The constantly evolving landscape of academic publishing is a familiar theme raised in several of my past editorials. Over the next few months, the editorial office and publisher will invite you to comment on future directions for the journal. We will be assessing your needs and our performance from several different perspectives. First, we will reach out to authors. I would like to know more about what our community of authors value and what factors influence your choice when deciding where to publish your work. Next, we will be reaching out to our community of peer reviewers. Because peer review is the essential backbone of scientific publishing, we are especially eager to hear from our reviewers regarding their experiences. It is critical that we maintain a fair and constructive peer-review process. That process must not only provide expert review, but should also help improve the final published product. We will investigate all aspects of peer review, from timelines to the quality of feedback. Finally, we will survey our editorial team to better understand how our editorial processes can be improved to further strengthen the journal. We will be looking for ways to be more responsive to authors, to better support our reviewers, and, ultimately, to improve the journal in the years ahead.
Many of the members of our community serve the journal in multiple roles. For this reason, you may be contacted multiple times during this review. Please be generous with your time and respond to each invitation. The future of our journal will be shaped by those who do take the time to share their valuable thoughts and opinions with us.
Just as newspaper publishers have evolved over the last 10 years, there are many changes ahead for academic publishing. We would like to hear your opinions about how to respond to these coming changes. For example, one common trend in academic publishing is an open-access model that relies on author page charges to fund the expense of publishing and making all content freely available upon publication. Another trend is toward continuous publication. In the absence of a print journal, the idea of an issue is no longer necessary. The coordinated release date of publication material becomes a vestige of print publications. With continuous publication, the journal could publish articles as they are accepted for publication. Likewise, online content can be curated into broader topical collections, making it easier for readers to access and search the extensive archives available to academy members. These are but a few trends that could change the future direction of our journal.
As always, I am grateful to the many authors, readers, reviewers, topical editors, and editorial board members who regularly contribute to make the journal what it is. Thank you and we look forward to receiving your input!
Michael D. Twa
Editor in Chief