I was working on an editorial for this edition of the Annals when I received copies of the articles for the summer, 2006 edition for a final read-through before they were sent out for typesetting. I put the editorial aside and began to read the articles one last time for content and proofreading. As is typical for this journal, the articles addressed a range of topics: fingerspelling and sign language, mental health services, assessment of academic functioning, teacher interaction with a deafblind child, technology and the teaching of mathematics, health and incidence of overweight among deaf children, sign language assessment, and reading comprehension. There was something unique bout the summer edition, however: the international nature of the work. The first authors for the eight articles were based in six different countries; two were from the United States, two from the Netherlands, and one each from England, Israel, Taiwan, and Spain, with the last one representing a Spanish-Chilean research team reporting on research on Chilean Sign Language. At this point, I put aside the editorial I was working on-either for the winter issue or for good, and reflected on the implications of this development.
First, I received a charge more than ten years ago from the Joint Annals Administrative Committee to encourage manuscript submissions from outside of the United States and Canada. This has been successful and the percentage of manuscripts from other countries has increased steadily. Most issues of the Annals have least one or two articles from other countries. This has been facilitated by the fact that almost all manuscripts are now submitted-and reviewed-electronically. Also, English is a commonly used academic language and authors usually are familiar with it.
I went back and looked at the articles appearing in the Annals over the past few years. Although each country is unique, the topics addressed in the articles appear to be independent of the country of origin. Work on reading comprehension, sign language assessment, mental health, math instruction, school placement, children with multiple disabilities, and perceived stress could have come from any number of countries and have general application. Research techniques-from data gathering to analysis to reporting-are similar. In essence, communication barriers are coming down rapidly and we already are becoming more and more a global village. …