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Re: REF: Journals

From: "John Montgomery" <monashee@junction.net>

Ian wrote:
> Everyone's view of the world is different and the discussion about the
> weakness of AIS is, in my view, reflected in the Bulletin.  It is well
> produced and edited but simply lacks interesting articles.  Now, if
> SIGNA could be published like the AIS Bulletin, we would be getting
> somewhere.

I am not sure that I agree with this statement.  As a sometimes, 
emergency editor for the NALS QB, one of the cautions which I 
always received and which I consider to be valid, was to always 
remember that for any given issue, there will be both beginner and 
experienced readers. It is very tempting to try to fill each issue with 
advanced material. If the editor does that, the probability is that a 
great many new members will fail to renew. 

This problem is made more difficult in the AIS Bulletin due to the 
great differences between the divisions. The specialist arilbred 
grower will not likely be excited by an in depth paper on bulbous 
iris and vice versa. It seems to me that the place for most of the 
highly technical papers in in the publications of the various 
sections. This is well done by the Species, Historic and Aril 
sections among others.

Bill Shear talked of the clutter of administrative stuff in each issue. I 
agree and there is a solution. I once belonged to the Amer. Rock 
garden Soc. and their Quarterly, at that time at least, was entirely 
devoted to plants. All of the minutes and other such material was 
printed on as a separate leaflet, folded but unbound. The member 
had the choice to file this information or destroy as desired. It 
seems to me that this procedure would reduce printing costs and 
really clean up the Quarterly.

John Montgomery
Vernon  BC  Zone 5

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