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Experimental Techniques
Editorial Committee


Senior Technical Editor

Kristin Zimmerman
General Motors Technical Center

Associate Technical Editors

Arup Maji
Air Force Research Lab


John Cafeo
General Motors Technical Center

Susan K. Foss
Deere & Co.
Dahsin Liu
Michigan State University


Director, The Society for Experimental Mechanics

Managing Editor

Patricia K. Deuschle

Advertising Sales Manager

Joni L. Normandin

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 staff.

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 Editor.

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 articles.
  • 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 final resolution.
  • 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 suggested.
  • 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 Senior Editor.
  • 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.

Responsibilities of Reviewers:

  • Need to ensure that the articles are appropriate for Experimental Techniques, are technically accurate and maintain the focus of the publication.
  • Need to complete the review within the given time period.
  • 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.
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