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We try to be fair, accurate, civil, and humane. Since 1985 we have been publishing a magazine promoting policies of peace and before that we published a monthly tabloid newspaper. Insofar as possible, we strive to be an open forum for the discussion of timely controversies about social issues, international affairs, and military/disarmament policies. The work of writing and producing our magazine and talk show is done entirely by highly experienced volunteers. Only the printing house and mailing costs are paid.
Since the founding of the magazine, our masthead has displayed this notice: “Peace Magazine favors multilateral disarmament and, within that broad context, takes no editorial position. Views expressed by contributors do not represent the opinions of CANDIS or the magazine. Submissions by academics are peer-reviewed. Editorial or pictorial content may be reproduced in any medium, provided that reprints are prominently credited and that copies of any reprinted materials are forwarded to us.” You can see the archive of all our previous print publications on peacemagazine.org and all our videos and podcasts on our secondary website, tosavetheworld.ca.
We are of course willing (but have rarely needed) to insert corrections in the next issue of the magazine or on either of our websites. Indeed, fewer than one factual correction per year are typically required, for our editorial team is meticulous. Opinions are a different matter; it is not unusual for other writers to submit letters or articles expressing analyses contradictory to those we have printed. We encourage such controversial exchanges—indeed, we wish there were more of them. Most of our readers and contributors seem to be “like-minded” liberals or social democrats.
Peace Magazine is a quarterly print publication. Before being accepted for publication, all submissions must be read and approved by two or more members of the editorial team, which meets for an evening twice monthly. We appraise some stories about “breaking news”— e.g. conferences at the United Nations, or a new report calling for a trillion new trees to be planted to limit global warming. At each editorial meeting, someone will always question a statement or rhetorical flourish in the text, and we immediately consult the Internet or phone a scholar friend before editing the text. Sometimes an editor will take an article home and work it over before sending it back to us. We invite readers to write to us and we invariably publish their critical remarks in the letters column on the next issue.
Professors frequently need to have their submissions “peer reviewed” — a process that is generally followed within academia as a method of maintaining standards of publications when it comes to methodology, factual accuracy, and theoretical coherence.Since many of our authors are academics, we offer them the possibility of peer review. If they so request, we send their paper (without their name showing) to two or sometimes three academic experts whose names are also kept anonymous. If they suggest changes, we inform the author and accept the paper for publication only after it has been revised and re-submitted.
Peace Magazine now offers two other informative services: a weekly “talk show” broadcast via Facebook, and the maintenance of a website, tosavetheworld.ca where experts can share news about the risks of six global threats to humankind: war and weapons; global warming; famine; pandemics; massive radiation exposure; and cyberattacks.
The talk show takes form as an educational video and audio podcast. Our editor spends an hour discussing a particular global problem with one (or sometimes up to four) experts or activists who are knowledgeable about that issue. We record the conversation on Zoom, edit it, make a podcast from the sound track, and post the video and podcast on our Facebook page, YouTube, and our website, tosavetheworld.ca/videos . Sometimes the transcript is published as a dialogue in the print publication, Peace Magazine.
Once in a while, during the editing of the video, we discover that someone has mis-spoken. The erroneous passage is either deleted or a new voice track “patch” is made with the corrected information. As soon as the recordings have been posted online, we email many posters out and boost the video worldwide on Facebook and Twitter. Each talk show Is about a social issue that should concern everyone in the world, not just a local or national constituency. We never advocate in favour or against any political party or candidate, but each of our discussions analyzes one of the serious world problems of the day.
The magazine is owned by Canadian Disarmament Information Service (CANDIS). Our expenses are modest, since all the work is done by volunteers—mainly retired academics and professional journalists. We have at times received government grants—some from Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and some from the Canada Magazine Fund, which assists small publications with grants for development and circulation promotion. We had a relationship for about 15 years with an academic association, Science for Peace, whereby they paid for a certain number of pages in each issue and participated in editing it. Nowadays we mostly work from home and our expenses are covered by a few advertisers, subscribers, and donors.
The weekly talk shows are virtually cost-free to produce, since the panelists sit at their home webcams. The only costs are the expense of advertising them. To our profound dismay, Facebook has lately refused most of our applications to boost the videos worldwide, which is the only form of distribution that can reach our international audience. Our work is motivated by concern for the well-being of humankind, for most of us no longer need to earn our living.
The current editorial team consists of: