The Journal's Journey

Lee, Shelley A.
June 2004
Journal of Financial Planning;Jun2004, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p46
Academic Journal
The article focuses progress of the Journal of Financial Planning. In 1979, a 64-page publication called the Journal of Institute of Certified Financial Planners (ICFP) made its debut that October. Its mission was pretty straightforward, that is to inform its readers of innovative and constructive tools in financial planning. The journal was in tenuous position in the early 1980s. Eileen Sharkey, certified financial planner at Sharkey Howes and Javer, who served on the ICFP board in 1981-90, was handed chairmanship of the publications and communications committee at her first board meeting, with responsibility of overseeing the journal. In 1985, point-counterpoint articles joined the line-up of technical contributions, In 1988, the journal saw its first significant overhaul--a new name, new content, a new size and a new look. As the Journal of Financial Planning matured and gained visibility within the growing profession, manuscript submissions increased and the editorial staff could afford to be choosier about what it accepted. The journal began to be viewed by many practitioners as the place to turn not only to read articles with the latest thinking, but to write about them. In the 1990s, the journal published pieces of four topics that today are simply referred to by their authors' last names as examples of groundbreaking boldness: Wagner, Bengen, Hopewell, Jahnke. One of them is Dick Wagner's essay called To Think...Like a CFP. In 1998, the journal increased frequency again, to eight times yearly, and in 2000, with the merger of the ICFP and the International Association for Financial Planning to create the Financial Planners Association, it went monthly.


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