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Indiana State professor to lead geospatial technology journal

February 9, 2015

An Indiana State University professor has been selected as co-editor-in-chief of a leading academic journal.

Qihao Weng, professor of earth and environmental systems, is helping shape the editorial direction of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, which is the flagship journal of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, currently ranked third among all remote sensing journals. The field collectively covers geospatial technology, including topics such as remote sensing, photogrammetry, Geographic Information Systems, GPS and geodesy.

"I hope through my efforts, by partnering and collaborating with my co-editor-in-chief, the journal would continue to grow as a top journal in the field of remote sensing in the world," Weng said. Already, "discussion has undergone with respect to how to attract high-impact authors and papers and how to streamline the editorial work and to speed up the reviewing process."

Weng is a leader in his field and was a known talent to the journal, as he had worked as its associate editor since 2009. The publisher asked him to apply for the job last fall, and he learned on Oct. 1 he'd been awarded the position.

"By assuming this position, I hope that I can contribute more to this growing field and industry in the next 10 to 15 years," Weng said. "Remote sensing is considered both a science and technology. The U.S. Department of Labor suggests that geospatial technology is one of the three emerging technologies in the 21st century."

Indiana State students will benefit from Weng's experiences, too, as he'll be on the cutting edge of the newest developments in the field.

"The title of editor-in-chief is a great recognition in academics, especially for a top journal in your field. The editor-in-chief is also in a better position to see advances, trends, frontiers and new ideas in the field," Weng said. "It may allow Indiana State to attract more students to join and scholars to visit. An editor-in-chief processes manuscripts on a daily basis, but may also have some influence on what sorts of papers to be published and which directions to go for the journal in the near future."


Contact: Qihao Weng, professor of earth and environmental systems, Indiana State University, 812-237-2255 or

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or