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OUP to launch new open-access journal Neuroscience of Consciousness in 2015

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is delighted to announce that it is to launch a brand new Open Access journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness, in partnership with the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC). The Editor-in-Chief is to be Professor Anil Seth of the University of Sussex.

Consciousness is at once one of the most familiar and most mysterious aspects of our existence, and it remains one of the final, big questions of biology. In recent years, the scientific study of consciousness has rapidly expanded and matured, engaging neuroscientists, clinicians, psychologists, mathematicians, philosophers, and computer scientists, amongst others. Research in the field has made key advances in quantifying consciousness in the lab, and distinguishing between levels and types of awareness. These and other areas of research are central to questions about disturbances of consciousness in psychiatric and neurological conditions. However, this rapidly expanding field has, until now, lacked a single outlet, with key advances reported across many different journals. This new journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness, will bring a much-needed focus to consciousness science, and through its partnership with ASSC will catalyse further developments in resolving this central mystery of life.

The journal's Editor-in-Chief, Prof Anil Seth, said: "I am thrilled to be working with OUP to lead this new journal. The Neuroscience of Consciousness is one of the most exciting and fast-moving areas of modern science. Neuroscience of Consciousness will provide a focus for this accelerating research agenda, and through its partnership with the ASSC I am confident the new journal will become the outlet of choice for the very best research in this fundamental area of science."

Steve Fleming, Executive Director, of the ASSC, said: "The ASSC are delighted to be partnering with OUP in supporting the new Neuroscience of Consciousness journal. Each year the ASSC meeting showcases the very best in consciousness research from around the world, and we anticipate that our members will rapidly come to see Neuroscience of Consciousness as a premier outlet for their work."

Claire Rawlinson, Senior Publisher at OUP, said: "Oxford University Press is pleased to announce the launch of new open access journal Neuroscience of Consciousness. We are delighted to be working with Professor Anil Seth as Editor in Chief and the ASSC to increase the dissemination of this valuable research to a wide global audience."

The journal will be open for submissions on 1st January 2015 and the community may register their interest now at http://nc.oxfordjorunals.org.

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Oxford Journals is a department of Oxford University Press. We publish well over 230 academic and research journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organizations. We have been publishing journals for more than a century, and as part of the world's oldest and largest university press, have more than 500 years of publishing expertise behind us. Follow Oxford Journals on Twitter: @OxfordJournals

The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) is an academic society, founded in 1994, that promotes rigorous research directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. The ASSC includes members working in the fields of cognitive science, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities.

Founded in 1961, the University of Sussex is among the leading research universities in the UK, with 90 per cent of its research rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (RAE 2008). The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014 rank Sussex as 14th in the UK, 43rd in Europe and 111th in the world.

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