The Journal of Environmental & Engineering GEOPHYSICS
Well, it’s here – my last Editor’s Foreword after four years of being the editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics. My tenure will expire at the end of 2020, at which time two new co-editors will take the reins and continue moving forward in expanding the journal’s prestige, outreach, and influence on the near surface geophysical community across the globe. I feel very honored to have held the title of editor and to have worked to improve the journal in every way that I could.
When I started this position, a main focus was on timely publication of articles, starting with getting the first review completed within 30 days. On average, the 365 papers submitted between mid 2016 through the end of 2019, had the first review completed in 34 days thanks to the time volunteered by associate editors and reviewers. I did miss my goal, but can say that 34 days is a notable improvement that carried over to more author’s willingness to trust JEEG with their manuscript. Submissions grew nearly every year, with 2018 having the most at 116 unique papers (i.e., not counting revisions). As submissions grew, so did the impact factor, which now stands at 3.3 (https://www.scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php?q=64002&tip=sid&clean=0). With these analytics, I have learned a valuable lesson, in that working tirelessly to improve the condition of the journal, while at times seemed thankless, will have a positive impact. There was no instant gratification that we may expect from social media posts. The improvement was slow (4 years!) and required a lot of work. And it was all worth it.
In January, Aleksandra Varnavina and Afshin Aghayan will be the new co-editors in chief. I have no doubt that they will do a fantastic job and continue the growth of the journal. I look forward to continued reading of ground breaking science and interesting case studies in their care.
Dale Rucker, Editor.
Dale Rucker, PhD
Chief Technical Officer,
Tucson, AZ 520-647-3315
The Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics (JEEG), published four times each year, is the EEGS peer reviewed and Science Citation Index (SCI®)-listed journal dedicated to near-surface geophysics. It is available in online by subscription, and is one of a select group of journals available through GeoScienceWorld (www.geoscienceworld. org). It is available to EEGS members who select the
membership type that includes JEEG. The publication is also available via SEG’s Digital Library. Information regarding preparing and submitting JEEG articles is available at editorialmanager.com/JEEG.
The Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics is the flagship publication of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS). All topics related to near surface geophysics are viable candidates for publication in JEEG, although its primary emphasis is on the theory and application of geophysical techniques for environmental, engineering, and mining applications.
Due to increased costs of publication, the Environmental and Engineering Society is instituting a new fee schedule for articles published in the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics. The fee schedule will begin for new articles submitted in 2021. The fee schedule was also designed to promote authors to become members of EEGS:
- For members (the first or corresponding author
needs to be an EEGS Member): Flat rate per article of
$100, excess page charge (for each page beyond 10 journal pages) of $50, and color figure fee of $100 per color figure.
- For non-members: Flat rate per article of $500, excess page charge (for each page beyond 10 journal pages) of $100, and color figure fee of $100 per color figure.
These fees will be assessed upon acceptance of the article for publication.