Editor's Report


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

(First Editorial Decisions)

New Manuscripts Received: 961

Editorial Decisions Made: 940

Accepted: 4 (.43%)

Accepted With Revisions: 178 (18.94%)

Not Accepted, Revisions Invited: 235 (25.00%)

Not Accepted: 523 (55.64%)

Most accurate note to the senior editor, American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) by an author: “Thanks for your considerable efforts and incredible editing work. Nothing gets by you! The FBI obviously don't know what a talent they are missing. I'm certain that one way or another you could track down the person responsible for mailing the anthrax.”

Best reprint published in the Perspectives section of the Journal: “The Need for Applied Social Science Research in Mental Retardation: A Preliminary Memorandum,” by Gunnar Dybwad.

Authors most likely to be cited in a U.S. Supreme Court decision: Keyes, Edwards, and Perske.

Most gracious note to an associate editor by an author: “Whilst I am obviously disappointed, I would like to re-iterate my thanks for the incredible level of feedback for and interest in my work as submitted, and particularly your thorough synthesis of this feedback. I have gained a great deal from this process and will look forward to receiving the reviewer letters and incorporating this information (along with your advice letter points) into revised papers for submission to another journal.”

Author least likely to be contacted via e-mail: Hands-down—Wolf Wolfensberger.

Best “discourse” in an author's letter to the editor: “There are of course many variants of what gets called discourse analysis. There is also the problem that discourse analysis is not just a method, it is also a theoretical position.”

Person most likely to receive complaints from authors when reviewers do not submit timely reviews: The editor.

Nicest note to an author by a reader: “Just finished reading your article in the June issue of Mental Retardation and wanted to thank you again for the research you do! It gives us credibility in our advocacy for families when we have solid research to quote. Please don't even consider the possibility of retiring, at least for another decade!”

Author most likely to receive an award for an article published in the Journal: Bob Perske.

Most appreciated comment about the Journal from down-under: “Congratulations to you and the MR team on the quality of the journal; it is a mainstay of our teaching and research in special education at ______ (Australian university).”

Journal most likely to publish an article describing Mental Retardation's editorial policy: Disability, Culture & Education.

Best typo found by the senior editor during copyediting: “pee-reviewed articles.”

Organization most likely to disseminate “Talking Points and Action Steps” about an article before it is even published in the Journal: Hands-down—Voice of the Retarded (VOR).

Special thanks: To the people who took the time to serve as guest reviewers for the Journal during 2002: Christine Adams, Rebecca Bernard, Rick Blumberg, Roger Blunden, Vera Joanna Burton, Rita Chou, Lindsey Cohen, Julia Scherba de Valenzuela, Peter Dill, Simon Duffy, Doreen Fairbank, Sanford Fenton, Laurie Greco, Dennis Harkins, David E. Houchins, Larry Irvin, Tom Keating, Russell J. Kormann, Vicki Lumley, Catherine McClellan, Martin Murphy, Steve Newton, Susan Parish, Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Robert Prouty, Alya Reeve, Tom Shakespeare, Debra Skinner, Valerie Smith, David Test, and Steve Zelenski.

To the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research for funding much of the research on which the Trends & Milestones feature is based.

To the associate editors, many of whom originally signed on for a 6-year stint in 1993, for their invaluable assistance in coordinating the review of manuscripts submitted to the Journal.

To Rachael Zubal, Cyndy Colavita, and Debbie Simms for their excellent help with the editorial process.

To Yvette Taylor for her superb editing work and her friendly way of dealing with authors of accepted manuscripts.

To the Board of Directors of AAMR, Doreen Croser, Bruce Appelgren, Anna Prabhala, and other Central Office staff members for their continued support of the Journal.