Military Subjects:  War of 1812


The War of 1812 Magazine

Issue 2: February 2006


Editorial: The Way Ahead

By: John R. Grodzinski

Probably the most difficult aspect in publishing a journal or magazine is launching and sustaining it. Collecting the initial articles, features, images and other materials is most challenging as is working out the details of format and other technical issues. We are most fortunate to have the support of a number of people, such as Donald E. Graves and Robert Burnham, in easing the launch and sustainment of this on-line publication, while the sponsorship of Robin Brass Studio is also appreciated. Robin Brass is a fine book designer whose stable of published titles includes many important books on the War of 1812.

It is our hope to attract many of those interested in the War of 1812, to consider submitting articles, book reviews, images and news to this site for publication. Despite being called a forgotten conflict, there are many enthusiasts of the Second American War, who have much to share with our readers. We invite everyone to submit material for publication.

Concomitantly, an editorial policy is being developed to ensure that what is published is of an acceptable standard. This will include a peer review process to gauge the quality of all submissions, while the Editor will ensure that grammatical, spelling and syntax are within standards. This is particularly challenging as we are dealing with like peoples, Americans, Canadians and British, who are divided by a common language using differing numbers of vowels, word endings and expressions. “War of 1812” or “Second American War” is just one example of the differences we see not only in perspective, but in language.

While the War of 1812 Magazine is not intended to be a scholarly publication, solid research, good writing and respectful debate will guide what we publish. Those who may be concerned that this process may substantially change what they have written can rest easy. While the Editor reserves the right to make minor changes (mainly dealing with grammar and spelling), authors will be advised if more substantive changes may be necessary and these will only be done with upon the approval of the author. We will not change anything just because it may not conform to someone else’s views.

As part of the editorial policy, we will announce in the next issue, the members of our editorial board who will guide this process. This international body of writers and scholars who are all knowledgeable on the War of 1812, will ensure that this magazine remains interesting, relevant and fair.

We are in the midst of the 200th anniversary of the Napoleonic Wars. For example, in 2005, conferences, parades, memorial services, re-enactments and other events were held to commemorate the bicentennials of the Battle of Trafalgar and Austerlitz. We are also approaching similar anniversaries to the events leading up to the War of 1812 and the war itself. Already there have been discussions between representatives of historical sites in Ontario to consider ideas, while in the United States a more formal national organization has been created to oversee the bicentennial. Undoubtedly, there is great interest in these plans and many would like to know more. We therefore invite organizations and groups planning events to advise us of what they are doing, so we can post the details on the site.

Lastly, I would like to thank those who offered comments on the first issue. We are only as good and as strong as our readership and supporters make us, so please write with your views, ideas and more importantly, items for publication.

As always, we hope you enjoy this issue of the War of 1812 Magazine.


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