As Interpretation ramps up its pace of special sections, the journal’s editorial processes also are being adjusted to be more special-section friendly. One recent change is the implementation of the Assistant Editor level in the peer-review workflow (see Figure 1).
The first row in Figure 1 shows that a special section organizer is responsible for recruiting a team of coeditors who in turn invite potential authors to contribute papers to the special section. When peer-reviewing submitted papers, the organizer serves as an Assistant Editor who assigns the papers to coeditors serving as Associate Editors (second row). The Assistant Editor makes intermediate decisions (to revise papers) and makes the final decision recommendations (to accept papers) to the Editor-in-Chief. The new process empowers the special section organizers and their coeditors as subject-matter experts with the responsibility of managing peer-reviewing of topic-specific contributions. It also allows the Editorial Board to focus more resources on steering the journal at the strategy and policy level.
From 15 October 2012 (the date of the journal’s launch) to 11 December 2013 (date of drafting this report), the journal has received 172 new manuscript submissions. The first two issues of the journal featured 21 and 19 papers, respectively, and each included one special section. This third issue has 28 papers. It features two special sections:
Seismic attributes; editors: Saleh al-Dossary, Arthur Barnes, Dick Dalley, Kurt Marfurt, Marcilio Matos, Ralf Oppermann, and Kui Zhang; 17 papers published.
Pore-pressure prediction and detection; editors: Dan Ebrom, Philip Heppard, Martin Albertin, and Richard Swarbrick; 7 papers published.
The remaining four papers are general technical submissions. I would like to thank all the organizers, editors, authors, and reviewers for their contributions to the issue. Below is an update of the upcoming special sections.
May 2014 issue:
Interpreting AVO; editors: William Abriel, John Castagna, Douglas Foster, Fred Hilterman, Ron Masters, George Smith, and Chuan Yin; submission by 31 July 2013; 14 submissions received.
Well ties to seismic data, edited by Don Herron, Rachel Newrick, John Sumner, and Bob Wegner; submission by 30 August 2013; 7 submissions received.
August 2014 issue:
Interpretation and integration of CSEM data; editors: Sandeep Kumar, Lucy MacGregor, and James Tomlinson; submission by 1 October 2013; 9 submissions received.
Multicomponent seismic interpretation; editors: Michael DeAngelo, Bob Hardage, Paul Murray, Steve Roche, Diana Sava, James Simmons, Charlotte Sullivan, Donald Wagner, and Ran Zhou; submission by 1 October 2013; 12 submissions received.
Microseismic monitoring; editors: Adam Baig, Jean-Pierre Blangy, Carlos Cabarcas, Jingyi Chen, Dave Diller, Leo Eisner, Jamie Rich, and Julie Shemeta; submission by 1 October 2013; 6 submissions received.
Karst; editors: Jerome Bellian, Jason Rush, Charlotte Sullivan, Hongliu Zeng, and Kurt Marfurt; submission by 15 November 2013; 9 submissions received.
November 2014 issue:
Interpretation and integration of gravity and magnetic data; editors: Ran Zhang, Rao Yalamanchili, and Alan Aitken; submission by 15 January 2014.
Interpretation of complex faults; editors: Linda R. Sternbach, John Jordan, and Steven L. Getz; submission by 15 January 2014.
Exploration for unconventional reservoirs; editors: Brian Toelle, Karen Sullivan Glaser, Oswaldo Davogustto Cataldo, and Yaping Zhu; submission by 1 March 2014.
Detection of hydrocarbons; editors: Alistair Brown, Bill Abriel, R. Randy Ray, Tim Berge, and Rocky Roden; submission by 1 March 2014.
Salt tectonics and interpretation; editors: Mark Rowan, Thomas Hearon, Steve Holdaway, Tim Seeley, Carl Fiduk, Van Mount, Frank Peel, Oriol Ferrer, Dave Quirk, Webster Mohriak, and Simon Stewart; submission by 1 March 2014.
Salt basin model building, imaging, and interpretation; editors: Jacques Leveille, Brian Horn, Jerry Young, David Bartel, Scott Morton, Dave McCann, Rob Wervelman, Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Adriana Ramirez, Gabriel Ritter, Paul Williamson, Mark Rhodes, and Bill Hart; submission by 1 March 2014.
Induced seismicity: Defining the problem of and solution for managing risk; editors: Brad Artman, Brad Birkelo, Randy Keller, Ernest Majer, Hal MaCartney, and Dave Dillon; submission by 1 April 2014.
Unconventional reservoir development and production; editors: Abhijit Gangopadhyay, Steve Laubach, David Spain, Manika Prasad, Mazher Ibrahim, Terri Olson, Shujie Liu, Gabino Castillo, and John Zhou; submission by 1 March 2014.
February 2015 issue (incomplete):
Geologic, geophysical, and petrophysical interpretation of core data and well logs; editors: Chicheng Xu, Carlos Torres-Verdín, Kyle Spikes, and Thaimar Ramirez; submission by 15 March 2014.
IQ Earth: Visualizing and predicting the integrated earth; editors: Rocco Detomo Jr., Carmen C. Dumitrescu, and Huw James; submission by 15 March 2014.
Diffraction imaging; editors: Marianne Rauch-Davies, John O’Brien, William Burnett, and Sergey Fomel; submission by 15 April 2014.
Abnormal pore pressure and associated environmental and geohazards: Detection, quantification, interpretation, and analysis; editors: Nadar Dutta, Azra Tutuncu, Gopal Amruthapuri, Alfred Liaw, Mark Tingay, Huyen Bui, Robert Polzer, and Kevin Bradford; submission by 15 April 2014.
Visualizing and mapping channels with 3D seismic; editors: Bill Keach, Steven M. Goolsby, and R. Randy Ray; submission by 15 April 2014.
Rivers; editors: Janok P. Bhattacharya, David Cleveland, Nick Howes, Steve Hubbard, Dale Leckie, Kurt Marfurt, Henry W. Posamentier, Mathew Pranter, Brian J. Willis, and Lesli J. Wood; submission by 15 May 2014.
Shale paleoenvironments; editors: Bruce Hart, Mike Arthur, Harry Rowe, Gilles Hennenfent, and Joe Macquaker; submission by 15 May 2014.
Interpretation invites you to contact a member of the Editorial Board or e-mailto submit your ideas for new special sections.