- Co-editors' Note/Note de la direction
This note is overdue. Long-time readers of Acadiensis will have noticed a series of changes through which the journal has moved over the last few years. The first significant change is that some of our key figures have moved on to other ventures. Acadiensis is deeply grateful for the hard work that Drs. John Reid, Sasha Mullally, and Michael Boudreau have contributed to the journal. John served as co-editor for four years, and Sasha for five years. Michael served as review essay editor for more than eight years. All three continue to help out on the Editorial Board and Michael continues to work to secure regular content for the Acadiensis blog. We are remarkably happy to welcome Drs. Suzanne Morton and Greg Marquis to the editorial team. Suzanne takes over as co-editor of the journal and Greg is our new review essay editor.
Behind the scenes, we've also had transitions. Dr. Stephen Patterson, our long-time treasurer, stepped down as did Dr. Gail Campbell, who had served as board chair. Both continue to serve on the Editorial Board and we are grateful for the time and energy they continue to put into Acadiensis. In their place, Dr. Glenn Leonard has stepped in as treasurer and Dr. Greg Kealey as board chair. The editorial team thanks Glenn and Greg for their ongoing work for the journal.
For readers, the most visible change is likely the journal cover. The look and feel of the cover is changed, with colour cover illustrations, a new cover stock, and an increased number of illustrations that accompany articles. We now publish full-colour illustrations for the online version of published pieces. It is a break from our traditional and venerable blue-and-white two-tone cover and greyscale illustrations within pieces, and signals, we hope, a broader approach to the integration of text and image as a way of communicating regional history.
Another change that we have implemented is increased access to our back issues. To promote a wider dissemination of Acadiensis and to be in compliance with a recent policy change by our non-profit publishing platform Érudit, we have made the move to a one-year moving wall. This means that all of our back issues, with the exception of those published within the past 12 months, are now open access and available to everyone free of charge.
We have also significantly expanded our use of social media. Our landing web page – Acadiensis.ca – has been completely redesigned and offers a user-friendly way to find out about the journal, the type of work it publishes, Acadiensis Press, and the editorial team, as well as a range of other things. The Acadiensis blog is a vital source of historical commentary and discussion for the region. We have more than 300 daily social media readers and we are happy that Dr. Corey Slumkoski has continued his hard work as our digital editor and, as a result, we have forged some wonderful connections with other historically oriented social media in the region and nationally. Anyone who is interested can access the Acadiensis blog at https://acadiensis.wordpress.com/. Our twitter account is @Acadiensis, and our Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Acadiensis.
Finally, there are some other changes in personnel that are important to note. We'd like to thank Drs. Gwen Davis and Scott See for their work on the Editorial Board. Both are taking their leave after having made important contributions to Acadiensis and regional history writing. We're happy to welcome Dr. Pamela D. Palmater and Béatrice Craig to our Editorial Advisory Board and Drs. Martha Walls, Greg Kennedy, Chantal Richard, and Mark McLaughlin to the Editorial Board. [End Page 5]
Through these changes, we feel that Acadiensis is poised to continue its leadership in the communication of historical research in the broader Atlantic region and nationally.
Note de la direction
La présente note s'imposait depuis longtemps. Les lecteurs d'Acadiensis de longue date auront remarqué que la revue a subi plusieurs changements au cours des dernières années. Le premier changement important est...