With the publication of this issue, my four-year tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Research comes to an end. Among the changes the journal has seen since publication of my first editorial (Howard, 2009) number implementation of a fully online manuscript processing interface and expansion of the normal issue length from 64 to 80 pages. What has not changed--and what I take most pride in--is the consistently high quality of the journal's contents, and my pride there has roots that are deep and overlapping.
I am profoundly indebted to the editorial board members and consulting editors who have served the journal and its readers with such dedication. I am also grateful to my dean, Jack Richman, and to my faculty colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the material and intellectual support they provided me during my editorship. Jeffrey M. Jenson, a friend for nearly 30 years and former editor of the journal, also offered sage advice when it was most needed.
Having served as a consulting editor, an editorial board member, and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Research over the past decade, I have developed considerable affection for the journal and for the people who nurtured in me (and, in some cases, outfight provided me with) the skills I have drawn on as editor. I have been fortunate to work for three supremely talented and supportive deans: Shanti Khinduka at Washington University in St. …