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.

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, President
  • John C. Tracy, Vice President
  • Robert Mace, Secretary
  • Todd Votteler, Treasurer
  • Brad Castleberry, General Counsel


Section Policies


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Policy and Program Notes

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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

A paper submitted to the Journal will be assigned to one of the article editors. The editor-in-chief will conduct a "pre-review" to ensure that paper meets the Journal's basic requirements (see Review Guidelines). The article editor will seek 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 ther 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 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 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 Journal will send an email to registered users that the paper is available for download.


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, 8th 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. The required attribution is: "This article was originally published in the Texas Water Journal (texaswaterjournal.org) in [year and/or volume and issue]."


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 or the Texas Water Resources Institute, the Board and staff of the Texas Water Journal, or the employers of the Board and staff of the Texas Water Journal or the Texas Water Resources Institute.


Statement of Ethics/Conflict of Interests


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.


The editor-in-chief is responsible for deciding which manuscripts submitted to the 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 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 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.


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.