Let me welcome you to this first 2019 issue of Water Supply that has just reverted to its original name. May I first of all thank Wolfgang Rauch for his excellent service as Editor-in-Chief of Water Supply over the past four years and for sharing his experience with me. Taking over from Wolfgang – who will carry on as Editor-in-Chief of Water Science & Technology – I am accepting a challenge and I am looking forward to it.
The new/old name is just one of a number of changes that are being made. We will refresh the Aims and Scope of the journal and the purpose of this is to highlight traditional subjects that are becoming increasingly relevant (e.g. drought risk management and water supply of mega-cities) and to add an emphasis on emerging topics such as smart water distribution systems. We would also want to ensure that multi-disciplinary aspects of water supply – water-food-energy nexus, cascading effects between infrastructure systems, water security, etc. – are well covered, whilst preserving the original focus of the journal. Personally I would be very keen to make Water Supply even more international, by attracting contributions about problems in (and authors from) parts of the world that have not been presented much in the journal so far. Changes are also being made in the organisation of the Editorial Board as well as improvements to the Editorial Manager system and subject classification and you will notice those as they get introduced.
In Water Supply we will continue to welcome original papers on all related relevant aspects including scientific contributions as well as those describing innovative applications and case studies. Every journal would wish to improve the quality of its papers and to increase its impact – ideally in that order – and that is what my editorial team will be working on. Our objective is that over the years Water Supply becomes an increasingly appreciated element of every water professional's library.
Musicians enjoy themselves performing at concerts, but they are really doing it for the audience. In the same way, authors are pleased to get their work published and cited, but ultimately journals are there for the readership. I would like to encourage you to engage with Water Supply not only by sending or reviewing manuscripts, but also as readers – by suggesting topics or regions that you would like to see covered, so do get in touch with your ideas how to make this journal more diverse and raise its profile.