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Celebrating publications


New developments result in ‘huge increase’ in accessions to Society publications, says Publications Secretary Jonathan Turner. Dawne Riddle reports.

Geoscientist 22.04 May 2012

“We operate in a fiercely competitive environment, within a climate of extraordinary and inexorable change, especially in the pace of technological development” said Publications Secretary Dr Jonathan Turner (University of Birmingham). He was speaking at the annual Burlington House reception for Editors, after a day of meetings – the Publications Management Committee (comprising the editors in chief of all journals and book series, plus Publishing House staff), followed in the afternoon by separate editorial board meetings.

“The Lyell collection, started in 2007, has been a huge success, as more and more people obtain their published material online. We are now looking at the possibility of using mobile devices – symbolic of this constant need to develop new capability within inevitably limited resources, and against better-resourced competitors.

Jonathan Turner, Publications Secretary. All pictures - Ted Nield

2. Alberto Ximenez-Madrid (left) and Mike Winter “We continue to do this very successfully” said Turner. “Two examples from the past year: the ‘Online First’ system, being initiated with the books series, but which will eventually migrate to journals, will mean that no longer will publication of a collection of papers have to await the slowest moving paper. In future, once your paper, which is contributing to a book, has been accepted, it can be posted online, given a date, and formally published at that point. In this new world we are no longer reliant on publishing hard copy.

“We have also developed a partnership with Elsevier, who have developed a GIS-based bibliographic reference system called ‘Geofacets’. This is geared particularly to the hydrocarbons industry, whereby if a subscriber company can identify all Elsevier publications relevant to any area of the world. Elsevier were keen also to include the entire Lyell Collection archive in this system. We are only now a couple of months into this venture, but we are already seeing a financial benefit, in that it has already resulted in a huge increase in the number of people accessing Society publications.”

Picture: Alberto Ximenez-Madrid (left) and Mike Winter

3. Daniel Viete (left) and Quentin Crowley Dr Bob Pankhurst, Chief Books Editor for “two weeks short of 10 years” who has in that time seen the publication of almost exactly half of the total Special Publications series to date, was stepping down, Turner announced. Dr Rick Law (Virginia Tech University), who was also present, will succeed Bob in this crucial role.

Mike Winter (TRL), Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology presented the 2011 William Dearman Young Author of the Year Award to Dr Alberto Ximenez-Madrid for his paper The comparative analysis of intrinsic groundwater vulnerability assessment methods for carbonate aquifers. He received a certificate, books of his choice, two years’ free Fellowship of the Society, and “a one year sentence on the QJEGH Editorial Board”.

Dr Quentin Crowley (Trinity College, Dublin) Editor of the Journal of the Geological Society presented its Young Author of the Year Award to Daniel Viete , who had travelled from Australia to receive it in person, for The nature and origin of Barrovian metamorphism, Scotland, on which he was senior author.

Picture: Daniel Viete (left) and Quentin Crowley