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26 Crim. Just. Pol'y Rev. 3 (2015)

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                                                            Criminal Justice Policy Review
                                                                   2015, Vol. 26(l) 3-6
Restorative Justice               and                           2014 SAGE Publications
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                                                          DOI: 10.117710887403414554999

Welcome to another year of Criminal Justice Policy Review (CJPR). We are pleased to
start the year with a double special issue on restorative justice and community correc-
tions, which will be contained in Issues 1 and 2 of Volume 26 of the journal. Before
providing comments on the topic and a summary of the included articles, we would
like to offer an update on the status of CJPR and some current plans.
   During the past 10 years, CJPR has sought

   ... to serve scholars and professionals committed to the study of criminal justice policies
   and programs through both quantitative and qualitative methods... [and] ... to serve as
   a bridge between academics, policy makers, and practitioners in the field of criminal
   justice by publishing sound empirical research that addresses important issues in crime
   and justice and examines the effectiveness of policies and programs. (Myers, 2006, pp.

   We believe that the journal has attained these goals and will continue to do so in the
future. Since 2005, annual manuscript submissions have risen from less than 40 to
nearly 120; our manuscript acceptance rate has declined to 3 1%; published articles are
heavily used and cited; and our pages contain scientifically rigorous research produced
by well-known scholars in our discipline.
   As another sign of the growth and development of CJPR, a few years ago we began
publishing six annual issues, an increase from the previous four. We are pleased to
announce that, beginning with the current Volume 26 of 2015, we will be publishing
eight issues per year. This change is due to both the quantity and quality of manu-
scripts we receive, and it will allow authors to have their work fully published in a
timely manner. This increase in annual issues also is in line with that of several other
highly regarded journals published by SAGE, and we greatly appreciate all of the
assistance and support we receive from SAGE in publishing the journal.
   Finally, I (Myers) would like to thank and recognize a number of individuals who
have contributed greatly to the success of the journal. To begin, when I took over as an
Editor in 2005, one of my first tasks was to put together a 40-member group of promi-
nent scholars to serve on the editorial board. I am happy to say that most of the original
members still are serving on the board, and they have devoted a great deal of time and
effort toward reviewing articles, encouraging article submissions, publishing their
own research in our pages, and generally promoting the journal. I know that the suc-
cess of the journal has been influenced substantially by the editorial board, and I thank
all prior and current board members for their outstanding contributions.

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