Executive Summary

Mustafa Onur, Istanbul Technical University

This is the first issue of the New Year, and I would like to sincerely wish you all a very healthy, happy, successful, and prosperous 2014.

I would also like to take the opportunity in this first issue of 2014 to provide the SPE Journal Performance Statistics as presented to us by Rebekah Stacha, SPE Senior Manager for Technical Publications, at the 2013 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in New Orleans, 30 September–2 October. The performance statistics cover the time period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.

  • Acceptance rate is 37.4% compared with 28.9% from the previous year.
  • Number of papers submitted for review is 294 compared with 290 from the previous year.
  • Average time to initial decision is 81.6 days compared with 81.1 days from the previous year.
  • Total number of subscribers is 2,123 (1,232 for print and online and 891 for online only) compared with 1,467 (839 for print and online and 628 online only) from the previous year.
  • The impact factor is 1.011 compared with 1.145 from the previous year.

Clearly, such data show that our performance is better than the previous year, particularly when we inspect the number of subscribers. Note that we have significantly increased the number of subscribers over the previous year by approximately 45%. This indicates that the SPE Journal is becoming more and more attractive to readers. The acceptance ratio has also increased considerably, and the time to initial decision has been maintained below the target of 112 days. However, we may need to find ways or develop strategies to further increase the journal impact factor (e.g., to a level of 2.00 or more).

During the executive editor (EE) meeting held in New Orleans, this issue was discussed, and it was determined that one way to achieve a higher impact factor is to facilitate access to the SPE Journal by other disciplines. This will provide the papers in SPE Journal with the level of exposure that is available in other high-impact journals. We also discussed the concept of encouraging review papers on special research topics authored by a group of researchers who have performed significant research in those topics as a way to increase exposure, and we invite researchers to submit review papers on such up-to-date research topics.

As the co-EE of the SPE Journal, I am very happy to complete the first year and a half of my 3-year term. This issue is our (my and Yucel’s) seventh issue since we commenced the role of EE for SPE Journal. Over the last six issues, we have brought you a total of 96 excellent papers (on the average of 16 papers per issue), covering a wide spectrum of subjects that reflect areas of current activity and interest in the industry and academia. In this issue, I have chosen 15 such manuscripts from our accepted manuscripts pool, covering subjects that include modeling fluid flow in fractured media (three papers), drilling (four papers), flow in porous media (three papers), production enhancement (four papers), and multiphase flow in wellbores (one paper).

With this issue, I would like to welcome new outstanding associate editors to the Editorial Board: Kaveh Dehghani of Chevron, Birol Dindoruk of Shell, and Vural Suicmez of Maersk Oil and Gas. They are all internationally known experts in their respected fields of study, and without a doubt, they will contribute significantly to the review process of SPE Journal. We would also like to recognize the services of Kristian Jessen, Dean Oliver, and Hong-quan Zhang, all of whom have completed their terms as associate editors.

In closing, I hope that you enjoy the February 2014 issue and its 15 manuscripts. See you in the June 2014 issue. Cheerio and thank you!