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
Leszek Chybowski, DSc PhD CRP
It is my great pleasure to present to you the 49th issue of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin. This issue contains the most current research findings from the fields of marine engineering, sea navigation and transport engineering. We have also included papers discussing the issue of mining safety, the use of new communication techniques as well as data mining models to predict ocean wave energy flux in the absence of wave recordings.
The Marine Technology and Innovation section features articles on marine hydromechanics, dual-fuel engines, and selected aspects of vessel automation.
The Transportation Engineering section contains articles on inland transportation, and experimental verification of the concept of using controlled pyrotechnic reactions as a source of energy as a part of the transport system from the seabed.
Leszek Chybowski, DSc PhD CRP
We are pleased to inform you that our quarterly has been indexed in the Global Impact Factor (GIF) database. Specialists from GIF evaluated our magazine by means of the Global Impact and Quality Factor, whose values for the last four years were: 2012 – 0.415; 2013 – 0.528; 2014 – 0.780; 2015 – 0.854. The factor shows an upward trend in terms of the publishing quality – in the last two years of our activity its value has grown by 61,7%.
It is our great pleasure to present the 47th issue of the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin. This edition features the latest findings and research in the area of transport engineering, maritime navigation and marine engineering.
Articles in the Marine Technology and Innovation section include studies on the influence of marine power plant damage on the environment, fire safety, diagnostics of technical structures, using simulations to analyse the functioning of ship boilers as well as numerical analyses of the hydrodynamic characteristics of ducted propellers.
The Navigation and Maritime Transport section includes articles addressing the use of satellite navigation systems, dynamic optimisation of safe ship trajectory, state-of-the-art techniques and tools for processing navigation data as well as navigation in emission control area zones.
The section entitled Transportation Engineering includes studies addressing inland transport, benefits of using liquefied natural gas fuel in the urban transport, concepts on the protection of the internal market in road transport in European Union countries.
I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that the Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin has been listed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) in the Web of Science™ Core Collection, which was launched in 2015. This demonstrates that our activity in the arena of scientific publishing have been recognised by Thomson Reuters specialists. This is a great honour and an important mark of quality reflecting the efforts we have made to upgrade our quarterly journal. I wish to express my gratitude to the university authorities for their support as well as appreciation for the engagement of my colleagues, members of the scientific board and reviewers.
We strongly encourage authors to submit their articles and readers to provide feedback. In order to access the online version of this issue along with archived editions please visit our website http://scientific-journals. eu/.
Leszek Chybowski, DSc PhD CRP
I am pleased to inform that our quarterly has been indexed in a new database lunched in the year 2015 Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) in the Web of Science™ Core Collection of Thomson Reuters. We want to thank very much for this award and recognition of our commitment to continuous quality improvement of our quarterly.
We are confident that our presence in the ESCI will increase the international visibility and readership of the journal.
Leszek Chybowski DSc, PhD
We hereby inform, that the quarterly Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Morskiej w Szczecinie, Scientific Journals of the Maritime University of Szczecin following Decision No. 790/P-DUN /2016 of 17 June 2016 received funding for the years from 2016 to 2017 from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland for the activities of promoting science.
The project includes the following tasks:
- Digitalization of 72 volumes of the Scientific Journals published between 1973-2003 and their distribution on the Open Access basis (task type: digitalization of publications and scientific monographs to provide and maintain access to them through the Internet).
- Translations and proofreading by a native speaker (task type: creating the English version of publications);
- Publications of foreign, distinguished scientists and their participation in the scientific board (task type: participation of foreign, distinguished scientists in the scientific board of the journal);
- Development of web-based editorial module for exchange of articles in the editor – author – reviewer system (task type: participation of foreign, distinguished scientists in the scientific board of the journal).
The tasks will be carried out in the period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.