Established in 1986, the Richard R. Torrens Award is conferred upon an ASCE journal or practice periodical editor whose performance has been exemplary. The editor is often responsible for significant improvement in the quality and stature of the publication or an increase in the publication’s size and/or frequency. The editor will have shown leadership in dealing with difficult problems facing the publication, perhaps significantly reducing the time from manuscript submission to final acceptance, redefining the publication’s scope, altering its direction by encouraging a specific class of papers not previously traditionally published, or creating new sections in the publication to increase reader interest. These kinds of accomplishments normally require close teamwork between the editor and the associate editors or editorial board, and annual meetings of the group. Timeliness of reviews is an important criterion in selection of the Torrens winner. The Board Publications Committee has recommended that the number of manuscripts under review for 6 months or more not exceed 5% of the total number under review. Long and faithful support of a publication and upholding high standards of scholarship may also be recognized by the Torrens Award.
The 2011 recipient of the Richard R. Torrens award is Charles Jahren.
To be eligible for consideration for the award, a candidate must have been the editor of an ASCE journal or practice periodical that is published at least quarterly for at least 12–18 months and meet as many of the aforementioned criteria as possible. Typically, the candidate will have served as editor for a period of years and developed a sustained record of accomplishments.
Richard R. Torrens served ASCE for 17 years in the Publications Department at Headquarters and was Manager of Professional and Technical Publications at the time of his untimely death in 1984. The high quality of ASCE’s peer-reviewed publications is in no small measure a result of his dedication and his support of the volunteer editors. As a reflection of his distinguished service, the Richard R. Torrens Award honors volunteer editors who make outstanding contributions to the ASCE Publications program. The award will be made by the ASCE Board Committee on Publications to a journal or practice periodical editor whose contributions are considered outstanding. It is not required that an award be made every year.
The ASCE Associate Editor Award recognizes an Associate Editor who has provided consistent and exemplary service to a particular journal or practice periodical, or a substantial unique contribution to the enhancement of ASCE’s publication activities. Recognition by this award represents the respect and appreciation of the recipient’s peers, as nominations are initiated by the Editors.
Click on the ASCE Associate Editor Award link above for information regarding the 2010 award recipients, Zoran Kapelan, Associate Editor for the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management and George Voyiadjis, Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics.
Nomination and selection
Nominations for the ASCE Associate Editor Award are solicited annually from the Editors. The nomination consists of a letter signed by the nominating Editor, detailing specific reasons for the nomination. The nominator is encouraged to seek information from ASCE Publications staff, such as performance statistics, to support the nomination. A brief (two-page) résumé, giving relevant biographical information for the nominee should be attached to the letter. The nominations are reviewed and the recipient is selected by the Board Committee on Publications.