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Richards, A.D. (2003). JAPA: Ten Years. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 51(4):1115-1118.
(2003). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 51(4):1115-1118
From the Editor
JAPA: Ten Years:
Arnold D. Richards
As I prepare to say farewell to the editorship of JAPA, I realize that I am much more aware than I was when I undertook the post what a monumental effort a journal like this is. Over the past ten years we have published forty issues and two supplements—13,359 pages of some of the finest psychoanalytic thought of our time. We have evaluated—read and carefully reviewed—almost 1500 submissions, some of them several times over. Throughout, we have striven to foster the creativity and generativity of our field, encouraging and reaching out to an ever broader community of readers and contributors. None of this happens without work, and a scholarly periodical of JAPA's caliber is the fruit of constant, intimate, and complicated collaboration. Our team starts with sixty elected members of the editorial board, twenty-eight editorial associates, seven associate editors, and two book review editors, and that is just the beginning.
Perhaps less obvious to our readers is the network of dedicated staff who work behind the scenes to produce, distribute, and market JAPA—our superb production team and manuscript editors, the secretarial assistants who provide endless and unstinting administrative support, and to varying degrees most of the administrative staff and board members of APsaA. Every single one of these people has had a hand in making JAPA what it is, and I have had to be forcibly restrained from naming each of them. Consideration of the sheer number of people it takes to make JAPA keeps an editor-in-chief from getting too cocky.
Still, since the name at the top of the masthead is mine, and since I'm speaking on behalf of my colleagues too, I feel entitled to crow a little. We are very proud of what we have accomplished, even if I must limit my bragging to just a few examples. Our first supplement, The Psychology of Women (44/Suppl.), coedited with Phyllis Tyson, sold out and had to go into a second printing. Published twenty years after the first supplement on the subject, it is still widely cited. Our second supplement, The Politics of Psychoanalysis (51/Suppl.),
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