It seemed like a good idea at the time: a brief history of Journal of Vision.

  title={It seemed like a good idea at the time: a brief history of Journal of Vision.},
  author={Andrew B. Watson},
  journal={Journal of vision},
  volume={11 5},
  • A. Watson
  • Published 1 May 2011
  • Education
  • Journal of vision
The time was 1984. The internet was ten years into the future, but a digital world was busy being born. In scientific labs, computers were becoming commonplace, if still expensive. Large VAX computers shared by many researchers were the norm, but with the release of the Apple II in 1977 and the IBM PC in 1981, personal computers also began to infiltrate the working lives of academics. In 1982, the SMTP standard for email interchange was published, leading to rapid growth in the use of email for… 

Introduction to the 10th Anniversary Issue of the Journal of Vision

This issue is a special issue, composed of invited review articles from a number of distinguished authors, which have surveyed a broad range of topics, with a special emphasis on matters of current interest.

"Be free, be everywhere, be forever.".

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From its inception, Journal of Vision has strived to be free, be everywhere, and be forever, as recorded on the back of the inaugural T-shirt in 2001 (Figure 1). As noted by Andrew (Beau) Watson



Measuring demand for online articles at the Journal of Vision

With this issue, a new service within the Journal of Vision is inaugurate: download reports for individual articles, and the trace of an article is constructed: the graph of cumulative unique downloads as a function of days since publication.

The numbering of things

The numbering of archival scientific journal articles is a surprisingly complicated subject. This is both more true and less true in the age of digital, online publications. It is more true because

Comparing citations and downloads for individual articles

Measuring the impact of scientific articles is of interest to authors and readers, as well as to tenure and promotion committees, grant proposal review committees, and officials involved in the

High-speed navigators: Using more than what meets the eye.

The results of this study support recent theories stating that good navigators rely on internal spatial representations to a greater extent than poor navigators do.

Are faces processed like words? A diagnostic test for recognition by parts.

This work applies a diagnostic test for crowding to a word and a face, and finds that the critical spacing of the parts required for recognition is proportional to distance from fixation and independent of size and kind.

Electronic Publishing of Scientific Journals

Scientific societies were founded to foster communication among their members. As we move into the era of enhanced electronic communication, the research community is seeking to make the exchange of

Sensitivity and perceptual awareness increase with practice in metacontrast masking.

This work investigates practice effects in metacontrast masking and shows that subjects can indeed "learn to see", exhibiting not only an increase in sensitivity, but also in the subjective awareness of the percept.

Stability of gold bead tissue markers.

Bead flows with gaze suggested that posterior Tenon's capsule moves with the globe, that the lateral rectus belly may sideslip, producing "bridle forces," and that the posterior medial rectus pulley sling moves freely anteriorly and posteriorly, but hardly vertically, as required by the " coordinated active pulley" hypothesis.

Compensation of corneal aberrations by the internal optics in the human eye.

The amount of aberration of both the cornea and internal optics was found to be larger than for the complete eye, indicating that the first surface of the corneal topography and the internal ocular optics partially compensate for each other's aberrations and produce an improved retinal image.

Face gender and emotion expression: are angry women more like men?

The results of the two studies showed that happiness and fear expressions bias sex discrimination toward the female, whereas anger expressions biassex perception toward the male.