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6 Homicide Stud. 3 (2002)

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Editors' Introduction


The publication of this issue marks the first change in editorship
in the history of Homicide Studies. After spending more than 5
years in organizing, launching, and then nurturing the early
development  of the journal, Dwayne Smith has turned over the
editorial duties of Homicide Studies to us. However, the old adage
the more things change, the more they stay the same seems
appropriate in this case because the editorial philosophy will
remain fundamentally the same under our editorship. Since its
debut in 1997, Homicide Studies has proven to be a high-quality
outlet for homicide research. This is, in part, an outcome of what
was described in the inaugural issue as a rigorous but fair peer
review process. As the new editors of this journal, we maintain a
commitment  to the standards for review established by Dwayne.
At the same time, Homicide Studies has never avoided controver-
sial topics, most notably in several articles on the relationship
between firearms and homicide. This is largely due to Dwayne's
efforts to ensure that the journal was not ideologically bound.
Again, we remain committed to that standard.
  There are other points of continuity as well. One feature of
Homicide Studies that we plan to continue is the periodic use of
special issues of the journal devoted to timely, relevant topics. In
that regard, Karen Parker  of the University of Florida has
accepted our offer to guest edit a special issue on the regional sub-
culture of violence, tentatively planned for Volume 7. Neverthe-
less, there will be some noticeable changes in Homicide Studies
under  our editorship. For one thing, we have made  several
changes to the editorial board. During Dwayne's tenure as editor,
the only editorial board change came with the death of Marvin
Wolfgang (his position was not replaced). With Dwayne's encour-
agement, we have revised the board to reflect the current state of
homicide research and the composition of the Homicide Research
Working  Group. Dwayne  has also agreed to remain an integral
part of the journal by serving as an associate editor. We wish to


HOMICIDE STUDIES, Vol. 6 No. 1, February 2002 3-5
@ 2002 Sage Publications


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