Editorial - JOPL Volume 13, Number 1

January, 1995

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Computer Applications to Paleolimnology: Getting Ready for the Next Century

As the Journal of Paleolimnology publishes its thirteenth volume, we continue to be buoyed by the large numbers of good papers that are being submitted to our offices. Last year was certainly, by far, the busiest year for the journal, and all indications are that this interest will continue to grow (and likely accelerate) indefinitely. These are exciting times to be doing paleolimnology.

The last few volumes have included a number of special dedicated issues, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the guest editors for their hard work. As always, we also thank the authors and the referees, for they are the foundation of the journal and are ultimately responsible for its success.

You may have also noted a few cosmetic changes with the journal recently. For example, we are now publishing papers with a slightly smaller font. Amongst other things, this allows us to publish more papers within our given page allotments. As with all aspects of the journal, we invite constructive comments on any aspects of the editing and publication process.

There is no doubt that paleolimnology, as an integrated discipline, is moving fast. Some of this progress has been related to the increased integration of computers and associated technologies into our science. In an attempt to keep our readers abreast of these advances and developments, we are initiating a new section in the journal called Computer Applications to Paleolimnology. We anticipate this section will appear in several issues each year, as submissions warrant. We hope this new section will provide a forum for the discussion of new computer applications, a platform for the review of new technologies and software, and also introduce our readers to any other information that may be relevant to our science. We also hope this new feature will provide a forum for discussion. Our goal is to make this section as user-friendly as possible, as many of us are still uncomfortable with some of these new advances. For example, as an introduction to this series, we will have a description of some of the electronic listservers that are especially relevant to paleolimnology. As many of you know, the journal has already been making use of some of these listservers. For example, the Table of Contents (including authors, their affiliations and, if known, their e-mail addresses) of all J. Paleolimnology issues is now distributed electronically to all the subscribers of the Paleolimnology Listserver.

As you will see in our modified Guide for the Preparation of Manuscripts, we are now encouraging authors to include their electronic mail addresses on their manuscripts. The inclusion of one's e-mail to the address is optional, but it is our hope that by including e-mail addresses on our papers we will facilitate the more rapid exchange of ideas and discussions between paleolimnologists. It also serves a secondary function as a directory of relevant e-mail addresses.

We would like to take this opportunity to solicit any potential contributions to the new Computer Applications to Paleolimnology section of the journal. In general, all contributions will be reviewed, as regular submissions. As with the overall philosophy of the journal, our hope is to attract diverse contributions. We look forward to receiving your submissions to this exciting new area.

On an administrative note, we were sorry to hear that Wil Peters, who was our main contact at Kluwer Academic Publishers, has decided to leave Kluwer to head up another publishing company. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Wil for all his work to make Journal of Paleolimnology a success. Wil had the vision and the energy to propose and to eventually launch this journal with Kluwer. We wish him well with his new position.

Paleolimnology is moving quickly, and we hope to capture this research and excitement. We invite all readers to consider the Journal of Paleolimnology as a vehicle for their publications, and remind potential authors that we publish regular papers, notes, as well as review articles, in addition to the new feature discussed in this editorial. We also anticipate that special dedicated issues will continue to be a regular part of the journal, and so we encourage potential guest editors to discuss their ideas with us as early as possible in the planning phase. As noted in our previous communications, we encourage authors and readers to provide us with any constructive criticisms of the review/editing process, and any suggestions that will improve the journal.

John P. Smol
Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL), Department of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario; K7L 3N6 Canada. Tel: (613) 533-6147; Fax: (613) 533-6617. e-mail: smolj@queensu.ca

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