Jack Minker explains, in his accompanying Editor's Introduction, the circumstances
which have brought about the founding of this new journal, the Theory and
Practice of Logic Programming (TPLP). The birth of any new journal is an occasion
for rejoicing, but in the present case the logic programming community has special
reasons to be proud and grateful.
We should be proud that TPLP is published by the Cambridge University Press.
The Press in Cambridge is the oldest, and many (I am one) believe it is by far the
best, university press in the world. In joining its lists the TPLP immediately acquires
some of the patina of centuries of glorious academic excellence and devotion to
scholarship. It is a splendid thing – an honor, indeed – to be associated with
a publishing house which has for so long and so brilliantly served the academic
community without in any way needing to compromise academic values in achieving
We should be grateful to our colleagues Krzysztof Apt and Maurice Bruynooghe,
who have worked so hard and with such selfless dedication to provide the logic
programming community with a journal that it can continue to sponsor. Sadly, this
is no longer the case with respect to Journal of Logic Programming. In 1984 when
I decided as Founding Editor to publish JLP with the Elsevier organization, the
arrangement was satisfactory to both parties, and continued to be so for many years.
However, more recently, with the increasing pressures being put on library budgets,
the worlds of academic and commercial publishers seem to have grown apart to the
point where incompatibilities outweigh affinities. The logic programming community
has now entered into a far more solid relationship. The logic of the new marriage is
based much more on solid assessment of the interests of both parties. We are living
through times of important change in the publishing world, and the new order is
taking shape along intelligible and stable lines.
All is well. Although it is with sadness that we bid goodbye to the JLP, we must
reflect that this is only a transmigration of one and the same living entity, from an
old incarnation to a new one. So it is with joy and hope that we at the same time
welcome the Theory and Practice of Logic Programming. The JLP had a good life,
and its great spirit will live on in TPLP. The continuity of the logic programming
community's research record is unbroken and unscathed. Its future is now secure in
the care of the best of all possible editorial leadership, and under the banner of the
best of all possible publishers.