Throughout its 20+ years of operation, Indoor Air has used a small range of editorial models. I am the third Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the journal, following David Grimsrud (1991–2000) and Jan Sundell (2001–2010). During some periods, the EIC has been assisted by as many as four Associate Editors (AE). The longest-serving AEs are Yuguo Li and Huey-Jen (Jenny) Su, who have been stalwart contributors to the editing team since 2007 (Wolfgang Bischof, Hal Levin, and Charles Weschler were Associate Editors for the period 2001–2006).
Although this model has served well, we have decided on some changes. Starting January 2013, Indoor Air now has ten Associate Editors, each of whom has agreed to serve for a three-year term (with possibility of renewal). Two clear advantages accrue from this change. First, by dividing the AE responsibilities across a larger team, the pool is expanded of top scholars from our domain for whom this is a manageable service commitment. Second, for a broadly multidisciplinary field such as that covered by Indoor Air, having a larger team allows for consistently better alignment of each reviewed article with the managing editor's expertise. The net effect should be to strengthen the journal's overall peer review process and in doing so enhance its value to our authors, to our readers and to the broader scientific and professional community. I am hopeful of a third benefit, which is to increase the attractiveness of Indoor Air as a premier outlet for submitting first-rate scientific articles addressing the multidisciplinary domain of indoor environmental quality and health.
I am thrilled that ten outstanding scholars have agreed to serve our community as Associate Editors of Indoor Air. The following paragraphs introduce them (in alphabetical order).
Bert Brunekreef studied Environmental Hygiene at Wageningen University, specializing in air pollution and environmental health. After earning his PhD in 1985, he left the Netherlands to spend a year at the Harvard School of Public Health. Brunekreef has been a Professor of Environmental Epidemiology since 1993; first in Wageningen and then from 2000 in Utrecht. In 2005, he became director of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University. Brunekreef often provides consulting services in the Netherlands and abroad on issues dealing with health and the environment. He was among the first researchers to show that damp, moldy housing significantly increases the likelihood of childhood asthma. He has received the John Goldsmith Award from the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology and the European Lung Foundation Award (both 2007). In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and he was awarded the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for the Environmental Sciences for his research on subjects such as the effects of air pollution on health. Bert Brunekreef became a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences in 2009.
Dr. Geo Clausen is Associate Professor at the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy at the Technical University of Denmark. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark in 1986. He has studied various aspects of the impact of the indoor environment on human comfort, health, and productivity, including responses of humans to ETS exposure, indoor air pollution sources in buildings including HVAC components, the relative impact on man of the thermal environment, indoor air pollution and noise, and the impact of air temperature and humidity on perceived air quality. Recently, he has been engaged in research on the relationship between indoor exposures and the development of asthma and allergy. The research is documented in 130 journal/conference papers. Dr. Clausen chairs the board of the Danish HVAC organization IDA-Danvak. He is an elected member of ISIAQ's Academy of Fellows and is currently serving as an ISIAQ trustee.
Richard L. Corsi
Dr. Richard L. Corsi is the ECH Bantel Professor for Professional Practice in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his BS degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University and his MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Corsi's research focuses on sources, physics and chemistry of indoor air pollution, and human exposure to and passive control of indoor air pollutants. He has served as principal investigator on over 70 research projects and as major advisor to over 60 graduate and 45 undergraduate students. He has authored over 300 journal or conference papers, reports, and book chapters, and his work has been featured in National Geographic, The Economist, Business Week, National Wildlife, Prevention, Men's Health, National Public Radio's Science Friday, Science Studio, the Academic Minute, The Nature of Things, and more. Dr. Corsi was named a distinguished alumnus of Humboldt State University in 2006, a member of the ISIAQ Academy of Fellows in 2008, and served as President of Indoor Air 2011. He has received numerous teaching awards.
William J. Fisk
William Fisk is a senior scientist and the leader of the Indoor Environment Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, USA. He has more than 30 years of experience in research on the interrelated issues of building energy performance, ventilation, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and occupant health and performance. His research focuses primarily on energy efficient methods of maintaining and improving ventilation and IEQ in commercial buildings and on quantifying the impacts of building ventilation and IEQ on health and performance. He is a fellow of ASHRAE and a member of the ISIAQ Academy of Fellows. He is author or coauthor of approximately 100 refereed archival journal articles or book chapters. He has BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering.
Yuguo Li is Professor and Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hong Kong. He was a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, Australia. He studied at Shanghai Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University in China, and received his PhD in fluid mechanics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. His research interests are in the areas of ventilating man-made (built) environments, generally at its interface with fluid mechanics, including urban warming, infection control, and natural ventilation. His work led to the findings of the roles played by airflow and ventilation in the 2003 Amoy Gardens SARS outbreak. He was the lead author of the 2009 WHO guideline on natural ventilation for infection control. Professor Li is serving as President of the 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2014). He is a Fellow of ASHRAE, ISIAQ, HKIE, and IMechE. He has received Best Paper awards for his publications in Indoor Air in 2008 and again in 2011. He has served as Associate Editor of Indoor Air since 2007.
Glenn Morrison is an Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He received his MS and PhD degrees in environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and prior to that worked as a chemical engineer for 6 years at Catalytica, Inc, in Mountain View, California. Dr. Morrison's research has focused on interfacial phenomena and its impact on indoor exposure to gaseous pollutants. More recently, he has worked closely with the colleagues at The University of Texas on passive (zero energy) air cleaning, ozone generating devices in air ducts, the impact of skin chemistry on inhalation of ozone and its byproducts, and the adequacy of clean-up recommendations for illegal methamphetamine laboratories. Glenn Morrison has won numerous teaching awards at Missouri S&T and has received the US National Science Foundation Career Award. He co-organized Indoor Air 2011 with Richard Corsi in Austin, TX. He was recently inducted as a Fellow in the ISIAQ Academy and is Vice President-Policy on the ISIAQ Board of Directors.
Dr. Reponen is Professor in the Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati. Her research efforts are focused on exposure assessment of biological and non-biological aerosols in indoor, industrial, and agricultural environments, respiratory protection against bioaerosols and dust and effects of environmental exposures on children's health. She has authored or coauthored over 150 peer-reviewed journal publications, 7 book chapters, and about 100 proceeding articles. As an expert in indoor allergens and mold, she served as the principal investigator in several major laboratory and field experiments on airborne allergens, bacteria, and fungi and has directed exposure assessment teams in population-based studies. She is the Director of the NIOSH-funded University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center and directs Targeted Research Training Program focused on assessing cardiovascular risk factors among firefighters. Currently, she has a Visiting Professor appointment in Finland as a recipient of the Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) award.
Tunga Salthammer earned a Doctor of Natural Science degree in Physical Chemistry from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. He joined the Fraunhofer WKI in 1990 and was appointed as head of the Department of Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry in 1996. From January 2010 until October 2010, he was the acting director of WKI, and since March 2011, he is the deputy director of the institute. Salthammer served on the ISIAQ Board of Directors from 2003–2006. From 2003–2009, he was Professor of Indoor Hygiene at the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig/Wolfenbuettel. Since 2007, Salthammer has been an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. In June 2008, he received his habilitation from the Faculty of Life Sciences at the Technical University of Braunschweig and was appointed as an außerplanmäßiger (Adjunct) Professor in December 2012. Salthammer has been a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (2006–2007) and at Tsinghua University (May 2007). He is a member of the Indoor Air Hygiene Commission of the German Federal Environment Agency. Since 2008, he has been serving as an officer (currently Vice President) of the ISIAQ Academy of Fellows. His research interests include analytical chemistry, VOC/SVOC emission studies on indoor materials using test chambers and cells, indoor chemistry, airborne particles, and settled dust.
Huey-Jen (Jenny) Su
Dr. Huey-Jen Jenny Su is currently a distinguished professor with the program of environmental and occupational health and the Executive Vice President at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She served as the President of Taiwan Society of Indoor Environmental Quality in Taiwan between 2006 and 2012. Trained at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Su has engaged most of her research efforts in the area of air pollution-related health effects research, with particular focus on the rising concerns of airborne microbial hazards worldwide, and emerging indoor chemicals. In addition, Dr. Su has served as Associate Editor of Indoor Air since 2007. She was invited as an expert member for preparing the report, ‘WHO Guidance for Biological Agents in the Indoor Environment’. In recent years, Dr. Su has directed some of her research toward understanding the health outcomes attributable to global environmental changes.
Junfeng (Jim) Zhang
Dr. Zhang is Professor of Environmental and Global Health in the Department of Preventive Medicine at University of Southern California. He received a PhD in Public Health and Environmental Sciences jointly from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, an MS in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers, an MS in Atmospheric Chemistry and a BS in Applied Chemistry both from Peking University. Dr. Zhang's research interests include developing novel biomarkers of human exposure and health effects, assessing health and climate co-benefits of air pollution interventions, and examining biological mechanisms by which environmental exposures exert adverse health effects. Exposures occurring in the indoor environment have been an important component of the broad spectrum of Dr. Zhang's research. He has coauthored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications. His laboratory uses analytical chemistry tools to measure environmental chemicals, their metabolites, DNA-adducts, and protein-adducts. Dr. Zhang has led a number of international collaborative efforts to study air pollution health effects and underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms. He is leading two multidisciplinary centers investigating the potential health impact of engineered nanomaterials.
In addition to introducing our expanded team of Associate Editors, it is worthwhile to review key aspects of our editorial practices and policies. After preliminary screening by an Editorial Assistant, each article passes to the EIC for the first substantial decision: should the article be reviewed or not. At present, about 60% of submitted articles are accepted for peer review. The others are declined primarily because of poor topical fit, insufficient advance in knowledge, or low presentation quality. The articles to be reviewed are then assigned to one of the AEs or to the EIC for review management. The AEs have the authority to make their own independent judgment about whether an article assigned to them merits peer review.
The managing editor selects and invites peer reviewers, seeking to secure 3 ± 1 reviews within a several week period. Once reviews are returned, the managing editor evaluates the article in light of reviewer input and recommends one of four outcomes to the EIC: accept, minor revision, major revision, or reject. Articles that are ultimately published most commonly go through one or two iterations of review and revision. The standard for acceptance is favorable recommendation by at least two reviewers plus support from a managing editor and concurrence by the EIC.
Indoor Air benefits from the services of many dedicated peer reviewers. The peer review process is essential for maintaining a strong journal. Not only do peer reviews play key roles in deciding which papers to publish, the constructive criticism elevates the quality of those papers. Even when a paper is declined publication, peer review can help authors recognize the limitations of their work as input for future improvements.