Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, Published Bimonthly. ISSN: 0733-950X. The journal contains up-to-date peer reviewed articles, and can be purchased in several versions: print, online, and CD.

Changing Hands - A New Editor of the COPRI Journal

Zeki Demirbilek
Editor, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering

On 1 October 2005, Professor Vijay Panchang, Texas A&M University at Galveston, will become the Editor of the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, the flagship journal of the COPRI. Vijay is a talented individual and strong proponent of excellence in science and engineering practice. I wish him and the current members of the Editorial Board great future success. I will remain as a member of the Editorial Board for as long as necessary.

The reputation of this journal is based on the quality of the work it has published. This in turn leads to a higher impact factor, a measure of the extent to which the journal's articles are cited in other publications and subsequent peer-reviewed journal articles. Authors wish to publish in journals with high impact factors, including this journal, and as a result we have seen a continual increase year after year in the number of papers submitted. The increasing pressure on the Associate Editors (AEs) has prompted me to enlarge the Editorial Board and to recruit international experts in preparation for anticipated future challenges and to ensure the highest quality of ASCE products. We have introduced book reviews to the journal to inform readers on context and value of books. Special issues of the journal have been introduced and these are dedicated to in-depth coverage of recent advances occurring in scientific topics within the scope of the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering.

During my three-term tenure as the Editor, I have had the great fortune and opportunity of working with the enormously talented Editorial Board members, also known as Associate Editors. I could not have done my job without their day-to-day help. Handling the peer-review process of the papers that you read in the Journal takes a considerable amount of volunteer time and commitment on the part of all of the AEs listed on the masthead. The AEs do not get awards or name recognition, but it is their hard work that ensures the highest quality for the papers you read. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to each AE who has served in the last six years. Thanks to their professionalism, dedication and voluntary service, we are continuously maintaining and improving the quality of publications in the Journal. I will cherish the memories and friendships that I have developed with the AEs.

I cannot also overestimate the important contributions reviewers make to this journal, and would like to express deep appreciation to all of the reviewers worldwide who have been part of the journal for many years. I wish to express sincere thanks to Johanna Reinhart and Jackie Perry and the rest of the ASCE Publications staff, whom I have worked with closely and whose invaluable assistance I have enjoyed. I would like to thank the COPRI Governing Board for their assistance on all matters pertaining to the needs of the journal, and Kelly Barnes of the COPRI staff, for her continual help with the administrative and ASCE-wide coordination issues. The expertise and skills of these people made it easier for me to do my Editor duties. I had a terrific bunch of people to work with, and am deeply indebted to anyone who has helped me in any form or shape during the course of this challenging assignment.

Special Recognition

COPRI would like to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding work and dedication over the years to the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering.
  • Kazuo Nadaoka
  • Solomon Yim
  • Zygmunt Kowalik
  • Jeffrey A. Melby

These individuals have served as associate editors for the highly acclaimed journal. We are sad to see them step down, but know that without their commitment and professional expertise the journal would not be as well respected as it is. Thank you for all your hard work!