SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
10 September 2015
Volume 16 Issue 9

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SETAC Globe: Five Years as a Successful Digital Publication

John Toll, Former Globe Editor-in-Chief

John Toll

It was five years ago this month that I wrote my first article as editor-in-chief of the then new electronic Globe.  Time flies when you’re having fun. Now here I am, writing one last article wearing my editor’s hat.  I’m honored to have the chance to do it again, having handed over the reins to Bill and Tim at the end of 2014.

So, what to say? There’s really only one thing to say.

Thank you. Service is a privilege. Many of you already know this, but I’m saying it anyway. Personally, it has been and continues to be richly rewarding to roll up my sleeves and help SETAC advance its mission. I am better for having served as Globe editor-in-chief. It forced me to learn to consistently meet monthly publication deadlines (over and over again!) and how to do more work with less time. It taught me how to translate ideas into actions and help others do the same. It introduced me to bright, active, inspiring people from all over the world. It gave me a chance to help them be heard, and that was really satisfying. It taught me a whole heck of a lot about SETAC, which opened the door to my next SETAC service opportunity as a current member of the SETAC North America Board of Directors.

Volunteering to take on a job that’s maybe out of your comfort zone, or maybe more than you think you can or want to handle, makes you a little bit stronger, a little bit wiser, and probably a little bit more satisfied.  I strongly recommend it as a way to take the benefits of your SETAC membership to the next level.

I closed my first article five years ago by saying that I hoped you’d enjoy reading the Globe and that you’d use it to advance your own efforts to develop principles and practices for protecting, enhancing and managing sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity. When I wrote about using the Globe as a platform for advancing your own efforts, I was talking about playing an active role in shaping SETAC.  My sentiments haven’t changed.  By helping to shape SETAC, you’ll shape your careers and yourselves.  It’s a win-win.

Tim and Bill, thank you for offering a platform to me.  Thank you for your many years of SETAC service and leadership, and most of all, thank you for taking over the Globe.

I’ll close with an excerpt from my first article:

Webster1 defines a crucible as a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development. If we succeed in using Globe articles to develop and share our thoughts about the relationship between our work and SETAC’s mission, both globally and locally, and in capturing a wide range of perspectives over the life cycle of a particular story, then the Globe will become a crucible for developing principles and practices that protect, enhance and manage sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.

So jump into the crucible.  The more you give, the more you’ll get back.

Note from the Editors: We would like to thank John for his years of fruitful toil that has made the SETAC Globe a valuable resource for our members. Currently, we have more than 7,500 subscribers with an open rate typically ranging from 32–34% for each issue. We have been blessed with taking over the editorial responsibilities of the Globe that John successfully converted from a print only publication to a digital publication, which is running well and relevant to our membership.  The entire Globe family (Tim, Bill, Jen, Sabine and Josh) would like to thank John for his years of dedicated service and express our appreciation on behalf of the entire SETAC membership for his efforts to making the Globe what it is today.

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