After 10 very rewarding and busy years I have stepped down as co-editor of Global Environmental Change. The journal has been a significant part of my working life for a decade, and it has enabled me to work alongside some fantastic scientists, to read and review many, many excellent papers reflecting truly world-class scholarship, and, in doing so, to keep up-to-date with the latest interdisciplinary research on environmental change. The work of an editor is challenging, arduous and demanding, but not without rewards, especially when one sees brilliant, exciting new work published. With Neil Adger and Mike Hulme, then Declan Conway, we helped to develop the journal as the premier outlet for cutting edge and interdisciplinary work in the rapidly moving and expanding research field. We had superb support from Alison Colls initially, and for the last few years from Neil Jennings, who really keeps the journal and its editors going. Being a journal editor enabled me to get to know some of the un-sung heroes in my field; the colleagues who can be relied upon to review manuscripts – often more than once – and provide measured, careful and thoughtful assessments of papers, and who do this anonymously with no direct benefit personally, because they feel they owe it to their discipline. I’ve been privileged to work with and learn from these scholars.
I’m looking forward to submitting some of my own research to GEC in the future, and I am very confident that the superlative new international editorial team – Declan Conway, Jon Barnet, Karen Seto, Louis Lebel and Michelle Betsill, will take GEC to new heights and even higher IFs. I look forward to working with them – this time as a member of the Editorial Board.
Please continue to submit your best research papers to GEC here
The final issue I co-edited – volume 23 issue 6, December 2013, features a Special Issue edited by Josh Cinner on ‘Beyond the Fisheries Crisis’, looking at successes and failures in small-scale fisheries. It examines what institutional frameworks support successful fisheries and challenges the ‘doom and gloom’ narratives about fisheries worldwide. In addition to special issue collection, there are about 30 other papers too.
Is the writing on the wall for small scale fishers? Monterey, January 2014