Division Journal Update
Division journal update
The Div. 10 (Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts) journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts®, published a special section in February 2014 that is relevant for a broad range of researchers. It focuses on the replication of data in psychology. The section's guest editor, Jonathan Plucker, says that the intent is to address the need to improve the quality of replicable research rather than relying on replications for fraud detection only.
In the lead article of the special section, “The Empirical March: Making Science Better at Self-Correction,” (PDF, 70KB) Matthew C. Makel shines a light on replication and other research quality issues in psychology. Replication has the potential to improve the quality of psychological research, but it has a few hurdles to cross first at the level of the individual researcher. For example, Makel points out a bias of journal editors against publishing replications, because of the belief that such articles add little information to the literature and take up journal space that could be devoted to new ideas.
The Div. 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) journal, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, recently announced the appointment of a new editor, Richard M. Lee, PhD, LP. Lee is a psychology professor at the University of Minnesota, was previously an associate editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and is a consulting editor for the Asian American Journal of Psychology. He started as editor in January 2014.