Archive for November, 2014

Steve Preston is leaving

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Steve Preston, JAWRA Associate Editor for Water Quality Modeling, has completed his term and asked to be relieved. Steve and I talked about this last summer, and he graciously agreed to wait until the new Editor-in-Chief was announced. Steve will continue to handle his currently-assigned manuscripts. Steve has been a real workhorse in dealing with tough modeling issues, and we will miss his expertise. Please join me in thanking Steve for a job well done!

I will leave it to Jim Wigington to decide how to replace Steve.

Changes to expect?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Some of you may be wondering what changes you will see when Jim Wigington becomes Editor-in-Chief on January 1st. The short answer is, not too many, at least immediately.

Jim I talked a lot last week at the AWRA Annual Conference. We are quite in synch on the handover. I’m already cc’ing Jim on most decisions and consulting with him on some of the more difficult ones. So, there should be no surprises. Jim, of course, has to form his own opinion about each manuscript, but I wouldn’t expect any radical reversals. If Jim ever wonders, “What the heck was Lanfear thinking?” I will be around for him to consult.

With Managing Editor Susan Scalia and ScholarOne Manuscripts(TM), our administrative system remains intact, humming right along. This is different from every previous transition, where the incoming Editor had to build his own tracking system. For papers already in the ScholarOne, Jim easily will be able to see the processing and decision history.

I expect Jim will increase our rejection rate. This would have to happen in any event, because we have more submittals and a fixed number of slots. Jim also may try to place some emphasis on attracting more biological papers, but I’ll let him explain his thinking later.

Regarding email, the editor@awra.org address will, at least for a time, be redirected to both Jim and me. I will then provide my personal address to anyone who needs it.

A message from the incoming Editor-in-Chief

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

I am very honored and excited to be the new JAWRA Editor-in-Chief (EIC). As I assume the role of editor-in-chief, JAWRA is very healthy. With a steadily increasing impact factor, JAWRA’s wide range of articles encompasses the biophysical and human dimensions of water systems. My goal is for JAWRA to continue to grow in rigor and influence so that it is prepared to contribute to the world’s ever-increasing water resources challenges.
I have been blessed to have a wide range of water resources experiences during my career. After working for three and half years as an assistant professor of forest hydrology at Oklahoma State University, I went to work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development in Corvallis, OR. During my 28 year career with EPA, I led a wide range of interdisciplinary research efforts ranging from the effects of acidic deposition on aquatic ecosystems to connectivity within stream and river systems. My colleagues and I have published the results of this work extensively. I am currently a research and consulting hydrologist residing in Redding, California. I am also a courtesy faculty member in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

– Jim Wigington

New JAWRA Editor-in-Chief named

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

At its meeting this afternoon the AWRA Board of Directors approved the appointment of Parker J. (Jim) Wigington as the new JAWRA Editor-in-Chief, effective January 1, 2015.

I am absolutely delighted with this selection.  I will invite Jim to post his qualifications here, but let me say Jim is the ideal person to carry on the progress we have made over the past decade.  Jim and I already have been working towards a smooth transition. Congratulations, Jim!