Editorial: bSci21 is Firing on All Cylinders

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D, Founding Editor, Behavioral Science in the 21st Century
Todd. A Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Editor-in-Chief, bSci21.org

In January of 2015, Behavioral Science in the 21st Century transitioned from a casual blog to an official company. Since that time, the site underwent a significant change, with a professional design and company logo.  The goal of the site is to disseminate behavioral science, achieved a number of ways described below.  The site is predominantly behavior analytic, focusing specifically on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  However, work from other sciences that share the same analytic goals (i.e., the prediction and influence of behavior) is also welcome.  In only a few weeks, daily readership has skyrocketed along with a rapidly growing list of email subscribers.  And all signs point to increasing trends for the foreseeable future

In the past few weeks, I have learned a few things about the behavioral community.  First, articles on autism are in high demand, which shouldn’t really be a surprise.  Autism is the bread-and-butter of the field and is central to the growth of ABA.  The dissemination of autism-related work should continue unabated.  However, demand for the dissemination of other work in the field is equally as strong.  The latter is a theme I often hear from you, the reader.  The bSci21.org site statistics also support this notion.  By far the most read articles relate to active lifestyles (see How ABA Can Get You Off theCouch) and sustainable energy use (see Applied Behavior Analysis ReducedElectricity Use in Northern Ireland).

The site achieves its goals through the production of three types of articles.  The first pertains to the analysis and commentary of current events in the news that are then linked back to ABA in some way.  For example, recent stories on predictive policing (see Predictive Policing and Applied Behavior Analysis) and ISIS (see A Behavioral Analysis of ISIS and Collective Violence) fall into this category.  Second is the reporting of research in behavior analysis or other sciences.  If the research is non behavior analytic, an effort is made to link it to the field.  Last, but not least, are interviews.  We have a number of interviews in various stages of production from behavior analysts in the U.S. and Europe.  All interviews discus interesting research or other projects currently underway by behavior analysts.  Our first interview was with Carolyn Brayko, the editor of the Organizational Behavior Management Network Newsletter.  Next we published an interview discussing sustainability work at Fresno State, and others are in the works from behavior analysts in Minnesota and Spain. 

In conclusion, I want to thank you for your support of bSci21.org.  Without you, the site could not have the impact that it does.  If you ever have feedback on the site, or future work you would like to see, or receive publicity for your project via an interview article, please do not hesitate to email me at todd.ward@bsci21.org


Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Editor-in-Chief, Behavioral Science in the 21stCentury

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