QAS: New Editorial Board

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

With the start of the New Year comes the start of another volume of Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, the official journal of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). Most of you will be familiar with the history of QAS. Some recent changes are worthy of note. The first is that Roland Poms stepped down as Co-editor in Chief during 2015 as he left ICC to pursue other business interests. Roland played a key role in getting the journal started, established and in the change of publisher to Wageningen Academic Publishers. All of us on the Editorial team of QAS wish to thank him for his hard work with QAS over the years. Roland is not entirely lost to QAS as he remains on the Editorial Board and as Secretary General of MoniQA (who has also supported QAS since its birth).

The composition of the Editorial Board of QAS has also undergone a number of changes as some initial members stood down and some new ones joined. I have been joined by Dr Pierre Gelinas, Dr Hamit Köksel and Dr Martin Rose as Associate Editors to provide much needed support as submissions to QAS and its stature continues to grow. We also took the opportunity to more closely refine the scope of QAS and give clearer guidance to contributors.

All of you reading this news item can play a role in ensuring the continued success of QAS. Many of you already have offered and had published submissions, or acted as much needed reviewers of the many submissions we receive.

As authors, reviewers and readers of QAS your support is invaluable. If you do not have access to QAS on a regular basis, then you should seek to do that by encouraging the library of your institute or organisation to take out a subscription. I know that library budgets are always restricted but we would like to ensure that the valuable research subject matter in QAS reaches as wide an audience as possible.

Subscription to QAS is possible either on an institutional (campus) basis or on a personal basis and follow the calendar year. If you are interested in subscribing to QAS, you can sign up online. You can download a recent Open Access article at www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/10.3920/QAS2014.0568.

For would-be authors we know that Impact Factors have great meaning and we are pleased that for QAS we are approaching an Impact Factor of 1. The QAS Editorial team is constantly looking at ways to improve the Impact Factor and you will hear more about that later in 2016. Finally for all authors I encourage you to include references where appropriate, in all of your submissions to all journals, as even this small step helps the future development of QAS. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish you academic and publishing success in 2016.

Stanley P. Cauvain
Editor-in-Chief QAS; Honorary President of ICC; Fellow of the ICC Academy