Academic journal article Law & Society Review

From the Editor

Academic journal article Law & Society Review

From the Editor

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With Volume 42, Issue 1, I begin my editorship of Law & Society Review. It is an honor to serve the Law & Society Association and our field in this position. I hope that I live up to the confidence that others have placed in me. I begin with excellent support. Foremost, I owe an enormous debt to outgoing editor Bert Kritzer, outgoing managing editor Dianne Sattinger, and outgoing editorial assistant Jess clayton from the University of Wisconsin. In different ways, Bert, Dianne, and Jess played important roles. Bert has been an exemplary tutor, confidant, and sounding board as I began sending articles out for review and making publication decisions. At every turn, Bert provided superb counsel and support.

Bert has been an effective editor and advocate for the Law & Society Review. The transition from paper to electronic submissions occurred on Bert's watch. Bert worked with a very supportive committee to make this decision, but it is my hunch, and others will concur, that the majority of the work fell to Bert's able and careful consideration of vendors, contracts, and software programs. His most recent contribution to the Review and the Association is one that I believe all authors will appreciate: working closely with the Publications Committee, Bert revised the copyright statement and secured approval from Wiley-Blackwell to use an agreement that allows authors more latitude for posting their articles in various electronic venues. This is a complicated issue for journals, authors, and publishers, but Bert guided this process to secure a favorable outcome for all. For this and all his excellent service, we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

Behind the scenes, Bert assembled a superb team to guide the publication process. With the transition to an electronic system, all of the management protocols and practices had to be modified. Not only did Dianne take on this task in addition to her regular duties, but she also prepared written documents and conducted telephone tutorials with my support team at the University of California, Irvine. I know that Danielle McClellan, our new managing editor, and Robert Werth, our new editorial assistant, join me in thanking Dianne and Jess for their help in setting up our editorial office in Irvine.

Taking my cue from Bert's creative use of the Editorial Advisory Board, I have continued the "tradition" of sending an accepted article to a Board member whose area of expertise does not coincide with the topic of the manuscript. …

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