Invitation to Participate in NABS/JNABS Name Change Discussions
Expiration Date: 3/15/2020
Dear NABS Members,
In 2009, the NABS Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) submitted a 5-year Strategic Plan for the Society. This plan recommended that a name change for the society should be considered in order for the society to “better position itself so as to be viewed as a key source for science-based management decisions and to influence public policy and perceptions”. The J-NABS Strategic Plan, prepared by David Strayer and Bern Sweeney in 2009, similarly identified the title of the journal as a potential limitation to the journal’s competitiveness. The two Strategic Plans were merged into one document following the 2009 annual meetings in Grand Rapids https://www.benthos.org/Members-Only/Society-Business/NABS-5y-Strategic-Plan.aspx. The J-NABS Editorial Board has since submitted a white paper to the NABS Executive Committee further defining their recommendation for a title change for the journal https://www.benthos.org/Members-Only/Society-Business/Time-for-a-Change-.aspx.
The NABS Executive Committee and NABS Officers have reviewed the recommendations from both the Society LRPC and the Journal’s Editorial Board, and suggest that our society should engage in a discussion of these issues.
Given these recommendations, we would like to engage the society in a web-based discussion of a potential name change for the society and/or the journal. Please give us your views by participating in these discussions https://www.benthos.org/Members-Only/NABSWeb-Forum.aspx. If there is sufficient interest, we will conduct an open town hall-style meeting to discuss these issues in Santa Fe.
Thank you for giving us your input on this important issue.
Nancy C. Tuchman, NABS President
Lucinda B. Johnson, NABS President-Elect
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