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The year 2003 is over and we cannot hide a little delay respect to our editorial schedule. However the current issue (21.2) will be followed shortly by the 21.3 and 22.1 (2004) so that by next summer we will be filling the gap. The reasons of the delay are several and partly related to the nature of Dendrochronologia, which after all is a "niche" journal, very sensitive to "high-frequency disturbance factors". In the last few years, since the editorial procedure reorganization, we have experienced fluctuations in manuscripts submission positively influenced by the occurrence of big dendro-events such as the international meetings in Mendoza, Davos and Slovenia. After a quiet period during the first half of 2003 in the last few months we have registered a copious submission that allow us to overcome the gap occurred. The more rigorous reviewing procedure has filtered out some manuscripts that a few years ago would have been accepted with minor corrections. We also demand a good English language to the authors which we realize being an extra effort for non English-speaking scientists, but we believe that is necessary for a better transcontinental acknowledgement of the journal. In exchange we are trying to improve the services, also thanks to our publisher (Urban & Fischer) that since the beginning of 2003 belongs to Elsevier, the world's leading publisher in science, technology and medicine. "Under the realms of the elm tree" (see the company logo) we'll have the opportunity to use some of their renowned skills and tools, such as their efficient marketing and subscription system, their worldwide presence and their advanced online service ScienceDirect. Our Dendrochronologia web site is also keeping an eye open to what's going on in the world of tree-rings by linking to relevant individual or institutional sites in the field of dendrochronology, such as the Tree-Ring Society, The European Association for Tree rings Resarch, etc. We'd also like to welcome officially Paolo Cherubini (WSL, Switzerland) who became one of the Editors and also Henri Grissino-Mayer (UTK, USA) and Achim Bräuning (University of Stuttgart, Germany) as new members of the Editorial Board. Their experience and contribution will benefit to the present and future of the journal. In a recent and world-diffused interview of the Associated Press to Henri Grissino-Mayer, concerning his article published in Dendrochronologia about Stradivari's violins and Maunder's minimum, the reporter has labelled our journal as an obscure scientific periodical. We were not pleased of course, but it is partly true that its diffusion outside the boundaries of the dendrochronologists' family is not very high. We are working to increase it and to become a solid landmark for all tree-ring scientists and users.

Document Type: Editorial


Publication date: 2004-03-01

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