Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Journal
(Formerly Biofeedback and Self-Regulation)
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Journal is an international, interdisciplinary journal devoted to study of the interrelationship of physiological systems, cognition, social and environmental parameters, and health. Priority is given to original research, basic and applied, which contributes to the theory, practice, and evaluation of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback. Submissions are also welcomed for consideration in several additional sections that appear in the journal. They consist of conceptual and theoretical articles; evaluative reviews; the Clinical Forum, which includes separate categories for innovative case studies, clinical replication series, extended treatment protocols, and clinical notes and observations; the Discussion Forum, which includes a series of papers centered around a topic of importance to the field; Innovations in Instrumentation; Letters to the Editor, commenting on issues raised in articles previously published in the journal, and select book reviews. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Journal is the official publication of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
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New Editor Announced
We are delighted to announce that Springer, publisher of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback,
has appointed Paul Lehrer, PhD, BCB, AAPB-Honorary Fellow, as Editor-in-Chief of this journal with immediate effect.
Dr. Lehrer is a Harvard trained clinical and research psychologist who is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ. He has a long standing interest in respiratory psychophysiology and heart rate variability. His basic and clinical research has formed the basis for much of what is now known about biofeedback interventions for asthma, autonomic function, and emotional instability. He is one of the seminal researchers on heart rate variability biofeedback, and also is perhaps the last living student of Edmund Jacobson. He has published widely on stress management and on differences and similarities among various stress management and relaxation strategies. He is past president of AAPB, and recipient of their Distinguished Scientist Award. At last count, he has been principal investigator on 13 grants from major agencies, co-investigator on an additional 16 grants, has published 145 articles in peer reviewed journals, and is senior editor of the widely used text, Principles and Practice of Stress Management, now in its third edition. He current serve as AAPB's liaison to the Federation of Brain and Behavior Health Sciences, a Washington DC advocacy organization.
Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) Recommended Guidelines
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Authors are encouraged to follow the 'Sex and Gender Equity in Research - SAGER - guidelines' and to include sex and gender considerations where relevant. Authors should use the terms sex (biological attribute) and gender (shaped by social and cultural circumstances) carefully in order to avoid confusing both terms. Article titles and/or abstracts should indicate clearly what sex(es) the study applies to. Authors should also describe in the background, whether sex and/or gender differences may be expected; report how sex and/or gender were accounted for in the design of the study; provide disaggregated data by sex and/or gender, where appropriate; and discuss respective results. If a sex and/or gender analysis was not conducted, the rationale should be given in the Discussion. We suggest that our authors consult the full guidelines before submission.
- Sex - refers to biological differences between females and males, including chromosomes, sex organs, and endogenous hormonal profiles.
- Gender - refers to socially constructed and enacted roles and behaviors which occur in a historical and cultural context and vary across societies and over time.
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