Psychological Science in the Public Interest Call for Editor Nominations

Deadline: November 27, 2017

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) invites nominations for the position of Editor of Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI). This highly respected journal features three commissioned reports per year on topics of national interest by panels of the most distinguished researchers in psychological science and related fields. The current Editor is Valerie F. Reyna, Cornell University.

PSPI reports provide definitive, state-of-the-science summaries — juried analyses — on subjects in which psychological science both plays a central role and has something important to say. The reports serve as resources for psychologists and for audiences outside our discipline. The contents of PSPI are routinely reported in the media and often are utilized by policy makers. Topics have included eyewitness confidence and identification accuracy, the impact of psychological science on policing in the United States, and use of effective techniques to improve student learning — an issue that was downloaded more than 100,000 times in less than a year. Further information about PSPI, including past issues and an editorial statement of purpose, is available on the APS website here. Another early description of the journal can be found here.

All reports are commissioned by the Editor; PSPI does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, but proposals for papers are considered by the Editor. Manuscripts are commissioned by the Editor only after careful vetting of both the topic and authors. Topics are nominated from many sources, including editorial board members and the APS Board of Directors. In addition, all members of APS are invited to nominate topics.

The new Editor will lead and manage the journal’s unique editorial process. While the incoming Editor will want to draw on past editorial experience, this position involves additional hands-on organizational and administrative skills not generally required for traditional journals.

Selection Criteria: Nominees must be APS Members. We especially encourage nominations of members of underrepresented groups in psychological science. Criteria to be considered in selecting the Editor will include:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of and broad perspective on the field
  • Professional accomplishment and identity within psychological science
  • Ability to recruit and work with teams of authors
  • Demonstrated success in evaluating and synthesizing psychological science research
  • Commitment to the “giving away” of psychological science
  • Commitment to devoting time to editorial duties

Starting Date: The Editor should be prepared to begin work in April 2018. The length of the term is four years.

Nominations: Please provide a name and contact information for each nominee by November 27, 2017. Additional material may be sent, including curricula vitae and brief statements of interest or support, but at this point in the process, a name and contact information are sufficient. Self-nominations are welcomed.

Send nominations and inquiries to:

APS Editor Search Committee,

Deanna Barch (chair), Washington University in St. Louis,

Dorthe Berntsen, Aarhus University,

Jason Chein, Temple University,

Douglas Medin, Northwestern University,

John Wixted, University of California, San Diego,

Sarah Brookhart (ex officio), APS Executive Director,


Torrance Gloss, APS Director of Publications,