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* [http://www.socialpsychology.org/ The Social Psychology Network] (SPN) has a fairly comprehensive listing of [http://www.socialpsychology.org/journals.htm journals in Social psychology] as well as listings of journals from related fields.
* [http://www.socialpsychology.org/ The Social Psychology Network] (SPN) has a fairly comprehensive listing of [http://www.socialpsychology.org/journals.htm journals in Social psychology] as well as listings of journals from related fields.
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* The newsletter for the [http://www.spsp.org/ SPSP] Graduate Student Committee, called the [http://www.spsp.org/student/studnews.htm (FORUM)], has an article in the [http://www.spsp.org/student/pdf/forum05spsu.pdf Spring/Summer 2005 issue] which lists the journals in Social/Personality psychology, as well as describes a study conducted on those journals in which 163 published authors in the Social/Personality field rated each journal on reputation and turn-around time.
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* The newsletter for the [http://www.spsp.org/ SPSP] Graduate Student Committee, called the [http://www.spsp.org/student/studnews.htm (FORUM)], has an article in the [http://www.spsp.org/student/pdf/forum05spsu.pdf Spring/Summer 2005 issue] that lists the journals in Social/Personality psychology, as well as describes a study conducted on those journals in which 163 published authors in the Social/Personality field rated each journal on reputation and turn-around time.
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==What are considered the TOP journals in Social/Personality psychology?==
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* There are two general categories of journals in which to publish:
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# Journals that are designed for broad multidisciplinary appeal to all areas of psychology, and
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# Journals that specifically target Social/Personality psychology.
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* FYI – All information below is integrated from three sources -The [http://www.spsp.org/student/pdf/forum05spsu.pdf FORUM study] on journal reputation in Social/Personality psychology (see above), [http://scientific.thomson.com/products/jcr/ Journal Citation Reports], and the professional development meetings held at USC.  All three sources provided independent and consistent confirmation of the rating/ranking of journals, as reported below.
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* In terms of broad multidisciplinary journals, the top journals are:
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:: [http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/loi/psych '''Annual Review of Psychology'''] (Annual Reviews)
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:: [http://www.apa.org/journals/bul/ '''Psychological Bulletin'''] (APA)
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:: [http://www.apa.org/journals/rev/ '''Psychological Review'''] (APA)
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:: [http://www.psychologicalscience.org/journals/ '''Psychological Science'''] (APS)
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* In terms of specifically Social/Personality journals, the top journals are:
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:: [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/BS_AESP/description#description '''Advances in Experimental Social Psychology'''] (AESP, from Elsevier)
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:: [http://www.apa.org/journals/psp/ '''Journal of Personality and Social Psychology'''] (JPSP, from APA)
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:: [http://www.spsp.org/pspr.htm '''Personality and Social Psychology Review'''] (PSPR, from SPSP)
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:: [http://www.spsp.org/pspb.htm '''Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin'''] (PSPB, from SPSP)
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:: [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622874/description#description '''Journal of Experimental Social Psychology'''] (JESP, from SESP)
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==What are considered the ranking/ratings of all empirical journals in Social/Personality Psychology?==
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* While there is virtually unanimous agreement that JPSP is the top empirical journal in Social/Personality psychology, the ranking/ratings of other journals can be separated into general groupings such as first tier, second tier, and third tier. 
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* The groupings/tiers are only intended to convey a general ordering of the journals, and is not meant to convey that any one journal is ranked/rated higher or lower than any other journal within that grouping, and is not meant to convey that there are strict boundaries between groupings.
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* The top journal is:
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:: [http://www.apa.org/journals/psp/ '''Journal of Personality and Social Psychology'''] (JPSP, from APA) (JPSP, from APA).
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* The first grouping/tier includes:
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:: [http://www.spsp.org/pspr.htm '''Personality and Social Psychology Review'''] (PSPR, from SPSP)
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:: [http://www.spsp.org/pspb.htm '''Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin'''] (PSPB, from SPSP)
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:: [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622874/description#description '''Journal of Experimental Social Psychology'''] (JESP, from SESP)
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:: [http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/1823?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0 '''European Journal of Social Psychology'''] (EJSP)
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:: [http://www.bps.org.uk/publications/journals/bjsp/bjsp_home.cfm '''British Journal of Social Psychology'''] (BJSP)
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:: [http://gpi.sagepub.com/ '''Group Processes and Intergroup Relations'''] (GPIR)
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:: [http://www.bellpub.com/jasp/ '''Journal of Applied Social Psychology'''] (JASP)
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:: [https://www.erlbaum.com/shop/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=0197-3533 '''Basic and Applied Social Psychology'''] (BASP)
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:: [http://www.jstor.org/journals/01902725.html '''Social Psychology Quarterly'''] (Sociology journal)
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:: [http://www.spssi.org/jsi.html '''Journal of Social Issues'''] (JSI, from SPSSI)
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:: [http://www.asap-spssi.org/ '''Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy'''] (ASAP, from SPSSI)
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* The fourth grouping/tier includes all other journals.
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==What are considered the ranking/ratings of review journals in Social/Personality Psychology?==
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* A few journals are devoted to publishing review articles and are purposefully not an outlet for the publication of primary data.  Review articles can take a few forms, such as:
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# new integrative theories that propose a new line of research, sometimes accompanied by supporting data, and
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# reviewing or summarizing an existing line of research, sometimes summarizing a program of research developed mainly by the author(s) of the review article.
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* [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/BS_AESP/description#description '''Advances in Experimental Social Psychology'''] (AESP, from Elsevier) is the highest impact factor journal in Social/Personality psychology.  The review articles published in AESP are mainly reviewing or summarizing an existing line of research, and routinely involve summarizing a program of research developed mainly by the author(s) of the review article.  The review articles also routinely concern topics of the highest significance or importance to the field. 
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* [http://www.spsp.org/pspr.htm '''Personality and Social Psychology Review'''] (PSPR, from SPSP) is another quality outlet for review articles in Social/Personality psychology and also publishes articles reviewing or summarizing an existing line of research.  Unlike AESP, review articles in PSPR are not always concerned with summarizing a program of research developed mainly by the author(s) of the review article, and are also concerned with new integrative theories that propose a new line of research, sometimes accompanied by supporting data.
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* Another place to publish review/theory papers is the broader multidisciplinary journals discussed below.
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* The broad multidisciplinary journals are suitable outlets for your research when your research is general enough to be of interest across all areas and subdisciplines of psychology.
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* [http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/loi/psych '''Annual Review of Psychology'''](Annual Reviews).  This is the highest impact factor journal in psychology and covers all areas of psychology research and practice.
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* [http://www.apa.org/journals/bul/ '''Psychological Bulletin'''](APA).  This journal focuses mainly on summarizing theories or empirical research of the utmost importance to the field.
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* [http://www.apa.org/journals/rev/ '''Psychological Review'''] (APA).  This journal focuses mainly on proposing new theoretical contributions of the utmost importance to the field, sometimes accompanied by supporting data.
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* [http://www.psychologicalscience.org/journals/ '''Psychological Science'''] (APS).  This journal focuses on concise analysis of new perspectives or developments (e.g., General Articles are 5,000 words), concise analysis of empirical data (e.g., Research Articles are 4,000 words), and is a suitable outlet for any research that has broad appeal to a wider audience.
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* [http://www.apa.org/journals/amp/ '''American Psychologist'''] (APA). This is the official journal of APA and contains articles covering current issues in psychology of general interest.
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==What is the turn-around time for journals?==
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* An article in the [http://www.spsp.org/student/pdf/forum05spsu.pdf Spring/Summer 2005 issue] of the FORUM has a study conducted on journals in Social/Personality psychology in which 163 published authors in the Social/Personality field rated each journal on reputation and turn-around time. 
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* There is no relationship between journal prestige/reputation and journal turn-around time. As can be seen on Table 2 of the Spring/Summer 2005 FORUM, journals considered to be highly prestigious have:
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:: Quick turn-around time (Psychological Science, PSPR),
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:: Average turn-around time (Psychological Bulletin, JESP, PSPB),
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