Call For Papers: SRL Focus Section on Regional Seismic Networks in North America

Seismological Research Letters (SRL) announces the Focus Section on Regional Seismic Networks (RSNs) in North America. The 20th anniversary of the U.S. Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) in 2019 is motivation to assess current seismic monitoring in North America and explore future directions. The focus section covers three broad categories: current status of RSNs, future directions, and stakeholders. Topics for articles about the current status include the evolution of ANSS regional monitoring over the past 20 years, region-specific developments and specialization, and the impact of Earthscope and the N4 network on RSNs. Articles about future directions include topics such as earthquake early warning, research needs, continuity of operations and security, strong-motion and real-time GPS, and novel software and hardware developments. Contributions to the third category include articles about issues related to the public and public interactions with RSNs, education and outreach, emergency management and response, and risk mitigation and risk management. Authors are strongly encouraged to coordinate with the guest editors for the focus section and other authors to pool contributions into collaborative, co-authored papers.

Individuals interested in submitting contributions to the Focus Section on Regional Seismic Networks in North America are strongly advised to contact the guest editors to discuss their planned contributions prior to submission.

Guest editors for this focus section are:

John Ebel, Boston College,

Elizabeth Vanacore,
University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez,

Mitch Withers, The University of Memphis,

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 August 2019 (early submissions are encouraged
and will be processed immediately upon submission)
Acceptance Deadline: 1 December 2019
Published Issue: SRL March 2020

Submit manuscripts via SRL Editorial Manager at using the article type “Focus Section – Regional Seismic Networks.” Detailed instructions on how to prepare an SRL
manuscript can be found at

Note that starting in 2019 the recommended length for SRL focus-section articles is up to 6000 words and 10 figures, which is the same as the SRL regular article. Longer papers may be submitted at the discretion of the editor. Articles accepted to the SRL Focus Section on Regional Seismic Networks in North America will be published online ahead of print.

Address questions about scientific issues to the guest editors or SRL Editor-in-Chief Zhigang Peng at Address questions about submissions to SRL Managing Editor Mary George at