As we all turn the page on the calendar and 2009 becomes 2010, it is worth noting that an especially important milestone in the history of Spectroscopy has been reached.
As we all turn the page on the calendar and 2009 becomes 2010, it is worth noting that an especially important milestone in the history of Spectroscopy has been reached. I do not want to steal the thunder of the special edition of Spectroscopy that is scheduled to come out later this year, but when this issue arrived in mailboxes, many readers may have noticed the new commemorative logo gracing the cover. 2010 marks the twenty-fifth year of continuous publishing for Spectroscopy, a particularly impressive accomplishment in this age of digital-only publications and fly-by-night start-ups.
Our anniversary issue will delve into the history of Spectroscopy more deeply, but just to briefly give readers an idea of how long ago twenty five years really is, when the first volume of Spectroscopy came out, Ronald Reagan was the president, there was still a Soviet Union, “Aliens” was the number one movie of the year, and a fateful groundball trickled through Bill Buckner’s legs to make the New York Mets the champions of baseball. In short, it was a long time ago, and the world was a very different place.However, one thing has always remained the same over the years, namely, that spectroscopists need and require an objective, unbiased source of technical advice and research to assist them in their daily work, and this is what Spectroscopy has provided for nearly three decades. That this humble, peer-reviewed technical journal has survived and thrived for a quarter of a century is certainly something we take great pride in, and as with most accomplishments, we owe it to you, our loyal readers and advertisers who follow Spectroscopy and the field of materials analysis in general with such a heartfelt passion. Spectroscopy couldn’t have come this far without you, and I think I speak for everyone on the staff when I say that we are looking forward to bringing you the same high-quality information and research for the next twenty-five years.