In the Spotlight: Seth C. Kalichman

Seth C: Kalichman
Seth C. Kalichman is the Editor in Chief for the Springer journal AIDS and Behavior. Seth has authored 5 books, the last of which was published with Springer. He has edited and co-edited a number of titles, three of which have been published with Springer. He has published numerous articles.
At the University of Connecticut he spends about 25% of his time teaching, the rest is devoted to research.

Seth, please tell us a little about yourself and your field of expertise 

I am trained as a clinical community psychologist. During my internship research study - under the auspice of the iconic Jeff Kelly - on HIV/AIDS prevention, the connection between and HIV/AIDS and behavior was a natural fit to me.
HIV/AIDS is a behavior driven epidemic; accidental contamination is rare these days. For example, fewer babies are born with HIV/AIDS from mothers with HIV/AIDS. We hope that in ten years there will be no more babies born with HIV/AIDS anywhere and that is a realistic goal.
Virtually all new cases of HIV are related to behavior, either sexual behavior or injection drug use behaviors.

How you came to publish initially with Springer 

The first title I edited myself, I worked with Bill Tucker at Springer, with whom I still work today. The book was published in 2005 and the process was incredibly smooth. Around that same time the position of Editor in Chief for AIDS and Behavior also became available and, well, the rest is history.

What would the typical daily/monthly work with your publishing editor at Springer be like? 

I’m in the Springer office about two times a year, I speak to Bill on the phone perhaps every two months. More often of course when we are working on a book as well.

Have you got any new projects in the pipeline that you are enthusiastic about and would like to tell us about? 

I will author or edit another volume again, but I have not committed to anything yet. The journal is keeping me pretty busy at the moment. I’m excited about the incredible success of the journal. We will go from 6 to 8 issues a year, we have 144 online first articles, we already have 300 submissions this year and it’s only the beginning of August.
In the field there are always a lot exciting research happening, it is a fast moving research area.

Scientific publishing has been subject to lots of changes over the past few years. Electronic content, eBooks etc. What does this mean to you? 

It means everything! If research is not published quick enough it has become irrelevant. In my research area anyway. If a journal does not have Online First or does not publish online I would not submit to it.
It would be great if, for edited volumes, there could be such a thing as Online First for book chapters. if I am not one of the people who have to have the physical book in their hands.

Can you give any advice to young and upcoming scientists who would like to publish?  

For journal articles: Don’t ignore the Impact Factor. Opinions may differ, but I think it is very important. The second criteria for choosing a journal to publish your article in is the speed to publication.
As for publishing a book: look into how a publisher markets their books. A book can be very easily published, but never be seen.

How was your experience with Springer in that regard? 

They could have done more, but then again: every author will feel that way. The quality of the Springer books really stands out compared to the other big players.
We thank Seth C. Kalichman for his time with this interview and, most importantly, for his excellent relationship with us – something we value highly, here at Springer.

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