APA Journals Expansion Strategy

Director of Strategic Business Development Jason Winkler discusses the strategy behind PsycARTICLES continued expansion. Take a look at the eight journals that will be added to PsycARTICLES in 2014.

By Jason Winkler

The APA Journals® catalogue has grown significantly this year and is slated to continue its trajectory, both in content areas and number of publications, in the coming years.

APA Journals profiles research of scholarly rigor in our publishing portfolio and PsycARTICLES® database, while in doing so, upholding our mission of advancing the science and practice of psychology.

To that end, our strategy is to acquire top tier journals and create new publications in areas of growing interest. To identify these topic areas, we continuously monitor and analyze trends, such as the number of manuscripts and dissertations on a given subject area over time. Additionally, we survey our existing journal subscribers, regularly inquire to our advisory groups of librarians, graduate students, and early career psychologists, and discuss new journal ideas with APA's Publications and Communications Board and Journal Advisory Committee.

By engaging with subject matter experts and end users of research, we have a more informed and better prioritized publication expansion agenda. If we are seeking to acquire an existing publication, we will routinely look to the depth and breadth of currently published content on that subject area.

Additional characteristics we look for include which services abstract and index the journal, whether there's a consistent flow of manuscript submissions, how it fits with our existing publications, whether it is affiliated with a professional society, and if it serves a need among our members or the greater psychology community.

Future Outlook

In 2014, we will be expanding our portfolio to cover areas in clinical, social, evolutionary, experimental, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology as well as psychiatry and social work.

We are proud to begin publishing these eight journals next year:

Cover of Journal of Threat Assessment and ManagementThe Journal of Threat Assessment and Management is a very timely publication that will focus exclusively on the subject of violence risk. It is affiliated with the four top-tier threat assessment professional associations and has strong international representation on its editorial board.

The editors seek articles dealing with the development, implementation and evaluation of procedures related to violence risk, particularly those with an international, interdisciplinary, or collaborative focus. APA expects to begin publication of this quarterly journal in March 2014.


Cover of American Journal of OrthopsychiatryThe American Journal of Orthopsychiatry is the principal publication of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. As a multidisciplinary journal, it is highly relevant to psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses alike and received a 2012 impact factor of 1.60.

The journal informs public policy and practice relating to mental health and human development. The journal is dedicated to publishing articles that discuss factors in the prevention and correction of injustice and the sustainable development of a just and humane society.

Editors welcome submissions with a theoretical or analytical focus, as well as empirical research.

APA will begin publication of the journal in early 2014, and expects to publish issues bimonthly. Back issues will be available.


Cover of Qualitative PsychologyQualitative Psychology is the official journal of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, a section of APA Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics). The journal will cover any content area in psychology so long as the research is based on qualitative models of inquiry.

Since formally announcing the launch of this journal at the 2013 APA Convention, the response from the international psychology community has been overwhelmingly positive. It will provide a forum for innovative methodological, theoretical, and empirical work in psychology.

The editors seek articles representing a variety of methodological approaches, as well as discussions of teaching and training in qualitative research.

Volume 1, Issue 1 will be published in 2014. A special issue was released in August and is available in PsycARTICLES now.


Cover of Spirituality in Clinical PracticeSpirituality in Clinical Practice will be a practice-oriented journal, providing a forum to highlight the actual and potential professional application of spirituality in psychotherapy. In addition, it will publish models of application from related fields such as medicine, biology, and neuroscience.

Volume 1, Issue 1 of this quarterly publication will be published in 2014. A special issue was released in August and is available in PsycARTICLES now.


Cover of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender DiversityPsychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the official journal of APA Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues), is launching after a decade of discussion and planning with the Division and APA.

It will serve as a primary outlet for research in the field of sexual orientation and gender diversity as it impacts practice, education, public policy, and social action.

Editors welcome empirical research, theoretical articles, reviews and clinical case studies.

APA expects to release Volume 1, Issue 1 in the first quarter of 2014. A special issue was released in August and is available in PsycARTICLES now.


Cover of Psychology of ConsciousnessPsychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice will focus on the scientific study of phenomena long considered to lie outside the boundary of traditional studies and will present clinical approaches to modifying attention and consciousness. It will publish in research areas such as hypnosis, suggestion, meditation, mindfulness, and the measurement of conscious states.

The focus will be on empirical research, though theory, analysis, reviews and case studies are welcome.

Volume 1, Issue 1 of this quarterly publication will be published in 2014. A special issue was released in August and is available in PsycARTICLES now.


Cover of DecisionDecision will be a journal for research on judgment and decision making. It will focus on the theoretical understanding of neural, cognitive, social, and economic aspects of human judgment and decision-making behavior. It will publish in research areas including prediction, evaluation, choice, and decisions under risk uncertainty.

Volume 1, Issue 1 of this quarterly publication will be published in early 2014. A special issue was released in August and is available in PsycARTICLES now.


Cover of Evolutionary Behavioral SciencesEvolutionary Behavioral Sciences, the official publication of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, will begin publishing its 8th volume with APA. Previously titled the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, it is APA's first journal that specifically focuses on the integration of evolutionary theory and the behavioral sciences.

The editors welcome empirical and theoretical articles, as well as those discussing implications for policy and practice.

APA will begin publication of this quarterly journal with Volume 8, Issue 1 in 2014. Back issues will be made available.