A Change for the Better
“No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn around.” We don’t really know who said that, but whoever that person is, we want him to know we’re truly grateful. Now that 2017 has come to a close, we would like to begin our journey by turning around. That is not to say that we have gone on a wrong road. We have always been on the right track. g matters— that need to be resolved before we even start anything new. The issue of plagiarism is one. Last August 16, 2017, Writer’s Beware, an online blog posted an article about our magazine of which we are sincerely grateful for bringing the problem to our attention. We take accusations like these seriously and have investigated the case.
Plagiarism, by all means, is a breach of our responsibility to provide you with reliable information. The magazine wants to be entertaining and informative at the same time, but above all useful especially to our aspiring authors who have put their confidence in our ability to serve them.
The particular issue should never have been published. We sincerely apologize that it was. We also know that we should have done this right after finding out the incident. We looked into the problem right away, but it required further details. The writers involved were like a family to us but, we were left with no other choice but to let them go after thoroughly reviewing their works.
Paperclips started not too long ago. Because we were not doing journalism, our writers didn’t have journalistic backgrounds back then. But times have changed, and so, have we. We started changing as we see the magazine progressed.
Today, with its fast-growing number of readers, Paperclips Magazine, we believe, has raised its standards and has continued getting better because we know that you deserve more from us. Months ago, finally been installed in our peer review system, where all submitted papers are scanned and analyzed. There were in fact, already a few submissions that have been rejected. We hope that, through this, we will be able to acquire submissions that are reliable and are intellectually honest, a magazine that every reader could trust.
Since Paperclips now goes print as well, we added a new section in this issue, “Bookworm’s corner,” for the next generation of storytelling stars. Our Creative Director, Larry Blanc, and his team also did a fantastic job of redesigning the magazine’s overall look, from its illustrations, photography and fonts to provide a great experience of reading to our readers with its beautiful design. At the same time, our IT Director, Nico Mac has also brilliantly created a new digital format for these pieces to be artfully presented online— in greater volume and in greater speed.
These modifications are made possible also because of the members of the Editorial Board, Design Team and some members of Legaia Books who undoubtedly have important contributions in implementing the changes made. With its new section, new graphics, new layout and renewed dedication to giving you what you deserve, Paperclips is now more than ready to face whatever this year has to offer.
Please be free to let us know if there are any topics you’d like to see covered in the future. We’d be more than happy to hear from you.
Happy New Year!
Paperclips Magazine Team!
Raleigh, North Carolina USA