We welcome our readers.
And we thank the many who have written to express their appreciation for the meaningfulness of the first two issues of GPN,
which have earned praise both as interesting reading and as filling an
important function providing source materials for those concerned with
genocide and its prevention.
We also note with some excitement that participation in creating articles and stories for GPN
and in submitting professional information is growing and includes
scholars and professionals from many different parts of the world.
Readers of past issues will recall our announcing that we were
publishing our "Web-mag" (Web magazine) in a blog format (which some
people point out is also a form of website) until we complete the
construction of our fuller website. We think we are on the verge, and
that Issue 4 Fall 2010 will already appear in the next web format.
Among our various anticipations – we too will be finding out what it's
all about – are that what we intend as a "page" will fit on to a full
screen which will not require scrolling on many computers, and when
printed out will produce a nicely readable font for many eyes including
those of older readers; also that it will be easier to separate out a GPN
article or story for printing such as for use in academic settings as
readings for researchers and students. We also expect that the website
will provide a strong Search capacity for tracking content topics both
in a given issue and in all past issues of GPN.
At this time our staff are already entering the first three blog issues
also into the new web format so that the Search functions will cover
all materials from Issue 1 on.
In this issue we introduce for the first time three GPN
Editorial Blogs and these deserve some explanation as to our 'Terms of
Editorial Engagement.' In genocide studies you can forget about
unanimity of opinions about just about anything—try for example defining
any event as genocide, genocidal massacre, ethnic cleansing, crime
against humanity, or human rights abuse, and stand back for the
ricochets of disagreements. Basically, our policy is that everything we
publish has the overall agreement of myself, Marc and Elihu to publish
it but not at all necessarily our agreement about every statement made.
In each case, the Editorial Blogs are signed by the person(s) who wrote
them and they are the ones to whom you can protest with your
disagreements. Titles of articles are written by the identified authors.
The pre-headers or brief introductory blurbs in the Table of Contents
are my responsibility as the Editor-in-Chief and are usually written by
me without necessarily having secured the review of all editors.
Again our reminder to ourselves and to you our readers: Producing a
webmag gets to be fun in its own right and we are having that, but the
only real purpose of GPN is to create a tool that makes a real contribution to the knowledge and understanding of genocide and especially to its prevention.
Best wishes from all of us on the GPN Staff,
Israel W. Charny