Dr. Robert Ferguson of Bradford is among the 25 international researchers and educators recently chosen to serve on the editorial board for The Journal of Chess Research.
The journal is the first international scholarly journal that focuses on research related to the game of chess across all academic disciplines.
In a recent interview concerning the new journal, managing editor Frank Niro, speaking for the entire editorial team stated, “We are pleased and honored to be selected by the Board of Directors of the International Society for Chess Research to spearhead the launch of this new scholarly publication. We sincerely believe that the journal will appeal to an international audience and will fill a niche in the academic marketplace.”
The new journal plans to publish original theoretical and empirical research based on a variety of perspectives and disciplines — offering a platform for exploring a wide range of chess-related topics including education, psychology, computers, aging issues, cheating, social capital, business strategy, cognitive development, intergenerational awareness, leadership and statistics. “Beyond that,” Niro said, “it is our hope to work as a stimulus for interest and resources that will trigger further research into health-related topics such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism and Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Ferguson, who completed more than seven years of research on the scholastic benefits of chess along with a meta-analysis of chess studies, is considered to be the foremost expert in the United States on the educational advantages of chess.
The Journal of Chess Research (JCR) is a peer reviewed academic journal published four times per year with support from The Susan Polgar Foundation. All members of International Society for Chess Research will automatically receive a digital subscription to the Journal of Chess Research.
A “premier” or “preview” Issue is tentatively scheduled for release on October 26, 2014, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Adriaan DeGroot, considered by many as the “father of chess research.”
The JCR web site is at www.chessrearch.org. Inquiries concerning proposals, abstracts and other matters should be mailed to the publication office at: Journal of Chess Research, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, Suite 150, Lexington, KY 40513.