Saturday, June 21, 2014

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review - Consider sending your next theory/review or punchy empirical paper here

On 1 January 2014, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review began a slow transition to a new editorial team.  It will take a full year to complete the transition and probably longer than that to start noticing differences in the content of the journal.  But keep on eye on PBR because we've got some interesting special issues in the works: one that presents a set of critical perspectives on embodied cognition, one on language evolution, another on perceptual interface theory, and lot's more in the planning stages.  Also look for a very interesting review paper on animal mind reading by Cecelia Heyes.

PBR is already a forum for strong, rigorous brief reports and theory/review papers.  The change involves broadening its scope and an emphasis on integrative approaches.  I personally believe that psychology (broadly construed) is too fractionated.  There are all kinds of potentially enlightening connections between areas that go unnoticed because we don't look across domains or methods often enough.  It's time to build a more integrated science of the mind.

So, here is a preview of the new scope statement for the journal and our editorial board.  The action editors are a fantastic group who put a lot of careful thought into each manuscript.  They've also worked hard to speed up review times, if that's important to you (of course it is!).  

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review scope statement: The journal provides coverage spanning a broad spectrum of topics in all areas of experimental psychology. The journal is primarily dedicated to the publication of theory and review articles and brief reports of outstanding experimental work. Areas of coverage include cognitive psychology broadly construed, including but not limited to action, perception, & attention, language, learning & memory, reasoning & decision making, and social cognition. We welcome submissions that approach these issues from a variety of perspectives such as behavioral measurements, comparative psychology, development, evolutionary psychology, genetics, neuroscience, and quantitative/computational modeling. We particularly encourage integrative research that crosses traditional content and methodological boundaries.

Gregory Hickok, University of California, Irvine

Associate Editors
Jessica Cantlon, University of Rochester 
Greig de Zubicaray, University of Queensland 
Stephen D. Goldinger, Arizona State University Antonia Hamilton, University College London 
Marc Howard, Boston University John Serences, University of California, San Diego 
Sarah Shomstein, George Washington University 
Mark Steyvers, University of California, Irvine

We've also brought in some new consulting editors to reflect our broadened scope including:
Richard Andersen (Cal Tech)
Gergly Csibra (Central European University)
Cecelia Heyes (All Souls College, Oxford)
Lori Hold (Carnegie Mellon)
Randy O'Reilly
Steve Pinker (Harvard)
Rebecca Saxe (MIT)
Ladan Shams (UCLA)

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