It is my pleasure to announce Journal's audience that this issue marks the fifth year anniversary of the Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies.
The Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies is the direct descendent of the Romanian Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies.
The Romanian Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies was founded in 2001, as the official publication of the Romanian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies. Because of the high standards promoted by the editorial board, the Romanian Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies has quickly become influential in promoting cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies in Eastern and Central Europe, and was abstracted in the PsycInfo (beginning with 2004). Taking into account the brief period of the journal's activity (2001-2004) all these accomplishments are notable. Dwelling on these results and taking into account the suggestions of many professionals in the clinical field, we have pushed our contribution in cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies a step further.
Thus, in 2004, the Babes-Bolyai University (http://www.ubbcluj.ro), Cluj-Napoca, Romania and the Romanian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies founded the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health (International Institute) (http://www.psychotherapy.ro) to promote advanced study and scholarship in psychotherapy and applied mental health by postdoctoral training and research. The Institute offers training in psychotherapies and other mental health applications/interventions culminating in a postdoctoral degree - Doctor of Science (ScD or DSc) - for those who have already been awarded a doctoral degree in their field, relevant to psychotherapy and applied mental health interventions. Through the International Institute we aim to promote our contribution to cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies outside Romania, at the international level, with a special focus on Eastern and Central Europe. To better reflect its international impact and aims, the name of the Romanian Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies was changed into the Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies. The editorial board of the Journal has been expanded by including newly distinguished professionals, once more reflecting the journal's international and regional aims; moreover, in order to promote a scientist-practitioner perspective, the journal' s editorial board is a unique combination - not typical but desirable in the clinical field - of clinicians and researchers, all dedicated to an evidence-based psychology and psychotherapy. …