Report from AAPG Editor
The Editor oversees four technical publication channels through which AAPG disseminates science, the AAPG BULLETIN, Special Publications, GIS or spatial publications, and Search and Discovery.
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The number of manuscripts submitted to the BULLETIN increased again in 2009, with 210 manuscripts submitted, up from 169 in 2009, and the highest since record keeping began in 1990. Of the manuscripts received in 2008, 31% were accepted for publication with revisions and 39% were rejected. The average number of days required to review and act on manuscripts in 2009 remained 71 days from submittal to decision rendered. This rapid response reflects the efforts of the Associate Editors, Reviewers, and Headquarters staff to work as efficiently as possible.
In calendar year 2009, 70 papers were published, including 39 (56%) regional studies and 31 (44%) topical (non-geographical) studies. Of the regional studies, 19 (27%) of the papers addressed subjects from areas in the United States, 7 (10%) from the Asia/Pacific area, 2 (3%) from Latin America, 2 (3%) from Europe, 2 (3%) from Africa, 3 (4%) from the Middle East, and 4 (6%) from Canada. Associate Editors appointed from all AAPG Regions and Sections are charged with encouraging manuscript submissions from their geographic areas. A theme issue, “Occurrence and Significance of Fractures in Reservoirs, edited by Peter Hennings, was published in 2009. Two theme issues are in preparation for publication in 2010.
The Bulletin is part of an elite group of high-impact journals whose citations are tracked in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science. While the Impact Factor—the frequency with which articles in a journal are cited in a year—is widely misunderstood, it is one of the measures commonly used to compare the influence of journals. The journal impact factor for the BULLETIN increased to 1.364 in 2008 from 1.273 in 2007. The BULLETIN ranked first in total citations for the “petroleum engineering” category of journals in 2007 and 2008. Had the BULLETIN been included in the “geology” category of about 40 journals, it would have ranked second (2007) or third (2008). Other statistics indicate that the BULLETIN ranks highly in how quickly published articles are cited and for the long-term archival value of its articles. Not captured in these statistics is how BULLETIN readers use the journal in their day-to-day work of finding and producing oil and gas.
AAPG Special Publications 2009 Releases
(5 AAPG Special Publications, 10 Datapages CD/DVD products)
- Studies in Geology 58—Geology of Cuba
- Studies in Geology 59—Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Geological Media—-State of the Science
- Memoir 89—Natural Gas Hydrates—-Energy Resource Potential and Associated Geologic Hazards
- Memoir 90—Petroleum Systems in the Southern Gulf of Mexico
- Memoir 91—Oil Field Production Geology
- Discovery Series 12/Methods 17 Analog for Carbonate Sand Reservoirs: Joulters Ooid Shoal
- Discovery Series 13 Atlas of Borehole Imagery, 2nd Edition
- Getting Started 15 Fluid Inclusions in Petroleum Systems
- Getting Started 16 Basin and Petroleum System Modeling
- Getting Started 17 Basin-Centered Gas
- Getting Started 18 Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy
- Memoir 73 Petroleum Systems of South Atlantic Margins
- Memoir 60 The Petroleum System—From Source to Trap
- Publications of the Abilene Geological Society
- AAPG BULLETIN Special Issue Fault Seals (March 2003) on CD-ROM
The GIS Publications Committee accepted 7 proposals in calendar year 2009, recommended 4 GIS projects for the AAPG-OSU Petroleum Geoscience and GIS Consortium, and published 7 projects in the AAPG spatial library.
Search and Discovery
During calendar year 2009, the Search and Discovery Editorial Board edited and posted 496 submissions.