Philosophy & Public Affairs 31.1 (2003) 3-4
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A Note from the Editor
Attentive readers will have observed that the journal has fallen increasingly behind its quarterly publishing schedule over the last few years. By the end of 2001, we were a full year in arrears. The delays were a result of several factors, some more easily remedied than others. We have taken steps to accelerate the editing and production of the journal and I am pleased to note that four issues have been published in the last twelve months.
It is one thing to publish quarterly, however, and another to regain lost ground. To attempt the latter over a short period of time would risk compromising P&PA's editorial standards. Rather than do this, the editors and publisher have opted to "skip" a year by adjusting the cover date to reflect the actual, rather than the nominal, year of publication. The sequence of volume and issue numbers is unchanged. Thus, the previous issue (30:4) was dated Fall 2001; this issue (31:1) is Winter 2003. Subscription terms will be adjusted appropriately.
I report here some recent and impending changes in the masthead. Beginning with this issue, A. John Simmons will become an advisory editor after serving as associate editor for 15 years—longer than anyone else in the journal's history. In six months' time, Samuel Scheffler will also become an advisory editor, after eight years as associate editor. Both John and Sam have given outstanding service to the journal, to their colleagues whose work they have edited, and to the community of our readers.
Liam Murphy (Law and Philosophy, New York University) joined us an associate editor with the last issue of vol. 30. Barbara Herman (Philosophy, UCLA) will become an associate editor in six months. Both are past contributors to the journal. On behalf of our contributors and readers, I thank them for their willingness to serve in this capacity.
The sad news of John Rawls's death arrived as this issue was being prepared for the press. Rawls was one of the originators of this journal. He [End Page 3] helped conceive of a forum devoted to philosophical examination of public questions, encouraged the founding editors, and served as Advisory Editor in the first several years, continuing on the Editorial Board until his retirement. Although his own writing appeared only twice in these pages, Rawls's work stimulated the renaissance of political philosophy of which Philosophy & Public Affairs is both evidence and beneficiary. His example inspired many of our contributors and set a standard for us all.