Experimental Techniques Editorial Committee. The committee consists of a Senior Editor, Associate
Editors, Current Special Topics Editors, the Publisher of the Society, and SEM
Editorial Committee Function. This committee is responsible for providing an overview of the articles that are to appear in upcoming issues. This committee is to provide a forum for SEM members, authors, and ET Editorial Committee to discuss problems related to ET. This committee also
provides a mechanism to assist in generating Special Topics Series, Technical
Division oriented series and Educational Series. This committee shall meet a
minimum of three times per year: at the Spring Meeting of SEM, at IMAC and once
between SEM Spring Meeting and IMAC.
Selection of Associate Editors. The Senior Editor shall appoint the Associate Editors based on the recommendations of the ET Advisory Group and the ET Editorial Committee. Individuals appointed as Associate Editors should have demonstrated a clear understanding of the intent and focus of ET and a willingness to perform the function of Associate Editor, for example, by the previous service as a reviewer for ET or service as a Special Topics
Selection of Senior Editor. The President
shall appoint the Senior Editor from past and present Associate Editors based on
the recommendation of the Advisory Group.
Term of Senior Editor. The Senior Editor
shall serve a three year term.
Term of Associate Editors. The Associate
Editors shall serve renewable, staggered three-year terms.
Responsibilities of Senior Editor:
Receive all new submitted articles, screen, and
forward to the Associate Editors.
Number each article and maintain a log of the history
of each article through its publication. This means check it in, record the
assignment of the Associate Editor, record when an article is sent to
Headquarters and record the publication date.
Check with the appropriate Associate Editor on
articles that are older than four months for its present status.
Work with Headquarters to maintain a smooth flow of
Work with Headquarters to insure/establish themes and maintain a balance of articles within the publication. The Senior Editor is accountable for the theme items within Experimental Techniques. This should be discussed at the Advisory Group meeting for
Mentor the newest Associate Editor to help maintain the intent of Experimental Techniques, tracking
Associate Editors' article flow.
Provide the reviewers list from the past Associate
Editor to the new Associate Editor.
Be a member of the ET
Advisory Group. Inform the Advisory Group of any potential problems or
on-going problems, which might impact the publication.
Bring possible Associate Editor candidates names
forward to the Advisory Group for action.
Maintain a current listing of the reviewers' pool
that indicate which reviewers are working with which Associate Editor.
Work with the Associate Editors to maintain an active reviewer pool. Each new reviewer added to this pool should be formally invited (in writing) to become a reviewer of ET,
providing a current and active address list in addition to covering basic
intent of Experimental Techniques, and instructing the reviewer which
Associate Editor he/she would be working with. This also insures that several
Associate Editors will not simultaneously be using the same reviewer.
Attend meetings of the ET advisory Group and the ET Editorial Committee.
Ultimately, the Senior Editor is responsible for the technical content of Experimental Techniques and maintaining the focus of the publication.
Responsibilities of the Associate Editor:
Log and screen all articles that are received for
review from the Senior Editor.
Maintain a history of each article so current status
is always known.
Write a letter of article receipt to the author.
Write a letter to reviewer that contains reviewer's
forms (instructions, review form and article for review). A "return by" date
must be placed on the letter and review form. A three week time frame is
Contact reviewer if "return by" date is exceeded.
Contact author with all review contacts and/or
necessary corrective suggestions.
When review is accepted, inform author, send author
information forms and final submittal needs (artwork, photographs, etc.).
When final information (information forms,
photographs, artwork, etc.) is received from the author, forward it to
Headquarters with a copy of the acceptance letter and final review form to the
Inform Senior Editor and/or ET Advisory Group of any potential or on-going
problems, which might impact the publication.
Mentor reviewers and authors to insure that articles
are appropriate and accurate.
Bring nomination forward to the Senior Editor for a
vacant Associate Editor position.
Attend all meetings of the ET Editorial Committee and the ET Advisory Group.
Ultimately, responsible to the Society for all their assigned articles.
Reviewers. These volunteers are drawn from
the SEM membership-at-large. The prime selection criteria should be that the
individual volunteered and that their area of expertise is needed. Each Senior
and Associate Editor may select these individuals. They should be added to the
reviewers' pool by a particular Associate Editor. The Senior Editor holds the
pool list. A call for reviewers will be posted in ET and a request for ET
reviewers will be send out with membership renewal notices.
Pool of Reviewers. The pool of reviewers is defined here as those reviewers that have reviewed articles for reviewed articles for Experimental Techniques and are officially assigned to one Associate Editor. This pool will normally be divided evenly between the Associate Editors. The basic function of having a "pool" is to act as a learning venue for, those that review Experimental Techniques. Ultimately, the reviewers need to learn how Experimental Techniques differs from Experimental Mechanics and that it is not a
research publication but a "how-to", applications-oriented publication. The pool
will also act as a means of establishing consistency within the reviews.
Membership within the pool is open to those within the Society who have an
interest in the publication and in furthering its intent.
- Need to ensure that the articles are appropriate for
Experimental Techniques, are technically accurate and maintain the focus of
- Need to complete the review within the given time
- Immediately inform the Associate Editor if the article does not seem appropriate for ET.
- Need to complete all forms, provide written review of the article.