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 firstname.lastname@example.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.