I would like to welcome everyone to the first issue of the new NeuroConnections! The ISNR board and the NeuroConnections (NC) committee have worked long and hard to make this transformation a reality. I would like to thank them all for their tireless efforts and hard work. This includes Amber Fasula, Nancy Wigton, Mark Jones, Pedro Delgado, Angela Loth and Cindy Yablonski. I would also like to extend our appreciation to the previous editors of NeuroConnections, Merlyn Hurd and Roger Riss for their tireless efforts over many years.
Several months ago, after at least a year of study, we decided to reformat NeuroConnections. This was not an easy decision, but we felt it was important. This came with other changes to NeuroConnections, including moving to an online only format and the decision by AAPB to no longer be involved in this publication. We have appreciated their partnership in this venture for many years.
So changes to NeuroConnections were brought about because of many factors. We wanted NC to be more informational and provide our members and others with useful aspects of our rapidly developing field. In the past, articles in NC were informational; presenting scientific information in the form of case studies or small group studies. These articles started being referenced in the scientific literature with other empirical articles. Yet, none of the NC articles in past was ever subjected to peer review or scientific scrutiny of any kind. This is not a criticism, just a fact. We firmly believe that as our field grows and develops, the science underlying it must be as empirically and ethically grounded as is possible, for others outside of our field to accept and promote it.
We have also changed how the editorial process will take place for NeuroConnections. We now will have a 10-person editorial board that will attend to multiple aspects of the publication process. This will include a chief, associate and managing editor, director of sales, and section editors related to ISNRU, the ISNR Conference, BCIA, International affairs, Women in Neurofeedback, and Student concerns. We hope that this will make the process more efficient and easier on all involved.
In this inaugural issue of NeuroConnections there are several articles of interest including an interview with Dr. Joel Lubar, a story that focuses on International work, a top-10 list for beginners, a report by a student member, and an update on neurofeedback topics currently in the news. In a review of the progress in our field, Dr. Kirk Little examines how we are growing and how research focused on Neurofeedback has expanded over the last several years. We are all living and working in exciting times for neuroscience and the development and acceptance of neurofeedback and other neuromodulation techniques continues to expand. Click here for your inaugral issue of NeuroConnections.
We hope you will enjoy the new NeuroConnections and many future issues to come.
Robert Coben, PhD
NeuroConnections, Editor in Chief