Hydrology Research has invited Professor Marie Larocque from Université du Québec à Montréal to join the team as the new Special Issue Editor.

To discuss what this role entails, we spoke to Marie about this exciting new position.

What makes Hydrology Research a stand-out journal for Special Issues?

Hydrology Research stands out as a well-established journal recognized for its scientific rigor and relevance in hydrology, and for its commitment to improve water management, protection, and security worldwide. HR Special Issues promote the highest quality research with a rapid and rigorous review process to bring forward new knowledge on pressing water resource issues and on state-of-the-art innovations. Just like regular papers, HR Special Issues are open access and thus available to a wide audience around the world, thus contributing to a large dissemination of scientific knowledge. To help authors prepare their submissions, we have created guidelines specifically for Special Issues, a page that we will continue to update.

As the newly appointed Special Issue Editor for Hydrology Research, what are you hoping to achieve for the journal in the next five years?

My objective as a Special Issue Editor is to contribute to the visibility of Hydrology Research through an increasing number of Special Issues on topics that are highly relevant for our readers. High quality research on hydrology is led by renowned scientific teams who lead state-of-the art research on crucial issues related to water resources around the world. I would like to see this research published in our journal through Special Issues on a wide range of water related subjects and in different regions of the world. I am especially interested in considering diversity in guest editor teams and published papers, and to promote regional diversity in the topics. I would like scientists to consider publishing in a Special Issue in Hydrology Research that the journal be considered as a medium of choice for the dissemination of their top-level results.

What new trends or areas of research are you particularly excited to share in the journal’s Special Issues?

Special Issues offer endless possibilities to bring together articles on the most pressing issues related to water resources. I am particularly interested to bring forward topics that are at the confluence of hydrological disciplines because I believe these interface of water reservoirs and approaches offer great opportunities for scientific advancement. For example, research that combine surface water and groundwater, or surface water and atmospheric water, research that include how the water needs of ecosystems together with water use or scarcity, research that addresses large areas covering different climatic conditions, or that combines combining state-of-the art methods from complementary disciplines would be great topics for a HR Special Issue.

How will your background as a civil engineer specializing in groundwater specifically help you in your new role of Special Issue Editor for Hydrology Research?

Throughout my career, I have worked on a variety of topics related to water resources including surface water and groundwater resources, groundwater dependent ecosystems, human impacts and climate change impacts, issues at the local and regional scales, a range of field methods for understanding and monitoring, data analyses methods and flow modelling. These 20+ years of academic and partnership experience have helped me to build a solid understanding of a large range of topics in hydrology and of the knowledge gaps that need to be addressed as we move forward in a world where water resources are increasingly pressured. I believe my background and my experience contribute to my comprehensive understanding of water resources. This will definitely help me to contribute to the development of scientifically strong and highly relevant Special Issues in Hydrology Research.

Publish Your Work in Open Access

Hydrology Research is an open access journal, thanks to IWA Publishing's commitment to publish all research Open Access. Thanks to Open Access publishing, the visibility of papers is increased and all research is made freely accessible to all.

Some institutions ask researchers to publish in open access to secure funding. All IWA Publishing journals are compatible with funding guidelines.

You can submit to the journal by accessing the Hydrology Research webpage and clicking ‘Submit to Hydrology Research’ in the top-right corner.

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