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Staff Awards & Honors

June 2007

Nik Qafoku Serving on Editorial Board of Top Soil Science Journal

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Nik Qafoku is serving a 3-year term as an associate editor on the editorial board of the Soil Science Society of America Journal. As a member of the board, Nik works to ensure the quality of the articles that are published.

This bi-monthly international journal publishes original research, reviews of research, and comments and letters to the editor. In agricultural and soil science, this journal rates at the top in number of citations and third in terms of impact.

As an associate editor, Nik receives articles from the technical editor of the soil chemistry division. He then finds peers within scientific community to review each article. Nik also reviews the articles within his areas of expertise. Based on the results of the reviews, Nik decides if the journal will accept or reject the paper. In accepting the paper, he may determine to accept it with no changes, minor changes, or major changes.

In serving on this editorial board, Nik has a broad and deep knowledge of the scientific literature. Further, he has and is continuing to build connections with his scientific peers around the world.

In addition to this work and his research at PNNL, Nik also serves on the editorial board of Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. In this role, which he has held since 2002, he also reviews and recommends articles for the journal.

Thank you, Nik, for helping to make top-quality information on soil chemistry available to researchers around the world.

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