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The First International Journal of Satellite Navigation for BDS/GNSS Academic Exchange from Springer Nature Publishing Group

After an extensive collaboration and detailed planning, Springer Nature Publishing Group and the Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences (AIRCAS) are very proud to launch the co-published academic journal, Satellite Navigation, on May 22, 2019.  It is a great honor to write this foreword to the journal.

Springer Nature Publishing Group is an international publisher of academic journals, magazines, online databases, and services in science and technology. Springer Nature's flagship publication BMC, a pioneer of open access publishing, has an evolving portfolio of high-quality peer-reviewed journals. Satellite Navigation is targeted to be one of the top international journals in the field of navigation from Springer Nature Publishing Group. 

The Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was established in July 2017 by merging three CAS institutes: the Institute of Electronics (IECAS), the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), and the Academy of Opto-Electronics (AOE). Taking the advantages of BeiDou/GNSS systems, remote sensing science and aerospace platforms, AIR is serving as the CAS research center in satellite navigation, and collaborates with about 20 research units of the CAS, to develop solutions to technical difficulties in the BeiDou global operations. AIR is also responsible for organizing China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC), which have currently developed as one of the world’s largest, most influential and authoritative conferences for academic exchanges and professional exhibition in the field of satellite navigation.

Following the rapid economic growth in China over the last 30 years, there is now a strong desire to promote the development and propagation of science and technology for the long-term future. Recognizing the importance of academic journals in disseminating research results and inspiring new research ideas as well as strengthening communication, AIRCAS will sponsor Satellite Navigation as an international platform, providing researchers and engineers in navigation, positioning and timing with a unique opportunity to closely interact and communicate. This journal will not only provide a venue for in-depth scientific exchanges, but also seek to promote research collaborations and exploit international funding sources, especially those involving China.

Satellite Navigation is the first international satellite navigation journal of China to be co-published by Springer Nature Publishing Group and AIRCAS. This journal aims to publish top-quality, peer-reviewed fundamental and applied research in the exciting and emerging fields of satellite navigation. The journal will cover following topics:  (1) navigation systems and signals (Satellite navigation constellations; autonomous satellite navigation theory and system; precise orbit determination and time synchronization); (2) signal processing (receiver and signal processing; anti-jamming and anti-spoofing); (3) integrated PNT (multi-sensor integrated navigation; GNSS augmentation technologies; micro PNT technologies; resilient PNT theory); (4) time and coordinate reference system (establishment and maintenance of time-space reference system; time synchronization methods; high precision clock technologies); (5) industrial and scientific applications (intelligent applications; geodesy applications; geoscience applications).  We will publish original full research papers with the newest progresses, timely reviews, new theory and innovation applications in satellite navigation.

The journal has a distinguished editorial board with extensive academic qualifications, ensuring that the journal maintains high scientific standards and has a broad international coverage.  Authors can benefit from the following features of this new journal, including (1) open access publication – anyone can download and read your paper; (2) wide exposure to a large global audience on Springer Nature; (3) internationally renowned editors and editorial board; (4) high quality peer-review and fast publication; (5) emerging application summaries and general introductions to interest a broader readership. 

This new joint publication with the prestigious Springer Nature Publishing Group will provide a forum for the rapid dissemination of original research articles, selected high-quality review articles and commentaries in all aspects of satellite navigation. We will publish papers alongside more general research summaries to increase readership and create impact, in a manner that will distinguish the new journal from other journals in the field of satellite navigation. On behalf of the editorial board, the editors-in-chief formally invite you to pay attention to and submit your best work to this new journal, to be distributed to all international laboratories in Satellite Navigation first in 2019.  For detailed information about this new journal, please refer to the following journal website:

We would like to sincerely thank current and prospective authors, readers, editors, and reviewers for your strong support and future contributions. We wish Satellite Navigation much success for years to come! 

Yuanxi Yang, Ph.D
Editor-in-Chief, Satellite Navigation
Academician, State Key Laboratory of Geo-Information Engineering, Xi’an, China

Shuanggen Jin, Ph.D
Executive Editor-in-Chief, Satellite Navigation
Professor, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, CAS, Shanghai, China