Editorial Policies

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 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.


Section Policies


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Book Review

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Peer Review Process

A paper submitted to the Journal will be assigned to one of the section editors. The editor-in-chief will conduct a "pre-review" to ensure that paper meets the Journal's basic requirements (see Review Guidelines). The section editor will seek three peer reviewers for each submitted paper. The section editor will select potential reviewers from qualified registered users that identified a willingness to review submitted papers; however, the section editor reserves the right to approach non-registered experts to review papers. All reviews will be anonymous so reviewers should remove all references to ther names before uploading the review. The section editors expect these reviews to take four to six weeks. Once the paper has been reviewed, the section editor will read the reviewers' recommendations and notify the author on whether or not the Journal is interested in publishing the paper with or without modifications. Once the author has addressed the reviewers' and editor's comments, 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 journal will send an email to registered users that the paper is available for download and comment.


Publication Frequency

Papers in the 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

This 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.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Journal Style

The Texas Water Journal uses the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Scientific Style and Format manual, 7th edition. Please see detailed guidelines and exceptions to CSE style here. The journal also accepts Bluebook.


Publication Details

The 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, providing that the proper author and journal attribution is included. The intent is to provide the public with maximum access to indepth 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.


Mission and Vision

The mission of the Texas Water Journal is to provide a peer-reviewed, web-based, and open-sourced publication that focuses on Texas water. 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. Finally, the journal is here. 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; * eliminate unnecessary barriers to publication such as limits on the frequency of publications by the most productive authors. We hope you enjoy, and participate, in the Texas Water Journal.



The opinions in the Texas Water Journal are those of the authors and shall not be construed to represent the opinions and policies of the Texas Water Journal, the Board and staff of the Texas Water Journal, or the employers of the Board and staff of the Texas Water Journal.