Sex Abuse (2007) 19:1–2
Published online: 27 February 2007
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
This editorial messsage focuses on impact. First, an account of the impact of a well known
authority in our ﬁeld, and second, an account of the impact of our own journal.
First, an individual’s impact.
On December 15, 2006 in a ceremony in Ottawa, Canada’s Governor General Michaelle
Jean named our dear friend and colleague William (Bill) Marshall an Ofﬁcer of the Order of
Canada, for transforming the way prison systems around the world work to rehabilitate sex
The following is taken from the Order of Canada website and describes the honour:
“The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada’s Honours System and recognizes a
lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are
varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.
The Order of Canada’s motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a
Bill will need no introduction to readers of this journal. A Past President of ATSA and a
frequent and popular speaker at ATSA’s annual convention, Bill has made major contributions
to our science, over a period of more than 30 years, some of it in the pages of this journal.
A visit to the website of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment will reveal
that Bill Marshall has been the most proliﬁc contributor of substantive research articles to
this journal over the past 20 years. (Bill’s total number of contributions to this journal (18)
is below Barry Maletsky’s (20). However, Barry was a long time editor of the journal and
many of his contributions were brief editorials. I hope Barry will not mind my declaring Bill
the most proliﬁc author.)
I am certain that the members of ATSA and readers of this journal will want to join me
in expressing our sincerest congratulations to Bill on the Canadian honor, a very signiﬁcant
recognition of his contribution to our ﬁeld.
Second, the impact of our journal. On September 12, 2006, the following article was
Walters, G. D. (2006). Measuring the utility of journals in the Crime-Psychology ﬁeld:
Beyond the impact factor. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and
Technology, 57, 1804–1813.