Triple Point

Diversity among Editorial Boards of Elements and other selected Geochemistry, Cosmochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology journals

By , , , , , , , and | June, 2021

The publication of scientific work is foundational to our disciplines. To ensure equitable publication standards during the global flow of knowledge production, professional societies and publishers must take positive steps to avoid biases that might hinder the publication of scientific work (see Liévano-Latorre et al. 2020). Biases among editors and reviewers can be unconscious and be influenced by different aspects of an author’s identity: country of origin, first language, affiliation, gender identity, ethnicity, and/or other factors. These biases could result in challenges to publication rates and visibility in key journal forums for under-represented groups (Lerback et al. 2020). Ensuring that there is diversity in the peer review and publishing process, and on editorial boards, may help to eliminate bias.

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Sailing the Sea of Open Access: Celestial Navigation or Dead Reckoning?

By and | October, 2020

The notion of open access (OA) began to gain traction in the mid–late 1990s (Laakso et al. 2011). The Bethesda Statement (2003) followed a year later with the definition of ‘open access’ as: “free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit, and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship.”

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All Hands on Deck

By , and | August, 2020

The geosciences have existed as a set of interrelated disciplines for centuries and have changed in some significant ways over the generations. But they have not changed as much as they need to in order to advance science in creative ways that will most benefit humanity. At this moment, as the world is gripped by a pandemic and there are worldwide protests against racial injustice, it is particularly important to recognize the power of diverse perspectives and ideas and to take real and effective action to increase diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the Earth sciences. The world needs highly skilled Earth scientists – including those with expertise in mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry: this is an “all hands on deck” moment.

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Archived Triple Point (PDF)


2015 Issues -- Volume 11

April 2015

P. L. King, A. Edwards, and N. J. Abram

"Recognizing Biases That Affect Women Geoscientists in the Workplace"


2014 Issues -- Volume 10

October 2014

Kevin Murphy

"Of Politics, Science and Learned Societies"

2013 Issues -- Volume 9

June 2013

Art Montana

"Color Blind"

2012 Issues -- Volume 8

February 2012

Paul Schroeder

"Bold New Graphics and Mineralogy"

April 2012

Sarah Penniston-Dorland

"Patching the Leaky Faculty Pipeline"

June 2012

Allison Macfarlane

"Fukushima Lessons: Disconnect between Geology and Nuclear Engineering"

August 2012

Robert Bodnar and Bruce Yardley

"Selling our Science (But Not at All Costs)"

October 2012

Peter Heaney

"A Sabbatical Project"

2011 Issues -- Volume 7

February 2011

Bruce Yardley, Bastian Joachim, and Steeve Bonneville

"Planning Your Career -- A Work in Progress"

April 2011

Rodney Ewing

"Beyond Triage at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station"

June 2011

Bruce Yardley

"Whose Paper is it Anyway?"

October 2011

Bruce Yardley

"When Accessories are Essentials"

December 2011

Chen Zhu

"The Globalization of Chinese Science: A Threat or an Opportunity?"

2010 Issues -- Volume 6

February 2010

Bruce Yardley

"Do We Need More Applications of Geochemistry?"

April 2010

Marty Goldhaber

"Fostering Integrated Science"

June 2010

Bruce Yardley

"Is This Profound and Significant?"

August 2010

Clive Oppenheimer

"We Told You So! Reflections on the ‘Ashpocalypse’"

December 2010

Marty Goldhaber

"It's Not Just About Climate Change -- What About Soils?"

2009 Issues -- Volume 5

February 2009

Rod Ewing

"Lost in Translation"

April 2009

Sam Mukasa

"Underrepresentation of Women and Minority Awardees in Geoscience Societies"

June 2009

Mickey Gunter

"Asbestos Sans Mineralogy"

August 2009

Rod Ewing

"Is Geochemistry Important?"

October 2009

Gregory Meeker

"Asbestos Sans Mineralogy? A View From A Different Hilltop"

with Mickey Gunter's response

December 2009

Rod Ewing

"Elements' Fifth Anniversary"

2008 Issues -- Volume 4

February 2008

Rod Ewing

"The Future of Elements?"

April 2008

Rodney Ewing

"Will Next Year Be Better?"

June 2008

Roger A. Pielke Jr.

"Scientists and the Next President of the United States"

August 2008

Rodney C. Ewing

"Museums are not Attics"

October 2008

Timothy L. Killeen and Teofilo Abrajano

"Understanding the Triple Point"

December 2008

Rod Ewing

"Et Alii?

2007 Issues -- Volume 3

February 2007

Peter J. Heaney

"Mineralogy and The Composition of an American Science"

April 2007

Peter J. Heaney

"Caught in the Web of Virtual Education"

June 2007

Don L. Anderson

"Looking Glass Worlds"

August 2007

Peter J. Heaney

"What's Your h-Index?"

October 2007

Peter J. Heaney

"The Extinction of Geology"

2006 Issues -- Volume 2

February 2006

Margaret S. Leinen

"Future Directions in Geochemistry and Mineralogy: A View from the National Science Foundation"

April 2006

Peter J. Heaney

"Reflections on Bragg's Law"

June 2006

Sorena Sorensen

"Congratulations from the Common Reader"

August 2006

Dan Kile

"Polarized Light Microscopy in Geoscience Education: Relevant or Obsolete?"

October 2006

Peter J. Heaney

"Grace Under Pressure: A Challenge to the Modern Reviewer"

December 2006

Peter J. Heaney

"Sorry, Levi, But Thanks for the Memories: An Elegy for a Historic Mineral Collection"

2005 Issues -- Volume 1

January 2005

Peter Heaney

"Triple Point"

March 2005

Peter J. Heaney

"Science Societies and the Democratic Process"

June 2005

Peter J. Heaney

"Voices from our Past"

September 2005

Peter J. Heaney

"Searching for Diversity"

December 2005

Scott A. Wood and Mickey E. Gunter

"Making of Meeting of Minds: Reflections on the Organization of the 2005 Goldschmidt Conference