A second journal to serve those who work with the mentally retarded has been in the minds of numerous persons over the past several years and has been suggested in annual reports by several professional sections. The Publications Committee recommended to the AAMD Council (New York, May, 1962), the governing body of the American Association on Mental Deficiency, that a new journal be approved. The committee suggested further that this by a 64-page publication appearing in alternate months of the American Journal of Mental Deficiency with the first issue to begin in February, 1963. The AAMD Council acted favorably on the recommendation and membership, in turn, accepted the challenge by approving a modest increase in dues to support this effort.
During the past six to eight months plans have been evolving to mold the character and format for this new publication. First and foremost, this is a professional periodical serving those work, plan, and care for the mentally retarded and complements the American Journal of Mental Deficiency which is primarily concerned with reporting the results of experimental and scientific research. This new publication is to be devoted to interpreting research findings, reporting of demonstrations, describing new approaches and methods, and analyzing problems faced by professional persons as they work with the mentally retarded.
A number of special departments have been designated to give balance to journal content and to give AAMD offers and committee chairmen an opportunity to communicate with the membership. Thus, in addition to professional articles of general interest, special contributors are presenting articles for Issues in Mental Retardation, a special section having reference to unfinished business in the field of mental retardation in which research and empirical evidence are not sufficient to bring about a finality to the topics discussed. Program Profiles, another contributors' section will emphasize residential, clinical, educational, state, local, and other programs where a coordinated approach is being made in providing services for the mentally retarded.
AAMD officers will communicate with the membership through such departments as President's Message, Convention Plans, Professional Sections, AAMD Highlights, and Editor's Notebook. In keeping abreast of current developments, the reader may refer to such departments as Research and Training which highlights recent research findings and recommendations and announces research activities, training projects, and receipt of grants; International Activities which reports events happening in countries outside the United States; Bulletin Board; Publication Briefs and Regional News, a section devoted to AAMD regional activities. Employment Exchange provides the opportunity to announce vacancies or indicate availability for employment.
In an effort to present a publication of merit, a number of persons, serving as editorial consultants, have agreed to solicit and evaluate articles. Departmental associates are responsible for the various sections mentioned above. The advertising manager of AJMD has consented to add this second journal to his duties.
The eventual success of Mental Retardation must of necessity rest with you. Your reactions and contributions, therefore, are important and essential.
—Glenn E. Milligan, Editor
Note. This article originally appeared in the February 1963 issue of Mental Retardation.