Journals in Social and Personality Psychology
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Where can I find a listing of journals in Social and Personality psychology?
- The Social Psychology Network (SPN) has a fairly comprehensive listing of journals in Social psychology as well as listings of journals from related fields.
- The newsletter for the SPSP Graduate Student Committee, called the (FORUM), has an article in the 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.
What are considered the TOP journals in Social/Personality psychology?
- There are two general categories of journals in which to publish:
- Journals that are designed for broad multidisciplinary appeal to all areas of psychology, and
- Journals that specifically target Social/Personality psychology.
- Keep in mind the there is substantial agreement about what the very top journals in the field are, but because judging journal prestige is highly subjective, there is very little agreement about which journals are in the "good", "fair" and "poor" ranges.
- FYI – All information below was initially integrated from the FORUM study on journal reputation in Social/Personality psychology (see above), Journal Citation Reports, and the Professional Development Meetings held at the USC Social Psychology Program.
- In terms of broad multidisciplinary journals, the top journals are:
- In terms of specifically Social/Personality journals, the top journals are:
- Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (AESP, from Elsevier)
- Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP, from APA)
- Personality and Social Psychology Review (PSPR, from SPSP)
- Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB, from SPSP)
- Journal of Personality (JP from Blackwell)
- Journal of Research in Personality (JRP from Elsevier)
- Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (JESP, from SESP)
What are considered the ranking/ratings of all empirical journals in Social/Personality Psychology?
- 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.
- 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.
- There are undoubtedly many people who will disagree with the general ordering presented below, because judging journal prestige is a highly subjective process. Also, the actual quality of a journal probably changes much more quickly than people's perceptions of that journal do.
- The top journal is:
- Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP, from APA) (JPSP, from APA).
- The first grouping/tier includes:
- The second grouping/tier includes:
- European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP)
- British Journal of Social Psychology (BJSP)
- European Journal of Personality EJP (from InterScience)
- Journal of Personality Assessment JPA (from LEA)
- Personality and Individual Differences PAID (from ISSID)
- Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (GPIR)
- Journal of Social Issues (JSI, from SPSSI)
- The third grouping/tier includes:
- The fourth grouping/tier includes all other journals.
What are considered the ranking/ratings of review journals in Social/Personality Psychology?
- 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:
- new integrative theories that propose a new line of research, sometimes accompanied by supporting data, and
- reviewing or summarizing an existing line of research, sometimes summarizing a program of research developed mainly by the author(s) of the review article.
- 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.
- 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.
- Another place to publish review/theory papers is the broader multidisciplinary journals discussed below.
When would you want to publish in broad multidisciplinary journals?
- 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.
- Annual Review of Psychology(Annual Reviews). This is the highest impact factor journal in psychology and covers all areas of psychology research and practice.
- Psychological Bulletin(APA). This journal focuses mainly on summarizing theories or empirical research of the utmost importance to the field.
- Psychological Review (APA). This journal focuses mainly on proposing new theoretical contributions of the utmost importance to the field, sometimes accompanied by supporting data.
- 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.
- American Psychologist (APA). This is the official journal of APA and contains articles covering current issues in psychology of general interest.
What is the turn-around time for journals?
- An article in the 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.
- 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:
- Quick turn-around time (Psychological Science, PSPR),
- Average turn-around time (Psychological Bulletin, JESP, PSPB),
- Slow turn-around time (JPSP).
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