From the Editor
Reflecting on my first year as editor of the Journal, here are some thoughts:
The number of manuscripts received for consideration in the Journal increased significantly compared to the first two years of publication. It is good to have a larger than smaller pool of submissions to choose from. Naturally, the work of reviewing and editing also increased. But, that is better than waiting on and/or canvassing people to write. Keep sending them in!
As with the first two volumes of the Journal, the articles in volume 3 reflect a variety of interesting topics and situations from around the world signifying both the breadth and depth of work in international agricultural and extension education. At some point, it would be informative and useful to include in the Journal an analysis of the content, author characteristics and regions/countries represented in these articles.
The expanded editorial board has been actively involved in the Journal' work, particularly policy matters and manuscript review. Our dialogue is continually focused on trying to showcase the scholarship of association members and other professionals in a quality publication.
Many colleagues helped with their critical and timely reviews of manuscripts. Please see their names at page 72. Thanks.
Thanks also to my secretary Sandra Sanders, whose enthusiasm, organizing ability and computer skills are invaluable.
As we look toward 1997 and beyond, a couple of notions for readers and authors to consider:
A vision for the Journal by 2005 was crafted at the March 1996 annual meeting of AIAEE and reported in the association’s newsletter “The Informer” (Summer 1996). Maturity, worldwide representation and circulation, universal access, diverse content, and multilingual print/electronic versions are a few images of this vision. It will take our combined critical thinking and hard work to make this journey.
I would encourage you to continue to express your thoughts and ideas in the Journal. Commentary and Tools of the Profession articles provide this avenue.
The issue of sustainable food security for the world’s rapidly growing population has been highlighted once again by the World Food Summit which was held in Rome in November 1996. I would like to feature ideas, suggestions and experiences from association members and readers on the world food issue and the summit as a commentary section dialogue article in the Spring 1997 issue. If you wish to contribute, please send to me by February 15, 1997.
Wishing you all a great 1997, and looking forward to seeing you at the 1997 conference in April.