MINUTES OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF
BULLETIN OF EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING (BEE)
Place: Barbican Centre, London, UK Date: Tuesday September 10, 2002
Philippe Bisch, Julian J. Bommer, Franco Braga, Alberto Castellani, Panayotis Gr. Carydis, Mauro Dolce, Jacob M. Eisenberg, Peter Fajfar, Michael Fardis, Rainer Flesch, Emilia Juhasova, Martin Koller, Alessandro Martelli, Carlos Sousa Oliveira, Alain Pecker, Pedro Seco e Pinto, Kyriazis Pitilakis, Avigdor V. Rutenberg, Roy T. Severn, Ragnar Sigbjörnsson, Bryan Skipp, Costas Syrmakezis, Atilla Ansal, Petra van Steenbergen
Nicholas N. Ambraseys, Nuray Aydınoğlu, Pierre-Yves Bard, George Gazetas, Faruk Karadoğan, Alberto Marcellini, Farrokh Nadim, Miha Tomaevič
The Editorial Board of the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, the Official Publication of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering (BEE) met for the first time during a casual lunch meeting on Tuesday September 10, 2002. There was no formal agenda for the meeting.
There were 23 persons in the lunch including Mrs. Petra van Steenbergen Senior Publication Editor from Kluwer Academic Publishers who will be responsible for the publication of BEE.
The Editor summarised briefly the past activities and the developments related to BEE and expressed his thanks to all the Editorial Board members, to Mrs. Petra van Steenbergen and to Kluwer Academic Publishers for the support they have given to EAEE.
Many ideas and suggestions were expressed during the lunch some of which are listed below:
To include one or two introductory papers per issue, like a general review paper
Fast reviewing is very important. If the journal can prove that it has a quick reviewing and rapid publication schedule, this will contribute enormously to the journal's image and popularity/quality. Eventually authors will consider submitting new and high quality material for publication spontaneously.
To support application oriented papers and joint papers by practitioners and academicians, thus engineering companies could be interested in subscribing too BEE.
To publish the invited papers and good papers from European Conferences, similar approach is being successfully used by other organisations,
To reserve some issues for special topics, so that more in depth perspective can be given to the readers. For this purpose guest editors can be invited for the preparation of these issues.
Editorial Board members should make efforts to write or to convince one of his/her colleagues to write a good paper for BEE within the next year so that we can print all issues of the first year rapidly and on time. This appears necessary for a powerful start.
One of the assets of the BEE in the long run would be its large number of subscribers as individual members of EAEE since membership including electronic subscription and institutional subscription rates are offered at very economical rates. Therefore efforts need to be spent to increase the number of EAEE individual membership and institutional subscriptions.
The first issue is important since it will be a sample for everybody, therefore we should make all the efforts to come up with a very good issue.
The meeting was very enjoyable and all of the Editorial Board members expressed their support and enthusiasm for the publication of the new EAEE journal.
The meeting ended with the thanks of the editor to all the Editorial Board Members who participated to the meeting and to Mrs. Petra van Steenbergen and Kluwer Academic Publishers for the pleasant lunch arrangement.
Editor of BEE