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In taking over the editorship of Psychological Review, psychologist Keith Rayner, PhD, plans to continue publishing the best theoretical psychology in the field.

"I'm happy to let the field dictate what is the best science out there," says Rayner, distinguished university professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

He will continue with the established mission of the journal: to advance and evaluate new theories in psychology, he says.

"We hope that people will continue to send their best theoretical work to the journal," Rayner adds. "The journal has a very high citation index, and I think many in the field probably look at it as the place where new advances are going to emerge.

"When I taught graduate courses, there were always two or three critical papers on each topic for the students to read from Psychological Review." Rayner says teachers in the field count on having cutting-edge material from the journal to contribute to their curriculum.

Rayner's past editorial experience will bolster his work in this new role. He also served as editor of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition from 1990 to 1995, and as an action editor for Cognitive Psychology and the European Journal of Cognitive Psychology.

Best known for his research on eye movements, reading and language pro-cesses, Rayner is listed on the Institute for Scientific Information Web of Science as one of the most frequently cited people in the field of psychology and psychiatry.

Rayner has served on more than a dozen editorial boards and reviews more than 100 papers a year. "But I really think I probably like editing better than reviewing," he says. "And this is an opportunity to improve the field and give substantive feedback to both young scientists and veterans."

Rayner says he's also excited about the associate editors he'll be working with:

  • Yuko Munakata, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Randy O'Reilly, PhD, also an associate professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Yaacov Trope, PhD, a professor of psychology at New York University.

Rayner does acknowledge that in the past there have been long delays in the review process for the journal and hopes to remedy that. He says he'll encourage reviewers to get manuscripts back within five or six weeks. "The delays are understandable because the articles are long and hard to review, but I think we'll improve the process and the product."

Rayner has been receiving manuscripts submitted to the journal via Psychological Review since July 1.