Editorial preface to issue 51(123)/2017

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ISSN 1733-8670 (Printed)

ISSN 2392-0378 (Online)

DOI PREFIX 10.17402

Dear Readers,

It is my great pleasure to introduce the latest issue of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University in Szczecin number 51 (122). Taking advantage of this opportunity, I would like to share with you some news about the journal. Scientific Journals of the Maritime University in Szczecin have set sail to wide international waters thanks to the Web of Science Core Collection – a database in which they have been indexed since July this year.

Until 2014, articles published on the pages of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University in Szczecin (SJ) were indexed in bibliometric databases such as BazTech, EBSCO, Google Scholar and Index Copernicus. In recent months, the journal has been registered in new bases, which resulted from the inclusion of SJ in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) last October. This database is a part of the prestigious Web of Science platform.

The Web of Science platform, which now includes SJ, counts the citations of particular articles; it directly affects the bibliometric rating of other articles indexed previously in the database and quotability of individual scientists. Therefore, it is a huge opportunity for our authors to showcase the results of their research on an international forum and improve the quantitative indicators of scientific activity. For our journal, it is the opportunity to increase the number of citations and, consequently, move forward to implement the SJ quarterly to the Journal Citations Reports, JCR® .

In the current issue, we publish the results of the latest research from the fields of marine engineering, sea navigation and transport engineering. The introductory article entitled “Application of Root Conflict Analysis (RCA+) to Formulate Inventive Problems in Maritime Industry” has been prepared by TRIZ MASTER Valeri Souchkov – Vice President of the International TRIZ Association (MATRIZ), Founding Member and Information Manager of ETRIA (the European TRIZ Association) Executive Board, head of ICG Training & Consulting (Enschede, the Netherlands), lecturer of University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) and lecturer of TIAS Business School (Tilburg, the Netherlands). The paper focuses on the use of his original RCA+ method in the cause-and-effect analysis of the Estonia ferry catastrophe. The publication was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland from funds for activities popularising science: grant No. 790/P-DUN/2016. I hope that this material will prove to be fascinating to all readers interested in safety issues during marine transportation and using creative methods.

In the Marine Technology and Innovation section, we publish articles on the economic justification of the new approach to video-based smoke detection onboard ships as well as the use of heuristic and numerical methods in designing hulls of sea vessels.

The section devoted to navigation describes a method for ship’s safe trajectory determination and discusses selected legal aspects of investigating marine accidents in Poland.

The section entitled Transportation Engineering includes articles that relate to coastal transport, hinterland transport in service of the Ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście, economic aspects of exploiting ship systems and determining the floodable length of a bulk carrier.

In addition, this issue includes the Miscellaneous section, featuring papers on the design and modelling of exoskeleton torque sensor, diagnostic modelling, computer simulations in offshore mining, and a study of the effectiveness of the team of specialists and the occurrence of team roles according to Belbin’s theory.

To access the electronic version of the current issue and archival journals reaching back to the first publication in 1973, please visit our website: http://scientific-journals.eu/. The digitisation and access to archival issues was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland from the previously mentioned funds for activities popularising science.

We cordially invite authors to submit articles and readers to provide us with comments, which will help us improve the quality of the journal.

                                                                                                                          Leszek Chybowski, DSc PhD CRP
                                                                                                                          Szczecin, 15.09.2017