16 Crim. Just. & Behavior 3 (1989)

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EDITOR'S PREFACE


  From time to time, I have used this space to express goals for
Criminal Justice and Behavior, or to discuss items that seem
pertinent to our readers. I have heard strong, positive response to
these notes, so I shall continue them, and focus this one on four
topics.
  First, the press to publish that some authors feel must be
enormous. With reviewers' help, I have tracked down two
submissions for publication that had been published elsewhere,
with but a few cosmetic changes. These were good articles when
first published, but publishing them again serves no purpose,
wastes valuable journal space, and supports unethical conduct in
that readers may interpret a second or third article as three
separate studies with separate samples. The Journal of Consulting
and Clinical Psychology was a victim of this type of chicanery a
half decade ago when an author kept publishing data with
increasing N, leading readers (and apparently the editor) to
believe there were new samples. Instead the samples were
aggregated in each new article. The reviewers and your editor are
alert to maintain the highest standards but there is no substitute
for author integrity despite the press to publish.
  Second, journals such as Criminal Justice and Behavior are
archival. Yet the term journal means daily. We strive to capture
contemporary trends, such as the growing litigiousness of our
clients, yet as a repository of knowledge, we intend to publish
those articles that are potential classics, that articulate issues so
that scholars need to consult these articles when doing thorough
literature reviews. This point, timeliness and time worthiness, is
related to the third topic.
  Journal publishing is an activity calling for great delays in
gratification. Our March issue reaches the reader closer to April,
and has been sent in by October 1. The review process itself takes
several months. The data were gathered, analyzed, interpreted,
and then put in manuscript form over the course of many months.
Then, in virtually all cases, the authors were obliged to respond to
our able reviewers' comments to improve the manuscript further.
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