Source: (2013) Restorative Justice: An International Journal. 1(1):1-14.The idea of creating an international journal on restorative justice is not particularly new. In the last ten years, and even before that, ideas were exchanged and plans made on a number of occasions concerning the possibility of such an initiative. Various international restorative justice organisations, practitioners and networks of researchers put forward proposals in this respect. However, the necessary human and financial resources and an appropriate environment to take up such an endeavour were simply lacking. That is, until recently. Today, following extensive consultation with and support from a large group of key international experts, but also with the professional guidance of a well-respected and visionary publisher, we are delighted to launch this journal. It is our belief that the time has come for an international medium offering in-depth, sophisticated and high-quality forms of communication about restorative justice the world over. Restorative justice has developed as a field of innovative ideas, evolving practices and research that is of crucial relevance to the way justice is done and, more broadly, to working towards a more just world.