A search committee has chosen Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD, as the editor-in-chief of the new APA/APAGS journal Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Kenkel, a professor and dean at the Florida Institute of Technology and a former editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice®, will head the journal along with a rotating cast of guest editors that will include graduate students and early career psychologists.
"We're thrilled to have her," says Megan Smith, chair of the APAGS science committee. In addition to Kenkel's academic and editing credentials, she is an APA fellow and a fellow of Divs. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) and 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice).
Kenkel says that the journal's mission appealed to her: The journal seeks to provide students and new psychologists with a publishing training ground, as well as contribute to the field by highlighting translational research that encompasses many disciplines in psychology.
"I saw the description and just thought, 'This is central to all of my values and my goals for what we need to do for psychology,'" Kenkel says.
Each issue of the journal will center on a theme, she explains, such as psychology in the classroom, sleep and dreams, or humor. The themes will be broad enough to bring in research from across many disciplines.
Kenkel will choose an experienced psychologist as a guest editor for each issue, who in turn will bring in associate editors who are students or early career psychologists. All of the papers published in the journal will be authored or co-authored by students as well. Reviewers will include students and experienced psychologists working together.
"The idea is to have a range of experience at every level, so that students are learning to work as authors, editors and reviewers, alongside individuals who have done this before," Smith says.
Kenkel says that she is aiming to announce the issue themes by the end of the year, begin reviewing manuscripts in 2014 and publish the first issue by January 2015.
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