THE MICHIGAN BOTANIST
EDITOR'S NOTE: THE 50TH VOLUME OF
THE MICHIGAN BOTANIST
It is immensely gratifying to inaugurate the fiftieth year of publication of The
Michigan Botanist! Reaching this milestone acknowledges that the study of
botany in the Great Lakes region is alive and well. Although they are too numerous to acknowledge individually, the previous editors, business managers,
and volunteers are all thanked for their efforts to ensure that this high-quality
publication has persisted.
As would be expected, a few things have changed in the past 49 years, yet,
many facets of the publication remain the same. In the first issue of The Michigan Botanist published in 1962, the Editorial board wrote: "With this publication, the Michigan Botanical Club launches into a new venture, the final direction of which it would be premature to predict with precision" (The Michigan
Botanist, volume 1, issue 1, p. 3). Upon comparison of the content of that first
issue to those of the last five years, it is clear that the original intention of the
journal remains: we continue to publish content devoted to the diverse aspects of
plant life including fungi, lichens, algae, non-vascular and vascular plants in the
Great Lakes region. Furthermore, the editors stated "It may be expected that on
conservation issues, The Michigan Botanist will reflect the interests of the
Michigan Botanical Club". Without a doubt, the numerous publications documenting all aspects of the flora of the diverse regions of the Great Lakes has
contributed to conservation efforts over the past 49 years. In these ways, it is
likely that the direction the journal has taken is similar to that envisioned by the
editors in 1962. Yet, on the other hand, in 1962 it would have been impossible to
predict that The Michigan Botanist could exist in an electronic format and be dispersed to every corner of the globe! Therefore, it is with great pleasure I inform
readers that MPublishing and the Michigan Botanical Club (MBC) announce the
launch of an online, open-access component to The Michigan Botanist
<http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mbot>, the peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by MBC since 1962. This is the first time the full text of the journal has
been made available online.
The initial launch consists of volumes 37-48 (1998-2009), with both older
and newer issues available. Dues-paying members of MBC will continue to receive print copies of the journal, but going forward, the full text of each issue
will also be made freely available online to search, browse, read, and download.
In closing, it is probably safe to say that The Michigan Botanist will continue
to publish on all aspects of plant life in the Great Lakes region that will contribute to conservations efforts. Yet, I will echo the sentiments of the founding
editors by stating that it remains impossible to predict what other directions The
Michigan Botanist will take in the next 50 years.
-Todd J. Barkman