About WOM 2017 Editing

The WOM editorial process is vital to achieve conference success. To continue the tradition of quality, editors work with the publisher to establish a publication and review schedule, evaluate abstracts, select paper referees, and ensure that reviews are conducted in time and properly with all comments addressed. Editors resolve disputes on acceptance or rejection and may transfer papers to another category if necessary.

Prof. Ken Ludema who was formal paper editor since the beginning of the WOM conference series estimated that he spent roughly 1500 hours of his time on WOM 2011 editing. Few people have the energy, time, or dedication for such a Herculean task, and in 2013, as Ken moved on to other activities, he has left that important role to others.

For more than three years, the WOM steering committee debated what form WOM editing should take in the future, as the prospects loomed of Kenís stepping down. Ultimately, it was agreed that to maintain the quality of WOM, the policy of having papers fully reviewed and approved prior to acceptance for the final conference program would be continued. That decision created major time pressures to move papers from the submission phase to approval in order to confirm the final program in advance of the event.

After some arm-twisting, Peter Blau of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA accepted the job of Editorial Chair for WOM 2013. Having served as WOM editor in the past, he realized that a change in the process was needed to distribute the daunting workload. Therefore, he decided to create a team of highly-experienced subject matter experts called Category Field Editors (CFEs). The WOM 2013 test run of this reviewing process was quite successful and, therefore, the board decided to continue for WOM 2015, and now WOM 2017.

Because Peter Blau and Phil Shipway of the University of Nottingham, UK became chief editors for the journal Wear, Alfons Fischer of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany was assigned to serve as editorial chair since 2015. A new team of CFEs has been recruited to manage WOM 2017 reviews for (1) formal papers and (2) case studies and communications:

1Abrasive WearTBD 
2Sliding WearMartin Dienwiebel (Germany)Richard Chromik (Canada)
3BiotribologyMarkus Wimmer (USA) 
4Ceramics and CMCsThomas Scharf (USA) 
5Metals and MMCsSebastian Weber (Germany)  
6Polymers and PMCs, Friction MaterialsHo Jang (South Korea)Peter Filip (USA)
7Coatings and Surface TreatmentsSriram Sundararajan (USA)Tom Scharf (USA)
8Erosion, Cavitation, Impact WearMarcello Papini (Canada) 
9Fretting WearMichael Varenberg (USA) 
10Industrial Problems and SolutionsStefan Huth (Germany) 
11Lubricated Wear, Scuffing, Rolling WearJun Qu (USA)Mitjan Kalin (Slovenia)
12Modeling and SimulationLars Pastewka (Germany)Kenneth Holmberg (Finland)
13TribocorrosionAnna Igual Munoz (Spain)Stefano Mischler (Switzerland)