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Moving forward. (From The Editors).

From e-commerce regulations to emerging Web technologies, the articles within this Journal paint a picture of the issues facing records and information management (RIM) professionals. Key among them are protecting consumer and financial information in e-commerce transactions, managing virtual records, and authenticating digital signatures. Great opportunities lie ahead for information professionals who are willing to better understand these trends and their implications to the profession.

Keeping these future opportunities in mind, the Journal's editorial team is pleased to announce exciting plans that will take place next year. Effective January 2002, the Journal will be published six times a year. The content of each issue will have the following characteristics:

* balanced mix of feature articles, sub-features, and trend analysis/news

* article subjects that are more applicable than theoretical (i.e., illustrating the specific uses of a trend, regulation, product, or technology and its implication to the profession)

* shorter article lengths: 3,000 - 3,500 words for features, 2,000 - 2,500 words for sub-features

* visually stimulating graphics that complement the editorial content

We will also use the Web to supplement Journal articles when applicable. For example, an article based on a research project would apply the research's relevance to the strategic information management professional in a business setting; it would focus on the findings' relevance to the reader rather than report on the research project and its complete methodology. The full research paper, however, could be made available online.

Upcoming issues will cover a variety of topics, including the future of the profession, technology trends, privacy concerns, and information economics. Each issue will contain articles targeting RIM professionals at every level of the career ladder. Keeping a global audience in mind, there also will be a mix of business and technology trends, information management issues, and general management concerns.

This approach to the editorial content of the Journal will ensure that information professionals get the insight and resources they need to succeed in the business world. The editorial team is confident that it will result in a more readable periodical that will continue to heighten the profession's image and help its readers excel as professionals.

The Journal's editorial team will solicit articles for each issue. However, we also welcome submissions from the field. Complete author guidelines are available at Submissions should be sent to

A Thanks to Our Contributors

This issue marks the last time in which the regular departments -- Law, Technology, Knowledge Management, and International -- will appear. Beginning in 2002, the perspectives presented in these columns will be reflected in the overall editorial mix.

For the past three years, we have had the pleasure to edit the work of some of the finest minds in the information management profession. In every case, the work was its own reward, as our reading meant learning from the best in each specialty. The work was also easy because the contributions were consistently excellent.

John Montana made complex legal issues understandable to laypersons (and editors) simply, directly, and with a wit that always enlivened the topic. David Stephens drew on his own extensive experience with international matters, as well as his correspondence with colleagues all over the world, to deliver unsurpassed reporting on issues for the global enterprise. John Phillips' columns didn't just explain complicated technology; they illustrated its workings, how it could be applied in real-world situations, and what implications it had for RIM practitioners. Jan Duffy easily gave form and substance to the ephemeral concept of knowledge management, consistently providing examples, case studies, and insights gleaned from her work in the field. In the Journal's first year, Bob Sanders shared his commentary on some of the RIM profession's most pressing issues.

April Dmytrenko provided Journal readers with valuable reviewing services by writing reviews and, more recently, effectively seeking out individuals to provide reviews of various educational resources in each issue.

Often our communications with the contributing editors were mundane -- reminders of copy deadlines, exchanges on minor clarifications, and the like. So we welcome this opportunity to say publicly what has always been thought privately: Your contributions to the Journal -- and therefore, the profession -- over the years have been both valuable and greatly valued. It has been a privilege to work with you.

To our readers, we promise to showcase the creativity, knowledge, and insight of these individuals in feature-length articles in future Journal issues.
--J. Michael Pemberton, Executive Editor,
and Julie Gable, Associate Executive
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Author:Gable, Julie
Publication:Information Management Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Oct 1, 2001
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