Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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As I take the reins from Ernie Drucker as American Editor for Addiction Research and Theory (ART) I can only express something of a sense of awe at succeeding a man who is not only a pioneer in harm reduction, but a solid scientist and scholar. This job will be all the more difficult as a result of the high level of quality and rigor that Ernie, John Davies, Doug Cameron, and Stanton Peele have brought to the journal as the senior editorial team. I hope to be up to the task not only of joining these folks I consider giants in the field, but of carrying on Ernie's fine legacy. Of course, in standing with giants, I also stand on their shoulders, drawing from their ongoing scholarly and scientific examples guidance for my own task of helping to continue the fine reputation of ART and building on that reputation in the years to come.

Just a note about the direction I hope to see ART go as I join the Editorial team. I believe that significant contributions to the field come from both the theoretical and clinical aspects of the field, as well as from research. We often are so preoccupied with the detail of doing and publishing research that the theoretical synthesis that is critical to any scientific endeavor can get put on the back burner. I would like to see more high quality submissions that advance our thinking about addictive behavior from a theoretical perspective, and particularly from a multi-disciplinary one. Being a clinician and a teacher, I often find that my students (and my patients) benefit when I find new, evidence-based ways of thinking about addiction: what it is, how it develops, whether it is the same in all societies, how to change it, etc. As our world grows smaller and smaller, it behooves clinicians and researchers alike, in my view, to develop as broad and cross-cultural an understanding of addictions as possible, all the while maintaining a high level of critical thinking and intellectual and scientific rigor.

I also would like to see more articles in ART that address how our science integrates (or doesn’t) with social policy and bioethics. I’m particularly interested in how science affects our values and beliefs as societies and as individuals, as well as how our own socially instilled attitudes and beliefs about addictive behaviors and those who exhibit them influence the kinds of research we do, and how we apply the fruits of those research labors in helping people. Dissemination of creative and critical thinking about these issues is central to our tasks of understanding and helping. I hope that our North American readers will consider submitting articles that address any and all of these issues, as well as continuing to submit the high quality research that ART has been able to publish in the past.

I also want to introduce my new American Associate Editor, Dr George Parks. Dr Parks is scholar and trainer who is Associate Director for Dissemination and Community Training of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington, Seattle. A strong proponent of harm reduction as well as evidence-based practices in addictions treatment, he will add a breadth of scholarship and both clinical and research acumen to the editorial process.

Finally, as I come on board, I promise readers to apply the same degree of fair, critical thinking and analysis of submissions that I hope to see in them. I will also work to insure that submissions are reviewed and editorial decisions made in a timely fashion. Finally, I look forward to any feedback about ART that readers may want to provide. I’m particularly interested in hearing from readers in the America. Please feel free to email me at fredo@pcom.edu. Now it's time to climb aboard the shoulders of giants and begin work!

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This article was published in Addiction Research & Theory, Volume 15, Issue 4, January 2007, Pages 330-331.

The published version is available at http://informahealthcare.com/doi/full/10.1080/16066350701554392

Copyright © 2007 Informa Plc.

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