The University of Manitoba has been hosting the Open Journal System (OJS) free of charge since 2009 to help with the online review process. Over the past six years, I have customized and updated most of the pages in the OJS system to help with the review process of papers submitted to our journal.
The entire collection of past journal papers are now available online and can be accessed here: http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/publications/cbe-journal/browse. The scanned papers were Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processed to enable them to be searched using keywords.
Section Editors have management level access to the Open Journal System (OJS). When papers are submitted to the journal, the Section Editors assign it to three other persons on the Editorial Board to review the paper through the OJS online system. Those assigned the paper can either review the paper themselves or get it reviewed via a personal email to one of their colleagues who are more likely to oblige to review in a timely manner. Each person serving on the Editorial Board is expected to review about 6 to 8 papers in a year. If you are interested in serving on the Editorial Board, please contact the Section Editors who are listed below:
- Soil and Water Systems Engineering: Dr. Mano Krishnapillai, Memorial University, NL
- Machinery Systems Engineering: Dr. Hubert Landry, PAMI, SK
- Bioprocessing Systems Engineering: Dr. Valerie Orsat, McGill
- Biological Systems Engineering: Dr Stefan Cenkowski, UofMb
- Building Systems Engineering: Dr. Qiang Zhang, UofMb
- Waste Management Engineering: Dr. Grant Clark, McGill
- Information Systems Engineering: Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, Guelph
- Renewable Energy: Dr. Amit Kumar, UofAlberta
The Section Editors will also serve as the Technical Committee of our Society to help with the evaluation of the conference paper abstracts, formulate Technical Sessions, and solicit worthy papers for submission to the CBE journal. Beginning in 2014, the processing time lines for the accepted papers have been published. To further improve the timeliness of the publication of manuscripts the Council has unanimously voted to approve the following incentive policy:
(a) Reward each reviewer with a credit of $50/manuscript towards page charges of their own manuscripts published in the CBEJ. A credit will be given for a review of acceptable quality and detail, as determined by the Section Editor, received within THREE weeks of assignment of the review. The total credits used by a reviewer towards publication of a single manuscript shall not exceed $100. The credit must be used within two years of being awarded.
(b) Reward each reviewer with a credit of $50/manuscript towards registration in the CSBE-SCGAB Annual Conference. A credit will be given for a review of acceptable quality and detail, as determined by the Section Editor, received within THREE weeks of assignment of the review. The total credits used by a reviewer towards registration at a given conference shall not exceed $100. The credit must be used within two years of being awarded.
In 2012, the Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal was registered with CrossRef (www.crossref.org) as a member organization allowing the assigning of Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to a paper published in our journal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_object_identifier). I have used the following system to identify our papers. The http://dx.doi.org is the DOI resolving website. The number 10.7451 identifies our journal. Following that, I have used CBE.year.volume.first_page_number as the format to identify each paper. When you type this URL into a web browser, it will take you directly to the .pdf file of the paper. Therefore, please publicize your papers by providing the DOI link of your paper instead of sending the .pdf file of your paper. This will help properly register the access count with the DOI system. By providing the DOI link you can help improve the impact factor of our journal.
I thank all the authors, reviewers, and the Section Editors for their support in making the publication of our journal possible. We need your continued support in a timely manner to make our journal a successful vehicle for disseminating your research.