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  • Comments from the Managing Editor
  • Todd Martin, Managing Editor

Looking Back, Moving Forward

It is a pleasure to write to you once again at the beginning of the calendar year. It is hard for me to grasp the fact that as I write this, two years have passed since I was in Chennai India for a family conference, just prior to the global impact of a pandemic that shut everything down. This was the last time I was able to be face to face with colleagues outside my own institution. Two years later we continue to be impacted by COVID-19.

As I reflect back on the previous year for the Journal of Comparative Family Studies, I want to structure my comments around life and people prior to the disruption, with the intent that it gives us hope for the future. Let me illustrate my point by first acknowledging the significant contribution of our guest editors Dr. Kamila Kolpashnikova and Drs. Woosang Hwang and Soyoung Lee. Dr. Kolpashnikova edited and contributed to the special issue on Gender and Unpaid Work. Drs. Hwang and Lee took the lead in editing the special issue on Understanding Contemporary Family Issues in South Korea. Thank you for your contribution to the Journal of Comparative Family Studies and the family science field. In addition to our special issues, two other issues, with equally important and valuable research, were put together through the efforts of our editorial team, Dr. James White, Dr. Daniel Perlman, and Assistant Editor, Judith Horan.

I return to the special issues in order to make my point about looking back and moving forward. In the summer of 2014, I had the brief opportunity to work with Dr. Kolpashnikova at the University of British Columbia. It is rewarding to see not just the finished work of a former colleague, but to have fond memories of a pre-pandemic time when for a couple short months, a small team of us worked together to deliver multiple courses to hundreds of students. The team worked incredibly efficiently, and we successfully completed our task. My point is, I don't just see the name of an outstanding academic when I look at the issue, but an embodied person that I know beyond the confines of a Zoom screen. No matter how many technological advancements occur, nothing will replace real human connection.

The work by Drs. Hwang and Lee is equally grounding for me. In November of 2019, our paths crossed in Ft. Worth Texas during their presentation of what were the seeds of their special issue. It was at the Korean Focus Group during the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations. I can picture the ballroom in which they gave their talks. I can vividly picture us chatting and then handing the group my card, with the suggestion that the Journal of Comparative Family Studies would be a good fit for their research. The point of this story is that Ft. Worth Texas was the last NCFR conference I attended in person. Since then, the last two years of the conference were conducted virtually.

The Journal of Comparative Family Studies has an important and lengthy relationship with NCFR and the International Section in particular. As I look back at that meeting and watching the presentations from several authors of the [End Page 1] Korean Special Issue, I look forward to gathering with them again, as well as the many other global academic partners who make JCFS what it is.

The last two years have been difficult years, yet we have continued to serve the academy and greater consumer of family science research. Since 1970, the vision of Dr. George Kurian has been to produce and disseminate high quality cross cultural and comparative family research. As we continue to work to that end, we are grateful for our publishing partner, University of Toronto Press, and the continued support they provide. This year we have seen the addition of the JCFS content library added to Project Muse. We also now have early access to digital content prior to final publication dates. Advance Access is a much-needed step in our development and I pleased to...


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