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Author: Ronald M. Latanision and Cameron H. Fletcher
New Bridge Policy
We appreciate suggestions for and feedback on The Bridge. For the most part these are positive, but in the past few months concerns were raised by two of our members about inaccuracies published in a Bridge article. We take such concerns very seriously. Previously, we have invited readers to communicate their concern to us and we shared it with the author. This was effective as author and reader communicated in reaching a resolution, which might include the reader’s submission of an op-ed or a stand-alone article for publication in a subsequent issue.
In response to the current concerns we have made the decision to subject future articles to review by experts in the areas addressed in each issue. Guest editors, who themselves have expertise in the selected theme, will be asked to enlist colleagues to review (in aggregate) the articles for each issue. This policy will be effective with the spring 2018 issue.
It is important to note that formal peer review is neither appropriate nor necessary for The Bridge, which is clearly distinct from other academy publications:
We believe the new policy addresses the concerns raised and will strengthen the quality of the NAE’s flagship quarterly.
As ever, we appreciate and encourage the respectful engagement and input of our readers. It would please us enormously if the contributions in our issues stimulated member thought and conversation on important contemporary engineering issues. Letters, comments, and submissions can be addressed to us at RLatanision@exponent.com and CFletcher@nae.edu.
Ronald M. Latanision (NAE) is editor in chief of The Bridge and senior fellow, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates.
Cameron H. Fletcher is managing editor of The Bridge.