As editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA), Andrew J. Michael transformed the journal through innovative refinements in the submission and publication process and by modernizing its operations so that it will continue in the digital age as the premier seismology journal of record. For his service to the Seismological Society of America (SSA), Michael, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), was honored with the Distinguished Service to SSA Award at an April 17 ceremony in San Diego.
Michael was at the helm of BSSA at a critical time. He modernized the Bulletin’s operations by leading the implementation of an online submission and peer review system that allowed the growth in the number of submissions each year. He led the move to make the online edition the journal of record, permitting the publication of color figures online with grayscale figures in print, and developed tutorials for authors, making the editorial process user-friendly and efficient.