Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

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When the Parameters' staff came to the realization that 2011 represented the 40th anniversary of the journal's founding, the immediate challenge became, "How do we recognize this extraordinary occasion?" What does one do to recognize 40 years of unparalleled contribution, in an appropriate, significant, and meaningful manner? How best to capture the essence of the entire body of work? What follows this brief introduction is dedicated to answering those questions.

The original plan for recognizing four decades of contribution to the intellectual mission of the US Army War College was to republish the ten manuscripts that had received the greatest attention. Identifying those articles would be no great challenge in that the staff accesses a software program detailing statistics associated with the publication and circulation of the journal. However, to paraphrase a former mentor, "All good ideas are not necessarily good ideas." The automated programs were only available for approximately 20 of the 40 years. Fortunately, former editors also recognized the need to monitor the preference of readers. Their records, combined with the available statistics, permitted the staff to formulate an ordinal list. Again, however, the plan to publish the ten most favored fell prey to reality. As we reviewed the manuscripts, it became evident that there were far more than ten deserving works. The ten rapidly evolved to twelve, soon blossoming into fifteen, and finally resulted in seventeen articles representing forty years of intellectual accomplishment. …

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