Author: Sullivan, Lucy
Date published: March 1, 2012
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill (1974 -1965).
As you may have noticed, this issue has a new cover design and a new journal name. The Neurodiagnostic Journal is third name for this publication. From 1961 to 1995 it was the American Journal of EEG Technology. From 1996 to 201 1 it was the American Journal of Electroneurodiagnostic Technology. As the profession evolves and changes, so does the name of this journal. For a journal, three name changes in 50 years is often.
In 2009 the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) and ASET co-sponsored a summit on the EEG workforce shortage. Summit representation included technologists from all modalities falling within the scope of the profession as well as physician representation from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. One of the primary recommendations of the summit participants was that the occupational name of the profession needed to be changed to one that is easily recognizable, easily verbalized, easy to understand, and easy to spell. In 2009 ASET conducted a series of web polls relating to naming the profession. Subsequently, the ASET Board of Trustees voted to change the tag line in the ASET logo from "Representing the Electroneurodiagnostic Profession" to "Representing the Neurodiagnostic Profession." In June 2010 ASET successfully petitioned the National Center for O*Net Development to officially change the name of the profession's listing in the O*Net database of the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) to "Neurodiagnostic Technologist."
In 2011, the ASET Name Change Research Task Force recommended that the official name of the society be changed to ASET - The Neurodiagnostic Society. In recommending the name change, it was noted that the proposed name retained the long history and valued legacy of the Society by retaining the acronym ASET in the official name, while also being inclusive and reflective of who and what the Society represents and does as an organization. The ASET membership voted and approved the resolution to change the official name of the Society at the ASET Annual Business Meeting on July 28, 201 1 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The next step was to adjust the name of the journal to complement the new Society name and the occupational name change of the profession. The Neurodiagnostic Journal was approved by the ASET Board of Trustees in July 201 1. Since the name of a journal cannot be changed within a volume year, it was decided to launch the new name with the March 2012 issue. The name change to The Neurodiagnostic Journal has been approved by the Library of Congress and a new International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) has been issued: 2164-6821. The National Library of Medicine has also accepted the name change for indexing on Index Medicas. The journal abbreviation on abstracts indexed on PubMed will be Neurodiagn J.
While the name of the journal may have changed, the quality educational content remains. This is your journal. The Editorial Board and I welcome your input in all journal matters - article topics, article authors, new features, books and electronic media for media reviews. . . Another change is renaming the "Book Review" feature to "Media Review." In the constantly changing world of publication, we strive to review all types of media.
I am proud and honored to be the Managing Editor of this journal. I will always remember when Janet Ghigo announced during lunch at the ASET Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004 that I would be replacing her as Managing Editor. Close by in the room was Dr. Ernst Niedermeyer. I watched him smile and clap as my name was announced and he quickly came over to congratulate me. I often think of that day and hope that I can fulfill Dr. Niedermeyer's and your expectations.