A milestone for Photonic Sensors

A letter of thanks to the authors and editors of Photonic Sensors, from the Editor-in-Chief.

Yunjiang Rao
Yunjiang Rao, Editor-in-Chief

The Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) recently added Photonic Sensors to its collection. This is in addition to our previous inclusion in EI-Compendex, SCOPUS among the many other indicies, and awarded twice by Top Scientific Journals in China with Global Impact in 2016 & 2017 (Top 5% selected from >4000 journals). This post acknowledges all the authors, editors, as well as all editorial staff for their contributions to make such significant progress for Photonic Sensors.

Considering the great success of photonic sensors in both fundamentals and applications, the idea of establishing a scientific journal that focuses on this topic came to me 10 years ago, when I initiated the Asia-Pacific Optical Sensors Conference (APOS) series in 2008. Funding by my host university, UESTC, we collaborated with the respected publisher, Springer Nature, to co-publish Photonic Sensors as a fully open access journal, which benefits the whole photonics and sensors communities all over the world, for free.

Our Editorial Board consists of 36 top international photonic sensors researchers, who all work to grow and support the journal. Many of them are frequent authors and reviewers who made great contributions to the operation of the journal. The first paper for the journal, as one of the representative work from the Special Issues on Optical Fiber Sensors in China, was about long-period fiber grating (LPFG) sensor from Prof. Kin Seng Chiang (OSA fellow), published online in September, 2010. Subsequently, high standard Special Issues have been organized by Prof. David Jackson, Prof. John Canning & Prof. Gang-Ding Peng, Prof. Zuyuan He & Prof. Kazuo Hotate, Prof. Minghong Yang & Prof. Desheng Jiang, Prof. Orlando Frazao, et al.

We have published Photonic Sensors quarterly both online and in hard-copy for the past eight years. The journal has reflected new developments of optical fiber sensors, planar waveguide sensors, laser-based sensors, and biophotonic sensors, etc. 8 Volumes with 29 Issues, including 352 papers in total, have been published, downloaded >100,000 times. I always get excited on how much the scientific community could benefit from the new information and knowledge this journal provided.

The standard of the journal continues to be promoted by the high quality submissions. I sincerely appreciate all the contributors and look forward to your future submissions to Photonic Sensors.

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