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EJSSM - To improve understanding, prediction, preparedness and mitigation of severe storm hazards, through: Theoretical development of conceptual and predictive models Observational and diagnostic studies Operational forecasting techniques and methods Historical and biographical studies Review articles Interdisciplinary studies of risks and impacts, including storm damage analyses, social implications and economic effects.
EJSSMwill publish research articles, research and technical notes, book reviews, letters and comments on prior papers. Papers on theory, prediction methods and techniques, causes, impacts, and measuring and monitoring in the following areas are welcome: • Severe convective weather • Lightning and related storm electrification • Severe tropical weather systems • Damage analysis and mitigation • Scientific documentation and analysis of extreme and/or rare events • Forecast development and verification concepts • Climatology of and/or influencing severe storm events • Severe winter storms • Heavy rainfall events • Pyroconvective storms and fire storms
EJSSM Core Principles: • Open access. • Uphold high standards. • Encourage participation. • Rapid dissemination and immediate feedback.
Founders include: • Dr. Robert Maddox, Dr. C.A. Doswell III, Dr. John Monteverdi, Dr. Erik Rasmussen, Dr. David Schultz, Brian Curran, Albert Pietrycha, Al Moller, Jim Johnson, Roger Edwards, Elke Edwards • Current Editors: • Roger Edwards – Editor in Chief • Dr. David Schultz – Assistant Editor in Chief • Albert Pietrycha – Section Editor
Why an operational forecaster should publish… More familiar with forecasting difficulties Witness more of the quirks of the “real” atmosphere Can identify research problems for pure researchers Career advancement
Why Publish Online? • Cost… • Format… • Availability… • Immutability… • Quality… • Acceptance…
Cost… • AMS = $ 135 per paper page (B&W) $ 490/$390/$190 first, second and third color piece • NWA = Apparently free to NWA members? • EJSSM = $50 per entire article (50mb) – Color Free
Format… • Standard Formats = • Abstract only, HTML & PDF. ++ PLUS ++ • Encourages color, multimedia, animations, and new graphic techniques.
Availability… • AMS = Full E-Journals Access to fees paid members only. • NWA = Full E-Journal Access FREE. • EJSSM = Full Journals Access FREE.
Immutability… • “LOCKSS” – lockss.org – Stanford University. • Replication & Format Migration – • LOCKSS used by: • AMS, Oxford University Press, British Medical Journal, Brookings Institute, Library of Congress • US Universities – Hawaii, Duke, Nebraska, Rice, Michigan State, Penn State, Penn, Illinois C-U, Yale, Emory, NC State, Kentucky, many more….
Quality… • AMS - Double blind peer review – closed review process – 3 reviewers - 18 mos. – 2 yrs. turn around • NWA - Double blind peer review – closed review process – 1 to 2 reviewers • EJSSM - Open peer review – open review process (reviews and replies published too!) – 3 reviewers – several mos. turn around!
REVIEWER COMMENTS [Authors’ responses in orange serif .] REVIEWER A (Richard L. Thompson): Initial Review Recommendation: Accept with major revision The paper provides an overview of several common parameters/indices used in severe storm forecasting, and outlines a process for developing proper forecast parameters. On the surface, this topic appears worthy of consideration, but I have several concerns regarding the tone of the paper and the apparent motivation of the authors. Without providing supporting evidence, the authors infer that a substantial number of forecasters have no clue how to interpret the convective parameters/indices they discuss. Can the authors site anything more specific than a few vague references? It is important to establish reasonable motivation for this work because that motivation identifies the target audience. At this point, it could be anyone in severe storm meteorology, but this work seems most appropriate for undergraduate meteorology students. I can only speak for myself, but I found this paper to be mildly degrading to professional forecasters. We regret that you had this reaction to the manuscript, as that surely was not our intention. Our intention was to educate forecasters, not degrade them. Our intended audience was anyone in severe storms meteorology, as we believe that even experts would benefit from revisiting the ideas in this manuscript. In the revised manuscript, we have softened the tone and rewritten the introduction so that our intentions and intended audience are more clear.
Given the structure of the existing manuscript, I find it somewhat difficult to insert this in some appropriate place. Although I obviously believe in the importance of this, I’m not sure it represents a major milestone in the research process. Hence, I’ve not followed the suggestion, with some lingering misgivings about not doing so. • 3) Section 6c. You mention that scientific storm chasing began with the Tornado Intercept Project that had the goal of filming tornado debris clouds. You then mention the use of mobile field observations to provide quantitative data in the last paragraph. When did scientists start bringing data collection platforms beyond cameras into the field? • An interesting point. This is sort of hard to know … just what sort of system constitutes quantitative sampling during storm chases? I have discovered that the Knights began collecting hailstones as they were falling, for the purpose of studying them later in their lab, during 1966. There might be others, but I might not know of them. • [Minor comments omitted] • Comments on this article • Comments Open Elke Edwards (2007-01-04) • View all comments | Add comment
Acceptance… • EJSSM International Standard Serial Number (ISSN – 1559-5404) • Listed as scientific resource with: Meteorological and Geophysical Abstracts (MGA), Scientific Commons, Notes In The Margin, Univ. of Melbourne (AU), Board of Greek Librarians (GR), Biblioplanets (FR), Tutor Gig Encyclopedia, Universitäts du Frankfurt & Darmstadt (DE), Deutsche Nationalbibliotek (DE), Institut de L’information Scientifique et Technique (FR), Instituto Brasileiro de Informação (PO), Internet Public Library (IPL #11999341…
How to publish in EJSSM… Download author’s template Cut, paste, and edit your manuscript into template including colour figures, animations…etc… Upload completed submission Editors will contact you and assign reviewers On completion of open review process and acceptance of manuscript work is published immediately
EJSSM – Current Challenges… • Need to publish 5 articles per quarter to achieve recognition from Thomson Citation Index… • Need additional copy editor volunteers…
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