40 Crim. Just. & Behavior 3 (2013)

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EDITOR'S NOTE


lam   thrilled to be elected as the new editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior and want
  to  thank the members   of the executive board  of the International Association for
Correctional and Forensic Psychology  for their enthusiastic support. It will be a tremen-
dous  task for me to fill the role of the editors who came before me, especially Curt R.
Bartol, whose tenure with the journal was nearly 17 years. Dr. Bartol worked diligently to
ensure that manuscripts of only the highest rigor were published. His decisions greatly
enhanced  the reputation and impact of the journal; CJB is now widely regarded as the most
well-respected criminal justice outlet for scholarship related to correctional and forensic
psychology.
   It is an honor to be entrusted with continuing the legacy built by my predecessors, and
I will work my hardest to do so. I want to thank Curt Bartol and his assistants, Gina Cook,
Dinamarie  Allen, Jeffrey Sandler, and Anne Bartol, for creating a smooth transition. I also
sincerely thank Brent Snook, the outgoing book  review editor, for his dedication to the
journal, which is reflected in his generosity to assist whenever necessary.
   I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve the various stakeholders of the journal.
These  include the authors who  continuously view  CJB  as a top tier journal for their
research, the reviewers who spend  significant amounts of time providing articulate and
informative comments,   and an audience  who  expects to learn innovative strategies to
increase public safety and improve the lives of victims and offenders alike.
   Because CJB  is among the top journals in criminology and criminal justice, my primary
goal is to continue the path of success that has been built thus far. I am pursuing a similar
diversity of articles that address the intersection between psychology and criminal justice
and that contribute to more effective public policies for reducing crime. Furthermore, CJB
is a highly attractive venue for many authors due to its timely and impartial review proce-
dure. I will continue to maintain a fair and expedited review process, providing substantive
feedback on all manuscripts, even on those that need to be submitted elsewhere for publica-
tion. Sustaining the strong aspects of the journal that have already been established is a
priority.
   Additionally, I am interested in enhancing certain areas of the journal, particularly the
editorial board. I would like to increase its diversity by including more women   and
minority scholars, as well as expand board membership   to professionals beyond North
America.  Indeed, changes will be made  to the editorial board by excusing some mem-
bers, while adding  others. I also envision using the expertise of the board to a larger
extent. Although  there is certainly an obligation for board members to review manu-
scripts four to six times a year and to guest edit special issues, I anticipate also delegating
some  responsibility for (1) identifying new scholars to expand the list of reviewers and
(2) highlighting the visibility of the journal to researchers from their home institutions
and subfields.


CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 40, No. 1, January 2013, 3-4.
DOI: 10.1177/0093854812469938
 2013 International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology


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