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Opening for Water Policy and Planning Associate Editor

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) is seeking a new associate editor (AE) in water policy and planning. The successful candidate for this position ideally will  have expertise in analyzing public policy frameworks related to water management and assessing the effectiveness of water resources planning.  JAWRA water policy and planning papers commonly deal with, but are not limited to, public participation, conflict resolution, and water rights.

AEs serve as primary advisors to the editor-in-chief and their responsibilities fall into two primary areas: 1) supervising reviews of manuscripts and 2) recruitment of journal articles. The new AE can expect to handle 8 to 15 manuscripts per year. All manuscripts are processed online using the ScholarOne Manuscripts™ system, with the AE selecting reviewers and, when reviews return, making a recommendation to the editor-in-chief. AEs are encouraged to seek out qualified authors in their subject areas and encourage them to submit journal articles to JAWRA. These could be individual submittals or featured collections of topically related articles.

Associate editors are volunteers who earn our heartfelt thanks and are invited to our annual AE luncheon. Serving as an AE also offers the opportunity for an individual to make a difference in advancing the publication of cutting-edge multidisciplinary water resources research. The term of an AE is three years, which may be extended by mutual agreement. Interested individuals should e-mail a statement-of-interest and a CV to Dr. Parker (Jim) Wigington, JAWRA editor-in-chief, at JAWRA-editor@awra.org. The position will remain open for applications until at least November 20, 2015.

New Associate Editors

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of two associate editors. Over the summer, Ken Lanfear, former JAWRA editor-in-chief, agreed to serve as an associate editor at-large. Dr. Jan Boll from Washington State University will become a water quality associate editor effective November 1.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

I am pleased to report the recent appointment of three new associate editors.

Dr. Scott Leibowitz, Research Ecologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environmental Research Laboratory, Western Ecology Division, Corvallis, Oregon. Dr. Leibowitz is the associate editor responsible for a new section of JAWRA entitled: “Water Commentaries and Reviews”. Please see related post that describes this new section.

Dr. Ryan Morrison, Research Environmental Engineer, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, Aquatic Sciences Branch, Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Morrison is associate editor for Surface Water Hydrology.

Dr. Sopan Patil, Lecturer in Catchment Modelling, School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom. Dr. Patil is associate editor for Surface Water Hydrology.

New JAWRA Section: Water Commentaries and Reviews

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

I am excited to announce the addition of a new section to JAWRA entitled: Water Commentaries and Reviews. This section of the journal consists of invited commentaries or reviews that provide new insights or concepts relevant to a broad range of multidisciplinary water researchers and practitioners. Articles will synthesize and build upon existing water-related research and will offer the opportunity for authors to present cutting edge ideas in a format not bound by the restraints of traditional technical papers. Manuscripts should be written in a style understandable to a broad multidisciplinary audience and should be limited to 3,250 words and 5 tables and/or figures.  All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed according to normal JAWRA practices and subject to standard publication fees. Invitations to submit articles to this section are made by the editor-in-chief or the associate editor for Water Commentaries and Reviews (AE-WCR). Invitation does not guarantee acceptance for publication. Authors interested in seeking an invitation to submit an article to this section may submit a one-page proposal for the article to the Dr. Scott Leibowitz, AE-WCR (leibowitz.scott@epa.gov).

BOGGESS AWARD FINALISTS

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

The William R. Boggess Award is given to the author or authors of the paper, published in the JAWRA during the preceding year, that best describes, delineates, or analyzes a major problem or aspect of water resources from either a theoretical, applied, or philosophical standpoint. Established in 1973, the Award honors William R. “Randy” Boggess, a member of AWRA, one of the first Directors, and a former President of the Association, who has also made significant contributions to AWRA as an Editor of JAWRA.

I am pleased to announcement the JAWRA editorial board has selected three papers as finalists for the 2014 Boggess Award. They are:

Cockerill, K. and W.P. Anderson, Jr., 2014. Creating False Images: Stream Restoration in an Urban Setting. JAWRA 50(2):468-482. jawr.12131.

DiFrancesco, K.N., and D.D. Tullos. 2014. Flexibility in Water Resources Management: Review of Concepts and Development of Assessment Flood Management Systems. JAWRA 50(6):1527-1539. jawr.12214.

Weller, D.E. and M.E. Baker. 2014. Cropland Riparian Buffers throughout Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Spatial Patterns and Effects on Nitrate Loads Delivered to Streams. JAWRA 50(3):696-712. jawr.12207.

The winner of the Boggess Award will be announced by the AWRA President.

Opening for Associate Editor, Water Quality

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) is seeking a new associate editor (AE) in water quality. The successful candidate for this position should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) processes and interactions controlling water quality, 2) monitoring of water quality, or 3) prediction of water quality. JAWRA water quality papers commonly deal with, but are not limited to, nonpoint sources of nutrients, evaluation of best management practices for water quality improvements, and water temperature issues. Water quality manuscripts submitted to JAWRA span a wide range of spatial scales and often focus on reporting large-scale research.

AEs serve as primary advisors to the editor-in-chief and their responsibilities fall into two primary areas: 1) supervising reviews of manuscripts and 2) recruitment of journal articles. The new AE can expect to handle 8 to 15 manuscripts per year. All manuscripts are processed online using the ScholarOne Manuscripts™ system, with the AE selecting reviewers and, when reviews return, making a recommendation to the editor-in-chief. AEs are encouraged to seek out qualified authors in their subject areas and encourage them to submit journal articles to JAWRA. These could be individual submittals or featured collections of topically related articles.

Associate editors are volunteers who earn our heartfelt thanks and are invited to our annual AE luncheon. Serving as an AE also offers the opportunity for an individual to make a difference in advancing the publication of cutting-edge multidisciplinary water resources research. The term of an AE is three years, which may be extended by mutual agreement. Interested individuals should e-mail a statement-of-interest and a CV to Dr. Parker (Jim) Wigington, JAWRA editor-in-chief, at JAWRA-editor@awra.org. The position will remain open for applications until at least April 30, 2015.

Opening for Associate Editor, Surface Water Hydrology

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) is seeking a new associate editor (AE) in surface water hydrology. The person in this position will evaluate journal article manuscripts about processes and interactions controlling surface water hydrology and about prediction of surface water hydrology. Surface water hydrology manuscripts submitted to JAWRA span a wide range of spatial scales but often focus on reporting large-scale research. AEs serve as primary advisors to the editor-in-chief and their responsibilities fall into two primary areas: 1) supervising reviews of manuscripts and 2) recruitment of journal articles. The new AE can expect to handle 8 to 15 manuscripts per year. All manuscripts are processed online using the ScholarOne Manuscripts™ system, with the AE selecting reviewers and, when reviews return, making a recommendation to the editor-in-chief. AEs are encouraged to seek out qualified authors in their subject areas and encourage them to submit journal articles to JAWRA. These could be individual submittals or featured collections of topically related articles.

Associate editors are volunteers who earn our heartfelt thanks and are invited to our annual AE luncheon. Serving as an AE also offers the opportunity for an individual to make a difference in advancing the publication of cutting-edge multidisciplinary water resources research. The term of an AE is three years, which may be extended by mutual agreement. Interested individuals should e-mail a statement-of-interest and a CV to Dr. Parker (Jim) Wigington, JAWRA editor-in-chief, at JAWRA-editor@awra.org. The position will remain open for applications until at least March 31, 2015.

 

 

JAWRA Editor Blog Resumes

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Effective today, I am resuming the JAWRA editor’s blog, but the purpose of the blog has changed.  The new purpose is to post information about the operation of JAWRA, including announcements for associate editor openings and calls for featured collection abstracts or manuscripts. In addition to the blog, I will be offering my perspective on JAWRA strategic directions in editorials that will appear in the journal itself. My first editorial will be in the April issue and will deal with the nature of JAWRA multidisciplinary water resources journal articles. I hope you will regularly check the blog and look for the editorials in the journal.

Parker J. (Jim) Wigington, Jr.

 

Thanks Ken!

Friday, January 9th, 2015

This is an exciting time for me. My tenure as JAWRA Editor-in-Chief (EIC) has begun. After only a few days on the job, all the reasons that I wanted to be EIC have been positively reinforced. Shaped by Ken Lanfear’s excellent leadership for nearly a decade, JAWRA is in great shape. We have a talented group of associate editors, a dedicated managing editor, and the strong support of a wonderful organization. The quality of the journal article submissions is impressive. I thank Ken for building JAWRA into a journal that addresses the needs of AWRA and the water resources community as a whole and for the gracious support he provided to me as I prepared to assume the role of EIC.

Parker J. (Jim) Wigington

How does the JAWRA cover photo get chosen?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

[With my departure coming closer, I'm going to post a series of articles commenting on and explaining my editorial practices. I hope these will  be helpful.]

When former Editor Chris Lant changed our name to Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) he also redesigned the cover to include a photo of water. Prior to 2006, Charlene Young chose a stock photo from a commercial source. Realizing AWRA was blessed with a number of good amateur photographers, I began the tradition of “in-house” cover photos in 2006. You can see these photos at http://www.awra.org/jawra/cover.html .

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April 2010

It’s the Editor’s prerogative to pick the photo. By pure coincidence, mine get chosen fairly often. However, other fine photographers also make contributions. Tom Ring (December 2007, December 2008, October 2011, and August 2012) has provided us with several wonderful cover photos. Other covers have come from contests by local AWRA chapters, such as that by Brian Walsh (April 2010).

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April 2008

The primary requirement is an attractive water scene. I try to select a seasonal theme, or, if we have a Featured Collection, one that pertains to the collection. One of my favorites is Katey Walter’s cover for the April 2008 Artic Lakes collection. It shows a scientist counting methane bubbles on a frozen lake, with an immense expanse of tundra in the background.

Some good ideas don’t make it. The organizers of our Featured Collection on Golden Alga provided me with a number of photos of fish kills from algal blooms. Good science documentation, but I invoked the “attractive water scene” rule, saying we were NOT going to put dead fish on our cover!

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October 2008

The organizers of our Featured Collection on Chinese Forest Hydrology (October 2008) provided a number of shots, but none of them had anything clearly identifiable as Chinese. I went to my local camera club, and Helen Goodrum, who recently had traveled to China, provided a wonderful shot of junks on a river bank, a shot that just screamed, “China!”

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August 2012

Our covers do not show identifiable people, since I don’t want to deal with model releases. For the June 2006 issue, I actually had to “clone” some water droplets to obscure the face of a man running by the fountain. In August 2012, Tom Ring sent me a number of photos of boats running the Snake River, but I finally chose one in which the faces were turned away from the camera.

The format requirements for a JAWRA cover photo are very strict: 6.75 inches wide by 4.75 inches tall, at 300 pixels per inch. Sometimes this requires some very careful cropping. I use a calibrated Photoshop system and work closely with the contributing photographer to achieve a suitable cropped image. Curiously, our printer does NOT want color calibration information included in the image file; apparently they do things the old fashioned way, with a test print and a light table.

And, yes, I have a slide show of all the covers since 2006. Come to our 2014 Annual Conference in Virginia this November to see it.