All this began in 2007 in informal conversations among the members of the still Pre-Department of Communication Studies in Tarragona, at the University Rovira i Virgili. There, with my colleagues Bernat López, Jordi Farré and Josetxo Cerdan… we decided to enrol in a huge project: to launch an international journal in English that would publish the best research on media and communications related to the Catalan society, but open to other national contexts.
Today the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies is a reality thanks to Intellect Books, who trusted in the project and in the team. The CJCS has published dozens of good articles following a blind peer review policy and last year the prestigious international index, Scopus, included the title in the database. Today, articles are indexed and the texts are in the most important academic platforms.
Acting as editor has been a pleasure and also a huge work, sometimes tiring, at moments exciting (especially interesting is when the new issue arrived at your mail box…). But the thing that I will better remember is my relationship with people: colleagues, reviewers, authors, and publishers… After six years, I leave the post of Editor of the CJCS having all them in my mind, thanks very much to all.
Dr. Cilia Willem, who recently has been enrolled at the Department of Communication Studies, will be the new editor of CJCS. She has an excellent profile and qualities to carry out the task of leading an international journal. I am very satisfied to see that the CJCS faces a bright future at her hands.
There is a never-ending list of people to thank… sorry if anyone is not mentioned here… The editorial team (Bernat López, Jordi Farré, Josetxo Cerdan, Hugh O’Donnell, Carme Farré, Yolanda Tortajada), the Editorial Board members, the reviewers that kindly offered their expertise, Intellect’s staff, to my colleagues at the Department of Communication Studies.. Thanks also to readers and to colleagues that encourage me to stand on the first line.