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IOP Welcomes New Editor

11/2/2017-

by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP Announces Ron Landis as New Industrial and Organizational Psychology Journal Editor

The SIOP Publications Board is proud to announce Ronald S. Landis will serve as incoming editor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (IOP), SIOP’s premier journal.

Landis, the Nambury S. Raju Professor of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology, will begin serving as editor-in-training, working with the current editor, John Scott, on January 1, 2018. Landis will assume full duties beginning April 1, 2018. The position is a 3-year term.

I could not think of a more qualified editor for SIOP’s flagship journal than Ron Landis,” said outgoing editor John Scott.  “His professional, methodological and research contributions are widely recognized in the field, and he has significant editorial experience with a number of leading journals in psychology and management.  Ron’s intellect, creativity, integrity, and network will take IOP to the next level, and I am extraordinarily pleased to be transitioning the editor role to such an outstanding colleague.”

An open call for editor nominations was made over the summer. The SIOP Publications Board, led by Tammy Allen, unanimously selected Landis as editor, and he was approved by the Executive Board. The Publications Board also includes Richard Klimoski, Kevin Murphy, Mark Poteet, Deborah E. Rupp, John Scott, and Nancy Tippins.

Landis said he would like to build upon the current success of IOP and that he does not see a need for drastic changes to the publication.

“Instead, I think there are some interesting opportunities to explore and leverage the journal’s unique focus and structure," he said. 

These include:

  • Building upon the relevance and quality of the focal articles. 
  • Extending the discussion started by the focal articles and commentaries to other outlets (e.g., online video commentaries and rejoinders, sessions at the annual SIOP conference, social media platforms). 
  • Expanding the editorial team through the addition of associate editors.
  • Encouraging submissions (both focal articles and commentaries) that reach across traditional disciplinary boundaries that nonetheless have relevance for I-O researchers and practitioners.   

 “From my perspective, IOP must remain relevant to SIOP’s broad membership, thought provoking and diverse in its offerings and serve as a consequential publication outlet for researchers, academics and practitioners,” added John Scott.

Over the past couple of years, the 2-year and 5-year “Impact Factor” for IOP have both increased, resulting in IOP’s ranking improving from 74th to 39th in its category of “Applied Psychology,” Scott explained. IOP now provides online access to 9,259 SIOP members and more than 2,000 subscribers with downloaded content averaging 3,567 hits a month. 

“This is a reflection of all of the hard work that has come before me and the high quality of publications offered up by our membership,” Scott added. “Our practitioner offerings have been particularly strong over the past 3 years, and this trend should be encouraged. The new Practice Forum that has been shepherded through Mark Poteet’s strong vision and leadership has taken hold and provides a unique opportunity for practitioners to present their research and unique configuration of practice solutions. This forum is now a sustainable component of the IOP journal and should continue to flourish under Ron and Mark’s direction.”

Serving as the next IOP editor is humbling and exciting, Landis said, and he intends to continue the tremendous progress the publication has made.

“The growth of the journal since its inception has been tremendous, and I feel a great sense of responsibility to build upon the work that the prior editorial teams have accomplished,” he continued. “The challenge to continue to elevate the journal’s impact and reputation is daunting, but one that will keep me motivated.”

About Ronald Landis

Ronald S. Landis is Nambury S. Raju Endowed Professor in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology where he also serves as Deputy Vice Provost for Research and Academic Affairs. He has primary research interests in the areas of structural equation modeling, multiple regression, and other issues associated with measurement and the prediction of performance. His work has been published in several leading journals including Organizational Research Methods, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Applied Psychology. He is currently an Associate Editor of Journal of Business and Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, Human Performance, and Journal of Applied Psychology. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (SIOP).