The August 2014 issue is the journal’s fifth quarterly since its launch in October 2012. Every year at the end of June is when SEG compiles the manuscript processing statistics for the journal’s annual report. I will first comment and show the manuscript statistics for FY2013–2014 in this section before summarizing the content of the current issue in the next section.
During this past year, the Interpretation Editorial Board formulated a draft operating procedure for the journal. The journal has significantly ramped up the pace of its fundamental special section activities, from one topic per quarter to a couple of topics per month scheduled up to the August 2015 issue. The journal staff has implemented a new workflow to include the Assistant Editor (ASE) level for peer review of manuscripts. Each special section has an organizer who serves as the ASE. The ASE distributes the papers to the special section editors who serve as the Associate Editors in peer review. This arrangement allows the organizer to monitor the overall submission and review status and to participate in the editorial decision of every paper submitted to the special section.
Now that several issues of Interpretation have been published, Thomson Reuters ISI is in the process of evaluating the journal’s application for inclusion in the Science Citation Index. We expect to receive a ruling later this calendar year and that the ruling will be favorable.
This is the first year for which the journal has a full year of statistics. I would like to use them to reflect on two points regarding the launch of the new journal.
A few years back, when the idea of a new journal was being discussed and before Interpretation was formally proposed, one of the concerns in the SEG community was that a new journal would adversely impact Geophysics. AAPG was similarly concerned a couple of years ago when deliberating copublishing the journal with SEG. Figure 1 plots the year-to-month number of Geophysics and AAPG Bulletin manuscript submissions during the past three fiscal years. Table 1 lists the data used in the plot. The data show that the rates of new Geophysics and AAPG Bulletin manuscript submissions have remained stable within the past three years, unaffected by the launch of the new journal nearly two years ago.
The above analysis with Table 1 and Figure 1 includes only the peer-reviewed journals of SEG and AAPG. SEG’s magazine The Leading Edge (TLE) does not have an online submission system to capture submission data. Most technical submissions go to the guest editors for the special sections, with only those accepted passed to the staff for production. Table 2 shows the number of technical articles published in each issue of TLE since 2008. The number of TLE articles has experienced drops both before and after the launch of Interpretation, making it difficult to identify any impact of the new journal on TLE. We do see an unusually low TLE publication count in the October 2012 issue, the launch month of Interpretation. This is a coincidence, however. The new journal could only possibly impact TLE submissions after the launch and TLE publications a few months (for editing and production) after the launch.
A primary motivation of launching Interpretation was to promote peer-reviewed publications by geoscientists working in the oil, gas, and service companies. By having interpreters contribute papers, it keeps the journal focused on applied techniques and tools currently used by industry. It has long been recognized that Geophysics and AAPG Bulletin receive a significant number of papers from authors in academia with a strong publication culture (see Figure 2, Table 3, and data in past annual reports of SEG Editors). Table 3 and Figure 2 show that 87 papers of the 194 (45%) Interpretation submissions during FY2013-2014 are by industry authors employed by resource/service companies. The corresponding numbers are 59 of 521 (11%) for Geophysics (slightly lower this year than the 15% average over the past 7 years) and 46 of 234 (20%) for AAPG Bulletin. This suggests that Interpretation has provided a strong attraction of authorship by geoscientists from resource companies.
Additional details of the manuscript data are summarized in several tables. A total of 194 papers were submitted for publication in Interpretation from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014. Table 4 illustrates the first-author distribution by country although the distribution is dominated by North American authors. This distribution will likely evolve once the journal is included in the Science Citation Index, an important consideration by authors from some countries. Tables 5 and 6 for the first-review and production turnaround times have only one row each — one row per year. Because special sections provide the bulk of the journal’s technical content, the turnarounds for a majority of the papers are predetermined by the special section scheduling:
From call-for-papers to manuscript submission: 5–6 months;
From submission to acceptance: 5–6 months for peer reviews and revisions; and
From acceptance to publication: 2.5 months (Table 6).
Thus for most papers, the turnaround from submission to publication is 8 months.
The current issue
The August 2014 issue contains 21 papers and features three special sections:
Karst; editors: Jerome Bellian, Jason Rush, Charlotte Sullivan, Hongliu Zeng, and Kurt Marfurt; 8 papers published.
Interpretation and integration of CSEM data; editors: Sandeep Kumar, Lucy MacGregor, and James Tomlinson; 8 papers published.
Microseismic monitoring; editors: Adam Baig, Jean-Pierre Blangy, Carlos Cabarcas, Jingyi Chen, Dave Diller, Leo Eisner, Jamie Rich, and Julie Shemeta; 3 papers published.
The remaining two 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.
November 2014 issue:
Interpretation and integration of gravity and magnetic data; editors: Ran Zhang, Rao Yalamanchili, and Alan Aitken; 20 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; 3 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; 4 submissions.
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; 14 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; 14 submissions.
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; 5 submissions.
Visualizing and mapping channels with 3D seismic; editors: Bill Keach, Steven M. Goolsby, and R. Randy Ray; 3 submissions.
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; 5 submissions.
Shale paleoenvironments; editors: Bruce Hart, Mike Arthur, Harry Rowe, Gilles Hennenfent, and Joe Macquaker; 3 submissions.
Pitfalls in the structural interpretation of seismic data; editors: R. Randy Ray, Bob Hardage, Don Herron, Alistair Brown, William Abriel; 4 submissions.
May 2015 issue:
Seismic uncertainties; editors: Maisha Amaru, Cory Hoelting, Hanno Klemm, Tim Lane; submission by 1 July 2014.
CO2 storage and utilization; editors: Charlotte Sullivan, Alain Bonneville, William Harbert, Neeraj Gupta, Dirk Nieuwland, 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, Brad Macurda; submission by 1 July 2014.
Rockies unconventional; editors: Steve Sonnenberg, Bob Cluff, Lee Shannon, Keith Shanley, 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, 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, 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, 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, Mike Fry; submission by 1 September 2014.
August 2015 issue:
Thin beds; editors: Hongliu Zeng, Kurt Marfurt, Sergey Fomel, Satinder Chopra, Gregory Partyka, Bradley Wallet, Michael Smith, Marcilio Matos, Huailai Zhou, Yihua Cai, Osareni Ogiesoba; submission by 1 October 2014.
Recent advances with well whisperers; editors: Gerard Schuster, Julie Shemeta, Bjorn Paulsson, Xiang Xiao, Brian Hornby, Martin Karrenbach, Mike Fehler, Bob Hardage, Lianjie Huang, Jianhua Yu; submission by 1 November 2014.
Fractures; editors: Mehdi E. Far, Enru Liu, Stephen E. Laubach, Jon Downton, Arthur Cheng, Ramil Ahmadov, Tatiana Chichinina, Samik Sil, J. Jadsom de Figueiredo, Faranak Mahmoudian, Dan Ebrom; submission by 1 October 2014.
Organic-rich shales; editors: Malleswar Yenugu, John Best, Cristian Malaver, Rob Stewart, Dhananjay Kumar, Mauricio Florez, Paul Philip; submission by 1 November 2014.
IQ Earth: Effective interpretation for conventional and unconventional reservoirs; editors: Carmen C. Dumitrescu, Andreas Laake, Konstantin Osypov; submission by 1 December 2014.
Interpretation 3D visualization; editors: Linda Sternbach, Steve Adcock, Henry Posamentier, Tracy Stark, Jean Yves Chatallier; submission by 1 December 2014.
November 2015 issue (incomplete):
Reserve and resource estimation using reliable technology; editors: Rah Saltzer, Naomi Boness, Miles Palke, Pierre Louis Pichon; submission by 15 February 2015.
Interpretation invites you to contact a member of the Editorial Board or e-mailto submit your ideas for new special sections.