Excerpt from Standing Committees section of the SEG Procedures Manual

III.2. Publications Committee

III.22.A. Organization

The Publications Committee consists of a Chair and up to nine other members. The Chair is appointed by the President and serves a term of approximately two years, beginning and ending at Annual Meetings. A typical path of ascension is for the Editor to become Publications Committee Chair as soon as his or her term as Editor has expired. The Chair appoints other members of the committee, usually in consultation with members of his or her committee. Committee members serve four-year terms and are eligible to be reappointed by the Chair in the final year of their first terms for a second four-year term. No committee member may serve more than two consecutive terms. Only associate, active, emeritus, life, or honorary SEG members in good standing may serve on the Publications Committee.

In selecting committee members to fill vacancies, the Chair seeks to maintain a committee of geoscientists energetic in pursuit of new geophysics content, talented and experienced in developing that content, and diverse in geophysics expertise. The Chair may appoint committee members for terms shorter than four years to achieve a staggered expiration of terms. Committee members may work on publication development in any of SEG's book series and are not restricted to any one series. Series Editors under the committee's previous organizational scheme may be appointed by the Chair to first terms as members of the committee or may be retained as nonvoting Managing Editors for projects they were guiding at the time of committee reorganization (May 2008).

The Chair of the SEG Translations Committee serves as a member of the Publications Committee.

III.22.B. Objectives and scope of committee activities

Although the SEG Constitution assigns the Editor (under the direction of the Council) responsibility for all of the Society’s publications, he or she in practice applies principal effort to the journal Geophysics. The Editor’s responsibility for books usually is of a supervisory nature.

The Publications Committee solicits proposals and manuscripts from authors and editors, weighing both technical merits and marketability when judging whether to encourage their development into SEG publications. Committee members are named by the Chair to serve as Managing Editors for specific titles. Managing Editors may be appointed by the chair to guide proposals through a review and approval process or the Chair may take on this responsibility. Managing Editors also recruit Volume Editors—subject-matter experts—to conduct peer review once proposals are accepted. Volume Editors work with authors to make the manuscripts technically sound. When a title is certified by a Volume Editor as ready for publication, the Managing Editor makes a recommendation on SEG publication to the Chair. If in favor, the Chair recommends publication to the Editor, who in turn presents the recommendation to the rest of the Executive Committee. Publications Department staff members prepare a financial projection for the work, and the Executive Committee considers this along with the Publications Committee recommendation when making the final decision on whether SEG will publish the work in question. The Society strives to publish all significant contributions to the literature of applied geophysics irrespective of financial projections for proposed titles. Managing Editors and Volume Editors are acknowledged prominently in publications they help to develop.

In addition to its role in soliciting, developing, reviewing, and judging materials for SEG’s reference publications program, the Publications Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Executive Committee with respect to policies and procedures related to SEG reference publications.

III.22.C. Meeting frequency and timing

To ensure timely handling of the Society’s publications needs, the Publications Committee shall convene at least two times annually, with one of these meetings occurring at the SEG Annual Meeting. The other meetings may be virtual meetings, such as conference calls supported by a shared Web interface. Meetings focus on strategic issues and on coordinating new book solicitation and acquisition efforts among committee members. Much of the committee’s business throughout the year is conducted through an online peer-review system.