It’s Time to Retire
Over the past five years I have
been privileged to serve as the Editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy
(JoGG). Although I tried once before,
unsuccessfully, to retire and turn JoGG over to new leadership, I believe that
this time it’s going to work out. We are
very fortunate that Blaine Bettinger has agreed to move up from his position as
Associate Editor and take the reins as Editor.
I am very grateful to
From the beginning it was clear to me that our community needed a place where the very high quality work that was being done could be published with peer review. Our work didn’t fit in well with any of the existing journals of genetics, so a new one was needed. The growth of the field has been phenomenal and many capable people have become involved in the research.
The nature of the job as Editor brings one into very close contact with the research of authors who write for JoGG. I have benefited tremendously from reading the manuscripts and working with the authors and reviewers through the editorial process. It was not always a painless process, but it was always interesting, educational, and ultimately rewarding. It was like having my own private university where I was the only student.
During the last five years we have seen a dramatic shift in the dynamics of this field. We have gone from a position where we had to beg the professionals to share their data with us, to a position where much of the work is being led (or driven) by us “amateurs.”
I must admit that there were a few early issues of JoGG when I worried whether we would have more than one article for the next issue. In one early issue we did manage just two articles, but from that point JoGG has steadily grown. Note that the present issue has 10 articles, not to mention several features. We finish Volume 5 with the page count almost reaching 300 pages for the year!
However, I believe that we have just been scratching the surface so far. I see a lot of really good research posted on project web pages and elsewhere on the Internet, that with a little work could be publishable. I know it takes time away from the fun part, but please consider publishing in a peer-reviewed process where your work will surely be strengthened and where all of the community can share your success.
As an Editor I am barely a fit for the job. I have few organizational skills and I am terrible with remembering where things stand in any given project. There is a lot more that could be done with JoGG and I think that it is time to have someone else take JoGG to a higher level.
I hope to use my increased
available time to catch up with the
Most of us know our incoming
Editor, Blaine Bettinger, through his widely read blog,
The Genetic Genealogist (http://www.thegeneticgenealogist.com/).