Introducing the journal
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Some time ago, I remember overhearing a conversation among several colleagues, obviously afflicted with early onset conference fatigue, awaiting yet another panel at the convention hotel. “You know,” said one, “sometimes I think someone should place a large sign over the registration booth of the next conference that says in bold letters ‘Is This Breakthrough Really Necessary?’” Not a bad question, and timely for readers and publishers of a new journal. Well, is this journal really necessary?
A brief history is useful here. The journal is the flagship publication for the recently created Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS). The AESS, and the journal are a response to the continuing growth of Environmental Studies and Sciences (ES&S) across the USA and internationally. For more than four decades after the first environmental studies program was launched, there was no professional society dedicated to serving the thousands of faculty members who teach, manage, or...