Transactional Analysis Journal celebrates its 50th Anniversary
We welcome readers to the first virtual special issue of the Transactional Analysis Journal (TAJ) in honor of our 50th volume. We hope that you will enjoy a taste of what this journal has to offer.
The inaugural issue in January 1971 was a memorial to the founder of transactional analysis, Eric Berne, who had died in 1970 at age 60. In that first issue, his colleague Warren Cheney (1971), the editor of that first TAJ, outlined a vision:
While the long-range power of transactional analysis remains to be proven, the TAJ will continue to provide a forum for skeptics as well as believers, for those who would freeze TA into an orthodoxy and those who would expand and improve it. … Eric … more than any of us, insisted that TA needs to be tested, refined, improved, expanded, purged and re-tested, in short, thoroughly subjected to proper research techniques before historically significant claims could be made for it. (p. 5)
The entire team of today’s coeditors, along with ITAA’s Vice President Research and Innovation, were involved in the mammoth task of selecting just 15 articles from around the 1,500 that have been published over the last 50 years. Then, as the team worked together to select articles, we decided on a particular focus: We were keen to showcase more recent articles that had, indeed, broadened and added depth to TA theory. Our aim is to give new readers a taste of how transactional analysts and their colleagues are currently thinking and practicing.
We appreciate the generosity of Routledge/Taylor & Francis in offering to host this virtual special issue so that it could be made available beyond the ITAA membership as well as to TAJ subscribers.
We hope you enjoy our selection with free access via this page only until December 31, 2020.
Helen Rowland (Coeditor) and Steff Oates, ITAA Vice President Research and Innovation and Guest Editor for This Volume
Cheney, W. (1971). Introducing the transactional analysis journal. Transactional Analysis Journal, 1(1), 5.