27 Crim. Just. & Behavior 3 (2000)

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EDITORIAL 2000




W ith this issue,   Criminal Justice and Behavior will begin pub-
       lishing six issues per year rather than its traditional four. The
decision to move from  being a quarterly to a bimonthly publication
stems from  several factors. First, the number of manuscripts that we
receive each year has been steadily increasing to the point where we
were rejecting nearly 94% of the manuscripts submitted. Rejections
are rarely an easy task for editors and certainly not something that
authors like to receive for their efforts. Second, the publication lag for
accepted  manuscripts was moving   beyond  the critical point of 18
months. Publication lag is an insidious disease that every thoughtful
journal tries to avoid because it discourages future authors from sub-
mitting timely manuscripts to the journal and requires an uncomfort-
able balancing act from the editor. Third, the acceptance of some of
the many  quality manuscripts that we received left us little room for
special issues or thematic topics in future publications. Issues devoted
exclusively to a relevant and timely topic in forensic psychology are
an extremely  important mission  of the journal, and I shall try to
develop  two special issues annually. In fact, we plan to devote the
upcoming  June issue exclusively to the newly revised AACP Practice
Standards  put together by Chairman  Dick Althouse  and the other
members   of the Practice Standards Committee.
   One  of the things that I have been most concerned about is the
excessive delay in the editorial decision-making on the status of sub-
mitted manuscripts. During the past 2 years, the flow of manuscripts
have become  overwhelming  for the editorial staff and myself, causing
editorial decisions on some articles to be inordinately delayed. I fear
that these delays may have prompted  some  authors to pause before
submitting their future work to our journal. Consequently, I have
sought and received increased funding from Sage and the AACP, ena-
bling me to bring on board additional editorial staff to help streamline
the review process and afford more timely contact with the authors. I

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 27 No. 1, February 2000 3-5
Q 2000 American Association for Correctional Psychology
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