This double issue is comprised of 12 articles on a variety of topics. The issue marks the beginning of the 20th year of Behavioral Sciences & the Law (BS&L). The journal began publication in 1983 with four themed issues, on ‘Malpractice,’ ‘Terrorism,’ ‘Post-traumatic stress disorders,’ and ‘Informed consent.’ Each of these topics is as relevant in 2002 as it was almost two decades ago. Over the 20 years, BS&L has primarily published special topic issues. Special topics have distinguished BS&L from other journals in the field. The past few years, however, we have been receiving so many high quality manuscripts on matters outside our designated special topic issues that we have started publishing ‘Current Directions’ issues on a regular basis. This double issue is the fourth issue we have published as a Current Directions issue. At the American Psychological Association’s 2001 annual meeting, Brian Bornstein asked Richard Wiener, editor of Law and Human Behavior, and me to discuss the use of experimental methodologies in our journals’ publications. The discussion prompted me to reflect on the various kinds of article we have published in BS&L over the past five years, the period during which I have served as editor of the journal.
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