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Rickman, J. Hoffer, W. Scott, W.M. (1949). Editorial. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 30:67-67.

(1949). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 30:67-67


John Rickman, W. Hoffer and W. Clifford M. Scott

This Editorial will touch on three topics:—

a. The position regarding complete sets of the Journal;

b. special rates for students at psycho-analytical institutes; and

c. the change of editorship.

1. Complete Sets of the Journal. When this Journal was launched in 1920 no one thought it likely that the demand would call for a printing run of over a thousand copies per issue. The modest beginning proved to be below requirements thirty years later, and it is gratifying, but somewhat embarrassing for the administration, that there has been such a demand for complete sets.

Rumours have got about that there were fifty sets left and, as always when there is scarcity in any commodity, there was a scramble for them. In fact, there are now (nor were there when the rumour began) no complete sets available for sale by the publishers.

The reasons for the shortage are first, that, in fact, thirty years ago too few copies were printed (as we who are wise after the event now know); secondly, a large number were destroyed by fire and flooding during the war, a lesser but considerable number during those years found their way to the bottom of the Atlantic; and lastly, there is both an increase in the demand from psycho-analysts and the beginning of a dispersal of sets to non-analysts. The death rate among the subscribers of the early 1920's is now beginning to be rather rapid and many of their libraries are dispersed. If members of the many psycho-analytical societies would make in their Wills a provision that the Psycho-Analytical Institute in their neighbourhood could buy their psycho-analytic journals the situation would in time be eased.

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