Louring 19 years I have been associated with the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, I have witnessed many changes in both the Journal and the field of gerontological nursing.
When I first approached Charles Slack in 1973 with the idea for a gerontological nursing journal, very little was available in terms of materials, books, organizations, nursing programs, or educational programs for gerontological nurses. The fact that the Journal "broke even" after the second year of publication indicated there was an eager audience for this type of journal.
Along with the changes seen in the field of gerontological nursing have been changes in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. Over the years - and this year as well - the Journal has undergone a redesign, transition of its Editorial Board, and expansion of its editorial coverage.
This month the Journal of Gerontological Nursing introduces its new Review Panel: 20 members distinguished by their experience in gerontology. The specific task of the panelists, many of whom were recommended by Editorial Board members, is to review manuscripts. Their contribution will ensure a speedier review process and aid the Editorial Board, who will continue to review manuscripts in addition to their other duties.
Each manuscript submitted by an author is reviewed by three reviewers in addition to the nurse editor. Establishing a Review Panel will decidedly decrease the amount of time between receipt and publication of a manuscript.
It is a pleasure and an honor to thank our past and present Editorial Board Members, and to welcome our Review Panelists.