SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  15 August 2013
Volume 14 Issue 8

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Editor's Corner

John Toll, SETAC Globe Editor-in-Chief

Hello, SETAC members. It’s been a while since I’ve written an editor’s note, but this month is a milestone of sorts so I thought the time was right. We published the first issue of the electronic Globe three years ago this month, in August 2010. By my informal count, in our first three years we published 308 feature articles by, for and about SETAC members and groups and your professional activities and interests. Our readership remains strong and steady, with about one-third of the SETAC membership opening the Globe each month, and about a third of those people going on to open and read a feature article. That’s among the highest readership we’ve found in our attempts to survey the electronic periodicals of other professional and trade groups.

Thank you to all of you who’ve contributed to keep the Globe strong. Facing a publication deadline every four weeks (with an extra two weeks to catch our breath after the European and North American annual meetings) does keep the editorial and production team on its toes, but it is you, the contributing members, who have kept the Globe going and vital, so thank you!

I would especially like to thank a few people who have made my job as editor-in-chief a lot easier. My associate editor-in-chief, Nancy Musgrove, has been with us from the start. Nancy is the person who lays out the front page each month. She has been a tireless editor and a finder of feature articles, with a passion for regional and student activities. On top of that, she covers for me whenever it’s needed, often on too-short notice. In addition to serving as associate editor-in-chief, Nancy has been the de facto SETAC North America editor, doing most of the legwork to ensure that the North America geographic unit and regional chapters are covered. Kim Hageman, our SETAC Asia/Pacific editor, attended one of the first Globe editors’ and contributors’ meetings. If memory serves, it was at the 2010 SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore. What a turn of good fortune it was for us that she chose to get involved! Kim took charge and has been consistently reliable in ensuring that the Asia/Pacific GU and Australasia Regional Chapter have been well covered in the Globe. We would love to have editors like Kim for all the geographic units! If this is something that you think you’d like to do for SETAC, then please contact me. I’m sure that Kim and Nancy also would be happy to talk with you about what sort of commitment it takes to cover a geographic unit.

Next, I want to say thank you to the SETAC North America Science Committee for its continuing efforts to contribute to the Globe. Though several people on the Science Committee have taken a particular interest in the Globe and helped us along, I specifically want to recognize Markus Hecker, the SETAC North America Science Committee’s Globe liaison, and immediate past chairman, Cam Irvine. Cam's leadership in building the link between the Science Committee and the Globe is greatly appreciated. Cam is also a recurring contributor to the Globe and has been instrumental in our coverage of SETAC North America annual meetings.

I can’t let the opportunity pass to recognize two young professional who have taken a particular interest in covering the journals for the Globe. Jane Parkin Kullmann joined the editorial team in early 2011, and since then has contributed periodic ET&C spotlight articles. Brian Church started writing for the Globe in 2012 and has taken on the job of writing occasional IEAM spotlight articles. We really appreciate their writing and their sustained interest in the Globe.

Though in the grand scheme of things, it is a small part of all they do for SETAC, I also want to thank the SETAC World Council, the Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America and North America Boards of Directors, the Europe Council, and the SETAC Europe and SETAC North America staff for their important support for the Globe. I’ve consistently found everybody on the boards and councils and in the Pensacola and Brussels offices to be willing to go the extra mile to help us make the Globe better, whether by writing articles, identifying topics and recruiting authors, reviewing and editing, or publicizing the Globe. These SETAC leaders have done more than their share for the Globe, usually behind the scenes, and we appreciate it.

Josh Sullivan and Sabine Barrett, I’m not going to let the opportunity pass to single you out for appreciation! For those of you who don’t know Josh and Sabine, you should stop by the SETAC bookstore at one of the annual meetings and say hello. They’re often there. Josh and Sabine work in the Pensacola office. Josh is the person who pulls everything together and turns it into the fine product you receive every fourth Thursday. In the beginning it was Sabine producing the Globe, and she is still there, always quick to jump in with advice and support whenever it’s needed. Sabine and Josh are great at what they do, and always a pleasure to work with. We’re lucky to have them on our production team.

With any attempt to show appreciation, I’m always apprehensive about what I forgot or neglected to say. This one is no exception. For example, I’ve stopped without calling out the advisory groups (AGs) and annual meeting session chairs, though their contributions have been large and important. It takes many dedicated people to sustain a publication like the Globe. The ideas for those 308 feature articles (now 315 after this issue) didn’t conceive themselves, the articles didn’t write themselves, and they didn’t find their own way into the Globe and your inbox by themselves. Thank you everybody. Your efforts are deeply appreciated.

In closing, I want to invite you to contact me if you think you’d like to join the Globe editorial team. As I mentioned, we are very interested in filling out the roster of GU editors. We would love to add liaisons from all of the committees and advisory groups to our team of editors as well. If you’d like to discuss opportunities to become more involved in the Globe, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

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