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25 Negot. J. 1 (2009)

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             Editor's Note

                   Negotiation Journal

This issue marks the beginning of Negotiation journal's silver anniversary
year. Thanks to thousands of people, we have grown and prospered over
those twenty-five years.
     That count, of course, begins with our dedicated readers, who appre-
ciate the importance of bridging negotiation theory and practice. Add to
them  our contributors: among them, scholars, teachers, and practitioners
from diverse disciplines and fields all around the globe. Then there are our
sponsoring colleagues at the Program on Negotiation (PON), which  has
been  the convivial home to the Journal all this time. We tip our hat to Bob
Mnookin,  chair of the program's executive committee, and Susan Hackley,
its managing director, for their steadfast support.
     First among equals, though, in this long line of individuals to whom we
owe  thanks are the late and much-missed Jeffrey Rubin, who founded this
enterprise, and Bill Breslin, who, as managing editor, shepherded the
Journal for nearly two decades. Their energy, vision, and good humor are
still reflected in these pages.
     That is literally true in this issue, as immediately following this note,
you will find reprinted Jeff's introduction to Negotiation Journal, Volume
One,  Number  One. I urge you  to read it carefully. It is an artifact that
describes our genesis and goals, but it also reminds us how the field of
negotiation itself has blossomed since the mid-1980s. The Journal - and
most  certainly the many people associated with it - played a significant
role in that growth. The same influence will surely be felt in the years
     Succeeding issues in 2009 will offer more opportunity to reflect back
and  look ahead. For me, rereading Jeff s introductory note provided grati-
fying confirmation of the wisdom of our original mission. Cross-disciplinary
work  that informs both negotiation theory and practice remains as impor-
tant as when we  began.
     The first note also refreshed my memories of our origins. For example,
I was amused by Jeff s account of the deliberations over what to name this
new  baby. Although I was on the scene at the time, I had forgotten how
many  other titles were in contention before we finally settled on what now
seems  the one obvious choice, Negotiation Journal.
     Some people apparently regarded the word negotiation as being too
narrow and somehow   not encompassing forms of dispute resolution, such
as mediation and arbitration. Consensus was reached by crafting a subtitle,

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