A New Beginning

Article excerpt

As I imagine you have noticed, the journal you hold in your hands or on your monitor has changed. At the very least, you will have noticed that the journal has a new name, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. It has a new editorial board, new features, and a renewed commitment to publish the best science in our field. As the new editor, it falls to me to say a few words about all of this.

P&P Gets an A

First, the name of the journal: why change after all these years? The new title reflects the evolution of the contents. As the field of attention grew over the last 20 years, its representation in P&P grew too. In 1988, 5% of P&P articles were attention articles. In 2008, that number was close to 50%. Moreover, there is no other major journal with attention in its title. In making this change, we announce our intention to be the leading outlet for attention research while maintaining our strong commitment to publish the best in perception and psychophysics.

What Will We Publish?

Tutorials. In each issue (starting with the next issue), there will be a tutorial on some basic topic in attention, perception, and/or psychophysics. Our goal is to amass a series of articles that will be the first place to look if you want to know about X.

Brief Reports. There is a place for clever new findings that can be quickly communicated to specialists in the trade. Unlike Science or Nature, we would not expect that our brief reports would speak to everyone from social psychologists to cellular neurobiologists. We expect that these will describe something striking and new for our community.

News From the Field. In each issue, we will publish a page or two of brief descriptions of interesting articles from outside of the pages of AP&P.

Research Articles. Our primary mission will remain the publication of scholarly articles in attention, perception, and psychophysics. Most of these will be empirical in nature, but, perhaps more than in the past, we encourage empirically grounded models and theories. We are eager to publish the package of three or four experiments that test a hypothesis. …