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Reports of CSSA divisions, branches, and committees, 2005.

Several reports of CSSA committees are published in this issue. Additionally, current and previous reports for the following committees are on file at the CSSA website,

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C011.02 DIV. C-2

C011.03 DIV. C-3

C011.04 DIV. C-4

C011.05 DIV. C-5

C011.06 DIV. C-6

C011.07 DIV. C-7

C011.08 DIV. C-8

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CSSA Editor-in-Chief Report for 2004-2005

Crop Science. Regarding CSSA publications, our major effort this year involved groundwork to launch The Plant Genome, a supplement of Crop Science that we hope to spin off to an independent journal in the coming years. The Plant Genome will be edited by Randy Shoemaker, who will serve as a Technical Editor under the leadership of Kendall Lamkey, the Editor of Crop Science. Dr. Shoemaker has assembled a board of seven impressive Associate Editors. They will work together to focus the content, develop a style sheet specific for genomics reporting, and explore subtitles for the supplement. A new release announcing The Plant Genome will appear in the December issue of CSANews.


































Crop Science continues to tweak manuscript handling protocols within Manuscript Central. Kendall is working closely with Carrie Czerwonka and Nick Rhodehamel at HQ to standardize manuscript flow, including submission by authors and tracking by editors. This tweaking exercise has required significant energy, but it has put CSSA in the role of assisting the other societies, should they make the transition to this professional software package. Also, CSSA has provided HQ with production software, a component not available in Manuscript Tracker.

Kendall is exploring new ways to organize the content within Crop Science. One item relates to Crop Registration articles. There has been a case of accidental double publishing; authors are reminded that Crop Science publishes original research. There has also been consideration to group these articles into one publication, thereby providing a year-end supplement for all registrations within a given year. A final item relates to organization of the content by division. In 2006, Kendall will likely recommend that CSSA consider dropping the divisional headings (C1, C5, etc) from the Table of Contents.

Crop Science continues to be a successful journal. It currently receives more hits on HighWire, our online host, than received by any other Tri-Societies journal. The number of papers being published continues to increase to the point of posing a potential problem in hard copy binding. Acceptance rate is 64.4%, up from the 2004 rate of 57.8%; this rate will probably level off near 60%, its long-term acceptance rate.

e-Journals. Regarding the electronic journals, which include Crop Management, Forages and Grazinglands, and Applied Turfgrass Science, all three are growing in content (Table EIC1). Most of submissions continue to be research papers, some of which have been released on the basis of basic content. In general, the e-journals need to attract more guides.

The e-journals are also maturing in manuscript processing. All three journals are processing manuscripts quickly, within only 4 months of their submission dates. The journals will soon be requiring manuscripts to be submitted and edited via Manuscript Central, like Crop Science.

The Editors would also like to see a more effective editorial board meeting. Some of the editors are entomologists, plant pathologists, and weed scientists, and they do not attend the Tri-Societies annual meeting. So the Editors would like CSSA to accommodate the editorial board by providing teleconference capabilities.

All three Editors would like to see CSSA strengthen our relationship with the Plant Management Network (PMN). The Editors would also like to see Division A9 of ASA strengthen its relationship with PMN. Because members of the TriSocieties provides the bulk of the content and CSSA provides the editorial board, the Editors would like to hear our leadership refer to the PMN journals as "our journals."

Book Reviews. In 2004, Dennis Egli was appointed as Crop Science Book Review Editor. In 2005, Dennis has received 19 books for review, some unsolicited from publishers but most after a request. Seven of these 19 have been reviewed, three are under review, two are about to undergo review. Seven were dismissed prior to review as subject matter was deemed inappropriate for Crop Science. Dennis is on track to publish fifteen reviews in Crop Science in 2005.

Regarding content, the 12 books sent to reviewers in 2005 included 4 in genetics and biotechnology (one was actually a two-CD learning module), three in forage crop production and management, four dealing with environmental issues, and one in seed ecology.

The most challenging aspect of this position continues to be the identification of reviewers for the diverse subject matter covered by the books Dennis receives. Reviewers are cooperative, usually not refusing an offer to review a book and generally meeting deadlines.

Books, Monographs, Multimedia. The Books and Monographs Committee is now numbered the ACS.320 committee and is named "Books and Multimedia Publishing Committee;" the chair is David Baltensperger. The new committee merged with the SSSA Book Series committee and plans to address multimedia publications. The new committee is finding its way under excellent guidance from Lisa Al-Amoodi.

New publications in 2005 include Soil Wetting Agents, a turfgrass CD-ROM set; Roots and Soil Management: Interactions between Roots and the Soil; Phosphorus: Agriculture and the Environment; Micrometeorology in Agricultural Systems; and Chemical Processes of Soils (an SSSA Book Series Publication). Three publications are currently in production and should be published soon. Two of these include turf CDs, and one is a monograph dealing with dryland agriculture. Two monographs appear to be in limbo, and their fate will be addressed by the committee. These books are Nitrogen in Agricultural Soils and Irrigation of Agricultural Crops; both books were initiated in 1999.

In March 2006, the Tri-Societies will be initiating special use publications referred to as "custom content" publications. These are bound compilations of articles cherry-picked for classroom use.

The Tri-Societies are making tremendous progress in improving the cosmetics of their books. The new monographs have full-color covers, which gives them appeal in the marketplace. Some of the older publications are being fitted with a full-color jacket. In addition to the cosmetics, the Tri-Societies are making an effort to improve marketing these publications with the assistance of Betsy Ahner, who is now part of the ACS.320 committee.

Digital Teaching Tools. The next "big item" for CSSA publications to address is the production of digital teaching tools, or at least the exploration of producing such tools. Digital teaching tools are photo collections, animations, and videos that can be used in the classroom. They provide instructors with effective AV aids. Digital teaching tools could be valuable in outreach events, but their primary audience is the student.

Several digital resources are already being compiled by our members. Some colleagues have compiled photo collections for their texts. Others have collected streaming videos and animations. While some of these resources are of professional quality, many are not. And most of them are not citable, as they have not been formally reviewed or published. There seems to be plenty of individual activity but no corresponding policy, coordination, or acquisition effort.

It is likely that our members would want to co-produce and purchase these tools, should there be a vehicle to do so within our society. The young career members need these for their courses, and they would benefit greatly from a publication citation, should they develop one of these tools. Older instructors, many of whom lack advanced computer skills, would appreciate using these resources. Also, those who work in industry would need these tools in their training events. The widespread use of these tools would increase our visibility, especially among graduate students.

We cannot watch the digital revolution bypass us or farm out our innovation to other publishers. If we do not produce such tools, someone else will. The result would be high quality, digital publications being branded and owned by other, more progressive organizations and publishing houses. These organizations, not CSSA, will be serving our membership.

An ad hoc committee has been assembled to explore digital teaching tools for the agronomic sciences, including crop science, soil science, and agronomic production. This committee, which has been in the making since 2004, is diverse. It includes faculty who teach in basic and applied subjects. The committee also includes faculty of all rank, nearly all of them with significant teaching appointments. Their current positions and locations of academic training represent all regions of the US, and one colleague is international.

This ad hoc committee plans to meet over the winter and explore the potential of developing these tools. They will function as a temporary think tank, unrestricted for the time being, compiling a wish list for instructors. They will also discuss problems with standardization and quality control and consider a review procedure. Because of reorganizations of standing committees, it makes sense that this committee eventually report to the newly formed ACS320 committee, which now deals with books and multimedia.

Acknowledgements. The Editors of these journals are grateful to the staff at Madison, including those already mentioned as well as Fran Katz. Without Fran, CSSA would probably not be enjoying this degree of progress. A special note, the Editors of Crop Science are grateful to CSSA President Coors for his reliable support, genuine interest and hands-on participation as we worked through The Plant Genome initiative.

--Craig Roberts


C302(a) Managing Editor Report

Carrie Czerwonka continues to be our half-time assistant editor; Carrie also works half time on SSSAJ. Help provided by our editorial assistant Meg Johnson is appreciated. Frances Katz became our publications director in February. Fran has experience in industry and with other professional societies, most recently the Institute of Food Technologists.

During this year, we began "continuous publication," in which we post roughly half of an issue on the HighWire site the month before the total issue is posted and mailed. This has worked without any problems but has not significantly reduced the time from acceptance to publication, one of our original goals.

A major development this year was adopting ScholarOne's online manuscript submission program. This has not been an easy transition, but we are hopeful that the most difficult part is over. We continue to believe that the program has many benefits for the journal.

A significant issue confronting the journal is the continuing decline in library and individual subscriptions and the concomitant increase in costs associated with editing and printing. Affordable and sophisticated PC-based typesetting-layout software is now available. One cost-saving option we are exploring is producing more of the journal in-house. This should help us more effectively address also the issue of the time from acceptance of a manuscript to its publication.

"Custom content-print on demand" is another idea we are exploring. Symposia or special topics papers can be taken from the journal (or any of our journals) and bound together in a low-print number, special publication and sold to be used for a variety of purposes, class material for example.

In early 2006, Crop Science will launch a new section of the journal that will focus on translational genomics; it will be called "The Plant Genome" and Randy Shoemaker from Iowa State University has been appointed the technical editor. This section will be edited, typeset, and paginated entirely in-house. It will be produced as a stand alone, saddle-stitch insert that will be mailed with Crop Science inside the plastic mailing bag. Initially, it will be quarterly and have about five papers per issue.

During the last 5 yr, we have seen an upward trend in the number of papers we publish (Table MER1). The last three issue of this year we published nearly 60 papers in each (Table MER2). We have no indication that this trend is changing. Table MER3 presents Manuscripttracker data on number of submissions (2002-2005) and acceptance rate. Table MER4 (also from Manuscripttracker, 2002-2005) compares domestic versus foreign submissions.

Capitol City Press of Montpelier, VT, continues to typeset and paginate Crop Science, as well as create STML for the online version. HighWire Press continues to host the online version.

--Nicholas H. Rhodehamel

Managing Editor, Crop Science

C852 Crop Registration Report

Minutes of the C852 Crop Registration Committee Meeting Salt Lake City, UT, Nov. 6, 2005 4:00-6:00 PM Marriott Downtown Grand Ballroom Salon C

1. Introductions. Attendees: Richard D. Horsley, Prakash Arelli, Blair Waldron, Stephanie Greene, Marcelo Carena, Jean-Luc Jannink, W.D. Branch, J. Neil Rutger, Gerald J. Seiler, Jeffrey Pedersen, Leonard W. Panella, Philip Bruckner, Nick Rhodehamel, Carrie Czerwonka, Frances Katz, Dave Ellis.

2. Report from Nick Rhodehamel. Nick reported that papers were moving more swiftly, and that papers were increasing in length. The Journal has been carrying 60 papers per issue for the last several issues, and nearly all of the papers are completed through Manuscript Tracker, and are now mostly coming from Manuscript Central. See Table REG1.

3. Discussion--Carrie Czerwonka. Discussions of various complexity of Manuscript Central were discussed, and Carrie Czerwonka offered training at two sessions during the meeting.

4. Discussion--Frances Katz. The possibility of moving registrations from the hard copy for an earlier publication date, putting them on the association web for a few weeks before they were "batched" to Highwire was discussed, as well as publishing them as a book, annually. Registrations would then have their own TOC and authors names would be used. This was seen as negative by members of the Committee, and by others who had sent letters noting that this wasn't a good move for those registering germplasm. Hence, The matter was dropped.

5. Guidelines and Format--Jeff Pedersen. Jeff held a discussion of Guidelines and Format, and Nick Rhodehamel noted that the need for formatting didn't come from headquarters, and that often the formatting had to be removed before the papers were processed.

6. Procedures to Store Seed of Crop Registration Materials at NCGRP--Dave Ellis. A document outlining CSR handling at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) was distributed and the timing relationship between seed storage and materials was discussed.

7. Discussion of prior publication--posting text on the web. A manuscript had previously been posted on a University web page exactly as submitted on MC. Because of this prior publication, the manuscript had to be withdrawn from Registration in Crop Science by the author. The need for a warning to authors and University Administrators to be published by CSSA was discussed to prevent this from happening in the future.

8. Status of Registration Certificates and assignment of PI numbers--Steve Eberhart. Steve indicated that because of a change in ARS staff at Beltsville, no Registration Certificates have been printed in the past two years. Hence, a procedure is being developed to allow the corresponding author to download and print Registration Certificates. More information will be provided by Judy Grotenhuis, NCGRP, soon.

9. Recognition of retiring Committee and Subcommittee chairs.
Steve Eberhart      C852 Chair
Lance Gibson        C852 11 Rye & Triticale
Jeff Pedersen       C852 13 Sorghum
Roy Scott           C852 14 Soybean
Scott B. Milligan   C852 16 Sugarcane

10. Adjourn.


The Committee met on Tuesday, 9 Nov. 2005, at 8:30 a.m. in Salt Lake City, UT. The meeting was called to order my the ASA editor-in-chief, Dr. Ken Barbarick. Those present were:

Kenneth A. Barbarick, ASA Editor-in-Chief

Warren Dick, SSSA Editor-in-Chief (outgoing)

Sally Logsdon, SSSA Editor-in-Chief (incoming)

Craig Roberts, CSSA Editor-in-Chief

Gary Pierzynski, Journal of Environmental Quality Editor

Kendall Lamkey, Crop Science Editor

Rien van Genuchten, Vadose Zone Journal Editor

Richard Mulvaney, SSSA Journal Editor

John Graveel, Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education Editor

Robert Kallenbach, Crop Management Editor

Michael Casler, Forage and Grazinglands Editor

Michael Richardson, Applied Turfgrass Science Editor

David Baltensperger, Book and Multimedia Publishing Committee Chair

Fran Katz, Director of Publications

Carrie Czerwonka, Crop Science and SSSA Journal Assistant Editor

Lisa Al-Amoodi, Vadose Zone Journal Managing Editor

Nicholas Rhodehamel, Crop Science and SSSA Journal Managing Editor

Susan Ernst, Agronomy Journal, Journal of Environmental Quality, and Journal of

Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education Managing Editor


The Committee members introduced themselves. Agendas were handed out and the meeting began.

Comments from the Publications Director--Fran Katz

We have a new financial package at the Headquarters office, which means we now can better track expenses. We noticed that we need to act now and turn the trend around regarding decreasing subscriptions and membership numbers. The library subscriptions have dropped by about 14 to 16% last year. Ms. Katz called several of the libraries that dropped subscriptions and found a mix of reasons, among which were no funds, no demand, large percentage price increase, and ability to obtain the journal through agencies. We must increase readership and one way to do that is by publishing more review papers. Editorial boards should consider inviting reviews and waiving page charges. Another means to increase readership is by publishing position papers on special topics such as worldwide malnutrition and organic foods.

Special Projects Editor--Warren Dick

Dr. Dick volunteered his time to perform as special projects editor. This role will be part of the Book and Multimedia Publishing Committee.

E-Journal Update

Dr. van Genuchten, editor of Vadose Zone Journal, reported that about 150 institutions now subscribe to the journal. He is encouraged by the budget numbers that the journal is doing well. Submissions are up this year to about 180, about the same as last year. He did less work promoting the journal this year and he has decided to step down as editor. He proposed going to a three co-editor structure. One editor would be appointed by SSSA, one by GSA, and one by AGU. Dr. van Genuchten is willing to serve as one of the co-editors.

The partnership with ASA and CSSA has been in effect regarding the Crop Management Network's Crop Management, Applied Turfgrass Science, and Forage and Grazinglands. CM submissions have grown and leveled off, and publishes about 55 to 60 papers yearly. PMN sells subscriptions to university systems; there are 28 land-grant institutions involved. A total of about 40 institutions subscribe, and individuals also subscribe. PMN is going to use Manuscript Central starting in 2006.

Manuscript Tracker/Manuscript Central

Crop Science began using Manuscript Central 11 Apr. 2005. They got off to a rocky start but it is working well now and authors have given positive feedback. Those involved are getting up to speed. Associate Editors have issues with learning the new system. The Headquarters office learned that an administrator is a must; Carrie Czerwonka is the administrator for Crop Science. Discussion followed. The remaining journals are satisfied with Manuscript Tracker and will continue using it.

Accept/Reject Survey Results--Ken Barbarick

Dr. Barbarick reported on the survey results and let the group know he will close out the 2005 survey and start another one for 2006. He will work with Headquarters and let everyone know the new URLs.

Other Matters

Dr. Dick suggested that editorial committee members be given ribbons on their name badges for the annual meetings (Editors, Editors-in-Chief, Technical Editors). It was noted that Headquarters already are planning for this to happen with the 2006 meeting.

The appropriate Editor-in-Chief should handle any manuscripts that editors submit manuscripts to their respective journals. For instance, ASA for Agronomy Journal, SSSA for Vadose Zone Journal.

Headquarters will begin using an electronic review and tracking system very soon. The book committee is also looking at different formats for books, such as single-authored books. The committee is exploring new ideas and is excited about the opportunities.

The meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

--K.A. Barbarick, ASA Editor-in-Chief, and Susan Ernst, Managing Editor



The JEQ Editorial Board met on Wednesday, 9 Nov. 2005, in Salt Lake City, UT. Present at the meeting were:

K.A. Barbarick, ASA Editor-in-Chief

W.A. Dick, SSSA Editor-in-Chief (outgoing)

S. Logsdon, SSSA Editor-in-Chief (incoming)

G.M. Pierzynski, Editor

Susan Ernst, Managing Editor

Frances Katz, Publications Director

Carrie Czerwonka, Assistant Editor

Technical Editors:

D.L. Corwin

W.J. Hickey

D.B. Jaynes

S. McGrath

Associate Editors:

S. Bradford

S. Brown

T. Clough

M. Coyne

M. David

M.B. Kirkham

J. Kovar

D.-Y. Lee

L. Lee

R. Lerch

R. Maguire

Y. Ouyang

S. Prior

N. Ransom

M. Russelle

K. Sajwan

K. Scheckel

O. Wendroth

M. Selim

R. Stehouwer

Editorial Board Update--Gary M. Pierzynski

Editor Gary Pierzynski thanked retiring associate editors and the entire Editorial Board for their service to JEQ. Those retiring from the Editorial Board are Mark Elless, Ganga Hettiarachchi, Dar-Yuan Lee, Linda Lee, Mike McLaughlin, Rick Stehouwer, Dan Sullivan, Dirk Wallschlager, and Walter Wenzel. Associate editors reappointed for a second term are Scott Bradford, Sally Brown, Jorge Santo-Domingo, John Kovar, Nick Lepp, Sharon Papiernik, Larry Puckett, Kirk Scheckel, Michael Thompson, and Scott Yates. New associate editors are Ron Corstanje, Peter Kleinman, Rai Kookana, Neal Menzies, Elizabeth Pilon-Smits, Andrew Simon, Stephen Smith, and Ranier Shulin.

Andrew Sharpley has been reappointed for a second term as technical editor and Dan Jaynes and Steve McGrath have decided to retire. Magdi Selim will be replacing Dan Jaynes and Erik Smolders will be replacing Steve McGrath.

Managing Editor's Report--Susan Ernst Production

Work for Volume 34 of JEQ is almost complete. The number of total pages for 2005 is less than those published last year (20 less). A summary of papers published, total pages, etc., for 2005 compared with the six previous volumes is shown in Table 1.

The 2005 issues of JEQ contained the following total published pages: No. 1,408; No. 2, 340; No. 3,432; No. 4, 316; No. 5, 492; and No. 6, 420, for an average of 401 pages per issue.

The journal is scheduled to mail the second Wednesday of the publication month. All issues were completed and mailed as follows: No. 1, 12 January; No. 2, 14 March; No. 3, 13 May; No. 4, 22 July; No. 5, 20 September; and No. 6, scheduled for 8 November.

To date we have 9 technical reports and 1 review and analysis paper scheduled for the No. 1, 2006 issue.

We began continuous publication with the May-June 2005 issue. Articles are posted to the web site each month, but the journal is still a bimonthly publication.

International Submissions. Many papers published in JEQ are international (non-U.S.). Table 2 summarizes the data for the 2000 to 2005 issues.

Electronic Version of JEQ. JEQ continues to be published electronically by HighWire Press, Palo Alto, CA. The online JEQ is available at Table 3 shows the hits to the A-C-S journals on the HighWire site, April to September 2005.

Executive Summaries. The number of summaries is steadily increasing. The averages for the last few years are as follows: 2001, 75%; 2002, 84%; 2003, 97%; 2004, 98%; 2005, 100%. Refer to Table 4 to see the percentages of papers published with summaries for 2002 to 2005.


Subscribers can choose either print, electronic, CD, or any combination of these. See the table below for the numbers of each, for the last 5 years. Note that the total subscribers for 2005 to date is 2313. This is a net loss of 101 compared with last year. Table 5 gives the subscriber information from 2001 to 2005.

Please recommend JEQ to your librarian by downloading the form found at website: pdf/journal_insert.pdf.

Journal/Research Promotion, including Science In Action

The Societies headquarters office continues to work with the editors and authors to expand our journals' reach to members, the scientific/professional community, the media, and the public. Editors/managing editors selected dozens of journal articles this year that have practical application or public appeal and authors then write an interpretive summary for headquarters. From there, the summaries can be tapped for inclusion in CSA News, the News Flash eNewsletter, and the Science in Action research eNewsletter (

Science in Action is a customized email launched in January 2005 that sends 100-word summaries of journal articles and abstract links to subscribers based on their keywords (16 keywords from corn to turfgrass to soil and water quality). A subscription is free to members. Upon the Science in Action launch, we had 182 subscribers and since then we have expanded to 491. It is our hope that we will continue our commitment to technology transfer by taking our research and getting it into the hands of professionals, scientists, media, and the public.

Science in Action published research from the following journals in 2005 (to date): 13 from Agronomy Journal, 12 from Crop Science, 22 from Journal of Environmental Quality, 7 from JNRLSE, 7 from Soil Science Society of America Journal, and 11 from Vadose Zone Journal.

Additionally, in the past year, our research/press releases were picked up in the following media outlets: Plant Management Network, Environmental News Network, USDA-ARS, High Plains Journal,, Capital Press, RedNova. corn,, AIBS Public Policy Report,, Turfgrass Trends, PPI/Better Crops, and DTN.

Editorial Comments

Manuscript Processing. We appreciate the great help the associate editors provide regarding the technical aspects of manuscripts. Any help with style is also appreciated since it can save us many hours of copyediting time, especially with the References section. The AEs do not need to do the work, but rather ask authors to format that section according to our style manual. For AEs who are interested in style matters, remember that the instructions to authors is online at http:// and the Publications Handbook and Style Manual is available online at Printing and Typesetting. Printing and typesetting of the journal continues at Capital City Press, Montpelier, VT, under a contract due to expire the end of 2007. Acknowledgments. Thank you to all who help with production of JEQ. Thanks go out to Gary Pierzynski, editor; the technical editors and associate editors; Eric Sherman, associate production editor; Meg Johnson, editorial assistant; Keith Lovejoy, reprints; and the journals department.

Comments from the Editor--Gary Pierzynski

Status of Manuscripts and Summary of Published Papers

The number of submissions in 2005 was slightly above 2004. The number of submissions of manuscripts was 540 in 2002, 455 in 2003, 485 in 2004, and 487 in 2005. Note that these numbers are being reported in a different fashion as compared to previous years because of the use of Manuscript Tracker to generate the values. Values do not include book reviews, letters to the editor, and so forth. The low value in 2003 may have been because of the high publication charges for that year. The new policy of $650 per paper in 2004 has likely helped submission numbers somewhat. The number of international submissions has been steadily declining during the past four years. The percentages from outside the United States were 51% in 2001, 44% in 2002, 41% in 2003, 26% in 2004, and 23% in 2005.

The acceptance rate has been fairly steady in recent years. The values are 43% in 2001, 49% in 2002, 45% in 2003, and 48% in 2004. The data are insufficient to provide an acceptance rate for 2005 as many papers submitted in 2005 are still in review.

Symposia Proceedings and Book Reviews

Symposia proceedings have become an important part of the journal and the JEQ editor is constantly looking for proposals related to publication of symposia proceedings. The papers published as symposium proceedings are reviewed in the same way as volunteered papers. The purpose is to keep the quality of these papers at a high level. Often a single associate editor will be assigned to work with symposium organizers to edit all of the papers from a single symposium. The symposium series published in 2005 were the Sustainable Land Application Conference, Rhizosphere 2004, and The International Phosphorus Conference. The editor is currently working with a USDA Greenhouse Gas Conference for 2006 and several agreements have been made to publish a series of papers from large, multi-investigator projects.

Book Review submissions remain strong. One of the strengths of JEQ is its book review section and emphasis will continue to be placed on obtaining good quality book reviews. The Editorial Board is congratulated on their willingness to provide a number of reviews. Dr. Mary Beth Kirkham is the associate editor in charge for book reviews and she has done an excellent job of finding reviewers and increasing the return rate for solicited reviews Fifty-four book reviews were published in 2004.

Manuscript Tracker Update

JEQ has required all manuscripts to be submitted electronically since 1 Jan. 2004 and the transition has been smooth. Less than 10 papers submitted as printed copies needed to be returned to authors. The use of Manuscript Tracker has helped to improve review times (see Table 6), although a concerted effort by associate editors to stay current with their manuscripts has also helped. The Editorial Board was congratulated on reducing the review times and encouraged to remain vigilant on their papers.

The 2005 numbers are preliminary and will change as the remaining 2005 papers work their way through the system.

Some additional changes in Manuscript Tracker are planned for 2006 including the addition of another list of choices for reviewers pertaining to the originality or novelty of a paper and manuscript disposition options for associate editors, technical editors, and the editor allowing for the release of a paper without review. This latter change will cause the acceptance rate to decrease because many papers released without review in 2005 (approximately 40) by the editor were not assigned registration numbers and are not counted as submitted papers.

JEQ Impact Factor

Gary Pierzynski presented data on the JEQ impact factor (see Table 7).

He noted that JEQ is steady in the categories of total cites and number of articles but the impact factor has declined. The impact factor rank declined because of the decline in the JEQ impact factor and because the impact factor of many journals in environmental science increased. It is hoped the publication of symposium papers will help improve the impact factor.

Outstanding Reviewers for 2005

Gary Pierzynski reminded the Editorial Board that he is soliciting nominations for the Editor's Excellence in Review Awards. Six awards will be given out for 2005 in addition to the Outstanding Associate Editor Award. Please send nominations for Outstanding Reviewers to Dr. Pierzynski. All he needs is the name of the reviewer and the registration number of the paper or papers for which the reviewer has done an exemplary job.

JEQ Author Survey Results

A survey was developed early in 2004 to obtain feedback on the performance of all society journals. Authors are given the opportunity to respond to the survey when they receive final word on the disposition of their papers. Tables 8 and 9 summarize the results for 2005. Relatively few responses have been obtained, so the data must be viewed with some caution. Review time and instructions for revisions appear to be the areas needing improvement for papers that were rejected.

Subject Matter Categories

Papers have been published under specified subject matter categories since the first issue of 1991. The titles of subject matter categories can change periodically and several new categories were started in 1999. The categories have not changed since 2000.

Surface water quality surpassed waste management as the top category in 2005 and wetlands and aquatic processes made a substantial increase. Organic chemicals in the environment, heavy metals in the environment, atmospheric pollutants and trace gases, biodegradation and bioremediation, ecological risk assessment, and landscape and watershed processes remain strong (Table 10).

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

--Gary M. Pierzynski, Editor, and Susan Ernst, Managing Editor
Table EIC1. Key publication statistics for the three electronic
journals jointly published by CSSA and the Plant Management Network

Journal                       Editor            Papers submitted

Crop Management             Rob Kallenbach    42 ([double dagger])
Forage and Grazinglands     Mike Casler       22 ([double dagger])
Applied Turfgrass Science   Mike Richardson   36 ([section])

                                              Processing time
Journal                     Acceptance rate     ([dagger])

                                   %                 d

Crop Management                   59                115
Forage and Grazinglands           65                120
Applied Turfgrass Science         59                111

([dagger]) Time from submission to publication (including initial
review and revision).

([double dagger]) Number submitted in 9 mo (1 Jan. to 15 Oct. 2005).

([section]) Number submitted in past 12 months (since ASA meeting
in Seattle).

Table MER1. Overall size of Crop Science and the number and types
of papers published in the current and previous years.

               Research                             items
Year   Pages    papers    Notes   Registrations   ([dagger])


2005   2684       321         4         145         488
2004   2292       263         3         177         449
2003   2320       268         8         123         425
2002   2258       273         7         120         436
2001   2022       256         8         161         458
2000   1866       251        11         178         472
1999   1926       254        10         187         473
1998   1758       241         7         131         379
1997   2020       291        12         163         467
1996   1744       250        10         127         387
1995   1754       258         9         171         451
1994   1712       266        17         138         422
1993   1450       243         9         154         398

       Average    Average
        paper      note
        length     length
       ([double   ([double
Year   dagger])   dagger])

       Number of pages

2005        7.7        --
2004        7.6        4
2003        7.6        4.9
2002        7.2        5.3
2001        6.9        3.8
2000        6.4        3.6
1999        6.7        3.5
1998        6.1        3.0
1997        5.8        2.9
1996        6.0        2.6
1995        5.8        2.9
1994        5.8        4.5

([dagger]) In addition to research papers, notes, and registrations,
this section includes errata, book reviews, and letters.

([double dagger]) Computed by dividing total number of pages by total
number of papers; fractional pages included.

Table MER2. Division size in Crop Science for each issue in the
current year compared with the totals from previous years.

                                        Volume 45 Issues

Division                      1    2     2     4    5    6    Total

Crop breeding,                20   13    19    21   21   29     123
  genetics & cytology
Crop physiology &              4    1     2     5    3    5      20
Crop ecology, management       3    7     2     7    8    6      33
  & quality
Seed physiology, production    0    1     1     3    1    1       7
  & technology
Turfgrass science              6    7     2     5    2    1      23
Forage & grazinglands          6    6     2     6    7    6      33
Genomics, molecular            7    6     4     4    8    7      36
  genetics & biotechnology
Plant genetic resources        2    2     6     8    8    5      31
Perspective                    0    0     2     0    0    0       2
Review & interpretation        1    1     0     0    0    1       3
Symposia                       0    6     4     0    0    0      10
Total                         49   50    44    59   58   61     321
Notes                          0    0     2     0    2    0       4
Letters                        0    0     0     0    0    0       0
Book reviews                   0    2     3     2    3    5      15
Errata                         0    1     1     1    0    0       3
Total                          0    3     6     3    5    5      22
Cultivars                     20   20     9    14    7   23      93
Germplasm                      5    6     7     9    8    6      41
Parental lines                 0    0     1     0    0    3       4
Genetic stocks                 2    0     0     3    0    0       5
Mapping populations            0    0     0     1    0    1       2
Total                         27   26    17    27   15   33     145
Grand total                   76   79    67    89   78   98     488

                                      Previous year totals

Division                      2004   2003   2002   2001   2000   1999

Crop breeding,                  92    103     84     88     88     76
  genetics & cytology
Crop physiology &               26     22     28     26     33     33
Crop ecology, management        25     18     22     22     30     34
  & quality
Seed physiology, production      5      5      8      4     12      8
  & technology
Turfgrass science               34     25     31     27     20     15
Forage & grazinglands           17     19     30     15     11     12
Genomics, molecular             33     41     37     32     34     35
  genetics & biotechnology
Plant genetic resources         24     24     29     33     20     23
Perspective                      1      1      2      3      0      1
Review & interpretation          5      6      2      2      3      3
Symposia                         1      4      0      4      0     14
Total                          263    268    273    256    251    254
Notes                            3      8      7      8     11     10
Letters                         --      0      2      0      0      0
Book reviews                     3     18     28     23     30     29
Errata                           3      8      6      2      2      2
Total                            9     34     43     41     43     41
Cultivars                      111     79     71    108    107     65
Germplasm                       55     32     42     45     52     70
Parental lines                   6      8      4      2      4     26
Genetic stocks                   4      3      3      7      4     26
Mapping populations              1     --     --     --     --     --
Total                          177    123    120    161    178    187
Grand total                    449    425    436    458    472    473

                                    Previous year totals

Division                      1998   1997   1996   1995   1994

Crop breeding,                  85    113     99    115    121
  genetics & cytology
Crop physiology &               20     36     43     43     51
Crop ecology, management        29     25     22     14     22
  & quality
Seed physiology, production      4     11      4      9     11
  & technology
Turfgrass science               34     20     16      6      7
Forage & grazinglands           10     12      4      8     19
Genomics, molecular             40     34     31     16     13
  genetics & biotechnology
Plant genetic resources         17     31     24     25     22
Perspective                      0      0      1      0      0
Review & interpretation          2      5      1      3      4
Symposia                         0      4      5     19      0
Total                          241    291    250    258    270
Notes                            7     12     10      9     14
Letters                          0      1      0      3      0
Book reviews                    --     --     --     --     --
Errata                          --     --     --     --     --
Total                            7     13     10     12     14
Cultivars                       74     99     76    106     72
Germplasm                       40     45     44     61     58
Parental lines                   9      8      5      8      6
Genetic stocks                   8     11      2      6      2
Mapping populations             --     --     --     --     --
Total                          131    163    127    181    138
Grand total                    379    467    387    451    422

Table MER3. Accept/release report by year decision made. ([dagger])

Year   Accept   Release   Total   accepted

2005      266       147     413         64.4
2004      375       274     649         57.8
2003       98       119     217         45.2
2002        0        10      10          --

([dagger]) Manuscripttracker data (14 October 2005).

Table MER4. Crop Science submissions, U.S. and non-U.S. ([dagger])

                     Submissions Report

          U.S.        Non-U.S.        Total      % Non-U.S.
Year   submissions   submissions   submissions   submissions

2005       190           30            220          13.6
2004       490           144           634          22.7
2003       317           154           471          32.7
2002       32            28            60           46.7

([dagger]) Manuscripttracker data (14 October 2005).

Table MER5. Hits to the home page journal sites on HighWire Press,
April-September 2005.

Journal title          April     May     June     July     August

JEQ                     9289     8791     8316     8113      8651
Agronomy Journal        9666     9119     8733     8290      9517
Crop Science           12064    12442    11193    10680     12631
SSSAJ                  12371    12072    11359    10542     10879
Vadose Zone Journal     3824     3968     3689     3319      3879

Journal title          September    Avg.

JEQ                       9951       8852
Agronomy Journal          9852       9196
Crop Science             12729      11957
SSSAJ                    12696      11653
Vadose Zone Journal       4117       3799

Table REG1. Number of crop registrations published, 1994-2005.

                                Volume 45 Issues               total

Registration type    1     2    3    4    5    6    total   2004   2003

Cultivar             20    20    9   14    7   23      93    111     79
Germplasm            5      6    7    9    8    6      41     55     32
Parental line        0      0    1    0    0    3       4      6      8
Genetic stock        2      0    0    3    0    0       5      4      3
Mapping population   0      0    0    1    0    1       2      1    --
Total                27    26   17   27   15   33     145    177    123

                                   Previous year total

Registration type    2002   2001   2000   1999   1998   1997   1996

Cultivar               71    108    107     65     74     99     76
Germplasm              42     45     52     70     40     45     44
Parental line           4      2      4     26      9      8      5
Genetic stock           3      7      4     26      8     11      2
Mapping population    --     --     --     --     --     --     --
Total                 120    161    178    187    131    163    127

                      year total

Registration type    1995   1994

Cultivar              106     72
Germplasm              61     58
Parental line           8      6
Genetic stock           6      2
Mapping population    --     --
Total                 181    138

Table 1. Summary of papers published in JEQ, 1999 to 2005.

Contribution             2005    2004    2003    2002    2001

Reviews and Analyses        2       4       5       1       3
Technical Reports         198     230     251     195     227
Environmental Issues        2       4       1       3       1
Short Communications        6      13       9       7       5
Symposia                   30       5       0      35      14
Letters/Replies             0       0       0       0       0
Book Reviews               30      54      27      15      22
Total pages              2408    2428    2480    2168    2262

Avg. length per paper

Reviews and Analyses     32.5      19    11.1    11.6    14.2
Technical Reports         9.5     9.1     8.6     8.3     8.3
Environmental Issues      9.5     8.5     9.8     5.8    12.3
Short Communications      5.0     5.2     5.1     3.3     4.4
Symposia                  9.6     7.6     NA      8.3    10.3

Contribution             2000    1999

Reviews and Analyses        3       2
Technical Reports         210     211
Environmental Issues        3       1
Short Communications        5      12
Symposia                   28      22
Letters/Replies             0       1
Book Reviews               28      28
Total pages              2136    2100

Avg. length per paper

Reviews and Analyses      8.3     5.7
Technical Reports         7.8     7.8
Environmental Issues      6.7     9.3
Short Communications      4.4     3.5
Symposia                  8.5    10.1

Table 2. Percentage of papers published in JEQ submitted from
outside the USA, 2000 to 2005.

                                      Percent international

Issue                      2000    2001    2002    2003    2004    2005


Jan.-Feb.                   60      41      43      22      43      20
Mar.-Apr.                   32      38      59      40      35      53
May-June                    48      64      59      33      45      44
July-Aug.                   49      34      13      39      40      39
Sept.-Oct.                  33      30      51      33      46      37
Nov-Dec.                    28      41      57      46      31      38
  Avg.                      42      41      47      36      40      38
  Six-year overall avg.

Table 3. Hits to the home page journal sites on HighWire Press, April
to September 2005.

Journal title          April     May      June     July    August

JEQ                     9289     8791     8316     8113      8651
Agronomy Journal        9666     9119     8733     8290      9517
Crop Science           12064    12442    11193    10680     12631
SSSAJ                  12371    12072    11359    10542     10879
Vadose Zone Journal     3824     3968     3689     3319      3879

Journal title          September     Avg.

JEQ                       9951       8852
Agronomy Journal          9852       9196
Crop Science             12729      11957
SSSAJ                    12696      11653
Vadose Zone Journal       4117       3799

Table 4. The percentage of papers with executive summaries for
the 2002 to 2005 issues.

               No. of executive summaries

Issue        2002    2003    2004    2005


Jan.-Feb.     70       95      93     100
Mar.-Apr.     80      100      98     100
May-June      85      100     100     100
July-Aug.     88       93     100     100
Sept.-Oct.    92      100     100     100
Nov.-Dec.     88       93      98     100
  Avg.        84       97      98     100

Table 5. Summary of subscribers for JEQ, 2001 to 2005.

                                   No. of subscribers

Version                  2001    2002    2003    2004     2005

Print                    2468    1961    1826     1600    1401
Print and electronic      103     149     194      206     241
Print and CD              118     161     169      168     153
Print, CD, electronic      39      41      57       58      65
CD                         41      52      50       53      65
Electronic                 39      89     129      156     202
Electronic and CD          57      93     118      173     186
Total subscribers        2865    2546    2543     2414    2313

Table 6. The JEQ time analysis, 2002-2005, as of 29 Oct. 2005.


Measure                 2002     2003     2004     2005

                                 avg. no. of days

Editor to TE              1.6      1.4      1.0      1.2
TE to AE                  3.3      4.1      3.5      3.7
Assign reviewer          27.4     17.9     15.5     13.0
Days with reviewer       42.3     34.5     31.6     30.8
First recommendation    160.3    124.3    111.7     89.6
Final decision          175.6    133.1    127.4     96.2

Table 7. Data from ISI shows JEQ journal rankings, 1997-2004,
Environmental Science category, 134 journals.

Year   Total cites (rank)   Impact factor (rank)   No. articles (rank)

1997       4147 (8)              2.069 (9)              214 (13)
1998       4836 (9)              2.145 (10)             195 (14)
1999       5433 (9)              2.357 (7)              248 (11)
2000       5434 (10)             1.485 (23)             249 (11)
2001       5407 (12)             1.155 (47)             122 (33)
2002       6891 (11)             1.868 (17)             199 (16)
2003       7815 (11)             1.682 (28)             266 (14)
2004       7937 (12)             1.617 (33)             255 (15)

Table 8. Survey results from accepted papers (n = 71). SA =
strongly agree, A =agree, D = disagree, SD = strongly disagree.

Query                                          SA   A    D    SD

                                                 % of responses

My manuscript was edited in a timely fashion   54   33   13    0
The reviewers were technically competent       61   37    3    0
The reviewers' comments were helpful           56   42    1    0
The reviewers' comments were respectful        56   38    5    1
The AE or TE provided clear instructions       81   18    1    0
  for revisions
The quality of editing was comparable to       59   37    3    1
  non-society journals
Manuscript Tracker accommodated the            71   26    4    0
  review process
                                                 Yes        No

Would you recommend JEQ to a colleague?          97%        3%

Table 9. Survey results from rejected papers (n = 14). SA =
strongly agree, A = agree, D = disagree, SD = strongly disagree.

Query                                          SA    A     D     SD

                                                     % of responses

My manuscript was edited in a timely fashion    23    46    15    15
The reviewers were technically competent        31    46    23     0
The reviewers' comments were helpful            25    58    17     0
The reviewers' comments were respectful         15    69    15     0
The AE or TE provided clear instructions         0    82     2     9
  for revisions
The quality of editing was comparable to        17    42    33     8
  non-society journals
Manuscript Tracker accommodated the             29    57     7     7
  review process
                                                  Yes         No
Would you recommend JEQ to a colleague?           69%         31%

Table 10. Summary of number of technical papers published in each
subject matter category from 2000 to 2005.

Category                                  Vol. 34 2005    Vol. 33 2004

Atmospheric Pollutants and Trace Gases         14              11
Biodegradation and Bioremediation              12              12
Ecological Risk Assessment                     11               8
Ecosystem Restoration                           5               5
Ground Water Quality                            9               7
Heavy Metals in the Environment                19              31
Landscape and Watershed Processes              15               9
Organic Chemicals in the Environment           21              30
Plant and Environment Interactions              5              11
Surface Water Quality                          37              35
Vadose Zone Processes and Chemical
  Transport                                     5               9
Waste Management                               36              47
Wetlands and Aquatic Processes                  9              10

Category                                  Vol. 32 2003    Vol. 312002

Atmospheric Pollutants and Trace Gases         16              18
Biodegradation and Bioremediation              17               9
Ecological Risk Assessment                      7              10
Ecosystem Restoration                           9               6
Ground Water Quality                           15               6
Heavy Metals in the Environment                37              25
Landscape and Watershed Processes              19              21
Organic Chemicals in the Environment           26              22
Plant and Environment Interactions             18              16
Surface Water Quality                          37              24
Vadose Zone Processes and Chemical
  Transport                                     8               7
Waste Management                               30              20
Wetlands and Aquatic Processes                 12              12

Category                                  Vol. 30 2001    Vol. 29 2000

Atmospheric Pollutants and Trace Gases         13              14
Biodegradation and Bioremediation              15              14
Ecological Risk Assessment                      8               4
Ecosystem Restoration                           2               9
Ground Water Quality                           16              20
Heavy Metals in the Environment                29              26
Landscape and Watershed Processes              15              11
Organic Chemicals in the Environment           25              21
Plant and Environment Interactions              7              10
Surface Water Quality                          36              30
Vadose Zone Processes and Chemical
  Transport                                    10              18
Waste Management                               38              24
Wetlands and Aquatic Processes                 13               8
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