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As the editor-in-chief of KADIN/WOMAN 2000--Journal for Woman Studies I am happy to address the readers of this issue that after a short pause we will continue our publication that aims for a competitive status in gender studies. I would like to express our regrets on the behalf of the editorial board that we were not able to publish the journal issues in proper time. I never imagined the hard work of publishing such a multi-disciplinary journal taking the utmost care to produce something of high quality consisting of original academic research. Sticking to our strict policy we did our best to accept or reject-papers after blind screenings by experts and qualified referees, as well as, the editorial board. Since the work load of academics are increasing day by day, (personally I had to teach 18 hours a week last year with several other faculty responsibilities), speedy work was not possible within the evaluation process and acceptance or rejection of papers took up to two years. However, the referees' decisions were not usually the end of the process. It was the task of the editors then to deal with other problems regarding the format of the articles, copyright laws and other matters. And finally we faced other serious problems since some papers were submitted to other journals for publication. We expect academics to submit unpublished papers for publication in our journal. One paper was withdrawn after the whole process of reviewing and editing was completed because their university insisted on publications in ISI indexes. Another paper was withdrawn just before the publication date because it was somehow published in another journal although the author had already withdrawn it. Another colleague caused a more serious problem because she did not inform us that one of her two papers accepted and reviewed for publication was published in another academic journal. I would like to express my regrets both to the author for this non-ethical behaviour, as well as the editor-in-chief of the journal who did not reply to my enquiry about this case.

Funding and marketing of the published issues beside other matters also led us to slow down of our efforts in this publications journey. Finally, since November 2006, the new appointment of the Board od Executive Committee for the Center for Women Studies (consisting of Assist. Prof. Dr. Fatma Guven-Lisaniler (chair), Assist. Prof. Dr. Nurten Kara, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yonca Hurol, Assist. Prof. Dr. Sevin Ugural and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Netice Yildiz), decided to revitalise the journal with a new organisation and original projects.

Despite all these difficulties, I still have hopes to publish a high quality academic periodical. To cover all these delays as well as to minimise the cost of the publication for the three volumes, we planned to combine two issues (June & December) into one volume for the years 2004, 2005, and 2006. Next year it is planned to publish two issues every year in order to complete a volume.

This present volume includes eight articles and six book reviews on various topics including gender differences, literature, art history, ancient law history, media studies, domestic science and ethnography. It is our intention to publish more international papers in English in the future. The article of Nilufer Ondin about early modern Turkish women artists will be an important contribution for Turkish women artists since they are not adequately publicised in museums and books concerning Turkish Modern Art particularly in English publications. 'Gender Differences in Anger' by Halime Unal is an original study on the earliest formation of human character in younger ages. The article of Ali Selcuk which is written in Turkish is an ethnographical study reflecting the status of Tahtaci women, one of the Anatolian semi-nomadic tribes who are mainly living in the forest and deal with forestry. Jasmine Cyril's article about the Roman freedwomen is discussing the position of freedwomen and their children in view of some documents as well as mosaics in the Pompeii villas. It is regretting not to be able to reproduce any illustrations to accompany the text because of copyright laws. An article on media is a discourse analysis of two magazines intended for teenagers by Nesrin Kula-Demir, in which she argues the case through theoretical vindications about ideology, politics and identity. Guzin Yamaner discussed the work of Tezer Ozlu, a Turkish woman novelist worthy of note, who was under the influence of Kafka, Svevo ve Pavese. Recep Duymaz conversed one of the most popular novels of Resat Nuri Guntekin from the first quarter of the 20tn century and the well known hero Calikusu who was an idealistic image of women teachers serving in the remote primitive parts of Anatolia. Although we usually do not publish articles that have little concerns with feminist or gender studies, we included an article about the butane gas at home which bring a significant message for the value of education for housewives for the sake of better secure and hygienic domestic interiors. Also we are including reviews on recently published books.

This is our fifth completed volume. A five-year Index of Articles as well as the Index of Authors are included at the end of the journal which will also appear on the web-page of KADIN/WOMAN 2000: We intend to update the web-page every year and publish a five year Index of Articles and Index of Authors in every fifth volumes.

Women and Gender Studies is becoming an important global research topic. There are millions of helpless women facing rather serious problems due to the lack of education or facilities to keep them secure in the world. Still many women are subjected to sexual harassment, violence, discrimination in legal matters or forced labouring even in modern countries while rape is another serious problem in lands under war. Lack of education, unhygienic living conditions and forced migrations are mostly affecting the lives of children and women while forced marriages, honour killings and female genital mutilations are serious problems on Asian and African continents. Therefore, we intend to publish our forthcoming issues in 2007 and 2008 on special issues such as "Women and War", "Women and Migration", "Violence and Gender" and "Health and Women".

However, I would like to express our acknowledgements to all those who did serious work for the reviewing and editing of the papers, and publicity of the journal. We are indebted to Prof. Dr. Halil Guven, Rector of Eastern Mediterranean University, for all his encouragements, for all his help in keeping this journal running, for providing the necessary funding, as well as, selecting the Centre for Women Studies as the 'centre for excellence' given the past success of the journal. I also would extend my further thanks to Academic ASAP, Gender Watch, Contemporary Woman's Issues, MLA, Index Islamicus and Turkologisher Anzeiger for including the name of each article in their indices and the former three who made KADIN/WOMAN 2000 an electronic journal. Special thanks goes to Fatma Guven Lisaniler, the chair of the Centre for Woman Studies, and my colleagues Hulya Argunsah, Donna M. Ruzzano, Isaac Z. Lerner, Sevin Ugural, Irem Bailie and Nida Cetinsahin for all their editorial work, to Senih Cavusoglu for his cover design, and to Ersev Sarper, Mine Ercoban, Muge Debreli, Hasan Sozalp and their team in the EMU printing office without whose generous contributions this work would have never been accomplished.

Netice Yildiz

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Date:Jun 1, 2004
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