Ground Penetrating Radar

The first peer-reviewed scientific journal dedicated to GPR

Open access, open science

ISSN 2533-3100

About Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar (ISSN 2533-3100) was founded in September 2017 as a follow-up initiative of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action TU1208 and is the first peer-reviewed scientific journal dedicated to the publication of research and review papers, tutorials, software and data papers, communications, and comments concerned with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology, methodology and applications.  

This is an open-access journal. The first issue was published in January 2018; all published articles and issues are available for download from the Archive.

Ground Penetrating Radar is a non-profitable journal and all its bodies work voluntarily. Every submitted manuscript is subject to a blind review process. Accepted articles are published free of charge for both Authors and Readers, thanks to the generous support of TU1208 GPR Association and to the efforts of the Reviewers and Editorial Board

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is attributed to every published article; as is well known, DOI is the standard persistent identifier for any form of intellectual property on a digital network. All Ground Penetrating Radar articles are registered on mEDRA, the multilingual European Registration Agency of DOIs, and, as of 2019, on Crossref.

History of the journal, Aims & Scope

GPR is a safe, non-invasive and reliable inspection technique with a bright future, which started being used in the field of geoscience in the 1950s and rapidly found applications in several other areas. In the last decades, new developments have occurred at an increasing pace and, although the technique has now reached a level of maturity, there still are vast opportunities for further advancements and innovation. The number of GPR-related scientific papers is growing significantly; over recent years, special issues and books on the GPR technique are published more and more often by various journals and publishing houses. As is well known, GPR has two longstanding dedicated biennial events (the International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, held since 1986, and the International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar, held since 2001); moreover, GPR-related sessions are organized in the framework of many international and national conferences. 

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action TU1208 "Civil engineering applications of Ground Penetrating Radar" was running from April 2013 to October 2017. The Action involved more than 300 experts from 150 partner institutes in 41 countries and gave a significant boost to the GPR research, in Europe and beyond. Members of COST Action TU1208 thought that the time was definitely ripe for a GPR journal to start. Therefore, in September 2017 they decided to found Ground Penetrating Radar. The journal was announced during the Final Conference of the Action (23-25 September 2017, Warsaw Poland). The intention was to create a high-quality, innovative, inclusive, open-access and open-science journal, entirely managed by scientists and non-profitable; for these reasons, the ambitious choice was made to self-publish the journal, instead of leaning on a renowned editorial house. In particular, the publisher of Ground Penetrating Radar is TU1208 GPR Association, a non-profit scientific association founded as a follow-up initiative of COST Action TU1208. 

We are confident that, with the cooperation and support of GPR scientists and experts, Ground Penetrating Radar will rapidly become an interesting, impactful and influential periodical publication - with obvious benefits for the GPR community as a whole.

The scope of Ground Penetrating Radar spans all of the latest and emerging research in the GPR field. Thus, the journal topics cover:

  • The development of novel instrumentation;
  • The applications of GPR in earth and planetary sciences, environmental and civil engineering, archaeology and cultural heritage, forensics and security, and in any other areas;
  • The advancement and use of electromagnetic modelling, imaging, inversion, and data-processing methods for GPR; and,
  • The combined use and integration of GPR with complementary non-destructive testing techniques.

More details on the covered topics can be found on the Instructions for Authors webpage.


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Publication of News & Announcements

A journal section entitled ‘News & Announcements’ was inaugurated with the second issue of the journal (July 2018) and is currently published at the end of every issue. This section is dedicated to hosting the following content:

  • Announcements regarding upcoming GPR-related academic activities, such as conferences and conference sessions, workshops, training schools, scientific contests, and awards;
  • Reviews of recent GPR-related books, submitted by their Authors and/or Publishers;
  • Selected advertisements.

If you are interested in contributing to this section of the journal, please take contact with the editorial office at The publication of news and announcements requires a donation to support the journal's expenses. 

Social Media

We share scientific insights on Ground Penetrating Radar papers via the social media channels of COST Action TU1208 and TU1208 GPR Association:





and on our blog:

Moreover, as Twitter is becoming the main social media platform for the "science online community," we have recently started a new Twitter account dedicated to sharing and discussing Ground Penetrating Radar papers:


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Latest Issue

Issue 2, Volume 2 - June 2019

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Table of Contents

Editorial & Preface

by L. Pajewski

Ground Penetrating Radar, Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2019, pp. I-II


GPR CSP method to detect and map hydrocarbon contamination in shallow underground spills

by E. Kusnir 

Ground Penetrating Radar, Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2019, pp. 1-30


Ground penetrating radar with a high frequency antenna improves root biomass detection in sandy soil-grown winter wheat

by X. Liu, X. Don g, X. Ma,
E. B. Blancaflor, and J. Butnor

Ground Penetrating Radar, Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2019, pp. 31-48


Acquisition of data on underground infrastructure by using GPR And EML Technology

by Ž. Bugarinović, A. Ristić, M. Vrtunski,
and M. Govedarica

Ground Penetrating Radar, Volume 2, Issue 1, June 2019, pp. 49-68


Re-design of a ground penetrating radar antenna with 2.45 GHz central frequency by dimension scaling and tuning of a previous structure

Ground Penetrating Radar, Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2019, pp. 69-86

by  A. Ventura and L. Pajewski

The publication of Volume 2, Issue 2 is supported by TU1208 GPR Association

Selection of papers published in
upcoming issues


Inversion of the IFSTTAR geophysical test site data included in TU1208 Open Database of Radargrams by using qualitative techniques – Preliminary results

by A. Fedeli,  M. Pastorino, A. Randazzo, and X. Déerobert

Ground Penetrating Radar, Volume 2, Issue 4, December 2019, pp. 1-10 (Special Issue 2019 EGU GA Session GI4.1 “Ground Penetrating Radar: Technology, Methodology, Applications and Case Studies”)


GPR Results in the Sanctuary of San Pancrazio in Albano Laziale, Rome, Italy

by R. Persico, G. Leopizzi, and G. Leopizzi

Ground Penetrating Radar, Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2020, pp. 1-17 (Special Issue New perspectives for the study and preservation of cultural heritage with the aid of noninvasive prospecting)


Please visit the Archive to explore and download previously published issues and articles.

For information concerning COST Action TU1208 and TU1208 GPR Association, please take contact with the Chair of the Action and President of the Association, Prof. Lara Pajewski. From 4 April 2013 to 3 October 2017, this website was supported by COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology - COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme Horizon2020. TU1208 Members are deeply grateful to COST for funding and supporting COST Action TU1208. As of 4 October 2017, this website is supported by TU1208 GPR Association, a non-profit association stemming from COST Action TU1208.