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34 J. Res. Crime & Delinquency 3 (1997)

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                            EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

                                        James  0.  Finckenauer



   Although  I did not think much about it at the time, when I joined the
Journal ofResearch in Crime and Delinquency (JRCD) in the Spring of 1995
for a transition year as editor-elect, I was actually inheriting a grand (with a
small g) tradition. There is, of course, the link between JRCD and the
Rutgers School of Criminal Justice through the person of Don Gottfredson,
who  founded both. It was very meaningful to me that Don had once headed
the journal I was now  going to head. Then  there are my distinguished
immediate  predecessors as editors. First, Vince O'Leary, who was also a
founder of JRCD. Vince built and maintained the high quality of the journal
for many years. When it came to Rutgers, Jeff Fagan assumed the responsi-
bility for filling Vince's very large shoes. Jeff was successful in not only
sustaining the journal's quality, but in enhancing it. He restructured the
editorial board, which provides leadership and sets policy, but which, perhaps
even more importantly, symbolizes the scholarly foundations of the journal.
Jeff also created his own network of reviewers, without whom the critical
standards of scholarship could not be maintained. I have thus been most
fortunate in my inheritance.
   The Journal ofResearch in Crime and Delinquency has a special niche in
the increasingly competitive market for criminal justice journals. This niche
has been developed and nurtured over many years. It is not a speciality journal
focusing, for example, on corrections, courts, or the police. We also do not
publish merely descriptive pieces on various criminal justice policies and
practices, for which there are a number of forums. Traditional book reviews
also do not find their place in JRCD. Our focus and interest is in publishing
rigorous quantitative and qualitative research that is theory testing. This
includes action research, comparative research, and evaluation research,
when  these are theory-based.
   Apropos  the journal's future niche, I want, as editor, to publish more of
two  kinds of pieces. The first are book review essays; some of which the
journal has done in the past. I indicated earlier that we do not publish
traditional book reviews. We are, however, interested in critical review essays
that assess several books sharing a common theme or subject matter. JRCD
JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN CRIME AND DELINQUENCY, Vol. 34 No. 1, February 1997 3-4
@ 1997 Sage Publications, Inc.
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