When it comes to producing an award-winning journal, the brains behind DAU’s Defense Acquisition Research Journal know the tricks of the trade better than anyone—after all, this is their fifth year in a row to win an APEX Award. The Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) recognizes excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence and is sponsored by Communications Concept Inc. The Defense Acquisition Research Journal won the award for Publication Excellence in the One-of-a-Kind Publications-Government category.
When prompted for the secret of their success, Art Director Michael Krukowski revealed, “The first thing is just having a good team of people. Working well together is the key. And just, for me, having that creative freedom that this publication gives to me.”
“I think we’re always improving and trying to stay relevant,” Assistant Editor Emily Beliles added. “And each year making sure we’re evolving and improving in every area.”
This year’s winning January issue was particularly special for the team, as 2019 marked the 25 Year Anniversary for the Defense Acquisition Research Journal. For Managing Editor Norene Johnson, who’s been part of the publications team since the journal’s inaugural publication in 1994 (then known as Acquisition Review Quarterly), working on this special anniversary edition was not only a bit sentimental, but also nerve-wracking. To commemorate the special occasion, a special seal was created for the edition, as well as a complete history of the journal.
“You see the three of us sitting here, but it’s also about the other people in the department that provide support,” Johnson elaborated. “For example, we have a multimedia assistant, production manager, associate editor, a proofreader—we need all of them in order to pull this off.”
In addition to their assorted team, Beliles specified “a lot of attention to detail” goes into maintaining the quality and spirit of each publication. “Working with multiple authors, and in the design process, there’s so many opportunities for errors to be introduced. We’re always having to double check stuff.”
Despite their numerous wins, the team acknowledged it’s still an honor to be recognized for all their hard work.
“I think for me … it’s nice to be recognized in house,” Johnson admitted. “You always want your leadership and your peers to recognize you. But I think it’s like icing on the cake to be recognized outside of your organization.”
“It’s nice to know that your work is on par with other people, and especially something like a government publication. The fact that we’re able to do that and it can compete on a level with non-government publications that, you know, have billions of dollars they spend on these things and that we’re able to still win awards,” Krukowski said.
Awards aside, the Defense Acquisition Research Journal team relishes having the opportunity to provide the Defense Acquisition Workforce a platform that offers free access to cutting edge research.
Those interested in submitting an article to the academic journal for consideration may visit: https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/p/Defense-ARJ-Submissions.
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