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Impact Factor for Fire Technology Journal is on the Rise

Dr. Guillermo Rein, Editor-in-Chief of SFPE/NFPAs journal Fire Technology is pleased to report that the 2016 impact factor for the Journal is 1.471 as reported by the Journal Citation Reports® 2017. This is a substantial increase over the last three years as Fire Technology has seen the following impact factor trend:
Impact Factor

The 2017 Edition of the Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) published by Clarivate Analytics provides a combination of impact and influence metrics from 2016 Web of Science source data. The report includes more than 11,000 journals from 81 countries. The most well-known indicator in the JCR is the Journal Impact Factor. This measure provides a ratio of citations to a journal in a given year to the citable items in the prior two years.

Of course, the impact factor is just one measure of the health of a journal. Other metrics of the journal are also in good health, including the number of submissions (230 per year), the average time to 1st decision (52 days), and a reduced time from acceptance to print (3 months).

SFPE Standing Committee on Research, Tools and Methods Participate in IAFSS Workshop

Members of the SFPE Subcommittee for Research & Innovation participated in the IAFSS Pre-Symposium Workshop, Better Linking Fire Safety Science and Fire Safety Engineering: Research Priorities for Fire Safety Engineering, in Lund, Sweden, just prior to the IAFSS 12th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science. The workshop was organized by Brian Meacham, along with Chris Jelenewicz, Ai Sekizawa, and Greg Baker. The aim was to bring fire scientists and engineers together to better understand what research is needed in support of fire safety engineering. Twelve presentations were made that included an update of the draft fire safety engineering research roadmap that is currently being develop by the Subcommittee for Research & Innovation. More than 40 people attended the workshop. The outcomes from the workshop will be worked into the research roadmap.

Update: SFPE Subcommittee for Codes & Standards Liaison NFPA Working Group

The SFPE Subcommittee on Codes and Standards Liaison (SCCSL) has been tasked with developing a strategy to increase the use and reference of SFPE guides and standards in building and fire regulations. The Subcommittee has several working groups. One working group is focusing its efforts on NFPA Standards. Since the working group was established in April 2016, the working group assembled a spreadsheet that identifies all the locations where SFPE documents are referenced in NFPA Codes & Standards. Specifically, SFPE documents are referenced over 450 times. At the same time, the working group is working though the various standards making cycles and are submitting appropriate public inputs. So far over 70 public inputs have been submitted.

SFPE Starting Process to Become an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer

The SFPE Standing Committee on Research, Tools and Methods Sub-Committee for Standards Oversight (SCSO) recently completed a year-long investigation and review into the requirements for an organization to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer (ASD). This investigation focused on the various issues, benefits and costs associated with becoming an ANSI-ASD. Based on this investigation, SFPE believes becoming an ANSI-ASD would fulfill a major strategic initiative and therefore, started the process to become an ANSI-ASD. Having SFPE standards referenced in the building and fire codes is an essential SFPE strategic organizational objective. From SFPEs perspective, since ANSI-ASDs conduct their work in a manner that is open to public scrutiny that provides interested stakeholders with an opportunity to be heard, without dominance by any party, the key benefit of ANSI accreditation is the ability to more readily introduce SFPE standards into more codes and standards.

SFPEs Innovation and Emerging Technology Working Group Works to Monitor Trends in the Profession

The SFPE Innovation and Emerging Technology Working Group (IETWG) was established to monitor innovation and emerging technology trends in the international fire safety and fire protection community, and keep SFPE abreast of such developments in industry, academia, and governmental institutions. The IETWG was created as a working group within the Subcommittee on Research and Innovation (SCRI), which is structured under the SFPE Standing Committee on Research, Tools, and Methods (RTM). The scope of work for the RTM committee is to identify, develop, and oversee SFPE’s technical products and research work, review new innovations, and help to establish the research agenda for the fire safety engineering profession. The working group has identified two primary types of innovations or technologies to monitor. The first is related to new hazards that pose a risk to fire protection or life safety. The second is regarding new products/solutions that are entering the market for use by practitioners. Within the products/solutions category would be information sources for modelling or new engineering techniques. In a future editions of this newsletter, the IETWG will be soliciting your input on specific innovations & technologies that SFPE should monitor. Stay tuned for more details.

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  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 11am Eastern Time (-4:00 GMT)
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