rowing Pains: The Evolution of a Journal. 
That service-learning has become an important feature on the 
educational landscape is evidenced by the number and quality of 
articles received by the Academic Exchange Quarterly editors for this 
special edition. As a consequence, this issue is twice the size of our 
normal issue, and we will be including in the Spring issue an additional 
service-learning section of articles that, for reasons of space, we simply 
could not include in this issue. Academic Exchange Quarterly readers will, 
in effect, be receiving two additional issues worth of content for this 
academic subscription year.

As Copy Editor, it frequently falls to me to make those difficult decisions 
about placement of articles which have been approved for publication, 
determining in which issue an article will appear and in which section. 
In those early days of the journal, our thought was that the FOCUS section 
would feature articles evidencing serious and careful scholarship while the 
FYI section would feature descriptions of educational projects  or  
practical  teaching tips,  and  the POV section  would  provide  an outlet 
for op-eds. 

Certainly, the journal continues to publish articles of that nature, but 
as this issue makes plain, the FYI section has evolved to include shorter 
articles equal in scholarship to those featured in FOCUS. And the POV 
section has become a forum for longer, carefully researched perspective 
pieces, that are placed in POV for their emphasis on innovative, 
alternative, or controversial viewpoints.

Parallel to these developments has been the growth of Academic Exchange 
Online  At first a means of promoting 
and supporting the journal, it has expanded to include 

-online tracking of submissions
-an author page featuring contributors
-a reader's review of individual articles and of the journal as a whole
-the Borderless Resource, for posting 
	-professional news, 
	-employment opportunities,
	-research projects,
	-theses- and dissertations-in-progress, and
	-calls for out-of-print books, 
-and the latest addition, the AE Extra with 
	-book, web site, and software reviews,
	-student writings,
	-personal and professional interest articles,
	-daily living tips, and more.

What's next? The editorial staff has discussed permanently expanding the 
size of the journal, extended growth of the journal leading to a full time 
editorial staff (to replace, regretfully, those of us who already have full 
time positions but who volunteer our time to make this journal possible), 
future directions for AE Extra, and the possibility of developing a 
professional Academic Exchange organization with regional conferences. 
All of this sounds incredible, but then, who would have predicted we would 
be where we are today?

Bill Stifler
Copy Editor