This is the first issue of the journal that I have been responsible for since I began my term as Editor of the Journal of Sex Research (JSR) in January 2008. * Along with a new cover, the start of 2009 sees two major developments for JSR.
Since 1990, the Annual Review of Sex Research (ARSR), a publication of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), has published authoritative and scholarly reviews across a wide range of topics related to sexuality in one annual volume. In 2008, SSSS and Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, the journal's publisher, made the decision to incorporate the ARSR as a special double issue of JSR. Beginning in 2009, the ARSR will be included in subscriptions to JSR, starting with Volume 46, Issue 2/3. David Rowland will continue as the Editor of the ARSR for the 2009 and 2010 issues. Most of the distinctive features of ARSR will be retained, such as the cross-disciplinary mix of contributors and topics and the balance of topics in each issue. One important change is that, although in the past all reviews were invited, nominations for topics and authors for review articles will now be considered by the ARSR Editor (see "ARSR Call" in this issue).
The second new initiative is that JSR has joined the growing number of journals that are publishing articles online ahead of in print. Articles will be published several months ahead of the print edition in the "iFirst" section of the journal's Web page: http://www. informaworld.com/0022-4499. The version of an article that is published online is considered the final and complete version and, once online, may be cited by referencing its "digital object identifier" (DOI) number. Articles published in iFirst are later assigned to a particular issue of the journal, given page numbers, and published in print form.
There are a number of advantages to this early online publication system. First, publishing online ahead of print reduces the time from article submission to publication, sometimes by several months. JSR articles will be available to readers and researchers in the shortest possible time. The move to electronic access will effectively solve the "backlog" problem (i.e., where articles accepted for publication may be waiting months before appearing in print). Over the next few months, we anticipate all of the articles that were accepted in 2008 will be published online ahead of print. Both of these developments for JSR are new ventures, and there may be some "teething" problems in the process.
A second potential advantage of iFirst relates to the citation of JSR articles. The impact factor (IF) is a measure of the citations to journals, calculated each year by the Institute for Science Information (Garfield, 2006). …