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.
Editor-in-ChiefGregory Hickok, University of California, Irvine
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