As Executive Editor of the SPE Production & Operations journal, I
am frequently asked: "How do I get my paper selected for peer review
publication?" SPE has done a good job of outlining answers to this question and
similar ones on the "Papers/Publications/Authors" tab of the society’s website.
However, I thought I’d review five key points that make a paper a good
candidate for peer review from SPE's standpoint.
The first key requirement is the paper’s relevance to the technical scope of
the journal to which it is submitted. SPE has seven peer-reviewed journals, so
submitting authors should review the topics covered by each of the journals and
submit their work accordingly. This area also acknowledges that the paper
should be relevant to the professional interests and activities of the
readership. The second key area is innovation. Papers submitted for peer review
should present new knowledge or technology or provide a new way to analyze
previously known facts or technologies. Some people have told me that they
didn’t think their case study qualified for peer review because it wasn’t
"new." However, case studies and review papers can be suitable if they provide
new insights, techniques, or deductions.
Next on the list is technical detail. As a general observation on my part,
this third area seems to present problems for many peer-review candidates. In
the area of technical detail, authors should keep in mind that not only should
the paper’s logic be sound, but it should also provide sufficient detail to the
reader to allow them to replicate the work and apply it in other situations to
aid the reader in their own work. People read journals such as SPEPO to
learn from others. Being able to apply the technology in their situations is a
The fourth criterion is presentation and documentation. There are several
components to this requirement, and I encourage you to review them in detail on
the website. However, in general, this requirement asks authors to present
their work in a well written, logically organized format with adequate
documentation for their claims. The final requirement is professional conduct.
This requires that papers not be commercial in nature and not contain
plagiarism. Ideas and materials from others need to be correctly attributed and
referenced, and substantial portions of the text or data cannot have been
I hope this brief review of peer-review criteria has helped not only the
potential authors out there, but also you, the reader, in understanding why
certain papers appear in this and the other SPE journals. Now, on to our
content for the May edition of the SPE Production & Operations
In this issue of SPEPO, nine papers cover the areas of case studies,
hydraulic fracturing, intelligent wells, and liquid loading. Three papers fall
under case studies, including Technical Evaluations To Support the Decision
To Reinject Produced Water, which discusses the reinjection of produced
water supplemented by seawater. It discusses associated modeling performed to
evaluate scaling and souring potential. Well-Integrity Assessment and
Assurance: The Operational Approach for Three CO2-Storage Fields in
Italy reviews a step-by-step approach taken by the operating company to
evaluate three fields and the associated wells in preparation for
CO2 sequestration projects. The use of reservoir simulation to
diagnose well production inefficiencies in coalbed methane fields in the San
Juan basin is the topic of Well-Production Challenges and Solutions in a
Mature, Very-Low-Pressure Coalbed-Methane Reservoir.
Modeling the Dynamic Pressure Response of Ball-Actuated Stimulation
Sleeves is the first paper about hydraulic fracturing. It discusses the use
of surface pressure signals to determine downhole events such as sleeve
shifting and fracture initiation. Stress interference in multiple fractured
horizontal wells modeled in 3D is the subject of Optimizing Fracture Spacing
and Sequencing in Horizontal-Well Fracturing. Investigation of Effect of
Fracturing Fluid on After-Closure Analysis in Gas Reservoirs provides
guidelines for the analysis of mini-frac data when different fluid systems are
used. The paper documents case studies where this analysis technique is used.
New Correlations of Acid-Fracture Conductivity at Low Closure Stress Based
on the Spatial Distributions of Formation Properties discusses extensive
numerical modeling that resulted in correlations to better predict the primary
coefficient in the Nierode-Kruk acid-fracture-conductivity correlation.
From the area of intelligent wells, Economic Comparison of Intelligent
Wells in Simultaneous Production of Oil and Gas Reserves From Single
Wellbore describes the use of intelligent multilateral wells to produce oil
and gas simultaneously from a thin-oil reservoir using one wellbore. The final
paper in this edition discusses a liquid loading topic. Gas Well Liquid
Loading From the Power Perspective provides information on modeling a
synthetic gas well and the study of the synthetic energy necessary for
production optimization throughout the life of the well.
On behalf of the numerous editors who contribute to SPEPO, I hope you
enjoy the selection of papers presented in this edition of the SPE
Production & Operations journal.