The editorial team of the Journal of Creative Behavior is delighted to welcome all readers and potential contributors to the newest venture for the journal. JCB is the original and longest-standing journal devoted specifically to work that advances our understanding of the phenomenon of creativity in the broadest sense. Since 1967 JCB has been published by the Creative Education Foundation, and the 44 issues to date contain an impressive and extensive body of knowledge about the topic. Beginning in 2012, JCB will be published by Wiley-Blackwell, bringing its wealth of experience and breath of reach in the publishing world to advance our mission.
Although JCB’s reach will greatly expand with our new Wiley-Blackwell partnership, the core mission of the journal will not change. We still aim to be the prime outlet for the highest quality and most innovative scholarship on the topic of creativity. The field of Creativity mirrors the very topic it studies. Just as creativity is complex and multifaceted, so too are the approaches to its study. There are case study, historiometric, laboratory, statistical, meta-analytic, and philosophical approaches. There are studies concerned with social, cultural, personality, developmental, motivational, emotional, cognitive, and neurophysiological factors. There are emphases on extraordinary creativity, as might be shown by noted artists, composers, scientists or inventors, and on more normative aspects of creativity inherent in how ordinary people solve the problems of everyday life, form, modify, combine and manipulate their concepts, use language in creative ways, and innovate for its own sake. There are basic research approaches directed at increasing our theoretical understanding of the phenomena, and more applied approaches examining the manifestation and enhancement of creativity in business, educational, scientific, social policy and decision-making settings in the real world. This is not an exhaustive list, but does signify the richness of the field.
Our intent is to have JCB continue to serve as a mirror of creativity and of the field itself. All approaches are welcome. Outside of relevance to the topic of creativity, the sole criterion for publication in the journal is and should be the quality of the work. We encourage and look forward to you submitting your very best and innovative work, and to sharing with you issue after issue the rich tapestry of research on creativity.
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