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Editor’s Report
In this past year, we have published our customary six issues, including a symposium of papers in honor of Dr. Krogman. In addition to
the twelve contributions to that symposium, we have printed 74 articles, 3
technical or brief reports, 2 obituitaries, 48 book reviews, and 1 film review.
From March 20, 1972, to March 20, 1973, we have received 141
manuscripts, exclusive of contributions to symposia; we have accepted 28
and rejected 26, while the remaining 87 are pending. If we add to these
numbers those manuscripts which were pending as of March 20, 1972, we
have a total acceptance of 61 and a rejection of 31 of 196 manuscripts,
while the remaining 104 are pending. Thus, of 92 manuscripts whose final
status has been determined in this past year, 66% have been accepted and
34% rejected. We should bear in mind that of the large number listed as
pending, 42 are in the hands of authors awaiting major revision and the
majority of them will probably be withdrawn.
While it is not possible to assign manuscripts rigidly to any one subdivision of our discipline, it is of interest to note that of those 61 accepted,
13 deal with genetics and serology of populations; 12 with morphology,
including increasingly its statistical analysis; 9 were on dentition; 9 in
primatology; 6 in growth and development; 3 in physiology and biochemistry; 2 in pathology; 2 in demography; and 1 in dermatoglyphics ( 6
manuscripts have been counted in more than one category).
We continue to be international in the origin of our manuscripts.
While 38 of those 61 accepted are from the United States, 6 come from
England, 4 from Canada, 3 from India, 2 from Australia, and 1 each from
Brazil, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa,
and Venezuela. We welcome contributions from our colleagues in other
The present average elapsed time from the receipt of a manuscript to
its publication, exclusive of papers in symposia, is now 11 months. If we
are permitted to count, as well, those papers submitted to the Krogman
symposium and the special Primate symposium, the average time lag is
only 8 months. While we would like to publish all articles with a minimum
of delay, we believe that accuracy and thoroughness are more important
than speed. All authors can facilitate publication by preparing their manuscripts carefully in the Wistar styIe and mailing us three copies of everything, including tables and illustrations.
The special issue for March 1973 which has recently appeared con161
tains the Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of Primatology.
Within its 495 pages are 77 papers which deal with all aspects of primate
life from their reproduction to their social structure. In addition, there is
an address by Sherry Washburn, to whom this volume is appropriately
dedicated. It is altogether fitting that the Congress whose papers appear
here was organized by Bill Montagna, who retires at this time as one of
our Associate Editors. We take this opportunity to express our appreciation
to him for his services in the refereeing of manuscripts as well as in the
production of this collection of papers remarkable for their quality and
We are also grateful for the continued service of the other members
of our Editorial Board : Alphonse Burdi, Jonathan Friedlaender, Clark
Howell, Stephen Molnar, Derek Roberts, and Peter Workman. We are
asking John Buettner-Janusch to serve a second term as an Associate
Editor, not only because of the enormous help which he has rendered in
editing our Journal, but also because his position as Editor of the Yearbook
of Physical Anthropology permits a unique exchange of information and
ideas. Donald Sade, the distinguished student of primate behavior from
Northwestern University, has also agreed to serve as an Associate Editor.
Dr. Eugene Giles continues his outstanding service as Book Review
Editor, and we take this opportunity to express to him our appreciation for
what are undoubtedly among the most worthwhile as well as readable
pages in our Journal. We regret the resignation of Paul Baker as Film
Review Editor, but we are happy to welcome to that post Ed Hunt, whose
knowledge of the literature and materials of physical anthropology is
legendary; we look forward to the continuation and expansion of reviews
of films.
It is with especial pleasure that we acknowledge the considerable help
of Mrs. K. K. Namboodiri, whose increasing expertise in Biostatistics and
Genetics have greatly improved the quality of many of our publications.
We are also greatly indebted to Mrs. Joyce Joines Newman for her able
and dedicated secretarial help in the vast correspondence which the Editorial Office requires. In this past year, we have also had the capable
assistance of Miss Karen Martin in checking literature citations in our
It was a pleasure to make a second visit to the offices of The Wistar
Press this past fall. It enabled clarification of several facets of publication
and strengthened our already excellent relationship with our publisher.
It is a pleasure to express our appreciation for the continued kind and
expert assistance of Edgar Schewe and his staff and his financial support
of our Editorial Office. The Journal now appears always on schedule with
its distinguishing characteristics of excellent typography and photography.
You will admit that the printers do indeed “get the lead out.”
Our relationship with the American Anthropological Association has
also been strengthened and we stand to gain much by our continued efficient and harmonious relation with Ed Lehman and his staff. Through the
ease with which a member of any of the affiliated anthropological associations may check his wish to subscribe to our Journal, we have substantially increased both regular subscriptions and student ones as well.
For the smooth operation of subscriptions and billing, it is essential that
for purposes of Journal subscription both regular and student personnel
be considered as members at the time of their request, even though formal
acceptance must under the Constitution of our Association await the action
of the membership at the next Business Meeting. It is equally important
that students who subscribe be considered student members, although their
privilege is that of subscription to the Journal, in order that Wistar Press
may continue to receive the benefit of second-class mailing privileges. We
are introducing brief and simple amendments to our Constitution and
By-Laws to implement these necessary changes.
We are well aware of the need of authors to publish their work as
promptly as possible, and we seek to aid them in so doing. While we are
pleased with the services rendered through symposia, we are also concerned on two counts: Manuscripts are not as critically reviewed, and
they delay the publication of our regular contributions. We are inclined
to limit them to one per year and to review symposia manuscripts just as
critically as we do any other manuscripts.
Perhaps by now everyone has heard the latest explanation for the
cruxification: He was a great teacher, but He did not publish. And yet we
know of one man who had the germ of an idea and spent the next 25
years in observation, experimentation, study, and thought before he published his theory. But, when The Origin of Species did appear, it became
a classic overnight, and Charles Darwin won a permanent place in the
history of thought.
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