About the APS Observer

Published 6 times per year by the Association for Psychological Science, the Observer educates and informs psychological scientists and the broader public on matters affecting the research, academic, and applied disciplines of psychology; promotes the scientific values of APS Members; reports and comments on issues of national interest to the psychological scientist community; and provides a vehicle for the dissemination of information on APS. Featured content includes in-depth analysis, profiles, and research for psychological scientists at every stage of their career and across disciplinary and geographic borders. The Observer transitioned to an all-digital format effective with the July/August 2022 issue. 

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SUBMISSIONS: Psychological scientists and professional science journalists contribute to the Observer to share timely and relevant research with the APS membership and a wide global audience, including students, policymakers, and the media. Our readers want engaging, behind-the-scenes descriptions of how research gets done, insights into the scientific questions and why they matter, and perspectives on how scientific culture should progress to more effectively address the challenges of a changing world. 

The Observer publishes feature articles (2,000 words) on new research and trends in the psychological science community as well as news articles (500-800 words), interviews, and audio and video content. Examples of the kinds of content we produce: 

Articles must be original and should not have been published or scheduled to be published elsewhere, including on preprint servers. The Observer editorial calendar is at the discretion of the editor. The Observer reserves the right to edit all content, sometimes heavily, and does not guarantee publication.  

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