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Remote Sensing Open Access Journal: Increasing Impact through Quality Publications

USGS Western Geographic Science Center (WGSC), US Geological Survey, 2255, N. Gemini Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Editor-in-Chief, Remote Sensing
Remote Sens. 2014, 6(8), 7463-7468;
Received: 10 June 2014 / Revised: 4 August 2014 / Accepted: 10 August 2014 / Published: 12 August 2014
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Remote Sensing, an open access journal ( has grown at rapid pace since its first publication five years ago, and has acquired a strong reputation. It is a “pathfinder” being the first open access journal in remote sensing. For those academics who were used to waiting a year or two for their peer-reviewed scientific work to be reviewed, revised, edited, and published, Remote Sensing offers a publication time frame that is unheard of (in most cases, less than four months). However, we do this after multiple peer-reviews, multiple revisions, much editorial scrutiny and decision-making, and professional editing by an editorial office before a paper is published online in our tight time frame, bringing a paradigm shift in scientific publication. As a result, there has been a swift increase in submissions of higher and higher quality manuscripts from the best authors and institutes working on Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), GIScience, and all related geospatial science and technologies from around the world. The purpose of this editorial is to update everyone interested in Remote Sensing on the progress made over the last year, and provide an outline of our vision for the immediate future. [...] View Full-Text
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Thenkabail, P.S. Remote Sensing Open Access Journal: Increasing Impact through Quality Publications. Remote Sens. 2014, 6, 7463-7468.

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