Geospatial Data

Visualizing Geospatial Data

Visualize geospatial data in your article in a Google Maps based interface. You can upload your own KML/KMZ file for this, or create one using our author tool.

Creating the file using the author tool, you can indicate research locations with simple markers. Using your own GIS program you can include more detailed information in lines, shaded areas, overlays, multiple pins, mouse hover annotations and other features.

Read the author instructions below to learn how to do this.

Example Articles

Author Instructions


ScienceDirect can visualize your geospatial data files in KML or KMZ format. The required files can be created either on your own system or using our author tool.

In our author tool, you can create a very basic KML file by specifying coordinates and selecting markers. They will appear as pins on a map.

Authors using Geographic Information System (GIS) can make use of more advanced features by exporting their KML/KMZ files from the system and uploading these, keeping in mind the following limitations:

  • The Geospatial Data viewer makes use of Google Maps, and supports these KML elements.
  • The maximum file size is 3 Mb.
  • The maximum number of network links is 10.
  • The maximum of elements is 1000.
  • Elements cannot be time-animated.
  • 3D models are not possible.
  • Use mouseover annotations instead of a legend.


If you create your file using the author tool, the tool will immediately display how your file will look on ScienceDirect.

GIS users must before submission upload their map into the preview tool to verify how it will display online. This is necessary to avoid surprises: not all KML/KMZ files are suitable for display on ScienceDirect


In your manuscript, you can indicate where you want the material to appear in the article, for example, by writing ‘File1 here’. After you’ve tested your file, please do not forget to upload it into the online submission system together with your article. Please 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 they will display online by uploading them into the author tool.

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

For more information, read the general reviewer instructions for Enrichments.