JOURNAL OF THE BALKAN GEOPHYSICAL SOCIETY,
Vol. 1, No 1, February 1998, p. 2.
Editorial address: A Balkanian Journal
Gregory N. Tsokas
Geophysical Laboratory, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
Panepistimioupolis,54006 Thessaloniki Greece.
The Balkan Geophysical Society was born as
a will of all Geophysical Societies of the Balkan Nations during
the Florina (Greece) conference of 1993. The need for a scientific
journal published by the Society was expressed unanimously. This
journal would host primarily, contributions on the advancements
of Geophysics achieved by Balkan Scientists, thus creating a means
of communication between them. This idea has now taken form with
production of the present volume.
Geophysics has a high-ranking status in
the Balkan Nations and contributions of Balkan Scientists frequently
feature in worldwide-distributed journals along with participation
in international events. The Society aims to strengthen the links
between those who lead the research and work in the industry of
the Balkan Nations. Journal of the Balkan Geophysical Society is
an outcome of the collaboration between member Societies and they
comprise the Editorial Board of the Journal.
The Associate Editors currently form a
body of six people who are well known active leaders in Geophysics
in the Balkans and it is their view that the Journal should retain
a high International status. The publications will comprise priority
papers on Exploration Geophysics, Seismology and Physics of the
Earth's interior concerning the Balkan Peninsula and its surrounding
area. The complicated tectonic setting, the high seismicity and
the rich mineral resources of the area go together to form a first
class natural geophysical laboratory. This is the background to
which the Journal is set, thus making it potentially favored by
International researchers who are attracted to the area.
The Editorial Board strongly believes that
the Journal is a matter for all Balkan Geophysicists and in this
respect it should be advertised by members of the Society at their
place of work. The Board should expect moral and material support
from member Societies, the affiliated members and individual geophysicist.
The scientific status will rely on contributions from all sections
of the Balkan Geophysical community.
The Board is open to any suggestions concerning
the content and style of the Journal and a working group, whose
core is the Board, aims to summarize all the suggestions and the
experience of the Journal's first year. These findings will be presented
to the conference of the Society, which will be held in 1999 at
Istanbul at which time the final form
of the Journal will be decided. Contributions and ideas from member
Societies are also welcomed along with those who wish to take part
in the working group.
Dear colleagues, I invite you to share
the excitement of a new Journal, created in the Balkans, and urge
you to participate.