- © 2016 American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists
The 2016 volume of Palynology is its 40th, and the red colour of the cover this year seeks to celebrate the journal’s ruby anniversary. It therefore felt appropriate to present an Editorial article to provide both a retrospective, and an informed look to the future.
AASP – The Palynological Society (AASP – TPS) was founded in December 1967 as the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists or AASP (Traverse & Sullivan 1983; Demchuk & Riding 2008; Traverse 2008). The name-change to AASP – TPS was agreed in 2008 in order to reflect the expanded scope of the science of palynology and the international membership of the society. One of the association’s principal aims was to hold a peripatetic annual scientific meeting, the proceedings of which were to be published in a single volume every year. From the outset, the unique selling points of this journal were to be high-quality plate reproduction on very good paper, with no formal restriction on the proportion of display materials to text and no maximum or minimum page/word limits. The first Managing Editor was Lewis E. Stover. Seven volumes of Geoscience and Man between 1970 and 1976 and Palynology volumes 1 to 32, where appropriate, included the abstracts of presentations given at these annual symposia together with group photographs. This tradition was ceased in 2009 with volume 33 because of space constraints. Moreover, the journal is now subdivided into three parts, and hence is patently not an annual proceedings publication. These abstracts and group photographs constitute part of the living history of AASP – TPS, and it is intended that these should all be housed on the society website as part of the newsletter series (http://www.palynology.org).
Looking back, there have been four watershed events in the history of the serial journal …