PsycARTICLES® Introduces New Journals
Over the course of 2011, APA added several new journals to PsycARTICLES®, bringing the number included in the database up to 85.
PsycARTICLES is a full-text database of journals published by the APA and our allied publishers, who include the Canadian Psychological Association, Hogrefe Publishing Group, and the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), an APA imprint.
In this article, we'll take a look at two of the new journals added for 2012.
Law and Human Behavior
Law and Human Behavior is the journal of the American Psychology-Law Society, APA Division 41. The society's website states that it "is an inter-disciplinary organization devoted to scholarship, practice, and public service in psychology and law."
Their journal reflects this interdisciplinary commitment by publishing works in a variety of fields, including criminal justice, education, communications, and sociology.
In addition to changing publishers, the journal also has a new editor, Margaret Bull Kovera, PhD. Dr. Kovera is a former president of the Division, and a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.
For more on Dr. Kovera and the journal, please see "At the intersection of law and psychology," a feature in the February 2012 issue of Monitor on Psychology.
Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology
Peace and Conflict is the journal of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division, APA Division 48. According to their website, the goal of the Division is to "increase and apply psychological knowledge in the pursuit of peace." To that end, their journal includes research in the field at all levels, from personal interactions to international concerns.
Peace and Conflict is edited by Susan Opotow, PhD — also a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
From Acquisition to Availability
"We were very excited to acquire these two titles, and they seem happy to be with APA," said Daniya Tamendarova, a Managing Director in APA's Journals department.
She went on to explain that APA's divisions plan their journals themselves, from the ground up, and can choose to publish with whomever they like. In the case of Law and Human Behavior and Peace and Conflict, their contracts with their original publishers were expiring. They solicited bids, and both ultimately chose to move to APA's publishing program.
Once APA acquired the journals, the backfiles were collected and added to PsycARTICLES. (Full-text for both is available back to Volume 1, Issue 1.) Then Tamendarova and the editors began the process of producing the first APA-published issue.
"We start by taking any Online First postings that will be included in the first issue that APA will publish, and re-typesetting them to meet the formatting requirements of APA journals," Tamendarova noted. She then works closely with the editor to guide them through APA's publication process.
"We're always happy to acquire the journal of an APA Division," Tamendarova concluded. "In the case of these two, their interdisciplinary nature allows us to expand the scope of PsycARTICLES."
Publication for both was resumed in February 2012. Law and Human Behavior will be published on a bimonthly schedule, Peace and Conflict on a quarterly basis.
A New Audience
The membership of both societies is made up of scholars and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds. Many, but not all of them, are members of both the society and the APA. For example, Law and Human Behavior is a publication that many law schools subscribe to, and political scientists are interested in Peace and Conflict.
Tamendarova explained that publishing these two journals gives the APA a little more exposure to people in disciplines that do not traditionally affiliate themselves with psychology — something that can strengthen interdisciplinary bonds, and encourage new collaborations.