The TAGA board asked Jim Harvey, TAGA program development manager, and Dr. Juanita Parris of Sun Chemical, new program committee chair, to conduct a study on the subject of peer-review, which included a survey of prior TAGA papers presenters and TAGA student chapter faculty and non-member graphic arts departments. They found that there is an overwhelming need for a peer-review process, as well as sufficient demand to justify the introduction of a peer-review journal specific to the graphic arts.
According to the Magazine Publishers Association, there are 296 periodicals that support the graphic arts in North America alone. Worldwide however, there is not a single peer-reviewed technical journal dedicated to the graphic arts.
As a result of these studies, the TAGA Board has approved and funded development of The Journal of Graphic Technology, which will be published on a regular quarterly basis beginning this spring.
An Editorial Advisory Board has been formed of TAGA member and board of director volunteers, which Dr. Parris will chair. Dr. Parris will also serve as the editor of the Journal of Graphic Technology. Bob Bassemir of Sun Chemical will serve on the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB).
The EAB has developed a set of author’s guideline for paper submission, manuscript preparation and copyright assignment. These guidelines can be found on the TAGA web site at http://www.taga.org/journalgraphtech/index.html.