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Vision for PLOS Water

Jenna Davis

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University, USA

Editor-In-Chief, PLOS Water

“I hope we catalyze ‘cross talk’ among the many disciplinary, methodological, sociocultural, and ethnolinguistic communities interested in water…”

Pierre Horwitz

Centre for People, Place & Planet

Edith Cowan University, Australia

Editor-in-Chief, PLOS Water

“I hope to see a journal that informs societies and cultures around the world about water…”

What’s our vision for PLOS Water?

Pierre: I hope to see a journal that informs societies and cultures around the world about water, where contributions to knowledge come from the highly technical to the traditional, from intrinsic, derived and place-based water values, to our behaviours and health outcomes.  In this quest I’d like to see a journal that challenges the boundaries of sectors, of ownership, and of disciplinary approaches.

Jenna: Ideally people will see PLOS Water as helping to deepen their existing knowledge of water issues while also introducing them to areas of water scholarship that are new to them. I hope we catalyze ‘cross talk’ among the many disciplinary, methodological, sociocultural, and ethnolinguistic communities interested in water.

What makes PLOS Water?

Pierre: A quality journal is used and respected. These attributes come from dedicated teams, and a publishing ethic that recognizes the rewards and benefits of journal articles for individuals in both local communities and professional associations. PLOS Water has these features, and has policies for them.

Jenna: Researchers want their work to have impact. PLOS is an open access publisher, committed to sharing authors’ work as broadly as possible. This is particularly important for engaging with practitioners, community members, and other groups whose access to academic publications is often limited.

What features excite us the most?

Pierre: I’m excited about an emphasis on equity and access to water, and seeing principles for them foregrounded in the journal.

Jenna: I am excited to work across communities in water research, as this can often generate exciting new research insights and is essential for making water scholarship more inclusive and relevant.

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