Two new associate editors have joined Indoor Air. They enhance the editorial team's expertise in two strategically important areas: thermal comfort and the indoor microbiome.
Over the last three decades, Professor Richard de Dear has built a career in the area of human thermal comfort. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and a dozen books and monographs on the subject. Within that body of research it is his seminal contribution to the “adaptive model of thermal comfort” that has had the greatest impact in the indoor environmental sciences literature. The adaptive model is embedded in ASHRAE's thermal comfort standard. Several other national and international standards and codes are evolving in similar directions. The adaptive model is also embedded in sustainable building performance assessment protocols and rating tools worldwide.
Professor de Dear studied at the University of Queensland, earning his PhD in Applied Climatology in 1986. He is Director of the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab and currently Head of Architectural Science within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney.
Jordan Peccia is an associate professor of environmental engineering at Yale University and the director of Yale's environmental engineering undergraduate studies. His lab merges molecular biology techniques with engineering methods to investigate the diversity, origin, and fate of airborne biological material. The primary goal: to build an understanding of human exposure to pathogens and microbial toxins. Before coming to Yale in 2005, Professor Peccia served on the faculty of civil and environmental engineering at Arizona State University. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering (BS) and environmental engineering (MS) from Montana State University. His PhD was earned in 2000 in environmental engineering from the University of Colorado. Professor Peccia received the AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award in 2001 and an NSF Career award in 2004.
Indoor Air benefits from the support and guidance of a panel of distinguished scholars who serve as members of the editorial board. The primary responsibilities of the board members are these:
- Provide feedback and guidance to the editors and to the publisher on the journal's policies and practices;
- Support and promote the journal;
- Seek out and actively encourage submissions from strong authors reporting strong research;
- Review submissions to the journal, as requested by the editors; and
- Participate in editorial board meetings.
We welcome to the editorial board five new members.
Gabriel Bekö, Denmark
Christopher Chao, Hong Kong, China
Ginger Chew, USA
Jeroen Douwes, New Zealand
Yingxin Zhu, China
I also express my thanks to the following former members of the editorial board whose terms of service have ended during the past few years. Three of our current associate editors formerly served on the editorial board: Rich Corsi, Bill Fisk, and Tunga Salthammer. Three other former board members resigned their positions with retirement or with a change of job emphasis: Al Hodgson, Anna-Liisa Pasanen, and Thomas Schneider. Thank you all for your contributions to the journal.
Growing the journal, digitally
Having a strong journal dedicated to the indoor air sciences contributes materially to the development of our field. Ultimately, I would like to see Indoor Air grow to at least double its current size, so that we are publishing 100 articles per year or more. The quantity and quality of work being published broadly in the field of indoor environmental quality and health is large enough to support that goal. Our main competitors have substantially larger annual page budgets than do we. However, growing the journal to this scale while maintaining its strength will require increasing the submission rate of high-quality manuscripts more so than increasing the acceptance rate of articles of the caliber currently being submitted. Over the past few years, we have seen some progress in this regard, perhaps encouraged by the increasing impact factor of the journal. In response to this trend and with support from the editors, Wiley has agreed to increase the page budget for Indoor Air by 25% in 2014. The journal will continue to be published in six bimonthly issues per year. The budgeted size of each issue is now 110 pages, up from 88. This larger page budget will allow us to publish about 60 articles per year. The editors will continue to apply high standards so that the articles published in Indoor Air each contribute meaningfully to advancing the indoor air sciences.
In addition to expanding the journal's size, another significant step has been taken in the march from paper to electronic publishing. Worldwide, approximately 10 000 institutions have access to Indoor Air through various licensing arrangements. The journal's website receives about 6000 unique visitors monthly and the number of full text downloads of articles is approximately 100 000 per year. Most print copies of the journal are distributed to the approximately 500 ISIAQ members. Receiving the journal is one of the benefits of ISIAQ membership. Starting in 2014, the default access for ISIAQ members will be electronic. To receive a print copy, a member must pay a supplemental fee, currently $40 per year. Given these circumstances, one can imagine that if only a small fraction of ISIAQ members choose to pay this extra fee, then in the not-distant-future, the publisher would likely terminate the print production altogether and the journal would become purely electronic. And while we might well rue the passing of print journals, we should also celebrate the incredible power to share information that has emerged from digital media and electronic communications.