In the end, research on functional languages does little good unless
they are used
to write something other than compilers for functional languages. However,
scans a typical functional programming conference or journal, one mainly
on twists in language design, speed-ups in compiled code, clever new analyses,
refinements to semantic models. It much less common to see a paper that
a functional language as a tool to some other practical end. We would like
The Journal of Functional Programming carries, and will continue
to carry, articles
on all aspects of functional programming from lambda calculus theory to
design to implementation. But we have specially sought, and will continue
papers on functional programming practice and experience.
Research and papers on practice and experience sometimes receive less
because they are perceived as possessing less academic content. So we want
remind potential authors that we have published a number of papers on this
in the past, and to spell out the criteria we apply to such papers.