A Brief History of the JofC

The Journal of Consciousness (JofC) was conceived in 1997, by Wagner Alegretti and Nanci Trivellato who sought to create a vehicle that would serve as a means for disseminating consciousness research and act as an open forum for discussion and the exchange of findings.

As Alegretti and Trivellato integrated the International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology (IIPC) group at the time, the first fourteen issues of the Journal of Consciousness were published through this Institute.

As a result of the transfer of the international offices of IIPC to the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) in 2002, and consequently Trivellato and Alegretti starting to dedicate themselves exclusively to IAC, the Academy assumed responsibility for this scientific periodical, including editing, publication and distribution. Hence, since its fourth year the Journal has been supported, administered, edited, and published solely by the IAC.

Acting as both co-founder and editor-in-chief for fourteen years, Nanci Trivellato was the backbone and driving force behind the JofC for 17 years since its creation. The accomplishments achieved in this period include devising and establishing jofc.org, having the JofC collection archived in several major libraries around the world, as well as establishing and publishing the journal’s scientific and ethical guidelines and editorial line.

To serve a larger audience, it is published in two mirrored editions - one in English, with some entries in Spanish; and, since JofC No. 29, one in Portuguese. As of July, 2013, 339 authors affiliated with 37 organizations have enjoyed the opportunity of publishing with the JofC.

Today, the JofC is an internationally-indexed, peer-reviewed publication with subscribers in as many as 35 countries. The JofC is indexed by EBSCO and is also graded as B1 (third in a 1-8 scale) by QUALIS, an official system to classify scientific production and publication.

Although it is a peer-reviewed publication, the JofC is proud of its open-minded, non-censoring policy. The JofC welcomes contributions within its scope from researchers of any area of science. 

An important part of JofC’s policy is its “periodical exchange program.”  This program favors two-way dialogue and interchange between JofC and periodicals from other organizations.  Hence, visitors to our library are able to enjoy access to many other technical publications while the JofC may reach a wider audience.

The IAC actively promotes the exchange of ideas and research related to the investigation of the consciousness by sponsoring the JofC as well as participating in and promoting international conferences and scientific debates. In addition, construction of Europe’s first purpose-built conscientiological research center is being undertaken by the IAC in the Alentejo region of Portugal with the purpose of fostering research, self-research and technical exchange of findings and ideas. Individual experiential laboratories, internationally-seasoned trainers, a state-of-the-art conference center with simultaneous translation capabilities and one of the largest specialized libraries in Europe are available at the IAC Campus to nurture personal and scientific consciousness experimentation, training and international scholarship.