Reflections

Gokhan Coskuner, Husky Energy

The Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology (JCPT) is almost 55 years old, and I am proud to have been involved in it for the past 25 years in various capacities from technical reviewer, issue coordinator, and associate editor to executive editor. It is the journal that has been published continually for the longest length of time in the SPE stable of journals. The excellence of JCPT was apparent, as it had one of the highest impact factors among SPE journals. Thank you to all who helped make JCPT one of the best technical journals in our industry.

I published my first JCPT paper in 1987; it is sad to see that such an iconic publication will be no more. Having said this, we all know that the latest oil price shock is forcing the oil industry to rethink how it conducts its business, and SPE is not immune to it. In streamlining its business to adapt to this new “lower for longer” paradigm, SPE decided to suspend the publication of JCPT. We will read the papers that would have been published in JCPT in the other SPE journals now.

I still believe that there is a need for a journal that specializes in heavy-oil recovery technologies; perhaps we will witness the rising of a new journal from the ashes of JCPT when our industry is in better shape than it is today. In the meantime, farewell to our beloved Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, but not goodbye. 


Karl Miller, SPE, P. Eng. 


In 1981, I became aware of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology when I began my career in Canadian heavy-oil and bitumen exploitation. I was immediately impressed by the high quality of the structure and content of JCPT, and by the large fraction of the content that described both the field project updates and the new technology development I wanted to learn about. I was able to greatly accelerate my climb up the learning curve of Canadian petroleum technology by reading current issues from cover to cover, and looking up cited references in earlier issues. 

A few years later, I was delighted to discover that if I wrote and submitted “best effort” manuscripts myself, they would be reviewed in a timely manner, and the results were often significantly improved documents that would be published in a short period of time. As a result, I was able to share information on a variety of subjects including cold production, post-cold production, surface gathering methods, drilling horizontal infill wells, waterflooding, in-situ combustion, steam injection, and invited Distinguished Author topics.   

Over time, I was also afforded the privilege of becoming a reviewer, issue coordinator, and associate editor; only then did I realize the amount of work many prior volunteers had done to provide me with both a remarkably helpful journal to read, and an opportunity to share my work. 

I appreciate having the opportunity to express my thanks to those who have been involved with the creation and continuation of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology since its inception in 1961, and to express my sincere hope that, in time, JCPT will be reinstated as an SPE journal to provide the many benefits I have received to future Canadian oil and gas workers.


Roberto Aguilera, University of Calgary


Without a doubt, JCPT has played an important role in my professional life as a petroleum engineer. I have learned a lot from JCPT since coming to Calgary in 1980. Upon my arrival, I was immediately impressed by the quality of the journal and its approach to presenting practical solutions to petroleum-engineering problems. Having my first JCPT paper published in the January-February issue of 1982 was truly exciting, an excitement that did not diminish with the publication of subsequent papers. I know that the same feeling has been felt by colleagues in academia, industry, and government who had a preference for publishing their research and practical application results in JCPT. The Distinguished Author series in JCPT was outstanding and provided, in a few pages, meaningful reviews of different topics that were of primary interest to Canadian engineers.

It was a great honour and very humbling when I was appointed Chairman of the Editorial Review Board of JCPT in November 2007 and, subsequently, Executive Editor following the merger with SPE. So what was supposed to be a 2-year term turned into a 4-year task. This was a major undertaking that led me to read hundreds of papers on geoscience, petrophysics, drilling, completions, well testing, oil sands, heavy oil, air injection, all types of flooding, economics, and many other topics, as there were no barriers to the topics that would be considered for publication in the journal following rigorous peer review—truly a fantastic way to learn about many subjects and to establish communication with many authors. Sharing JCPT papers at lectures with my undergraduate and graduate students is an important part of my academic activities at the University of Calgary. This will continue, but I was sad to learn at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Houston (September 2015) that publication of JCPT would be suspended. Recognizing that this is part of life, and of the tough times we are living at present in the petroleum industry, does not make it any easier. But my hope and the hope of many engineers and students that have approached me on this subject is that we will again see JCPT in the not very distant future for the benefit of all those involved in this industry.