Psychological Science Goes Monthly; New Covers for APS Journals

Psychological Science Goes Monthly

Beginning in January 2004, Psychological Science will be published monthly and APS journals will have new covers.

In 1990, APS Fellow and Charter Member William K. Estes, the founding editor of Psychological Science, wrote an editorial for the inaugural issue about the current state of journal publishing and included his predictions for the future of psychology journals.

Estes’ editorial made the case for a new journal with a cross-disciplinary approach that encouraged psychologists to present research and applications in a comprehensible and interesting format that educated non-psychologists in government, industry, and academia could consume.

“Helping psychologists keep up with their field would be a sufficient purpose for the new journal,” Estes wrote, “but we mean to set our sights still higher and try to serve some function that has been largely missed by the present journal armamentarium – promoting interdisciplinary knowledgeability on the part of psychologists and presenting scientific psychology to people outside our field.”

Time after time, Psychological Science has proven true to Estes’ vision. Psychological Science is consistently ranked by the Institute of Scientific Information among the top 10 among psychology journals for impact on the field. In addition, articles from the journal are often cited by national news media, such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times for news about important public issues, such as media violence, the effects of socioeconomic class on IQ, and much more.

After nearly fifteen years, Psychological Science will increase its frequency from bimonthly to monthly beginning in 2004. APS Fellow and Charter Member James Cutting, Cornell University, will take the reins as the new editor (see a profile on Cutting in the December 2002 Observer). Cutting succeeds APS Fellow and Charter Member Sam Glucksberg, Princeton University. (Prior to Glucksberg, APS Fellow and Charter Member John Kihlstrom, University of California, Berkeley, was the second editor of Psychological Science.)

APS Journal Covers
New APS Journal Covers

APS Journals Get a New Look

Each of APS’s journals began independent of the others, and naturally developed a separate, unique look. Beginning with the first issues in 2004, each journal will have a new cover that gives them a fresh, consistent appearance while altering none of the high-quality, engaging content that the psychological community has relied on for years. Psychological Science and Psychological Science in the Public Interest will retain their hallmark colors of red and blue, respectively. Current Directions in Psychological Science adopts green as its cover color.

For the latest from APS journals, visit www.psychologicalscience.org/journals. Remember, as an APS Member, you have exclusive access to the in-press versions of our journals.

Reference
Estes, W. K. 1990. Journals, journals, journals. Psychological Science, 1(1), 1-3.

Observer Vol.16, No.12 December, 2003

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