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6 Crime Media Culture 5 (2010)

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Editorial note

CHRIS GREER, City University, London, UK
MARK HAMM, Indiana State University, USA

As we move into Volume 6 of Crime, Media, Culture, the journal's evolution continues
at pace. In November 2009 it was announced that CMC has been accepted into the
Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), which ranks social science
journals within their discipline areas in terms of, among other things, citations, impact,
and influence. Since only around ten per cent of the 2000 journals put forward each
year are accepted, and whatever one may feel about the metric assessment of 'quality'
and the subsequent ranking of journals and the submissions they publish on that basis,
CMC's inclusion in the SSCI at such a young age is a coup. The first Impact Factor will
be based on citations from Volume 4 Issue 1 to Volume 6 Issue 3. It is a ringing endorse-
ment of the hard work put in by all those involved with CMC. It is also clear acknow-
ledgment that work at the intersections of crime, media and culture is at the cutting
edge of contemporary social sciences research. What we would stress here is that CMC
has been accepted into the Thomson Reuters SSCI on its own terms. Our priority has
always been to promote high quality interdisciplinary scholarship and visual arts, and
to break down the often rigid and increasingly disciplinised boundaries of mainstream
criminology, media and communication studies, and cultural studies. That CMC has
received this official acknowledgement is particularly welcome, since our priorities
remains unchanged.
   Our editorial structure, however, has changed considerably. After five volumes of
CMC, co-founding Editor Jeff Ferrell is reducing his editorial commitments to make way
for new challenges. Jeff was instrumental in creating the journal and a driving force
behind its transition from image to reality. He has remained central to the journal's
development, and to its success, and we would struggle to imagine what CMC would
be like without his involvement. Fortunately, we don't need to, and Jeff is now joined
by eight others on a revised Associate Editors Board. The full board membership can be
found on the inside cover, and we would like to welcome all new members, alongside
our longer standing ones, in this issue. We would also like to thank all those who so
graciously stepped aside after several years of service to make room for new faces. We
are delighted that our new Associate Editorial Board includes; Nachman Ben Yehuda

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