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40 J. Res. Crime & Delinquency 3 (2003)

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                       DEPARTING EDITOR'S NOTE

                                    MERCER L. SULLIVAN



   This issue of Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency marks the
formal transition of editorship from me to my colleague Clayton Hartjen.
Clay has actually been running the journal under the title acting editor over
the past year while I was on sabbatical. As a result, the transition is already
made. After my 3 years as active editor and a year on leave, I commend him to
the journal's readers, contributors, and reviewers as a scholar and editor com-
mitted to maintaining the high standards I inherited from my predecessors.
   The founding editor of JRCD, Don  Gottfredson, died this past year, on
June 23, 2002. As all readers of this journalknow, he was one of the truly out-
standing figures in our field. Through his own research and other profes-
sional activities, he played a key role in establishing scholarship in crimi-
nology and  criminal justice as a scientific enterprise, one that is equally
important as basic science and as a respected source of standards for policy
and practice. His own scholarship stands as a landmark in our understanding
of how decisions are made in the criminal justice system. Besides his schol-
arly accomplishments, which received recognition in the form of most of the
important awards and offices in the field, he built first-tier institutions. The
Rutgers School of Criminal Justice is one. JRCD is another. It has been an
honor and a challenge inheriting the editorship. It came down to me from
him, by way of Vincent O'Leary and Jeffrey Fagan. I know that Clay, who has
been around Rutgers longer than I, values this tradition, and I have already
seen how conscientiously he maintains it.
   In looking back on my editorship, the thing that most impresses me is the
constant awareness that I was taking part in a tradition and a community. It
was a job, of course, and a difficult one at times. I am a relative latecomer to
the institutional center of criminology and criminal justice scholarship, hav-
ing labored for many years before that as a community anthropologist who
studied crime from that perspective. I came to thejob of editor with the sense
that I did not have the fully developed personal networks and experience in
the field that can be so helpful in running a journal. That feeling is all gone
now, not least as a result of the trial by fire of editorship. I have been sleeping
better lately, partly because I know I can forward the anxious e-mails directly
to Clay, but also because I am proud of what we have published since I took over.

JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN CRIME AND DELINQUENCY, Vol. 40 No. 1, February 2003 3-4
DOI: 10.1177/0022427802239793
© 2003 Sage Publications
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