Yi Qian, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was chosen recently to be the editor-in-chief of one of the top journals in the field of wireless communications, telecommunications and computer networks – IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine.
Qian has had a long working relationship with the magazine – from having a paper published 12 years ago, to being chosen in 2012 to be one of the 40-plus editors to being appointed associate editor-in-chief three years ago.
There was an open call from IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for the editor-in-chief position and Qian was chosen from a worldwide pool of applicants.
“This is something that takes my work to a whole new level,” Qian said. “As a professor, we have our daily routines of teaching, research and service. This is another level of service – I’m serving the whole community of wireless communications and telecommunications all over the world.”
Qian’s role as editor-in-chief will require him to assign papers to editors for review, writing an editorial article for each issue, and to oversee the work being done by the publications staff. Qian estimates it takes more than eight hours each week – “sometimes maybe less, sometimes maybe more” – but it’s work he values.
Even though it is a volunteer position, Qian has goals for improving the impact of the bimonthly magazine, which he calls one of the most influential in his research area.
“We are in this exciting era the last 10-20 years – everybody’s using mobile devices – and this is a hot research area,” Qian said. “We get too many good papers that are rejected because we just don’t have the space to publish all of them, and that is not good.
“My goal is to push them to get it to be a monthly magazine to get more of these valuable papers published.”
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