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La Educación
Número: (114) I
Año: 1993
EDITORIAL

In the editorial of our previous issue, we announced that our goal of bringing our journal up to date had been achieved, and that, beginning with this issue, La Educación will resume its quarterly publication schedule. Subsequently, our objective for 1993 is to update our list of subscribers and establish a new system for international distribution.

In Latin America a substantial number of issues is sent to education professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in activities sponsored by the Regional Program for Educational Development (PREDE) of the Organization of American States (OAS). Due to the internal dynamics of official institutions and ministries of education, there is considerable mobility of highranking personnel and technical staff. If these subscribers do not advise us of their new addresses, La Educación is sent to an incorrect address and the Post Office subsequently returns the journal to us, resulting in a loss of expense and time.

The Department of Educational Affairs of the OAS is making a sincere effort to offer a reasonable number of free subscriptions as an educational service to Latin America and the Caribbean. Many institutions with high multiplier effects within the Region cannot afford the price of the annual subscription because of structural or economic constraints. In addition, the circulation of La Educación grew from 7,000 copies in 1990 91 to almost 9,000 by the end of 1992, and almost 2,000 new subscriptions have been received for the first quarter of 1993. This increased demand brings great satisfaction to PREDE. However, it is also a source of concern for the simple reason that we have to adapt our limited budget to the rising demand for La Educación, a journal which, today, exemplifies the importance of the dissemination and exchange of educational information.

In order to stay within the printing limits imposed by our budgetary constraints, and to avoid a significant increase in subscription costs, in 1993, after a painstaking study, we have decided to adopt the system described below.

Subscribers

* Institutional subscriptions

Institutional subscribers have priority to ensure that institutions with high multiplier effects continue to receive our publication. Institutional subscribers are public and private (national, state, or regional) universities; faculties of education and related fields; professional associations and academies of education; research centers; specialized libraries; institutions of higher learning for teacher training; normal schools (teachers' colleges); associations of educators; schools and colleges; and nongovernmental educational organizations, among others. Three categories of subscriptions have been established: exchange, complimentary, and paid.

o Individual subscriptions

Individual subscriptions will continue to be available in order to consolidate the mechanisms for communication, collaboration, and exchange of information within the region as well as outside. Three categories of subscriptions have been established: exchange, complimentary, and paid.

Categories

For practical purposes, our subscriptions have been categorized as follows:

o Exchange

La Educación will be sent at no cost to institutions and persons who produce serial, periodical, or occasional publications and send them to the Editorial Center of the Department of Educational Affairs. These publications are registered and then sent to the Columbus Library of the General Secretariat of the OAS. This category will be reviewed every year. If it is determined that no publication has been received in exchange during the year, the subscription will be deleted from the database until the exchange arrangement is renewed.

o Complimentary

Since subscriptions are free of charge, a quota will be assigned to each country. The journal will only be sent institutions and persons who (a) participate directly in the execution of multinational and national projects and/or in regional activities of PREDE; (b) have agreements for collaboration, cooperation, and exchange with the General Secretariat of the OAS; (c) are members of technical and policy making bodies at the national level in the area of education, science, or culture; (d) have been awarded the "Andrés Bello" Inter American Prize for Education or have received honorable mention for it; (v) are regular or occasional contributors to the different sections of La Educación for the year in which the contribution or contributions were made; and (vi) are nonprofit governmental or nongovernmental organizations whose activities relate to teaching, research, or the production of teaching materials or public information on education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

o Paid

The number of these subscriptions has been revised and one price has been assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and another to the United States, Canada, Europe, and other countries. In addition to defraying part of the production costs, this amount will cover the rising postal costs within and outside the region. The subscription prices (given in US dollars) and the payment procedures are shown on the perforated subscription form at the front of the journal.

Procedures

On the first page of this issue the reader will find the new subscription form in English and Spanish. This form is to be filled out and airmailed to the following address:

Editorial Center, La Educación
Department of Educational Affairs
Organization of American States
2nd Floor
1889 F Street, N.W. 20006
Washington, D.C. 20006 U.S.A.

The form may be faxed to:

(202) 458 6263
Editorial Center, La Educación
Department of Educational Affairs
Organization of American States
2nd Floor
1889 F Street, N.W. 20006
Washington, D.C. 20006 U.S.A.

Individual subscriptions will not be changed during this year in order to facilitate subscription renewal for our readers. As these renewals arrive by airmail or fay, they will be entered into the new electronic database. As of March 30, 1994, our publication will be sent only to those who have renewed their subscriptions using the established procedure,

We are convinced that these new arrangements will enable us to better serve our readers. As with any new procedure, some glitches may occur in the initial stages of its operation. Please excuse any inconvenience that this may cause.

The Editor