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We endured another year of pandemic that challenged us all in research and scholarship. Despite all the difficulties, Journal of Management in Engineering (JME) had a great year in 2021. I would like to summarize JME’s 2021 progress and achievements and address future developments.Richard R. Torrens AwardI am grateful to announce that I have received the 2021 Richard R. Torrens Award. The Richard R. Torrens Award honors volunteer journal editors who make outstanding contributions to the ASCE publication program. I would like to thank the associate editors and the editorial board members who have been providing excellent input and guidance to JME. Receiving the Richard R. Torrens Award is a testament that entire editorial board members’ collaborative effort and dedication bear fruit. There is still plenty of room for improvement to make JME even better, and the entire editorial board will work together to fill those gaps.New JME Associate EditorsIn 2021, JME added two new associate editors as submissions to JME exceeded 600 manuscripts per year. I am looking forward to working with two new associate editors from South Korea and Hong Kong, who previously served on the JME editorial board. Please welcome the following new associate editors. •Mark Shu-Chien Hsu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University•Youngcheol Kang, Yonsei University, SeoulJME Impact Factor and StatisticsI am pleased to announce that JME’s 2020 Impact Factor compiled by Clarivate Analytics was 6.853 with a 5-year impact factor of 6.212. In terms of area ranking by impact factor, JME was ranked 4 out of 136 (Quartile 1) in civil engineering, and 9 out of 49 (Quartile 1) in industrial engineering in 2020. JME received the highest impact factor among all journals published by ASCE. This is truly excellent news and an excellent achievement. I would like to thank associate editors, editorial board members, ASCE Journals Department staff, as well as scholars and peers in our field who have reviewed, published, and cited JME papers.In 2021, JME received 621 papers and published six issues with 114 papers. The average manuscript length was 13 pages. The ASCE Journals Department reported that the review time, on average, from initial submission to first decision was 22 days and to final decision was 176 days, including a maximum of two revisions. The ratio of quick rejects to full reviews was 50:50.JME Best Paper AwardEach year, JME selects the best paper to recognize and promote outstanding contributions to the body of knowledge in management in engineering. The best paper selection committee (chaired by Nader Naderpajouh in 2021) considered all the papers published from July 2020 to May 2021 and selected one best paper and two honorable mention papers. The Best Paper Award of 2021 went to Cristina Poleacovschi, Amy Javernick-Will, Sheng Wang, and Tony Tong for “Gendered Knowledge Accessibility: Evaluating the Role of Gender in Knowledge Seeking among Engineers in the US” (https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000865). The two honorable mention papers went to Yan Wang, John E. Taylor, and Michael J. Garvin for “Measuring Resilience of Human–Spatial Systems to Disasters: Framework Combining Spatial-Network Analysis and Fisher Information” (https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000782); and Yudi Chen, Qi Wang, and Wenying Ji for “Rapid Assessment of Disaster Impacts on Highways Using Social Media” (https://10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000836). Please congratulate the recipients of Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards.JME Special CollectionsJME uses special collections to raise and expand important and emerging topics that would appeal broad audience in our discipline. Currently, we have five special collections in various stages.Recently Completed•“Diversity and Inclusion in the Engineering-Construction Industry,” edited by Jin Ouk Choi (UNLV), Jennifer Shane (Iowa State), and Ying-Yi Chih (ANU).On-Going•“Leadership and Employee Well-Being in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (A/E/C) Industry,” edited by Clara Cheung (Manchester), Ying-Yi Chih (ANU), Paul Bowen (Cape Town), and Pin-Chao Liao (Tsinghua).•“Impact on Architecture, Engineering, and Construction During and Post-COVID-19,” edited by Islam H. El-adaway (Missouri University of Science and Technology).•“Rethinking the Benefits of Adopting Digital Technologies in the AEC Industry,” edited by Heng Li (Hong Kong Poly), JoonOh Seo (Hong Kong Poly), Xiaowei Luo (City University of Hong Kong), and Islam El-adaway (Missouri University of Science and Technology).Approved•“Modularization and Standardization Strategies in Construction Industry,” edited by Jin Ouk Choi (UNLV), Yong-Cheol Lee (Louisiana State), and Wei Pan (University of Hong Kong).JME is always looking for novel principles, practices, and trends that contribute to the body of knowledge in management in engineering. All proposals for special collections are reviewed by JME associate editors for rapid feedback and approval. Please send me an email if you have ideas or interests in proposing a special collection.JME Social MediaJME utilizes different social media to announce latest publications and relevant news to a wide range of audiences. Please follow one or more social media accounts to receive up-to-date news from JME: JME is also accepting short videos or lay summaries (brief summaries) to introduce and promote your research published in JME to the public. Please contact me if you want to send a short video file (3–5 min) or lay summary.Concluding RemarkOn behalf of the JME editorial board, I would like to thank all the authors, reviewers, and ASCE Journals Department staff who contributed to make JME a premier journal in our field. I hope that you will consider submitting your work to JME to disseminate your latest research. I am looking forward to receiving high-quality manuscripts, constructive feedback, and wholehearted recommendation in 2022. I can be reached by email at [email protected] Thank you.



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