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Update on SIOP Journal: “Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice”

 
Paul Sackett, Editor
 
1. Journal content
 
Issue 1 was delivered to members in early March, with articles by Bill Macey and Ben Schneider on employee engagement and by Chuck Lance on assessment centers.
 
Issue 2 has been typeset and is in production. It will contain an article by Kevin Murphy on performance ratings, followed by 8 commentaries, and an article integrating input from 22 countries on the legal environment for personnel selection followed by 5 commentaries.
 
Issue 3 will contain an article by Leaetta Hough and Fred Oswald on the currently hot topic of the use of personality measures in personnel selection and an article by Scott Highhouse on decision maker reliance on subjective judgment vs objective measurement. 
Commentaries have been solicited, and are due in a few days
 
Issue 4 will contain an article by Frank Landy on prejudice and stereotyping, focusing on bringing I-O psychologists up to date on research developments in other areas of psychology, and an article by Kurt Kraiger examining the implications for I-O research and practice of modern developments in learning theory from other fields (e.g., education, cognitive psychology). These articles will be posted for comment right around the time of the SIOP conference
 
The journal’s editorial board went through a process of generating and evaluating topics and authors for subsequent issues of the journal. A list of 79 suggested topics was generated. Below is a list of the 30 top-rated topics; board members also suggested potential authors. Armed with this list I am working to develop a set of focal articles for Volume 2 of the journal.
 
Personality
Evidence for the effectiveness of coaching
Identifying High Potential Leaders
Do people really change?
The practical impact of I-O interventions
International generalizability of I-O findings
Emotional intelligence
Executive selection: character or competence?
Unsupervised online Ability test: fact or fiction?
“Selection models are dinosaurs”
Testing in high stakes contexts
Can leadership be taught?
Competencies
Practitioner beliefs and misbeliefs of I-O knowledge
Retention of high performing talent
Pay for performance: has pay gotten a bad rap?
Does leadership matter?
How do people learn on the job?
Personality in executuve selection
Forced ranking in performance management
Learning agility
Changing nature of work
Impact of incentive/reward systems
Past performance as our best predictor
The multidimensionality of job performance
Corporate culture vs. national culture
Ageism in organizations
Innovation and creativity in the workplace.
“Team composition research hasn’t gotten us far”
Contextual performance
 
2. Journal logistics
 
To date, we’ve been forced to have a quite narrow window for submitting commentaries (30 days for issues 2 and 3). A longer commentary period is desired, and my hope is that as the journal gets established and we develop a bit of a backlog we can provide this. Right now, the time frame is dictated by our production schedule. Wiley-Blackwell counsels us that it is important for the first issues of a new journal to be published on time. This is a critical period in terms of marketing the journal to libraries.
 
3. Activities at SIOP linked to the journal launch
 
Members received Issue 1 in the month before SIOP. Wiley-Blackwell is planning a reception at SIOP to publicize the journal. I requested and received program time for a session featuring the journal. We will have a session which presents a “live” version of part of Issue 1: The authors of the Macey-Schneider piece on employee engagement and the authors of 4 of the commentaries will continue the discussion of the engagement construct.
 
4. Observations about the journal thus far:
 
My goals of a balance of academic and professional practice perspectives are being addressed in a variety of ways:
 
a) Each of the first four issues contains a focal article with a professional practice perspective and with authorship representation from the practice world (Bill Macey, Leaetta Hough, Frank Landy, several authors from a practice perspective for the article on international perspectives on fair employment practices). 
 
b) For the first two issues, there is professional practice involvement in the commentary process for all articles thus far. There are, though, markedly more submissions from academically based authors. I welcome ideas for increasing submissions form the practice community. I do email individuals who I identify as having interest in the topic of a given focal article, calling their attention to the article and encouraging the submission of a commentary.
 
c) The editorial board was selected with the goal of a roughly equal representation of academic and practice perspectives.
 
d) I assemble a project team to aid with each focal article (e.g., review the commentary submissions). I ensure balance of academic and practice perspectives in threes project teams
 
My goals of international representation are being met. One focal article explicitly reflects this, as I invited psychologists from 21 countries, plus the US, to participate in a project dealing with the legal environment for selection. In addition, there is good international representation in the commentaries thus far.
 
I’m eagerly, if apprehensively, looking forward to reactions now that people have seen the first issue. Until receiving the first issue in March, the journal was an abstraction.  I’m hoping that seeing a copy or two will help make the concept concrete for people, and will encourage participation in the commentary process.