New Year Ushers in Big Changes for Water Environment Research

November 20, 2018

Featured, WEF Resources & Efforts

Zhen (Jason) He, takes on the role of new editor-in-chief of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) journal, Water Environment Research. Photo courtesy of He.

Zhen (Jason) He, takes on the role of new editor-in-chief of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) journal, Water Environment Research. Photo courtesy of He.

The new year brings enhancements to the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) research journal, Water Environment Research (WER). To adapt to the changing and dynamic landscape of scholarly work, WEF has selected John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Wiley; Hoboken, N.J.) to be its new publishing partner. The journal will transition to the Wiley Online Library platform in January.

WEF’s research journal helps advance water science

Published since 1928, WER is an international , multidisciplinary water resource management journal that spreads fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality and resource recovery. The goal for the journal is to foster communication and interdisciplinary research between water sciences, engineering, and other related fields.

“For 90 years, WER has been a trusted vehicle for the dissemination of scholarly water research,” said Eileen O’Neill, WEF executive director. “It’s exciting to take this new step that we believe will lead to even greater impact and awareness of the information published in this flagship journal.” 

New platform offers new opportunities for water research

Peer-reviewed journals are critical to the conversation about water issues, but readers now access and share research in various formats.

Joining with Wiley increases the reach of the journal through the Wiley Online Library, which is available through an app on any device. The January 2019 issue of WER will be available on the Wiley Online Library and, all WEF members may access the journal’s content at no charge.

“We are delighted to begin a partnership with the Water Environment Federation to publish WER,” said Swapna Padhye, editorial director for Society Services at Wiley. “Given that water is the most important resource in the world, the work that the Federation and its community of scientists does is integral to the survival of our planet. We are honored to partner with them in support of their goal to improve water quality around the world by facilitating the dissemination of this important scholarly work.”

In addition to abstracts with practitioner points that briefly explain the practical applications of the research, the journal also will feature two types of new content.

  • Full-scale case studies will showcase applied research and offer readers practical considerations for implementing technology.
  • Perspectives articles will provide a forum for experienced, renowned researchers to discuss their views, opinions, and outlooks on selected topics.

WEF will hold a workshop at WEFTEC 2019 to educate potential authors on ways to submit content, navigate the peer review process, and publish research.

Introducing a new, dedicated editorial staff

WER welcomes a new editor-in-chief, Zhen (Jason) He, and a new editorial team. He is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg).

“I am honored to be the new editor-in-chief of Water Environment Research and also excited to lead one of the oldest water journals to the next stage,” he said. Our new editorial team aims to ensure high quality in WER’s content and fast processing of submissions.”

The editorial team will focus on increasing the journal’s discoverability and its impact and engaging eminent researchers in the water sector while maintaining a competitive timeline to publish research. In addition to seven associate editors, 20 to 30 advisors will be added to the editorial board to advocate for and promote the journal as well as to provide suggestions for its improvement. WER’s associate editors include

  • Nicole Fahrenfeld, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, N.J.);
  • Xiaohong Guan, Tongji University (Shanghai);
  • Veera Gnaneswar Gude, Mississippi State University (Starkville);
  • Chih-Ming (Jimmy) Kao, National Sun Yat-Sen University (Kaohsiung, Taiwan);
  • Eakalak Khan, University of Nevada Las Vegas;
  • Juan Antonio Baeza Labat, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Bellaterra, Spain); and
  • Dongye (Don) Zhao, Auburn (Ala.) University.
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