I had hoped to be there on Saturday, but alas will not make it again this
year. I am forwarding the letter below in case anyone is interested in
submitting articles on the genus or related topics to the American
Rhododendron Society Journal. There are are plenty of native species in the
Northeast that would be of interest.
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From: "Sally Perkins" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 06:01:41 -0400
To: "'Susan Clark'" <[log in to unmask]>, <[log in to unmask]>
Cc: "Peter F. George" <[log in to unmask]>, "Anne Perry"
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Subject: FW: Assistance Please
Dear ARS newsletter editors and contacts who answer email: a plea from the
new JARS editor:
As I'm sure all of you know, I am the new Editor of JARS, and while
Sonja has been very helpful in providing me with as many as yet
unpublished submissions as she could, the reality is that in this
transition period at least, 1) I do not yet have all the wonderful
contacts she had developed over the years, and 2) I very much need
more submissions for future issues of JARS ASAP. I have been
searching the newsletters of about the 1/3 of ARS societies that send
them to me, and other magazines available to me for the potential
republishing of some of their articles, but in the short term at
least, I need many more submissions. Each issue takes about 9-12
articles, depending on their lengths, and for each issue, I need a
good mixture of technical and non-technical papers on different
topics, especially if the Board wants more content focused on
"gardening issues". Sonja is helping me to the extent she can, but as
Editor, it is my responsibility to resolve this "shortfall" situation
as best I can.
A big difference between JARS and many other garden-oriented journals
is that all JARS contributions are voluntary and not paid for, which
means content is both mostly dependent on submissions provided by
ARS members and that they do not always come at the most appropriate
or desirable times. JARS is a relatively high-quality, large journal
compared to the periodic issues produced by many other genus (.g.
cyclamen) or family (e.g. orchid) focused societies, and to keep it
relevant, interesting and comprehensive is challenging. I am
therefore asking each of you as knowledgeable people in each of your
geographical areas to either contact people you know who might be
interested in contributing articles and ask them to please submit
contributions to me as soon as possible, or suggest their names (with
email addresses) and areas of interest to me and I will contact them.
I know that this request is unusual, but I believe circumstances
demand it at this time. I hope to ultimately be routinely working on
the content of issues one or two issues ahead of the one currently
being completed, as reviewing and revising issues takes time. Right
now, I'm just focusing on the current issue, and I don't even have
sufficient contributions to fill it. I will work on this challenge at
the Everett convention, but that will be too late to get content for
the this year's summer issue, which has to be finalised by early June.
Any other suggestions or advice as to how to ensure an acceptable
number of appropriate submissions will be submitted would be greatly
appreciated, as I'm still on a steep learning curve as to who are the
most relevant and productive writers with respect to JARS.
Thanks to all of you in advance for your help in resolving this
major, but hopefully somewhat temporary, problem.
Glen Jamieson, Editor
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