CA (Formerly ISI) Recognition of NRR: Editorial
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In my first Editorial as Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of Natural Resources Research (NRR) (Carranza 2013), I said that it is my humble ambition to change the fact that NRR is not recognized yet by the Institute for Scientific Information, which has recently acquired a new name—Clarivate Analytics (CA). Now, after four years, it is my greatest pleasure to announce that NRR has been recognized by CA. Our journal (from its 2015 volume) will be listed in the Science Citation Index Expanded™ (also known as SciSearch®), Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) Science Edition, and Current Contents®/Physical Chemical and Earth Sciences. This means that our first impact factors will be evaluated based on citations to papers published in 2015 and 2016, will be received in this year’s JCR, and will be released sometime in mid 2018. In order to be accepted into the Science Citation Index, a journal must be evaluated against a number of objective criteria and standards (Garfield 1990). Therefore, the CA recognition is a significant acknowledgment of the high standard of our journal. It characterizes the culmination of the development of our journal since it was founded in 1992 by Richard McCammon.
I would like to thank every member of the editorial board for their respective contribution resulting in the CA recognition of NRR. At this point, I would like to introduce the following new members of our editorial board that were appointed during the last few months: Dr. Nandimandalam Janardhana Raju (School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India), who has expertise in hydrogeology and environmental geosciences; and editorial advisory board members Dr. Emil Attanasi (U.S. Geological Survey), who has expertise in energy resources, Dr. Xavier Emery (Department of Mining Engineering, University of Chile), who has expertise in geostatistics and mineral resources, and Dr. Mark J. Mihalasky (U.S. Geological Survey), who has expertise in mineral resources. Our current editorial board consists of internationally diverse members with expertises that that adequately cover the current aim and scope of NRR (i.e., hydrocarbon, geothermal, water, and mineral resources as well as geomathematics).
Peer reviewers contribute significantly to the standard of NRR. The main dilemma of journal editors is to find reviewers who have both the expertise required and the time to make timely reviews of papers. Therefore, in every first annual issue of NRR since I took over as its EiC, we acknowledge individuals who have reviewed at least one paper in a preceding year. This is important because nowadays the efforts of peer reviewers are being recognized by research-related organizations like ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). I certainly am grateful to all reviewers for their contributions resulting in NRR’s ISI recognition.