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GPS Solutions

GPS Solutions

The Journal of Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Editor-in-Chief: Alfred Leick

ISSN: 1080-5370 (print version)
ISSN: 1521-1886 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10291

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Interview with Editor-in-Chief Dr. Alfred Leick

Why is the journal important to the field? 

GPS Solutions is focused on publishing ground-breaking research in the technology and applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs), which include GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), BeiDou (P.R. China), Galileo (EU), and various regional satellite systems. GNSS is not just a side topic but the topic covered comprehensively in all aspects.
The journal provides the burgeoning field of positioning and timing, which is widely acknowledged as an enormous enabler to national economies, a publishing venue for the continuous evolution and advancement by means of a balance of papers on theory and application that are strictly peer-reviewed by a highly qualified Editorial Board that is supported by many other technical experts.

What is the key distinguishing aspect of the journal?  

The journal addresses all aspects of satellite positioning and timing, such as receiver technologies, capabilities of transmitted satellite signals, satellite orbital and attitude issues, tropospheric and ionospheric impacts on signal propagation, signal multipath, the geodetic foundation of positioning, mathematical modeling, and statistical analysis.
It focuses primarily on high accuracy applications, but it also addresses other applications that have particular scientific aspects or might open new possibilities for mass-market applications. Also, of interest is the fusion of different data types, such as GNSS measurements and inertial navigation systems, and others.
The processing of actual measurements is favored in the realization that only correct theory and strict methods work in practice. The journal is devoted to the details of solutions.

How has the journal shaped/contributed to the field since its launch? 

It reports on the most advanced and recent progress in the field, and as a result has contributed to the advancement of the science and technology of positioning using satellites. Whereas the journal initially focused on a select group of disciplines interested in precise positioning, it has, however, significantly expanded its range of topics.

Which emerging research trend is reflected in the journal? Which current trends shape the field? 

The GPS and GLONASS satellite systems have played a central role in the journal simply because these have been fully operational for a long time. The BeiDou and Galileo systems are nearing completion and, therefore, will command more attention in the future. While each of these systems features its own distinctive characteristics, a significant extra benefit is derived from combining the measurements from these systems. Thus, the modeling of multi-GNSS measurements is increasingly addressed to take advantage of new opportunities. In addition, GPS and GLONASS are undergoing a major modernization, making new frequencies and signal designs, and associated measurements, available for even better performance.
As to receivers, there is a clear tend toward compact low-cost receivers that are usable not only for low accuracy, but also address the needs of high accuracy applications. This hardware trend opens the mass-market for entirely new types of applications with new challenges.

Key advice to first-time authors? 

The journal attracts international authors and considers this an important asset. We are also proud to support graduating students in publishing their first significant paper. This talented pool of primarily young authors, however, often presents the editor and reviewers with special challenges.
Please be aware that you are not writing for yourself, but to share your research with a wide audience. Also, equally important, please be aware that reviewers volunteer their valuable time to read your manuscript. You benefit from the expert knowledge of the reviewers, who are generally very involved and passionate about the topic, but who may have little time to spare. The first version of the manuscript must reflect the best you can do. Seek the help of an experienced author in the respective field to ensure that a clear, consistent, and established terminology is applied. In addition, engaging a professional English proofreading service will be appreciated.
The journal accepts only MS Word documents. This is done to optimize the reviewing and publication process, and because of the broad popularity of this word processor software.

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    GPS Solutions is a scientific journal. It is published quarterly and features system design issues and a full range of current and emerging applications of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, local systems, and augmentations. Novel, innovative, or highly demanding uses are of prime interest. Areas of application include: aviation, surveying and mapping, forestry and agriculture, maritime and waterway navigation, public transportation, time and frequency comparisons and dissemination, space and satellite operations, law enforcement and public safety, communications, meteorology and atmospheric science, geosciences, monitoring global change, technology and engineering, GIS, geodesy, and others.

    GPS Solutions addresses the latest developments in GNSS infrastructure, mathematical modeling, algorithmic developments and data analysis, user hardware, and general issues that impact the user community. Contributions from the entire spectrum of GNSS professionals are represented, including university researchers, scientists from government laboratories, receiver industry and other commercial developers, public officials, and business leaders.



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