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40 Int'l Soc. Work 5 (1997)

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Over the last few days, partly as a result of friendly yet insistent faxes from
our London  publishers, I have become aware that it is time once again to
prepare an editorial. I usually relate the editorial to the ideas in that issue's
articles. Either I try to pick up on a common theme, or I discuss some
particular aspect of a single article. On this occasion, however, I am going
to address a more pragmatic theme, that of the makeup of the Journal.
  Although  it may not appear a dramatic shift, readers will notice that the
'Information for Contributors' has been altered. This in three ways. First,
the statement of our mission has been rewritten in what we hope  is a
clearer, more succint and more  accurate manner. Second,  we  are re-
emphasizing the need for contributors to keep to the required length in
submitting articles for consideration, and the new wording makes it clear
that the 12-14-page limit includes notes and references. In recent volumes
we have been less stringent about length, with the result that many of the
articles published have been longer than we should have liked: shorter
articles will allow us to publish a greater number each year. In recent
months, we have returned overlong submissions with a request that they be
shortened, and we are happy to say that nearly all our authors have been
able to cooperate with us on this.
  Our  third change is the planned introduction of a new feature: the
publication of 'Brief Notes' of up to 1500 words. This idea has been
suggested by several members of the editorial board as a way of publicizing
timely, informative topics that do not lend themselves to the format of a full
article but are judged to be of interest to readers.
  Although  these are not dramatic changes, they are important for our
Journal. Each is aimed at meeting the same familiar challenge: how to
achieve prompt publication of articles. From the perspective of the Editor,
we  are now in a situation where we have a goodly supply of accepted
articles and a very satisfactory inflow of new submissions. The difficulty is
that gradually the time between  the acceptance of an  article and its
publication is reaching an unacceptable point. One of my principal func-
tions as Editor is now talking to colleagues whose articles have been
accepted but to whom  I cannot give a firm publication date. We on the
editorial board are well aware of the difficulties caused by such delays as
material becomes outdated. We have greatly speeded up the assessment
process, so that we are now able to advise prospective authors more quickly

International Social Work (SAGE, London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi),
Vol. 40, 5-6 (0020-8720; 1997/01).

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