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14 Law & Hum. Behav. 1 (1990)

handle is hein.journals/lwhmbv14 and id is 1 raw text is: Law and Human Behavior, Vol. 14, No. 1, 1990

From the Editor
This issue begins the fourteenth year of Law and Human Behavior. The journal
began in 1977, under the sponsorship of the American Psychology-Law Society.
The founding editor, Bruce Dennis Sales, took the journal from its early begin-
nings and fostered its development as a highly regarded scholarly journal in the
field of psychology and law. The field itself has grown substantially in the past
decade, reflecting a diverse group of research and clinical interests. The reputa-
tion of the journal was already well established when the American Psychology-
Law Society became a division of the American Psychological Association,
adopting Law and Human Behavior as its official journal in 1985. Michael J. Saks
became the second editor of the journal in 1985 and I began my term as editor in
January 1988.
This issue marks a significant and exciting change for the journal. Since its
inception, the journal has enjoyed a steadily increasing flow of manuscripts. While
our acceptance rate has remained relatively stable, the increased submission rate
has resulted in greater numbers of papers accepted for publication. I think that the
field of psychology and law is a healthy one, with an increasing number of aca-
demics and professionals entering the field. We have decided that this is an ap-
propriate time to expand the journal to bimonthly publication, beginning with
(this) Volume 14 (1990). Thus there will be two additional issues per volume and
over 200 additional journal pages each volume-year.
I expect to continue to publish articles reflecting the breadth and diversity of
the field. I would particularly like to encourage more research on clinical forensic
issues. As is true with clinical psychology generally, research by practicing cli-
nicians in the area of forensic psychology is too often neglected. While a substan-
tial number of members of Division 41 are clinical psychologists, the majority of
research published in Law and Human Behavior has largely reflected other spe-
cialty areas.
In a previous editorial, Michael Saks (1986) lamented the narrow focus of the
articles published in this journal and called for a broader range of submissions. I
want to echo that sentiment while also making it quite clear, as Saks emphatically
pointed out, that submissions in the traditionally dominant areas will continue to
be published. There is no doubt that publications in past years of the journal were
predominantly in just a few areas, particularly expert witness, jury research, and
eyewitness testimony. Indeed, an analysis of the first twelve years of publication

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