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May 2014
Dr. Michael Hauck
Russell G. Congalton
Technical Editor
Michael S. Renslow
Assistant Editor
Jie Shan
Assistant Director — Publications
Rae Kelley
Electronic Publications Manager/Graphic Artist
Matthew Austin
Photogrammetric Engineering &Remote Sensing
is the official journal
of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. It is
devoted to the exchange of ideas and information about the applications
of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geographic information systems.
The technical activities of the Society are conducted through the following
Technical Divisions: Geographic Information Systems, Photogrammetric
Applications, Lidar, Primary Data Acquisition, Professional Practice, and
Remote Sensing Applications. Additional information on the functioning
of the Technical Divisions and the Society can be found in the Yearbook
issue of
Correspondence relating to all business and editorial matters pertaining
to this and other Society publications should be directed to the American
Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 5410 Grosvenor Lane,
Suite 210, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2144, including inquiries, mem-
berships, subscriptions, changes in address, manuscripts for publication,
advertising, back issues, and publications. The telephone number of the
Society Headquarters is 301-493-0290; the fax number is 301-493-0208;
email address is
(ISSN0099-1112) is published monthly by the American
Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 5410 Grosvenor Lane,
Suite 210, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2144. Periodicals postage paid at
Bethesda, Maryland and at additional mailing offices.
For the 2014 subscription year, ASPRS is offering two options
to our
subscribers -- an e-Subscription and the print subscription.
All Print subscriptions are on a calendar-year basis and run from January
through December, while Electronic subscriptions run for twelve months on
an anniversary basis. Ten years’ worth of digital back issues of
be available to online subscribers through the same portal at no additional
charge. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions about our journal sub-
scriptions. E-Subscription (digital) rate for USA and Foreign is $600 (Single
User); $1,000 (2-5 Individual Users); $2,000 (site License). For Canada:
$630* (Single User); $1,050 (2-5 Individual Users); $2,100 (Site License).
Printed-Subscription rate for U.S. Mail is $660; $762* (Canada Airmail); $735
(Other Foreign). *Note: Subscription rates for Canada (including postage
for print) include 5% of the total amount for Canada’s Goods and Services
Tax (GST #135123065).
Send address changes to
, ASPRS Headquarters,
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2144. CDN
CPM #(40020812)
Membership is open to any person actively engaged in the
practice of photogrammetry, photointerpretation, remote sensing and geo-
graphic information systems; or who by means of education or profession
is interested in the application or development of these arts and sciences.
Membership is for one year, with renewal based on the anniversary date
of the month joined. Membership Dues include a 12-month subscription to
. Subscription is part of membership benefits and cannot be deducted
from annual dues. Beginning with the January 2014 issue of
, all
members outside of the USA will receive access to the full digital edition of
the journal rather than the printed copy. Dues for ASPRS Members outside
of the U.S. will now be the same as for members residing in the U.S. Annual
dues for Regular members (Active Member) is $150; for Student members it
is $50 for USA and Canada; $60 for Other Foreign (E-Journal – No hard copy
for all Students); for Associate Members it is $100 (member must be under
the age of 35, see description on application in the back of this Journal). A
tax of 5% for Canada’s Goods and Service Tax (GST #135123065) is applied
to all members residing in Canada
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Dear Readers,
I am happy to report to everyone that we continue
to make steady improvements in our journal,
Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing
Since taking over as editor in January 2008, we have
reduced the turn around time on publication of peer-
reviewed papers from final acceptance to appearance
in the journal to about six months and have
successfully maintained this schedule. We have also
introduced the “Applications” papers that are peer-
reviewed and found as the last paper in the journal.
These papers emphasize more of the practical and applied side of our fields
of study. More recently we have introduced an electronic subscription
service for our journal to libraries and others that will improve distribution
of our journal to as many as possible. We have also implemented the DOI
(digital object identifier) system for all our peer-reviewed papers beginning
in January 2014. This system allows better searching and cataloging of
our papers and along with the electronic subscription should improve our
journals impact factor. Finally, we have recently adopted a plan for providing
immediate open access to anyone that requires this for their paper. These
are all very appropriate and significant steps forward to improve
However, I do want you to know that there are many other advantages
about our journal that you may not be aware of. Many journals have gone
to a completely electronic review and publishing system that provides
for electronically-generated email requests to reviewers, submission of
manuscripts to an electronic database, and rather little human interaction.
We have not done this. All papers submitted for publication come directly
to me as editor. I look at each paper and provide immediate feedback to
the corresponding author about formatting, content, citations, English, and
other issues so that the paper is in the best possible format when it is finally
sent out for review. In this way, our reviewers also know that the paper has
had some initial review before they see it. Authors receive individualized
emails about their paper from me. I then select reviewers and each are sent
an individualized invitation from our manuscript coordinator and asked to
review the paper. Reviewers receive friendly reminders from the manuscript
coordinator and not some automated system when their reviews are due.
Reviewers are not asked to review more than two papers per year and
receive a signed thank you letter, by US Mail, after completing each review.
After collecting the three reviews, I carefully consider all of the reviewer
comments in addition to my own review of the paper. The corresponding
author then receives a personalized email from me stating how they can
respond to reviewer comments to have the best chance of getting their paper
accepted. New and inexperienced authors are given additional advice and
instruction in order to mentor them through this process. Once a paper
is accepted, the final version is sent to our Technical Editor, Mr. Mike
Renslow. Mike also believes in this personal touch and provides excellent
technical editing of papers to make sure they are the best they can be before
publication. He works with each author to make this happen.
I strongly believe that this more personal approach to paper publishing
is a great strength of our journal. Unless you are an author or reviewer
for our journal, you may not have known about all that goes on behind the
scenes. Now you know. I hope this will encourage you to consider being an
author and submitting a paper to
. Also, we are always looking for
good reviewers. It is a great way to keep up to date on what is going on in
the field and it contributes to the good of everyone. Finally, we are always
looking for new ideas and ways to improve the journal. Please feel free to
contact me, at any time, with your thoughts (
Russell G. Congalton, PhD
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