Editorial Review Structure

The Editorial Review structure is composed of the Editor-in-Chief and seven Executive Editors who work with a number of Associate Editors to oversee the review process for submitted manuscripts. Associate Editors select a various number of technical reviewers from a pool of more than 3,500 individuals from around the world to provide a detailed review of each manuscript. Technical reviewers come from different professional backgrounds and from all levels of industry and academia.

When a paper is submitted for peer review, it is assigned to technical reviewers based on their appropriate technical expertise and past performance as a reviewer. Reviewers are expected to complete reviews in a timely manner with constructive feedback to the author(s). Comprehensive, timely and informative reviews are very important to SPE’s peer-review process. Each review is scored by the Associate Editor to help identify excellent reviewers in the system.

Reviewers are required to have the following qualifications:

  • Three years of industry or academic experience.
  • At least three published papers in high quality journals.
  • Broad understanding of current technologies in a specific discipline.
  • Time and commitment to support the process (approximately 4–6 hours to perform a review).
  • Technical reviewers are not required to be SPE members.

Become a Technical Reviewer

We seek experienced individuals from industry or academia who are willing to carefully read several papers per year to provide timely (within 14 days) and high-quality reviews. All persons associated with the editorial review process are also expected to have a broad general knowledge of the field of petroleum engineering and significant expertise in the area of their specified review.

Application Processing Time

New applications are processed quarterly. The application process requires volunteers to upload their resume/CV and current publication listing when completing the application. These applications are collected during a 3-month period and we allow 2 months for our committee to review the applications. The entire process will take between 3 and 6 months, depending on when the application is received. Approved applicants will be notified one month before their term begins.

SPE Peer-Reviewed Publications Awards

Every year, SPE recognizes volunteers who made an exceptional effort to ensure the technical excellence of its peer-reviewed journals. For their contributions, these individuals are awarded the SPE Outstanding Technical Reviewer Award and the SPE Outstanding Associate Editor Award annually in October.