25th Anniversary - Virtual Special Issue
Journal of Urban Technology
When we first conceived of this journal, JUT’s managing editor and my wife, Maryann Donato and I were celebrating our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Our children had left us “empty nesters”, so we made room in our house for a “brain child”. Recently, having celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary, we now celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Journal of Urban Technology.
For the first four years of its existence, the journal was a “mom and pop” operation emanating from our kitchen table. With help from colleagues at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and the support of early board members, articles were acquired, reviewed, edited, and typeset into “camera-ready copy”. Printing and distribution costs were covered by modest early grants from NYNEX, Con Edison, and Teleport Communications.
Its early days were somewhat New York-centric until Simon Marvin and Stephen Graham in Newcastle, UK learned about us and introduced us to Carfax, a small academic press in Oxford. Once acquired by Carfax, the journal went international with its board, its articles, and its readership. That readership grew as did the company, eventually merging with Taylor & Francis/Informa.
It is sometimes hard to remember that when JUT began publishing, there was no World Wide Web; there was no Internet of Things; urban infrastructures were neither networked nor splintered; phones were just beginning to become “mobile”, but were not yet “smart”; and people were thinking about how to make cities sustainable, but weren’t talking about making them “smart”. Finally, the ways in which articles in the journal are now composed, submitted, reviewed, published, accessed, and archived have all changed in ways we did not foresee at that kitchen table many years ago. | Read the full intro here