34 Crim. Just. & Behavior 5 (2007)

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EDITORIAL



T   his issue launches the monthly publication of CJB, an odyssey that -to this editor-is
    both daunting and exciting. The increased production schedule and the new format will
enable us to expand not only the topics but also the types of articles we publish. Therefore,
in addition to the empirical research on psychological issues related to criminal justice that
has been the hallmark of the journal, we encourage submission of literature reviews, book
review essays, and essays or commentaries. Upcoming  issues, for example, will include a
review of the research on rape avoidance and a commentary  on the sequestering of gang
members  in state and federal prisons. A number of special issues edited by prominent schol-
ars are also in process. For example, forthcoming issues will focus on psychopathy and
change with adults and juveniles, methodological and statistical issues in correctional psy-
chology, and developing a research agenda in correctional psychology.
   The monthly publication of CJB also will ease our publication lag, which has sometimes
hovered  around unacceptable  levels. When a  manuscript has been  accepted, everyone
involved wishes it could appear in print sooner than it actually does. I am reminded of the
saying, When  do I want it done? Yesterday! Authors, reviewers, and CJB staff all dislike
it when a good article cannot be published-the old-fashioned way-immediately. Although
our new schedule will not change this situation overnight, it will begin the process by which
we can reduce the lag time between submission of articles and their appearance in the journal.
   This is a good opportunity for me to make a few comments about the submission process.
We  are considering a new system of receiving, acknowledging, and processing submissions
and revisions that would streamline those operations and enable authors to check the status
of their manuscripts online at any time. Until further notice, however, authors should con-
tinue to submit manuscripts, preferably electronically, to CJBehavior@aol.com or by ground
mail to me at 216 Rector Road, Glenville, NY 12302. Please submit in Microsoft Word for-
mat. Finally, please be sure to submit manuscripts in the format recommended   by the
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). This is particularly
important with respect to the abstract and the listing and citing of references. Beginning in
2007, manuscripts that fail significantly to follow those guidelines are being returned to
authors even prior to early screening.
   I have been involved with CJB since 1986, first as book review editor and beginning in
1996, as editor. The latter task has been both demanding and extraordinarily satisfying.
Although  deadlines always loom and the in basket is never empty, the editor's perch has
enabled me to have access to cutting-edge research and to young, young-ish, and seasoned
scholars who  are almost invariably humble and gracious. Manuscript submissions arrive
from across the globe and from different disciplines.
   This journal would not survive without the strong support of the American Association
for Correctional and Forensic Psychologists (AACFP),   Sage Publications, the editorial
board, and our peer reviewers. The AACFP, chiefly represented by its executive officer and
past president, John Gannon, played an extremely important role in getting CJB ready for
its monthly venture. For his energy, friendship, and negotiation skills, I am most grateful.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 34, No. 1, January 2007 5-6
DOI: 10.1177/0093854806296537
 2007 American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology


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