BMCR 1996.01.02

From the Editor’s Disk: BMCR/BMMR/BMR: retrospect and prospect, January 1996

BMCR is five years old, BMMR two and a half. We grow, thrive, and change. A few notes seem in order.

There are now about 250 subscribers receiving the paper, or eco-criminal, version of BMCR, another 1200 receiving BMCR by e-mail, 900 receiving BMMR, and 630 receiving both together. If you subscribed to BMCR on day one, you would now be awaiting in a few days the arrival of your 900th BMCR production; for BMMR we have passed the 200 mark. Sometime in 1996, we will have a new WWW site for archives for both journals with substantially enhanced “look and feel” (ut nostrates aiunt), excellent searching capacity, and a way of seeing Greek as Greek (with alphabet and diacrital marks) on screen. (If you have still not seen Greg Crane’s Perseus web site with Greek as Greek, full text of much pre-Hellenistic Greek literature, and LSJ with hot-links from the citations to the full texts for the pre-Hellenistic stuff, run don’t walk to and have a rummage. The future is now.)

For a long time, we had thought that the next member of our little family would be a separate archaeological review, but instead the editors have recently begun to expand the archaeological coverage of BMCR. Richard Green and James Wright have joined the editorial board, to help Jenifer Neils and Miranda Marvin place archaeological publications for review, and Natalia Vogeikoff, archivist for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, has agreed to be our Greek editor. Her first job has been to gather a list of Greek archaeological publications, which will appear in a message to follow shortly. She will also coordinate reviews of these books as well as translating their “blurbs” until BMCR is able to provide Greek Greek.

BMMR, meanwhile, has been having a bit of a quiet time this fall. We are in a period of transition from one managing editor arrangement to another, and we apologize for the relative inactivity on that front, but we are urgently interested in its future and hope to have announcements over the next few months of some revitalization.

Finally, the editors cannot forbear to express as loudly and ardently as possible their great gratitude not only to the readers who have received these publications with such warmth and enthusiasm but to the literally hundreds of reviewers who have contributed their time, their insight, and their craft to making these journals what they are. The electronic editor, JO’D, cannot forbear to express his admiration and thanks to his co-editors, Rick Hamilton (harum litterarum auctor et actor) and Gene Vance as well.