From the editor's desk.

Author:Linker, Timothy L.

The Journal of Research Administration is committed to broadening and deepening our shared understanding, so that we can successfully manage the global research enterprise and solve our collective challenges. With the complexities of research administration ever growing, there has never been a greater need for more effective management. Fortunately, research administrators are renowned for their willingness to share their successes and failures. It is with this perspective that the Journal contributes to our field.

I am proud to say that, as of this edition, the Journal is an open-access publication. The Journal and its resources are available to every research administrator, at every level, at every institution, throughout the globe. This transition reflects our profession's willingness to share. If you are a non-SRAI member and wish to have the Journal delivered to you via email, please send a message with your name and institution to Our progress toward reaching all research administrators would not be possible without the generous support of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI), which publishes the Journal and I thank the SRAI members and leadership for their continued support.

The Journal also supports those who seek to share their expertise in our field though out Journal Fellowship Program and SRAI annual conference offerings. The fellowship program, which welcomes its first cohort in January of 2017, will pair seven writing fellows with established authors. This program is designed to guide budding research administration authors through the scholarly writing process. If you are interested in becoming a fellow, calls for future fellowship applications will continue throughout 2017 and will be noted in the Catalyst and on the Journal website (

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