The ISI Journal Micropaleontology is the oldest and most highly respected journal in its subject area - it has been published continuously for the past 63 years. Originally established at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the journal moved to City College of New York in 2001. The journal has a long and distinguished record of publishing articles on the micropaleontology of the Middle East – it published the classic studies on the microfossils of Saudi Arabia carried out by Saudi Aramco Micropaleontologists in the 1960's.
For the past eight years the editorial office of the journal has been located at the US Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. On October 9, 2017 the current Editor of Micropaleontology stepped down from his post, having served two four-year terms in the position. The post of Editor-in-Chief has now been transferred to Prof. Mike Kaminski in KFUPM's Geosciences Department. Prof. Kaminski has been a member of the editorial board of Micropaleontology since 1992, and a member of its Board of Directors since 2014. He has published numerous articles in the journal – his first paper published in the journal appeared in 1986. His most recent study (with KFUPM MSc student Pramudya Perdana) describing new species of Foraminifera from the Silurian Qusaiba Shale will appear in the next issue.
According to Prof. Kaminski: "The journal has been receiving increasing numbers of articles from the Middle East in the past few years – and our KFUPM Micropaleontology group has published a number of studies in the journal. Now that the Editorial Office of the journal is based at KFUPM, I would expect that "Micropaleontology" will become the journal of choice for Micropaleontologists based in the Middle East". In the words of Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Kaabi, Dean of the College of Petroleum & Geosciences "This is clear recognition of the quality of research being conducted at KFUPM and led by Prof. Kaminski".
Beginning with the next issue the good name of KFUPM will appear on the inside front-cover of the journal.