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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2001, MCB UP Limited
Note from the managing editor
Emerald, the new name and vision for MCB UP Ltd
From 2002, the publishers of this journal will be changing their trading name from MCB UP Ltd to Emerald. In doing so, we shall be building on the success of the Emerald Fulltext database – the on-line database that contains the current and archival content of The Leadership & Organization Development Journal and many other journals besides. You will see some very clear changes in 2002: this journal will feature a new logo and an entirely new cover design, both reflecting the Emerald brand.
It is very likely that you already know the Emerald name because electronic usage of our journal content has doubled every year since 1996 and the trend continues. Here are some interesting statistics about the Emerald database:
There were nearly 1million user sessions in 2000.
Over 5.5 million articles were delivered to users in 2001 (more than 16,000 per day).
Between January 2000 and May 2001, the number of academic institutions with access to Emerald Fulltext more than tripled.
Ninety-two per cent of the world's top business schools choose Emerald journals and 93 per cent of them have contributed articles to Emerald journals ("top" business schools based on Financial Times business school rankings 2000).
Why is this such important news for all potential authors amongst this journal's readership? Simply because any paper published in this peer-reviewed journal in 2002 will ultimately be disseminated to a vast, global audience of both academics and practitioners. What better incentive could there be for submitting your work to The Leadership & Organization Development Journal in 2002?
In July 2001, The Leadership & Organization Development Journal was the most requested title on the Emerald Fulltext database of 100+ journals, with more than 40,000 users consulting the journal's full-text articles, abstracts or contents' pages. Of the top 10 most requested/downloaded articles overall, four had been published in The Leadership & Organization Development Journal.
Content coming your way in 2002
Throughout Vol. 23, The Leadership & Organization Development Journal will continue to provide the best of current research and practice in organisation change and organisation leadership.
Dr Marie McHugh, Reader in Organizational Behaviour at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, will be guest-editing a special issue on "Public sector leadership", looking at the concept of leadership in a changing public sector. Public sector organisations around the world are under increasing demands from a range of stakeholders to deliver high-quality services through efficient and effective organisations. In this context, effective leadership and organisational development become critical factors in the achievement of public sector performance levels. This special issue intends to explore individual, organisational and cultural issues that impact upon leadership behaviour and practice within the public sector. Publication is scheduled provisionally for Vol. 23 No. 7, 2002.
Special issue proposals
The Editor, Professor Tony Berry, would like to propose a special issue on "Management consultancy". It is envisaged that this issue will be published towards the end of 2002 or early 2003. If you have expertise or interests in this area and would like to contribute to this issue, please contact Professor Berry direct (contact details shown on the Notes for contributors) to discuss your ideas.
Dr Susan Cartwright (Manchester School of Management, UMIST, UK) would like to propose a special issue on "Leadership and organisational psychology". Interested contributors are invited to contact Dr Cartwright direct at Susan.Cartwright@UMIST.ac.uk to discuss ideas.