropriate potential Reviewers and make publishing recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief based on their comments.


Once Reviewers commit to the task, they are given four weeks to review your submission and return their comments. (A minimum of two Reviewers is required for a paper to move forward towards publication in JoSS.)

Publication Decision Made, Based on Review Comments

The TAE will make a preliminary decision to conditionally accept a submission based on these comments, or to return the manuscript to you as not ready for publication. After the Editor-in-Chief concurs with this decision, you will receive notice of JoSS’s preliminary publishing decision and any further instructions at that point.


If your submission has been conditionally accepted, you are given four weeks to revise your paper in response to the received comments, and return it along with an item-by-item description of your response to each Reviewer comment.

Final Publishing Decision Made – Notification to Author

Your revision will be reviewed by the TAE to determine whether you have adequately responded to Reviewer comments, for final publishing decision. After the Editor-in-Chief’s concurrence, you will receive notice of JoSS’s final publishing decision. If there are any further adjustments to be made by you as Author, you will be given instructions.

Final Editing – Layout – Publication

Your submission will be edited by JoSS for format, consistency, and grammar; should there be major changes or questions about edits that might have altered your substantive meaning, the editor will send specific portions or all of your paper to you once more before layout. Otherwise, you will next see your paper when published in the upcoming JoSS issue.