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September-October 2009

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Announcing A Change of Ownership

I want to share with you some exciting news that will impact the future of Rocks & Minerals. This past summer Taylor & Francis, a UK-based publishing company, purchased thirty-seven titles from Heldref Publications, including Rocks & Minerals.

Heldref Publications has owned and nurtured these titles for many years. And now, our decision to sell them comes after a long and detailed assessment of industry trends and realities.

Taylor & Francis, with more than two centuries’ experience and over fifteen hundred journals in its portfolio, is immeasurably better equipped to expand the horizons and influence of these publications than are we. I am fully confident of their good intentions to develop these publications to their full potential. And, after you review the Taylor & Francis website (www. and consider their stature and leadership in the industry, I am sure you will conclude, as we have, that this change is a good thing for the publications and for those affiliated with them.

In the years since Heldref Publications acquired Rocks & Minerals in 1975, the magazine has grown from a slim, 6 x 9-inch, black-and-white publication to the full-sized, full-color, peer-reviewed, 96-page magazine that you are holding in your hands. It is an undisputed leader in its community. We are proud of that achievement, and we are enormously grateful for the enormous, in fact indispensable, contribution made by the managing editor, Marie Huizing, who has served so ably since 1978. With that in mind, I know you will be reassured to know that Marie, as well as Sally Wright, the magazine’s advertising representative, will continue with the magazine under the Taylor & Francis banner. Likewise, the review board of executive and consulting editors will remain.

In the aftermath of the sale, the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation (and Heldref Publications) will continue as a nonprofit, educational institute. However, it will be restructured and renamed, with a mission that will pay tribute to the work and legacy of two of its founders, Jeane and Evron Kirkpatrick, in the areas of public diplomacy, democratic development, and the protection of human rights.

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