~ By Colette
The single-theme focus of The Prevention Researcher is one feature which sets us apart from other journals and professional literature. It is also one of the features which I often hear praise for; readers tell me it is easier to access and share information in this single-issue format.
Obviously, a significant amount of time is spent considering and selecting topics for our production cycles. Over time, we have developed a constructive process to aid us in selecting these topics:
- Throughout the year we monitor current research in the academic journals as well as articles in the more popular presses;
- We ask members of our Editorial Board (comprised of researchers) about the important research they see happening and we ask members of our Advisory Board (who work directly with youth) about the problems/issues they see happening with the youth they work with;
- We keep a list of topics which readers request from us throughout the year.
Once a year we bring all those topics together and narrow them down to a manageable size (usually around 20). Our goal in this narrowing process is to find the “sweet spot;” or those topics which practitioners need addressed and which are currently being well researched.
Finally, we turn to our readers to vote on the topics they would most like us cover within the pages of The Prevention Researcher. I encourage you to be part of this voting process! Just click here; it will only take a couple minutes. Additionally, one respondent will be randomly chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to The Prevention Researcher.
It is not unusual for thoughtful requests from our readers to become the genesis for a future article or future issue. Therefore, throughout the year if there is a topic you would like us to address, please let me know, either by leaving a comment below or emailing me directly at CKimball@TPRonline.org. Your opinion definitely matters.