Writing for Translational Issues in Psychological Science

Translational Issues in Psychological Science (TPS) is a critical issues translational journal.

Each issue of TPS concentrates on a single important, timely, and/or potentially controversial theme in translational science that is of broad interest to scientists, practitioners, and the general public.

Each journal issue is composed 10–12 brief but critical review articles across multiple psychology subfields (e.g., cognitive, developmental, clinical sciences), so as to achieve interdisciplinary perspectives on the topic of interest.

Each article covers a body of basic scientific research or highlights an important piece of research on the topic and concludes with a section that describes how the application of the research findings can be used to advance health, well-being, or performance in individuals, organizations, or the general public.

The readership of TPS includes psychology graduate students and early career psychologists as well as scientists, practitioners, policy makers, and the general public who have interest in the thematic topic and wish to discover how to apply the research findings to their area of concern.

TPS expects that the abstract and introduction of submitted manuscripts make clear the potential relevance of the article for these readers. In addition, the closing section of the article should provide concrete applications of the research.

Submitted manuscripts should be brief, approximately 18–22 pages including references, and focus on reviewing a body of research central to the issue's theme. The reviews should be analytical and/or diagnostic, not just descriptive, and emphasize the ways in which the research findings can be applied to real-life issues.

The emphasis in the journal is mainly on critical reviews; however manuscripts that include or focus on new, unpublished data will be considered if there are broad and potentially important applications.

Three potential types of articles published in TPS are:

  • Evaluating Application Readiness – This type of article can include a synthesis of current research and an identification of potential applications. These articles should also consider readiness for and barriers to application/translation, including suggestions for how to overcome them.
  • Novel Applications – This type of article synthesizes separate lines of research or theories, and suggests new and novel applications (e.g. application to a field in which the research has not been previously utilized). These efforts should go beyond the traditional "bench-to-bedside" connections and should involve interdisciplinary ideas and applications.
  • Evaluation of Current Applications (Progress Reports) – This type of article is a critical look at existing applications in a particular field. The review should be similar to a "progress report," should identify strengths and weaknesses, translational successes, and barriers that have been encountered in application attempts. Articles could potentially be written from professionals "in the field" attempting to incorporate suggested applications into their work.

One aspect of the journal's mission is to provide reviewer/editor/author training and mentoring for American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) members. Therefore, psychology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are involved in all aspects of the publication process.

An important part of this process is learning how to write for publication. Therefore each TPS manuscript must have a psychology student or postdoctoral fellow as one of the authors. The student's contribution should be significant enough to warrant listing as a co-author.

In cases where the student/fellow is the sole author, the manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter signed by a faculty advisor or supervisor who verifies that they have reviewed and endorsed the manuscript.