Editorial statement: Looking forward to our 40th year of publication

Robert (Bob) A. C. Stewart1
1Editor, Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal, New Zealand
Cite this article:  Stewart, R. (2012). Editorial statement: Looking forward to our 40th year of publication. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40, 1-4.

Volume 40 Issue 1 | e2383 | Published: January 2012 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.1.1

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“Looking forward to our 40th year of publication”
Founded in 1973, Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal has weathered its infancy, childhood, adolescence, and younger adulthood. Now in its prime, the future holds the promise of continued professional maturity and service to the journal readership and discipline.

The journal’s core purpose is scientific communication in the disciplines of social, developmental, and personality psychology, which have continued to emerge strongly over the 40-year period. Social Behavior and Personality serves and is served by many thousands of authors, reviewers, and editors. The journal is proud of the fairness and timeliness of its review process, and is noted for its consideration toward all prospective authors.

Back in 1973 I wrote in the Editorial Introduction to Volume 1, Issue 1, “Inasmuch as key empirical work and useful theoretical formulations know no national boundaries, this international journal aims to work against geographic parochialism in behavioral science”.

Over the years the regional balance of authors has changed markedly. Ten years ago 39% of authors were from North America, 37% from Europe, 9% from Asia, 8% from the Middle East, and 7% from the rest of the world. In contrast, in the last five years, 21% have been from North America, 35% from Europe, 49% from Asia, 3% from the Middle East, and 2% from the rest of the world.


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