Note from Managing Editor:
Why the road aesthetic, you might ask. First off, thanks for noticing (or at least for scrolling all the way to the end of the series)!
Secondly, to answer the question, I think that any good infrastructure — from streets to editorial management systems — should feel invisible. You really only notice them when something is wrong: there’s a pothole, the submission system is clunky, it’s not pedestrian friendly, it’s not author friendly. Moreover, good infrastructure serves many needs. It accommodates the actions of walkers, bikers, cars, semi-trucks or authors, peer-reviewers, editors, and managers. The landscape and ecosystems matter in how they’re constructed and used by the community. There are policies and bureaucracy created surrounding how the infrastructure is built, who it serves, and how it’s used.
There’s not a one-size-fits-all ideal road or editorial management system. But thankfully so! There are so many places to journey towards, and I hope that this series continues the conversations, critiques, and reflections on the roads (both metaphorical with regard to editorial management systems and literal roads) we use and the pathways we’d like to create going forward.