“Debating New Theory in Neuroscience” Article Announced by the Center for Emotional Restructuring, LLC

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The first article serves to launch the new theory-focused AIMS Neuroscience journal. It discusses the journal’s goals and design which is directed toward moving the field forward at a faster pace.

AIMS Neuroscience Volume 1, Issue 1

we want to serve the role of providing the widest variety of the best theoretical views

Clinical neuropsychologist Robert A. Moss, Ph.D., FACPN, FAACP, is the co-author of the editorial, written with Joseph V. Martin, Ph.D. Drs. Moss and Martin share responsibilities as founding editors-in-chief of the journal. AIMS Neuroscience is an international Open Access journal devoted to publishing peer-reviewed, high quality, original papers in the field of neuroscience.

As stated in the article, “Our goal is a lofty one in that we wish to provide a forum in which to expedite the speed with which theoretical neuroscience progresses toward generating testable hypotheses. In the presence of current and developing technology that offers unprecedented access to functions of the nervous system at all levels and the ability to analyze data via supercomputers, we want to serve the role of providing the widest variety of the best theoretical views leading to suggested studies to facilitate ‘intelligent’ use of that technology.”

The planned approach is to publish up to 5 articles with as wide a variety of theoretical perspectives on neuroscience topics, followed by those same authors commenting on all others’ work the next month. Upon publication of the original articles, an open call for outside commentary papers will be given and up to 5 of those commentaries will be published the third month. The overall process is designed to foster productive interaction, leading to the generation of hybrid theories, new ideas and suggestions on research to clarify any conflicts in theories.

An additional plan is to post the same topical questions on sites, including Research Gate. This can hopefully stimulate paper submissions to the journal, but it can also provide a place for all neuroscientists to weigh in with their views. This means there can be both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed responses to the same topics. This allows a world-wide avenue for anyone with potentially helpful ideas to have a forum in which to speak.

The new journal is open-access with rapid manuscript review and publication. The journal also encourages submission of theoretical papers not covered in the planned topical areas, as well as empirical papers providing insight into theoretical issues. Additionally, this will be the first open-access journal to include Registered Reports under the control of Dr. Chris Chambers, an associate editor. He and three of his colleagues wrote the journal’s second editorial on the manner in which the methods and proposed analyses of planned studies are pre-registered and reviewed prior to research being conducted.

Dr. Moss is board certified in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. He has authored 50 professional articles and presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. His main area of interest is in a cortical column-based brain code model with emphasis on its applications to psychotherapy. He is currently employed by Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC, but will be joining the Washington Medical Group in Washington, DC, at summer’s end.

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