Board of Publication Report, Fall 2014

Chris Bauer, Board of Publication Chair

First, I want to acknowledge the death in April of Joe Lagowski, the Editor of the Journal of Chemical Education for many years. Joe was succeeded by John Moore, whose tribute to Joe appears in the July 2014 issue (pp 947-950). Joe made his last appearance as an author in the Journal in the January 2014 issue (pp 17-23) with an article “From the Beginning: The Journal of Chemical Education and Secondary School Chemistry”, which was drawn from a talk at the Penn State BCCE two years ago. The family requests that any donations be directed to the J.J. Lagowski Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry at the University of Illinois, where Joe received his bachelor’s degree. [checks to University of Illinois, Department of Chemistry c/o Kristin Lang, 109 Noyes Laboratory, 600 S. Mathews Box D-1, Urbana, IL 61801].

As previewed in the last Newsletter update, the Board of Publication hosted a strategic planning meeting for the Journal in Chicago on July 27-30. The Board decided that we have reached calmer waters after successfully navigating several transitions (change in Editor-in-Chief, establishing co-publication with ACS, re-organizing CHED financial management), and that now was the time to look forward. Among the issues discussed were development of reviewers and associate editors, the content focus of the Journal in serving various constituencies, efficiency of manuscript handling and time-to-publication, development of production metrics, global reach and competiveness, and planning for Editorial succession. A number of specific dated plans for action were developed. The meeting was organized by Jon Holmes, Ellen Yezierski, David Licata, and me. About 30 stakeholders participated, including Journal staff, ACS Publications staff, associate editors, editorial advisory board members, and Board of publication members. The participants were engaged, thoughtful, and productive, and I believe we established some direction and commitments for moving forward. You should see consequences of this strategic work play out over the next several years.

The Board has a new sixth member. We welcome Scott Lewis, who was appointed by the Executive Committee at the Dallas meeting. Scott is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida. Our makeup (based on Board seniority) is now: Chris Bauer, David Licata, Ellen Yezierski, Arlene Russell, Pratibha Varma-Nelson, and Scott Lewis. Remember that Division members are welcome as guests at Board meetings, which generally run 8 to noon Saturday mornings before each ACS meeting. If the door is closed, we’re in private executive session. Otherwise, welcome!

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