In its first year Tectonics was a smashing success. It surpassed all standard projections for a new journal. Changes are in store for 1983 that will make Tectonics an even more attractive place for geologists and geophysicists to publish their work.
In June 1981 the AGU Council approved the creation of Tectonics, a journal devoted to a narrowly defined area of geophysics. Eight years had passed since AGU had created its last new journal, Geophysical Research Letters. During those years, the Council members and Publications Committee members had wrestled with the complex problems of how best to serve the evolving information needs of the membership and how to respond to criticisms of the current journals program.