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Article Type:
Editorial
Subject:
Periodical publishing (Services)
Author:
Peterson, James C.
Pub Date:
03/01/2012
Publication:
Name: Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith Publisher: American Scientific Affiliation Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Philosophy and religion; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American Scientific Affiliation ISSN: 0892-2675
Issue:
Date: March, 2012 Source Volume: 64 Source Issue: 1
Topic:
Event Code: 360 Services information
Product:
SIC Code: 2721 Periodicals
Geographic:
Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States

Accession Number:
281174354
Full Text:
The ASA Executive Council had twenty questions for me to answer in writing, and many more in a personal interview. Considering as well my curriculum vitae, references, and work to date with ASA/CSCA, the council brought my name to the annual meeting as the new editor of PSCF. The process was emblematic of the rigorous and good natured teamwork so characteristic of ASA/CSCA and the production of this journal. There is a small army of people that work diligently with marked expertise and good judgment to make PSCF happen. Most of them are all but invisible to PSCF readers. This editorial cannot mention each one crucial to creating the journal each quarter, but here is a start.

It is Lyn Berg as managing editor who finds a way to winsomely present the content in a certain number of pages on precise deadlines. Esther Martin checks every word for the slightest error. In the midst of all his other duties as executive director, Randy Isaac often supports the journal--as, for example, in recent internal discussions of copyright issues. Frances Polischuk tracks the accounts and mailing list. Terry Gray and Jack Haas make PSCF available on the ASA website.

As to content, each year over forty reviewers explain and critique the contribution of new books. It is the subject area editors, Patrick Franklin, Arie Leegwater, Don MacDonald, and Robin Rylaarsdam, who find these experts to evaluate the most relevant and important books out of the hundreds of thou sands that are published each year. The resulting reviews are honed to be well written, informative, and prompt. Franklin comes to the task from his post as professor of theology and ethics at Tyndale Semi nary in Toronto and will be moving this summer to Providence Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba. Leegwater taught chemistry at Calvin College and edited this journal. MacDonald is a professor in the social sciences at Seattle Pacific University, and Rylaarsdam is a professor of biology at Benedictine University. Franklin takes the further step of coordinating the book choices since the subject areas often interact. He then marshals the readied reviews into categories to help readers find the ones that match their interests. He also maintains a database of potential reviewers. If you would like to lend your expertise to this helpful service of reviewing (and get free books!), do send him your contact information and a brief description of your expertise (psfranklin@gmail.com).

Essential to the journal are the twenty or so authors each year who contribute articles that ring true, bring fresh insight, and fit our journal's mission. Sometimes the required blind peer review discovers a young scholar's first important insight for publication. Often blind peer review recognizes yet further contributions by accomplished scholars. We appreciate the luminaries from a wide variety of fields and with contrasting views who have written for us, including (not by any means an exhaustive list) Elving Anderson, Robert Benne, John Hedley Brooke, Richard Bube, Francis Collins, William Dembski, Calvin DeWitt, Owen Gingerich, Joel Green, Malcolm Jeeves, Robert Kaita, Donald MacKay, George Marsden, J. P. Moreland, Nancey Murphy, Ronald Numbers, Clark Pinnock, Alvin Plantinga, Walter Thorson, Thomas F. Torrance, Charles Townes, John Walton, Bruce Waltke, Jennifer Wiseman ...

Twenty-one editorial board members volunteer sage advice and generously serve in the peer review process. Since PSCF articles are usually to some degree interdisciplinary, each article considered for publication requires several reviewers drawn from the interacting disciplines. That requires the commitment of the editorial board and many more scholars as well. Peer reviewers for 2011 are listed in this issue with profound thanks. We will miss the ser vice, ending with 2011, of editorial board members Charles Adams and Walter Thorson. Allan Harvey, an engineer with the National Bureau of Standards, and Heather Looy, an Alberta professor of psychology, have ably stepped in to carry on that work.

For four years now, inspiring and holding it all together from title page, masthead, and editorial, through articles and reviews, to the always lively letters to the editor at the end of each issue, has been Arie Leegwater. He has carried on the legacy of ever raising the standards and service of the journal and is graciously following through by finishing the edit ing of articles he started for this issue and continuing as one of our book review editors. On behalf of the readers of PSCF, I extend a heartfelt thank you to Arie for his skilled, thoughtful, and effective work. The journal, ASA/CSCA, and we the readers, are better for it.

The Christian tradition is the largest and most global people movement in the world. Science is ever increasing in its influence. What an opportunity to work where the two meet. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith is a strategic service, encouraging, testing, learning, guiding that interaction. It is well worth the best attention and contribution that so many give to make it possible. Thanks to all who, by our Lord's grace, make it so.

James C. Peterson, Editor
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Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.


 
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