Editorial Review Committee


About the Committee

The committee oversees the content and direction of the journals, which include attracting high-quality manuscripts to the journals, setting the review criteria used to evaluate papers, and granting final approval on papers that will be published in each journal. The committee is comprised of the Editor-in-Chief and the current Executive Editors for each of SPE’s peer-reviewed journals (SPE Drilling & Completion, SPE Journal, SPE Production & Operations, and SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering).  Each Executive Editor has a flexible number of associate editors, who assist with managing the review of papers in their respective areas of expertise.

Approvals for Executive Editors and the Editor-in-Chief positions are based on current journal leadership history and recommendations from the SPE Board of Directors. Members serve three-year terms and oversee the peer-review process for their specific journals. The committee meets annually in person at ATCE and may hold multiple calls throughout the year to discuss various concerns across all journals.

Qualifications and Experience

Executive editors for each journal

    • Served as an Associate Editor for the journal and should have 10+ years of oil and gas industry experience
    • Excellent working knowledge of the overall discipline of the journal and preferably be a recognized subject matter expert
    • A good track record of providing timely and conscientious reviews to authors
    • Previously authored SPE peer-approved and published papers

Editor-in-chief

    • The Editor-in-Chief should preferably be a past Executive Editor and is selected based on academic reputation and overall history of working with SPE’s publications

Deliverables and Expectations

  • Oversee the content and direction of the journals, which includes attracting high-quality manuscripts to the journals
  • Review and maintain the review criteria used to evaluate and select papers for publication
  • Show commitment to processing papers through the peer-review system in a timely and responsive manner
  • Work with associate editors and technical reviewers to provide quality feedback and reviews to authors
  • Write an Executive Summary for each journal issue
  • Suggest areas for improvement in SPE’s peer-review process
  • Solicit and recommend new technical reviewers
  • The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for handling all appeals which are submitted into the system

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