ETSU's Moore to retire as journal editor after 13 years at helm

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JOHNSON CITY (September 18, 2014) – Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it has sustained Dr. Norman Moore, East Tennessee State University professor and director of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, for nearly his entire life.

“I am like a child,” Moore said. “I’m just an endlessly curious person.”

Moore has spent the last 13 years feeding that curiosity through his position as chief editor of the medical journal, Clinical EEG and Neuroscience. The publication showcases clinically relevant research and development in neuroscience and electroencephalograpy – the measurement and recording of electrical activity in different parts of the brain.

As chief editor, Moore has published a total of 21 special issues on topics such as transcranial stimulation, brain-computer interface technology, consciousness, memory, biofeedback, neuropsychiatric disorders and much more.

“I’ve learned a lot by serving as the editor,” Moore said. “I read and edited every single paper that was published in the journal since 2001. I became knowledgeable in subjects I wouldn’t have known much about otherwise.”

Moore twice changed the format of the journal during his tenure, making the publication more reader friendly and also led the journal’s move to a new publisher. The result, he said, has been an expanded audience of both contributing writers and readers of the journal.

Under Moore’s watch the journal’s impact factor – a measurement of the frequency with which the average article in the journal has been cited in a particular year – has increased from 0.161 in 2000 to 3.157 this year. The journal is ranked fifth out of 13 journals in the field of neuroimaging.

Moore, 76, will officially retire from the position this month.

“I’m well past retirement age,” Moore said. “I think it’s time.”

While he will step down from his duties with the journal, Moore said he still has plenty of ways to satisfy his curious nature right here at ETSU.

“I am deeply involved in research,” he said. “I want to see the results of a lot of ongoing projects.”

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