Geospatial Data

Visualizing Geospatial Data

Geospatial data will be visualized on Google Maps and displayed below the Abstract section of your article. Maps will only appear in the HTML version of your article.

Example Articles

Author Instructions


Files must be in the KML or KMZ format. You can create these files on your own Geographic Information System (GIS) or use Elsevier’s author tool.

Our author tool allows you to create very basic KML files by specifying coordinates, selecting markers and providing text and/or images that the user will see on mouseover.

Using your own GIS, you can include more advanced features. Please note the following:

  • Maximum file size is 3 Mb
  • Maximum number of network links is 10
  • Maximum number of elements is 1000
  • Elements cannot be time-animated
  • 3D models are not compatible
  • Mouseover annotations are used instead of a legend
  • As we use GoogleMaps, we support these KML elements.


If you create your files using the author tool, the tool will immediately present them as they will appear on ScienceDirect.

GIS users must upload their map into the preview tool before submission to verify how it will appear online, as not all KML/KMZ files are suitable for display on ScienceDirect


In your manuscript, indicate where you want the material to appear in the article, for example, by writing ‘File1.kml here’. After you’ve tested your file, please don't forget to upload it into the online submission system with your article. Select the option “Interactive Map Data (KML or KMZ)” as the submission type.

Reviewer Instructions

Reviewers will find your KML/KMZ files in the supplementary material submitted with the manuscript. They can inspect how files will display online by uploading them into the author tool.

  • EES: files can be downloaded via links on the final pages of the reviewer PDF
  • EVISE: files can be downloaded directly from the system

For more information, read the general reviewer instructions for data visualization files.