A Brief History of Psychological Science

The Observer concludes a year-long series celebrating a quarter-century of the journal Psychological Science by taking a look back at the last 25 years of the journal, including leadership, special sections, and ongoing updates to publication standards and practices.


In the journal’s first volume, Founding Editor William K. Estes publishes one special section on electronic publishing and one on the William James Symposium in recognition of the centennial of Principles of Psychology.


Psychological Science features a special section on terminological standards for sex and gender in social science literature.


John F. Kihlstrom becomes Editor.


Psychological Science features a special section of articles in the July issue honoring Jean Piaget’s landmark contributions on the 100th anniversary of his birth and another special section in November on sex differences in jealousy.


The journal begins its eighth volume in January with a special section on issues surrounding significance testing.


Sam Glucksberg becomes Editor.


James Cutting becomes Editor; the journal moves from bimonthly to monthly frequency.


Psychological Science receives 1,000 submissions (up 15% over 2004, 50% over 2003, and 80% over 2002).


Rob Kail becomes Editor; the journal moves to an online submissions system.


The first “This Week in Psychological Science” e-mail is sent to APS members (featuring articles appearing in the January 2009 issue). The journal begins publishing OnlineFirst articles on a weekly basis.


Eric Eich becomes Editor.


Eich’s January editorial, “Business Not as Usual,” introduces significant changes in the journal’s publications standards and practices aimed at enhancing the reporting of research findings and methodology. In partnership with the Center for Open Science, Psychological Science launches its open research practices badge program to recognize authors who share their data, materials, and other resources.

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