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Aroideana--Happy 30 th. birthday

  • Subject: Aroideana--Happy 30 th. birthday
  • From: <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:00:32 +0000

[Aroid-l] Some More Thoughts on Aroideana/IAS Newsletter‏
From: 	aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com on behalf of Victor Soukup (soukupvg@email.uc.edu)
Sent: 	Tue 12/11/07 4:56 AM
Reply-to: 	Discussion of aroids (aroid-l@gizmoworks.com)
To: 	aroid-l@gizmoworks.com

Dear Vic,

So very well said!   Your ''cautions'' are also VERY valid!
We will all strive to ensure that "our" Aroideana, after 29 years, as 2008 will make it 30 years (YES, I SAID THIRTY YEARS!!) of ongoing publications, does NOT go the way of the short-lived "Trillium", which I`m certain was begun with such high hopes and intentions!
All tip their hats to past editors and board members, and a VERY special tip of the hat and heartfelt thanks to our present editor, Mr. Derek Burch!   Derek, keep up the GREAT work!!
Hopefully someone with another side to this discussion will come forward to present THIER point of view, or better yet, they might soon submit a meaningful article/articles to be published in Aroideana!
To all out there, seasons greetings and Happy Holidays.


>>To Members with various wants/needs.
	About 20 years ago after the seven independent wildflower societies in 
Ohio decided to get together to form a Ohio Native Plant Society, a first 
order of business was to decide on a publication to serve the various 
wants/needs of the group.  This was the birth of the short-lived journal 
"Trillium", Journal of the Ohio Native Plant Society.  The aspirations for 
what would appear were lofty.  It would carry scientific articles of 
various caliber and discussions of wildflower sites to visit,  and 
announcements of coming events of statewide importance.  Trillium was to be 
a quarterly periodical, but due to various problems soon was an annual.  It 
folded after three years because the only articles were those of the 
officers or editors.  No amount of pleading, including blackmail (ask me 
about details if interested) could drag articles out of would-be 
	The situation with Aroideana is similar yet different in one important 
way.  Aroideana has become a primary journal in which research articles are 
published.  It has a certain standard to maintain.  For example, it serves 
as the publication site (one of the requirements of naming a new species) 
of many new Aroids.  Therefore it has a reputation to uphold.  The other 
articles, all with merit, are the icing on the cake, and cover many 
interesting and important aspects of our favorite family --- not just 
anyone's favorite genera.  I am hoping that my study on the acids of the 
seed lipids will be accepted when ready.
	The Newsletter, I think, serves its purpose adequately, sometimes 
brilliantly.  That is where news of events, ideas about cultivation, etc. 
should appear.
	How could we make things better?  Before we opt to publish Aroideana as a 
quarterly, let us remember what happens when you give a party and no one 
comes.  You have to have articles  waiting to be published and we know that 
the editor is regularly asking/begging for papers for the once a year 
format.  I'm sure everyone would be willing to an increase in dues of $10 - 
20 dollars  for a quarterly journal if it was of the same quality.  But you 
must have the articles!
	I am not advocating for change or for status quo  I just hope that 
everyone will take a good look at what we have before wanting to move on, 
and what they will be willing to contribute to make any new form a success.
	Been down that road,
Vic Soukup PhD
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006  
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