The year 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the American Journal of Play. The Strong founded the Journal with the aims of increasing awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates our cultural history. Our hope, too, was to provide seemingly disparate communities of scholars studying all aspects of play with a forum to share and exchange their ideas with not only specialists in their own fields, but also with a wider audience of researchers, educators, policymakers, and readers. A decade later, the Journal continues to meet these aims by pub-lishing new research and significant scholarship, including hundreds of articles, interviews, and book reviews for readers and contributors from more than fifty countries around the world.
Over the last decade, the Journal has acted as a forum for play scholars from a wide variety of fields such as psychology, history, sociology, education, cul-tural studies, anthropology, neuroscience, museum studies, English, philosophy, public health, digital humanities, game studies, and many more. And through special themed issues, we have also highlighted emerging fields and important new findings in areas such as the science of play, play in children’s literature, free play, pretend play, cognitive neuroaesthetics, the interpersonal neurobiology of play, play in the ancient world, and the new video game history.
None of this would have been possible without the support and efforts of The Strong and its board of trustees, the Journal’s founding editors, all those who have served on our editorial staff, members of the editorial board, guest editors, contributors, interviewees, reviewers, and readers. We hope the next decade proves as much fun—and as enlightening for the study of play—as the last one.