Introduction to the fourth edition

Volume 1. No. 4

Introduction to the fourth edition


May 7, 2015

By Larry Arnold




Introduction to the fourth edition

By Larry Arnold

Welcome to the fourth edition of Autonomy.

Establishing an open access journal is a difficult process and to avoid disappointing authors who have passed the peer review process whilst the publication has been held up waiting for the remainder of submissions to clear the sometimes lengthy review process, a decision has been made to publish each edition on a rolling basis, adding further papers as they are accepted and galley proofed. Since this is a rolling proof, the editorial here will also be extended to as new papers are added.

For this edition I had received a request on behalf of three students on the NAS/Sheffield Hallam Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome course, seeking republication of the articles that were originally published in an open access journal produced on behalf of the University that is no longer extant. I include the articles here as they have previously passed peer review.

I shall also be continuing the practice republishing important material by autistic authors that is difficult to find on the internet and currently less known. To this end I am republishing what was originally a usenet post by Freestone Wilson, and consequently in some obscurity, as it contains material that I feel needs to be more available for those who may wish to cite it.

I also have a single study on the effect of a weighted vest, as I wish to represent articles of practical as well as theoretical import.

This can be considered as the provisional issue of the fourth edition as the articles will also appear in PDF format over the coming weeks, and additional articles will join these published. here. For instance, at this time it has only been possible to publish the abstract of the article, Does the Equality Act 2010 Ensure Equality for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome in the Legal Arena? A Survey of Recent Case Law by Richard Foster due to formatting problems in the original, as soon as a new copy is uploaded the full article will be made available. I feel it is better to publish what is ready than have nothing at all and a long wait.


I wish particularly to draw attention to this sister publication of Autonomy, which is intended as a repository for material that is not generally suitable for publication in the journal itself due to length, for example academic dissertations and theses, which might otherwise go overlooked and unsearchable. If you have a thesis or dissertation you wish to gain wider circulation please consider submitting. An abstract of it will be published in Autonomy for further reference. At this time I have received in addition to the Dissertation referenced as an adjunct to an abbreviated version in the 3rd edition of Autonomy, a further Thesis from Catherine Henthorne which I consider worth taking the time to read.

Journal Policy.

I would like again to remind contributors, that except for the reviews and correspondence section, this is a blind peer reviewed journal. As a consequence contributors should consider the general ethos of this journal and accept that reviewers may find certain material unsuitable, either because the case is poorly argued, or the subject matter is one that can be considered disrespectful to the notion of neurodiversity in the broadest sense of the word.











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