The Journal of Chess Research is welcoming nominations and self-nominations for the position of book review editor. Under the guidance of Managing Editor, Frank A. Niro, the new quarterly journal will release a preview issue at a celebration in St. Louis on October 26, 2014.

At this time, the journal is seeking an experienced academic scholar who is well-connected in the chess community to edit the book review section. Although previous editing experience is helpful, it is not essential. The successful candidate will have full responsibility for selecting books to review, identifying reviewers, and ensuring that there are one or two book reviews, as space allows, in each issue of the Journal of Chess Research.

The term will begin January 1, 2015, providing time for a smooth and comfortable transition as well as sufficient time for input from the international editorial and advisory boards. For nominations, provide name and contact information (preferably e-mail address); for self-nominations, please send a brief (2 paragraphs) letter of interest outlining your interest, your C.V., and a writing sample – with subject heading “Scholarly Book Review Editor” – to the Managing Editor: All nominations are due by September 30, 2014.

This is a part-time position. Compensation for this position is negotiable within the range that is common for academic journals of this type.

The Journal of Chess Research will be published in Lexington, Kentucky, and distributed to university libraries, academicians, chess players, researchers and other interested parties both in printed and electronic formats. Please visit for more information concerning journal content.

Each issue is intended to contribute broadly to awareness and understanding of the impact of chess on human development, psychology, cognition, philosophy, sociology, aging, business strategy, education and technology. Manuscripts that make strong empirical and theoretical contributions to the field of chess-related research are invited from scholars throughout the academic community, both in the United States and abroad, and will not be tied to any particular discipline, level of analysis or national context.

The Editorial Board, consisting of distinguished educators and physicians from five different countries, will review all articles in advance in order to ensure that contributions to the field meet rigorous academic standards, exhibit technical competence by researchers and topical relevance.

Literature reviews will be accepted, at least initially, to generate a meaningful overview of the current status of chess research on a variety of topics such as chess in education, chess and mathematics, chess and cognitive development, chess and self esteem, chess and Alzheimer’s Disease, etc. Articles not previously available in English may also be accepted, if appropriate.

Relevant articles between eight and twenty-five pages that conform to the style guidelines contained in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (APA-6) will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

All papers will be reviewed by the Editorial Board and notifications of acceptance will be made to the authors within 30 days of submission. Following acceptance, authors will be given an additional 15 days to submit a final manuscript. Deadlines for receipt of manuscripts for upcoming issues are as follows: Winter 2015 – November 7, 2014; Spring 2015 – February 6, 2015; Summer 2015 – May 8, 2015; Fall 2015 – August 7, 2015.

Manuscripts should be attached in a Microsoft Word document and transmitted via e-mail – with the subject heading “Journal of Chess Research” – to the Managing Editor: Charts and images should be compatible with Adobe Design Standard CS6 software such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. The Journal of Chess Research will be available in both print and digital formats.

For subscription information, please consult the International Society for Chess Research website:

Complete list of Journal of Chess Research Editorial Board members (updated 9/1/14):

William M. Bart, PhD, University of Minnesota
Jana M. Bellin, MD/WGM, Sandwell General Hospital (England)
Arthur Bowman, PhD, Norfolk State University
Ian Brooks, PhD, University of Illinois
Christopher Chabris, PhD, Union College
George A. Dean, MD, University of Michigan
Robert Ferguson, PhD, American Chess School
Fernand Gobet, PhD, University of Liverpool (England)
Guillermo Isidron, MD, University of Havana (Cuba)
Gyorgy Kende, DMS, National University of Public Service (Hungary)
Kenneth A. Kiewra, PhD, University of Nebraska
Danny Kopec, PhD/IM, Brooklyn College
Tamara V. Korenman, PhD, Saint Xavier University
Yona Kosashvili, MD/GM, University of Tel Aviv (Israel)
Peter Maher, PhD, Webster University
Alexander Matros, PhD/IM, University of South Carolina
Joseph G. Ponterotto, PhD, Fordham University
Kenneth W. Regan, PhD/IM, SUNY Buffalo
Alexey Root, PhD/WIM, University of Texas at Dallas
Graham D. Rowles, PhD, University of Kentucky
Loren Schmidt, PhD/FM, Heritage University
Julian Z. Schuster, PhD, Webster University
Balint Sztaray, PhD, University of the Pacific
Martha Underwood, PhD, University of Arizona
Ravi Varadhan, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Complete list of Journal of Chess Research Advisory Board members (updated 9/1/14):

Grandmaster Lev Alburt, New York, NY, author, chess teacher, former U.S. Champion
Ms. Amy Bowllan, B.S. Concordia University, NYC, Emmy winning journalist
Dr. Neil Charness, Florida State University, active researcher on chess and aging issues
FIDE Master Leontxo Garcia, Madrid, Spain, respected chess journalist
Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas, Athens, Greece, FIDE Trainer’s Commission
Prof. Manuel Guillermo Nieto, Colombia (SA) Sch. of Engineering, International Arbiter
Grandmaster Susan Polgar, Webster University, former women’s World Champion
Grandmaster Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, former U.S. Champ

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