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  • July 31, 2020
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ISA Transactions earns high scores for citations impact


ISA’s monthly scientific journal, ISA Transactions, has earned a 2019 CiteScore of 8.0. The CiteScore was calculated by Scopus on 6 May 2020 and made available by, both divisions of Elsevier, a global information analytics company specializing in science and health.

ISA Transactions covers state-of-the-art developments in the science and engineering of measurement and automation. Its intended audience is research and development personnel from academe and industry in the fields of control systems, process instrumentation, systems, and automation.

ISA Transactions  “seeks to bridge the theory and practice gap. This balance of interests requires simplicity of technique, credible demonstration, fundamental grounding, and connectivity to the state of the art in both theory and practice,” said ISA Transactions editor in chief A.B. (Ahmad) Rad, who is with Simon Fraser University School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering in British Columbia, Canada. He has headed ISA Transactions for the past nine years. “ISA Transactions has significantly evolved in the last decade and is now among the top international scientific journals,” Rad said.

Peer reviewed, peer cited

First published in 1962, ISA Transactions is the flagship academic journal of ISA. It is currently published by Elsevier 12 times per year. In 2019, the journal received 2,450 submissions from all over the world and published 330 papers. is a platform for peer-reviewed literature used by 25 million researchers a month, published by Elsevier. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. Elsevier launched CiteScore in 2016 to provide a comprehensive metric to rate and rank scientific journals.

Source: International Society of Automation Annual Report 2019

Scopus metrics track the number of citations that peer-reviewed journal articles receive each year, then creates a CiteScore rating so journals can be compared to others in the same topical category. CiteScore measures the average citations received per document published in a particular issue. CiteScore values are based on citation counts in a given year (e.g., 2018) to documents published in three previous calendar years (e.g., 2015–17), divided by the number of documents in these three previous years (e.g., 2015–17).

Contributing to its overall CiteScore, ISA Transactions ranked 12th out of 510 (97th percentile) on the topic of applied mathematics and sixth out of 129 (95th percentile) on the topic of instrumentation. ISA Transactions also earned an impact factor of 4.343. The impact factor measures the average number of citations received in a particular year by papers published in the journal during the two preceding years.

The journal is one of 15 that Scopus has grouped into the signal processing and control category. Automatica (CiteScore: 2.4) and Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (10.6) were the top journals in the category, while Flow Measurement and Instrumentation (3.4) and European Journal of Control (3.3) were at the bottom.

A sample of recent topics cited include:

  • “A novel deep learning based fault diagnosis approach for chemical process with extended deep belief network” (Wang, Pan, Yuan, Yang, and Gui, 2020)
  • “An experimental setup of multi-intelligent control system (MICS) of water management using the Internet of Things (IoT)” (Hadipour, Derakhshandeh, and Shiran, 2020)
  • “Performance estimation of three-phase induction motors from no-load startup test without speed acquisition” (Pereira, Perin, Pereira, Ruthes, Mattos de Sousa, and Peres de Oliveira, 2020)

Visit for more information about ISA Transactions’ 2019 scores.

CSIC virtual conference showcases ISA industrial cybersecurity expertise, collaboration

With pandemic concerns disrupting business travel and face-to-face interactions, ISA staff have been working overtime to develop new ways to further the association’s mission to advance technical competence by connecting the automation community. The result: the successful debut of the Cybersecurity Standards Implementation Conference (CSIC) in a virtual (digital only) format.

The Virtual CSIC, held on 16 July 2020 for six hours, gathered expert speakers and attendees in a virtual meeting space complete with an auditorium for presentations; chat rooms for questions, answers, and peer-to-peer networking; and a “show floor” with “booths” to visit for solutions, education, and technical information. The focus of all was industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity awareness, solutions, and action plans related to the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards.

Through the virtual show floor, ISA showcased its unique role in furthering global education and collaboration around the topic of industrial cybersecurity. ISA’s Global Cybersecurity Alliance ( had a booth filled with resources and information about advancing cybersecurity readiness and awareness in manufacturing and critical-infrastructure facilities and processes.

Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute ( The Automation Federation (, an association of nonprofit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation” (of which ISA is a founding sponsor), also had a booth. ISA-owned was also in a booth, showcasing its news website, emailed newsletters, digital magazines, and other publications filled with automation-related content. publishes InTech magazine in print and digital formats for ISA.

The next conference on cybersecurity topics is CSIC+ on 25 August 2020 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT. Find out more at

Megatrends: Forces impacting automation professionals

Discussing ISA’s 75th anniversary year activities recently, ISA president Eric Cosman said, “Our plan is to [use the anniversary to] raise awareness of the profession. We will be highlighting major technical advances in automation throughout our first 75 years and looking to how automation will impact our lives in the future.”

To fulfill that goal, ISA is kicking off a new megatrends initiative—an ongoing look at the forces affecting automation professionals around the world. Megatrends coverage will appear prominently in the anniversary issue of InTech magazine, due out in October, and will continue into 2021. Megatrends articles and insights are also accessible online at

The initiative seeks to provide insight and spark discussion around the trends shaping the future of automation. It will present articles, reports, and other resources on trends in four broad categories. These megatrends are:

  • Workforce of the future: Our work is changing, and our skills must evolve.
  • Environmental safety and security evolutions: Engineering design and operations processes will shift, reflecting societal pressures and business drivers.
  • Manufacturing technology transformation: New tools will enable rapid and consistent connection, collaboration, and technology development.
  • Standards under pressure: Global operations require global standards, but resistance and power struggles could be barriers to success.

ISA is also gathering your thoughts and ideas on how trends within each of these categories will impact your industry and your professional life in the coming years. The website has a link to a survey, and results will be published in a future report.

Join conversations about these topics on ISA’s social channels or in its upcoming online community, ISA Connect, launching later this year.


New CAPs and CCSTs

Below is a list of individuals who have recently passed either ISA’s Certified Automation Professional (CAP) exam, or one of the three levels of Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) exam. For more about either program, visit

Certified Control System Technicians

Name Company Location
Level 1    
Autumn Hansen None U.S.
Brandon Hiler None U.S.
Eric Lara None U.S.
Jorge Vega None U.S.
Jeffrey Hubbard Eagle Eye Electric U.S.
Brian Oravsky None U.S.
Nicolas Van Kooten None U.S.
Justin Nava None U.S.
Jaren Bowers None U.S.
Jordan Houston Akorn U.S.
Jacob Norton None Canada
Jason Vormbaum City of San Luis Obispo U.S.
David Faust None U.S.
Mark Seliga None U.S.
Adrien Sanchez None U.S.
Roberto Ramirez None U.S.
Husam Khaleel None Saudi Arabia
Kolter Knapp TM Process & Controls U.S.
Justin Torok Aaron Associates U.S.
Level 2        
Jack Johnson None U.S.
Justin Critchlow Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. U.S.
Christopher Fitka Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. U.S.
Juston Freeman None U.S.
Robert Jeffries None U.S.
Nathan Morris Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. U.S.
David Moravek None U.S.
Manuel Hernandez None U.S.
Gliserio Chavez None U.S.
Reagan Vatzlavick None U.S.
Level 3     
Rasel Ahmed None U.S.
Herman Wuebkers None U.S.

Certified Automation Professionals
Name Company Location
Lamidi Kolawole KHS Machines Nigeria
Trinh Van Huan Petro Vietnam Gas Corporation Vietnam
Srinivas Gunasekaran Black Cat Consulting & Engineering WLL Qatar
Victor Taveras ACS  U.S.
Muhammad Inayat None Saudi Arabia
Patrick Kneisley HRSD U.S.
Giang Vuong None  Vietnam
Armaghan Yusuf  None Canada
Jim Delillo None U.S.
James Wilbourn None U.S.

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