Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
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Journal of Quaternary Science
Volume 28, Issue 1, page 1, January 2013
How to Cite
Long, A. J. (2013), Editorial. J. Quaternary Sci., 28: 1. doi: 10.1002/jqs.2619
- Issue published online: 29 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
The start of a new year sees some important changes to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Quaternary Science. First, Professor Chris Caseldine is stepping down as Assistant Editor. This role is a varied one, providing support and advice to the Editor on the myriad of issues that arise on an almost daily basis with the journal. Chris has been involved in the journal now for over a decade, including a term as Editor (2006-10). During that time, he has reviewed and encouraged many hundreds of research papers and we will all miss his advice and support, although I am pleased that Chris will continue to serve as a member of our Advisory Board.
Chris will be replaced by a new Assistant Editor, Professor Geoff Duller (Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK). Geoff is an expert in the development and application of luminescence dating in a wide range of environmental and archaeological contexts. He is currently Editor of Ancient TL and knows JQS well, having served as a previous member of the Editorial Advisory Board, and I very much look forward to working with Geoff in the coming years.
Second, the start of 2013 marks the departure and replacement of our two Regional Editors, Professor Chris Turney and Dr Jason Briner. They have each played very important roles in promoting the journal in their regions (Asia and Australasia, and The Americas, respectively), taking responsibility for editing papers and also dealing with articles from elsewhere that fall within their particular research specialisms. I want to thank them both for everything they have given to the journal, including our numerous internet discussions that have most recently involved breakfast in Australia, afternoon tea in America, and a late-night whisky in the UK!
Chris and Jason are replaced by Professor Rewi Newnham (Asia and Australasia) and Dr Joe Licciardi (The Americas). Rewi is a research expert in Quaternary vegetation and climate change, with a particular interest in New Zealand, and is based in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Jo has research expertise in reconstructing alpine glacier and pluvial lake records from the western US, the central Alaska Range and southern Peru, as well as reconstructing the history of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Jo is an Assistant Professor of Earth Science at the University of New Hampshire, US. I extend a very warm welcome to both Rewi and Joe.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped the journal in the last 12 months as members of the Editorial Advisory Board and as reviewers of papers. The success of the journal depends very much on the quality of the peer-review process and, at a time when demands on our time seem only to increase, the continued willingness of colleagues to provide detailed, constructive reviews is essential to the journal's future.
Third, I would like to briefly summarise other news about the journal that was reported at the most recent Editorial Advisory Board in November 2012. Submissions are strong with 112 papers published and a rejection rate of c. 50%. We no longer have a back-log of papers and the time from submission to first decision is now down to 45 days, with papers print-published within 6-7 months of acceptance, and papers can be online with a DOI within about a month of acceptance. In 2012, JQS published eight standard issues and one special issue of twelve papers on “Western Pacific Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology: Land-Sea Linkage and Variability of Centennial to Orbital Scales” edited by Min-Te Chen, Masanobu Yamamoto, Youbin Sun and Chris Turney.
In terms of the future, we would like to see more Rapid publications published (about 2000 words in length with up to 4 figures) and will continue to prioritise these to ensure they are processed quickly. We are also keen to see more papers (Rapid or longer Review papers) that address topical issues from a Quaternary perspective and, if you have an idea for such a paper, please contact one of the Editors to explore possibilities. Finally, we have launched an online Discussion forum on the journal web page where we hope to stimulate debate about interesting papers. The first paper posted for discussion is by Walker et al. (2012) and proposes a formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch. This is part of our continued effort to develop the web-based presence of the journal as a means to promote our work as widely as possible to our audiences around the world.
- 2012. Formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch: a Discussion Paper by a Working Group of INTIMATE (Integration of ice-core, marine and terrestrial records) and the Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy (International Commission on Stratigraphy). Journal of Quaternary Science 27: 649–659. , , , , , , , , ,