Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing journal ranks No. 1

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing journal ranks No. 1

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Bethesda, USA, August 15, 2007: Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing (PE&RS) has been ranked number one in terms of cost effectiveness and citation influence in the field of Imaging Sciences & Photographic Technology. It excelled among 12 related journals and held first place in the field as it raced past IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and Remote Sensing of Environment. It ranked second among 10 competing publications in Remote Sensing, behind only the IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. Finally, in the category of Geography-Physical, PE&RS held third place after Journal of Coastal Research and Polar Research journal.
The journal has been awarded by a newly released network-based journal ranking system, which has been developed by the University of Washington, Department of Biology. These rankings have been determined by using the Eigenfactor system, which analyzed over 6000 academic journals in a wide variety of scientific disciplines.
Dr. Carl T. Bergstrom of the Department of Biology, University of Washington SAID, “We have set out to develop better quantitative measures of journal cost-effectiveness. The most cost-effective journals are the likely “must-buy” periodicals for even small libraries wishing to cover the subject area. Indeed, a number of major university libraries and library consortia already using our metrics in making their subscription decisions.”
In studying the economics of scientific publishing, the University of Washington researchers were “struck by the fact that in most scholarly disciplines, library subscription prices for journals produced by for-profit publishers are 3 to 5 times as much per page as for journals produced by societies and university presses,” according to Bergstrom.
Eignefactor system evaluates the influence of scientific journals using the same sort of network-based mathematics that Google uses to rank web pages. Using this method, scholarly references join journals together in a network of citations. Eigenfactor uses the structure of the entire network (instead of purely local citation information) to evaluate the importance of each journal. Eigenfactor measures journal price as well as citation influence. While the Eigenfactor (and related Article Influence) scores do not incorporate price information directly, the Cost-Effectiveness Search orders journals by a measure of the value per dollar.
PE&RS, published monthly by ASPRS, blends the intellectual depth of a professional journal with the breadth of news represented by an industry magazine. Theoretical and applied papers address topics in photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems, global positioning systems and other geospatial information technologies. Every technical article is reviewed by mapping experts to ensure it is of the highest quality and makes a valuable contribution to the mapping profession. PE&RS is distributed worldwide to nearly 7,000 ASPRS members and institutional subscribers, and back issues can be viewed on line at www.asprs.org.