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Bulletin of Volcanology

Bulletin of Volcanology

Official Journal of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth`s Interior (IAVCEI)

Executive Editor: Andrew Harris

ISSN: 1432-0819 (electronic version)

Journal no. 445

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An interview with the Editor-in-Chief

Andrew Harris
Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans
Université Clermont Auvergne
Aubière, France

Why is the journal important to the field? 

For nearly a century, the Bulletin of Volcanology has been fulfuling exactly the role implied by its title. By providing monthly bulletins on scientific advances in the domain of volcanology, the Bulletin has become a well-known outlet, and reference point, for research spanning all fields of Volcanology from the mantle to the atmosphere.

What is the key distinguishing aspect of the journal?  

Bulletin of Volcanology is the journal of the core society in Volcanology: IAVCEI. By having a rotating Editor-in-Chief who is responsible to IAVCEI, a small editorial board spanning specialists across IAVCEI's key interests, a constant stream of submissions to fill those specialities, the Bulletin reflects the needs and views of its members. The non-machine-like handling style, dialog across the editorial board, and initiatives to continually improve handling, editing and content means that the journal is constantly evolving to reflect all science needs of its core subject: volcanology.

How has the journal shaped/contributed to the field since its launch? 

The Bulletin has contained, and continues to contain, landmark papers in the field of volcanology. Its role as the research outlet for IAVCEI ensures that it provides a reference source for current, and past, advances in describing, collating, classifying and understanding volcanic and magmatic processes. Given that this role now spans 80 years, the 80 volumes that comprise the Bulletin provide an encyclopedia for, and history of, the evolution of volcanological science.

Which emerging research trend is reflected in the journal? Which current trends shape the field? 

Research trends evolve with technology and paradigms. In the past 30 years, while remote sensing, geophysical and modelling capabilities have advanced enormously, so too have sampling, analytical, experimental and numerical methods for examining deposits and samples in the field and laboratory. In addition, volcanology is increasiningly recognising a need to address the impacts of volcanic eruptions on society, pulling in economists, psychologists and social scientists to address the needs of modern hazard and risk evaluations. These trends have been very much reflected in the evolving content of the journal. However, publications continue to recognize that the key to the present is in the past, so that fundamental studies--as well as core approaches and results--have not been cast aside as the result of trend.

Key advice to first-time authors? 

Remember that the abstract should stand-alone; Remember the IMRDC structure; Remember to do the literature justice; Remember to set your science in global context. Buy a good style guide; Buy a good dictionary; Buy a good grammar guide; Buy a good scientific writing guide ... and keep them on your desk at all times. Always check the proofs from the first letter of the title through to the last letter of the references.

Some of the most influential articles of 2017 published in the Bulletin of Volcanology: 

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    Bulletin of Volcanology was founded in 1922, as Bulletin Volcanologique, and is the official journal of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI). The Bulletin of Volcanology publishes papers on volcanoes, their products, their eruptive behavior, and their hazards. Papers aimed at understanding the deeper structure of volcanoes, and the evolution of magmatic systems using geochemical, petrological, and geophysical techniques are also published. Material is published in four sections: Review Articles; Research Articles; Short Scientific Communications; and a Forum that provides for discussion of controversial issues and for comment and reply on previously published Articles and Communications.


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