Yun-Jiang Rao (IEEE/OSA/SPIE Fellow)
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
 
Recently, the Photonic Sensors journal has been cited in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), in addition to the previous EI-Compendex, SCOPUS among the many, and awarded twice by Top Scientific Journals in China with Global Impact in 2016 & 2017 (Top 5% selected from >4000 journals). This letter is to acknowledge all the authors, editors, as well as all editorial staff for their contributions to make such significant progress for the Photonic Sensors journal.
 
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, to co-publish the Photonic Sensors journal in full Open-Access mode, which we benefit the whole photonics and sensors communities all over the world, for free.
 
Thirty six of top scientists from all over the world in the field of photonic sensors consist of the truly international editorial board and promote the advance of the journal strongly. 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.
 
Photonic Sensors has been quarterly published 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 the Photonic Sensors journal.