Australian Journal of Water Resources
The Australian Journal of Water Resources (AJWR) aims to support innovative water resources planning and management and the advancement of related professional practice in Australia and its surrounding region by publishing fully refereed technical papers and a range of articles of interest to the profession.
Papers submitted for publication in AJWR are first subjected to an initial review by the Editorial Panel and, if they pass this successfully, will be submitted for independent peer review by at least two reviewers with relevant expertise.
Initial Review of AJWR Papers
Scope of AJWR
All papers to be published in the journal must fall within the scope defined by the Mission Statement (above). The following specific criteria will be used in this initial review:
Relevance to water resources planning/management and related professional practice
While it is difficult to clearly define a boundary around the topics covered by the intended scope of AJWR, the Editorial Panel will generally reject a paper if:
Relevance to target region
The primary target area of AJWR is Australia and its surrounding region, and papers to be published in AJWR should be of direct relevance to this target region. A paper that clearly focuses on issues and applications in countries outside this region will only be accepted for publication if it:
All papers must have an innovative element, either in terms of new scientific knowledge, new methods/models/data sources or novel ways of applying established methods. The presence and significance of an innovative element may be difficult to assess in the initial review - unless the lack of an innovative element can be clearly established, the paper will go on to detailed review.
Category of Publication
The AJWR Editorial Policy distinguishes between the following categories of publications:
Fully refereed papers (preferred)
Other articles and communications (occasional)
The initial review will assess which of these categories the paper would qualify for and what level of review will be required if the paper is accepted for detailed review.
Standard of manuscript
Manuscripts of papers submitted for publication in AJWR must satisfy a minimum standard in terms of organisation and presentation of their content. The intent is to avoid time-consuming effort by reviewers if the authors have clearly not put sufficient effort into these aspects of their manuscript. A paper may be rejected at the initial review stage if it fails to satisfy any of the following criteria:
Response to Authors
If a paper clearly fails to satisfy any of the criteria under "Scope of AJWR", it will be rejected. The response to the author will clearly spell out the criteria on which this decision was based and, if appropriate, indicate suggested alternative avenues for the authors to publish their paper.
Authors will also be advised of the successful outcome of the initial review and the acceptance of the paper for detailed review.
Independent peer review
The detailed peer review of an article submitted for publication in AJWR will first determine the appropriate category for publication and then rate the paper in relation to the following criteria:
The reviewer will then make a recommendation in line with one of the following four options:
The initial review should assess which of these categories the paper would qualify and what level of review will be required if the paper is accepted for detailed review.
Editorial panel for AJWR
The Editor of this journal is Dr Brett Phillips. The members of the Associate Editor panel are Andrew Frost, Martin Lambert, Grace Mitchell, Dhrubajyoti Sen, Mark Thyer, Erwin Weinmann and Thomas Wöhling.
To submit a paper to this journal, go to http://www.editorialmanager.com/eatj.