As it was just announced in the SPA newsletter, please join me in congratulating Delores Knipp to the editorial helm at Space Weather! It’s been a six-month process, but the decision has been made that she will be the new Editor-in-Chief of this journal and its print version counterpart, Space Weather Quarterly.
Dr. Knipp, a Research Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, is in the midst of transitioning into this new role and will officially take over from the outgoing EiC, Lou Lanzerotti, in October. I look forward to working with Delores as part of the AGU journal EiC crew as well as through our inter-journal communication between JGR Space Physics and Space Weather.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Lou for his decade-plus history of service to the space physics community as the inaugural editor of this journal. I agree with Jim Klimchuk in his newsletter post, “It is largely because of Lou’s incredible dedication, energy, and wisdom that Space Weather and the Quarterly are the premier publications that they are today.” Congratulations, Lou, on a successful and prosperous tenure as EiC!
Finally, I’d like to add a manuscript submission comment to this post. JGR Space Physics and Space Weather are closely-related journals and authors sometimes have a difficult time determining to which of these journals a particular manuscript should be submitted. Overlap between these journals can be minimized by clarifying the scope of the two journals: JGR Space Physics is the place for advancements in our knowledge of space science, i.e., of the processes controlling how rarefied neutral and charged particles move and their relationship with electric and magnetic fields throughout the solar system. Space Weather focuses on the application of this understanding toward an advancement of knowledge on the issue of space environment effects on technological or biological systems. It connects the space research community with engineering and operations groups working in fields that are affected by those rarified neutral and charged particle populations and/or electric and magnetic fields in outer space. We occasionally reject manuscripts based on this delineation of scope, encouraging the authors to resubmit the paper to the other journal. On this note, an upgrade in the works for the GEMS system will allow us to shift such submissions directly to another AGU journal (with the permission of the author), rather than requiring the author to resubmit from the beginning at the GEMS site for that other journal.