Academic journal article Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration

Editorial

Academic journal article Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration

Editorial

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CJAS, 1997-1999

As you are probably aware, my tenn as Editor-inChief of this journal will be completed at the end of December 1999. 1 shall therefore devote this last editorial to profiling the journal as it stands today and describing what has been accomplished since I took over the editor's chair in 1997. In my editorial of March 1997, I identified my goals as being to heighten the journal's visibility and impact through high-quality submissions, fair reviews, timely topics, and an efficient editorial process. I proposed a number of specific directions. They were (a) to further promote the journal's raison d'etre as a multidisciplinary instrument devoted to advancing research on issues of interest to Canada and Canadian academics, (b) to increase the flow of high quality submissions by developing new national and international markets, (c) to significantly reduce the then unacceptable lead time from submission to print, and (d) to seek industry support for the journal's initiatives.

So, what has been accomplished? Canadian issues and perspectives have become a more important component of articles published in the journal. A number of special issues have dealt with current topics of interest to Canadian scholars such as restructuring in the federal government, downsizing and job losses in the 1990s, advertising legislation and marketing in the tobacco industry, corporate and regulatory policies on derivatives' use, and the managerial implications of intercultural and international differences in North America and Europe. We have also increased the international composition of the journal's editorial board, whose 56 members now represent Canada, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.

The flow of high quality submissions has increased by approximately 40% since 1997, stabilizing at a level of 70-80 manuscripts per year. Approximately 15% of the submissions are in French, which represents a slight increase over the recent past. Fast tracking ASAC's award-winning papers has been a major success and has led to increased participation by junior scholars. The journal now has an acceptance rate which is closer to the lower figure in the 20%- 25% range it has maintained in recent times, reflecting both an increase in the flow of submissions and a higher level of quality.

So far, in the 1999 volume there has been a lead time of approximately 1. …

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