From the CEO
APA's Journals Program has grown significantly this year and is slated to continue that trajectory.
APA journals are among the most prestigious in the behavioral and social science community and directly support the association's mission of advancing the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society. Our journals are also among the most widely circulated, often used and frequently cited in the behavioral and social sciences. In fact, APA publishes the four most cited journals in psychology: the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, the Journal of Applied Psychology and Psychological Review.
When expanding our portfolio, we look to serve the needs of our members and the psychology community at large. We are proud to begin publishing these eight journals in 2014:
- American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, edited by Oscar A. Barbarin, PhD, and Gary B. Melton, PhD, in partnership with the American Orthopsychiatric Association.
- Decision, edited by Jerome R. Busemeyer, PhD.
- Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, edited by Dan O'Brien, PhD, in partnership with the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society.
- Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, edited by Stephen D. Hart, PhD, in partnership with the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals, the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and the Australian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
- Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, edited by Steven Jay Lynn, PhD.
- Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, edited by John Gonsiorek, PhD, in partnership with APA Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues).
- Qualitative Psychology, edited by Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, in partnership with the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, a section of APA Div. 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics).
- Spirituality in Clinical Practice, edited by Lisa Miller, PhD, and Len Sperry, PhD.
We are also pleased to announce three exciting new initiatives from the Journals Program:
- APA Journals has worked to further the science of psychology with the launch of the Archives of Scientific Psychology, APA's first open-access, open-methods journal, with all author fees waived through 2014. The journal, which covers all areas of psychology, has a collaborative data-sharing policy. That means authors have completed questionnaires that provide a description of each study's rationale, method, results and interpretation. It also means they have made available the data that underlie the analyses presented in their articles. Upon review of available data repositories, APA came to an agreement with the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the largest international archive of digital social science data. Authors accepted for publication in the Archives are encouraged to deposit the data in their articles with ICPSR.
- APA Journals has partnered with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students to launch Translational Issues in Psychological Science. The journal has two missions: to provide critical reviews of psychological science for translation to a broader audience, including scientists in other disciplines and the general public, and to serve as a peer-review training vehicle for graduate students and early career psychologists. Each issue will address a different theme, with an expert special issue editor and two psychologists-in-training serving as associate editors. Manuscripts will be reviewed and co-authored by professional psychologists and graduate students. Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD, serves as editor-in-chief, both shepherding content and facilitating mentorship. The journal will debut next year.
- In another example of APA's work to disseminate psychological research, we are joining the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association to bring psychological content to the MedEdPortal, a site for peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications focused on health education. In collaboration with APA's Education Directorate, we will review and publish short scholarly works in a venue that integrates psychological resources into the field of health education teaching and assessment.
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