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About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Texas Water Journal is an online peer-reviewed journal devoted to the timely consideration of Texas water resources management, research, and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates science, engineering, law, planning, and other disciplines. It also provides updates on key state legislation and policy changes by Texas administrative agencies. The Texas Water Journal is published by the Texas Water Journal 501(c)(3) in cooperation with the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

The Texas Water Journal is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Texas Water Journal is governed by a voluntary board of directors: Kathy A. Alexander, John C. Tracy, Robert E. Mace, Todd H. Votteler, and Rudolph Rosen.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Texas Water Journal is to provide peer-reviewed water science and policy for Texas. The vision of the Texas Water Journal is to be the definitive source on Texas water.

The Texas Water Journal started as a gleam in our eyes back in 2006. We saw the need for a widely-available journal specifically focused on Texas water and were enamored with the concept of non-profit open-sourced journaling. We created the Texas Water Journal to:

  • Provide greater access to information on Texas water; for example, the Texas Water Journal is free and the articles can be distributed, posted, and printed with the proper attribution included;

  • Provide more timely access to information on Texas water; for example, Texas Water Journal articles are posted and distributed as they are completed — there is no delay as often occurs for a print publication when a full slate of articles must be completed before an edition can be printed and distributed; and

  • Eliminate unnecessary barriers to publication, such as limits on the frequency of publications by the most productive authors.

Publication Process

A paper submitted to the Texas Water Journal will receive a pre-review by the editor-in-chief " to ensure that paper meets the Texas Water Journal's basic requirements (see Review Guidelines). The editor-in-chief will assign the paper to one of the article editors. The article editor will seek at least three peer reviewers for each submitted paper. The article editor will select potential reviewers from qualified registered users who identified a willingness to review submitted papers and recognized experts on the article subject matter. All reviews will be anonymous so reviewers should remove all references to their names before uploading the review. The article editors expect these reviews to take one month. Once the paper has been reviewed, the article editor will read the reviewers' recommendations and notify the author on whether the Texas Water Journal is interested in publishing the paper with or without modifications. Once the author has addressed the reviewers' and editor's comments and the editor-in-chief has conducted a final review, a copy editor will prepare the paper for final publication. The author will have an opportunity to review the "galley proof" before the paper is posted. Once the paper is posted, the Texas Water Journal will send an email to registered users that the paper is available for download.

Publication Policies

The Texas Water Journal is web-based and free of charge, with peer-reviewed papers posted in Adobe Acrobat PDF form. Readers may print, e-mail, or post papers as they please, provided that the proper author and journal attribution is included. The intent is to provide the public with maximum access to in-depth discussion of significant water issues and policies. Authors of articles published by the Texas Water Journal may post them on other websites as long as the required credit and acknowledgments are given to the Texas Water Journal. The required attribution is: "This article was originally published in the Texas Water Journal (texaswaterjournal.org) in [year and/or volume and issue]."

Journal Style

The Texas Water Journal uses the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Scientific Style and Format manual, 8th edition, with some exceptions. Please see the Texas Water Journal's detailed style guidelines and exceptions for more information. The Texas Water Journal also accepts Bluebook for legal articles.

Publication Frequency

Papers in the Texas Water Journal will be published as they are finished. The editors may collect a series of papers for limited hardcopy publication and archiving.

Open Access Policy

The Texas Water Journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Archiving

The Texas Water Journal uses the Public Knowledge Project's Preservation Network to digitally preserve the journal.

No Fees

The Texas Water Journal does not charge any fees (often referred to as article processing charges or APCs) to publish in the Texas Water Journal. The Texas Water Journal also does not charge any subscription fees to our readers.

Licensing

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Statement of Ethics/Conflict of Interests

Authors

All manuscripts submitted to the Texas Water Journal (Journal) must be the original work of the authors. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and when discovered will result in an article's rejection or retraction as well as a report of the incident to those individuals whose works were plagiarized. Original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and an objective discussion. Data should be represented accurately in the paper. Other authors’ works must be appropriately cited. Authorship of the paper should include only those who have made significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the article. Contributing authors should be listed as co-authors, and other participants should be acknowledged. Authors may not submit the manuscript to more than one journal concurrently. Authors should only submit papers on work that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner. Unethical behavior is unacceptable.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation and responsibility to promptly notify the editor-in-chief and cooperate with the editor-in-chief to retract or correct the paper and publish an Erratum.

Authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript and acknowledge individuals or organizations that have provided financial support for research. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Editors

The editor-in-chief is responsible for deciding which manuscripts submitted to the Texas Water Journal should be peer reviewed for consideration for publication and for assigning a section editor for each article. In addition to technical merits, the editor-in-chief will make review and publication decisions based on maintaining the integrity and reputation of the Texas Water Journal, the Texas Water Resources Institute, and Texas A&M University. After peer review, the section editor will make a decision on the acceptance of the article for publication. The editor-in-chief will review each publication decision. If the section editor and editor-in-chief disagree about the publication decision, the editor-in-chief may convene the editorial board, which will make a publication decision by simple majority. Publication decisions should be guided by the policies of the Texas Water Journal 501 (c) (3) Board and should be based exclusively on the academic merit and the decision of the reviewers. All manuscripts must be peer reviewed to assist the section editor in making editorial decisions through the necessary editorial communications. The author will be required to assist the section editor in edits to improve the paper. The editorial board and editorial team must not disclose any information about the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author(s), reviewers, potential reviewers, and the publisher. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in any of the Texas Water Journal editors’ own research without the expressed written consent of the author. The editorial board, section editors, advisory board members, reviewers, and editorial team will conduct themselves in a balanced and objective manner, acting out their duties in an unbiased and nondiscriminatory fashion (race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, political, or any other major identifiable markers).

Section editors should excuse themselves (i.e. should ask the editor-in-chief to reassign the article to another section editor) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, or companies. When the editor-in-chief is notified or discovers a significant problem regarding errors/inaccuracy, undisclosed conflict of interest, plagiarism, in a published article, the editor-in-chief will promptly notify the corresponding author and the publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to clarify the issue and in case of need to retract the paper or publish an Erratum.

Reviewers

Peer reviewers will assist the section editors in making editorial decisions. If a selected reviewer feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible, he/she should notify the section editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor-in-chief. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the section editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.