Interpretation uses an online manuscript system for submission, peer review, and production. Authors can track peer review status of their submissions at every stage. Editorial actions taken by authors, staff, editors, and reviewers trigger status changes. Examples of editorial actions include authors submitting revisions, staff assigning editors, editors assigning reviewers, and reviewers submitting decision recommendations.
Keeping the journal efficient. Interpretation relies on dedicated expert volunteers in the geosciences community for timely peer review of the manuscripts. The journal currently uses the following guidelines for turnarounds by
Editors — 1 week, usually a day or two;
Reviewers — 3 weeks; and
Authors — 4–10 weeks, depending on the level of revisions.
Editors, reviewers, and authors are urged to take action as soon as possible, without waiting for deadlines. The above guidelines allow roughly 80% of the special-section papers to be reviewed in time for their intended special sections. Papers not meeting special-section deadlines can be published as regular technical papers in future issues.
Doing no harm. Although it is the scientific duty of every geoscientist to review papers from time to time, one is not expected to say yes to every invitation. Review invitations sometimes come when the reviewers are already fully booked with other commitments. For such cases, declining the invitations can be the best way to serve the geosciences community. Agreeing to serve without a high probability of performing can cause unintended harm to the journal:
Reviewers: A nonperforming reviewer not only fails to deliver a service but also causes extra work for the staff and editors and leads to delayed assignment of other reviewers who could have performed timely reviews.
Editors: Board members and special-section organizers/editors play key roles in content generation. They serve as hubs (or bottlenecks if nonperforming) of editorial activities in the manuscript system. This gives editors great opportunity to have large impact. An active board member or organizer potentially can be responsible for 5%–20% of the journal’s content. On the flip side, the impact of a nonperforming editor includes publication delays and loss of potential journal content that might have been generated by other volunteers had they been given the opportunity to serve.
Limited author-revision time: The journal currently gives 4–10 weeks for minor to moderate revisions. The revision deadlines serve a few purposes:
The deadlines prod the authors to give revisions a priority.
Special sections are on a fixed publication schedule and cannot wait for individual papers. Keeping all papers at a steady review-revision pace avoids excessively high staff resource demand near review-completion deadlines.
The deadlines help prevent abandoned papers from clogging up the system.
Any finite revision-time allowance is a compromise and would be too short and harsh for some authors. I hope most authors find desirable the journal’s emphasis on efficiency to achieve reasonably quick publication.
From 15 October 2012 (the date of the journal’s launch) to 30 March 2014 (date of drafting this report), the journal has received 243 manuscript submissions. The current fourth issue contains 26 papers. It features three special sections:
Interpreting AVO; editors: William Abriel, John Castagna, Douglas Foster, Fred Hilterman, Ron Masters, George Smith, and Chuan Yin; 6 papers published.
Well ties to seismic data; editors: Don Herron, Bob Wegner, Rachel Newrick, and John Sumner; 3 papers published.
Multicomponent seismic interpretation; editors: Bob A. Hardage, Michael DeAngelo, Diana Sava, Donald Wagner, Paul Murray, Charlotte Sullivan, James Simmons, Dan Ebrom, Steve Roche, and Ran Zhou; 12 papers published.
The remaining five 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.
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.
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; 11 submissions received.
November 2014 issue:
Interpretation and integration of gravity and magnetic data; editors: Ran Zhang, Rao Yalamanchili, and Alan Aitken; 19 submissions.
Interpretation of complex faults; editors: Linda R. Sternbach, John Jordan, and Steven L. Getz; 4 submissions.
Exploration for unconventional reservoirs; editors: Brian Toelle, Karen Sullivan Glaser, Oswaldo Davogustto Cataldo, and Yaping Zhu; 3 submissions.
Detection of hydrocarbons; editors: Alistair Brown, Bill Abriel, R. Randy Ray, Tim Berge, and Rocky Roden; 5 submissions.
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; 8 submissions.
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; 2 submissions.
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; 3 submissions.
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.
February 2015 issue:
Geologic, geophysical, and petrophysical interpretation of core data and well logs; editors: Chicheng Xu, Carlos Torres-Verdín, Kyle Spikes, and Thaimar Ramirez; 11 submissions.
IQ Earth: Visualizing and predicting the integrated earth; editors: Rocco Detomo Jr., Carmen C. Dumitrescu, and Huw James; 3 submissions.
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.
Pitfalls in the structural interpretation of seismic data; editors: R. Randy Ray, Bob Hardage, Don Herron, Alistair Brown, and William Abriel; submission by 1 June 2014.
May 2015 issue:
Seismic uncertainties; editors: Maisha Amaru, Cory Hoelting, Hanno Klemm, and Tim Lane; submission by 1 July 2014.
CO2 storage and utilization; editors: Charlotte Sullivan, Alain Bonneville, William Harbert, Neeraj Gupta, Dirk Nieuwland, and Joseph Morris; submission by 1 July 2014.
Seismic chronostratigraphy; editors: Stanley Wharton, Kurt Marfurt, Hongliu Zeng, Henry Posamentier, Octavian Catuneanu, Tracy Stark, Nanne Hemstra, Jesse Lomask, and Brad Macurda; submission by 1 July 2014.
Rockies unconventional; editors: Steve Sonnenberg, Bob Cluff, Lee Shannon, Keith Shanley, and Al Lacazette; submission by 1 August 2014.
China shale gas and shale oil plays; editors: Shu Jiang, Hongliu Zeng, Jinchuan Zhang, Neil Fishman, Baojun Bai, Xianming Xiao, Tongwei Zhang, Geoffrey Ellis, Xinjing Li, Bryony Richards-McClung, Dongsheng Cai, and Yongsheng Ma; submission by 1 August 2014.
Geophysical imaging and interpretation of outcrops; editors: Remke L. Van Dam, Aria Abubakar, Emanuele Forte, Jeroen A. M. Kenter, Alireza Malehmir, Michele Pipan, Gerard T. Schuster, and Joep E. A. Storms; submission by 30 August 2014.
Mining and minerals exploration interpretation; editors: Bob Lo, Mark Shore, José Arce, Tom Lane, Richard Smith, and Yaoguo Li; submission by 1 September 2014.
Monitoring reservoir and overburden change; editors: David H. Johnston, David Monk, Baishali Roy, Tim Barker, Ivar Sandø, Mike Helgerud, Lydia Novakovic, and Mike Fry; submission by 1 September 2014.
August 2015 issue (incomplete):
Thin beds; editors: Hongliu Zeng, Kurt Marfurt, Sergey Fomel, Satinder Chopra, Gregory Partyka, Bradley Wallet, Michael Smith, Marcilio Matos, Huailai Zhou, Yihua Cai, and Osareni Ogiesoba; submission by 1 October 2014.
Interpretation invites you to contact a member of the Editorial Board or e-mailto submit your ideas for new special sections.