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

 
Paul Sackett, Editor
 
1. Journal content
 
Volume 1 is essentially complete as this is written (8/15/08). Two issues have been published; issues 3 and 4 are at various stages of the production process.
 
Issue 1:  Bill Macey and Ben Schneider on employee engagement (with 13 commentaries) and Chuck Lance on assessment centers (with 10 commentaries).
 
Issue 2 : Kevin Murphy on performance ratings (with8 commentaries), and an article integrating input from 22 countries on the legal environment for personnel selection (with 5 commentaries).
 
Issue 3: Leaetta Hough and Fred Oswald on personality measures in personnel selection (with 8 commentaries) and Scott Highhouse on decision maker reliance on subjective judgment (with 9 commentaries)
 
Issue 4: Frank Landy on prejudice and stereotyping (with 13 commentaries) and Kurt Kraiger on new developments in learning theory (with 9 commentaries).
 
Volume 2 is underway. The focal articles for Issue 1 have just been posted to the SIOP web site, inviting commentary submissions. The issue includes Nancy Tippins on internet testing and Ruth Kanfer on work motivation.   Subsequent issues will include focal articles from George Hollenbeck on executive selection, from Michael Frese, Neil Anderson, and Miriam Erez on innovation, and from Rob Silzer and Allan Church on leadership potential.
 
 Each of the first five issues contains a focal article with a professional practice perspective and with authorship representation from the practice world (Bill Macey, Leaetta Hough, Frank Landy, Nancy Tippins, several authors from a practice perspective for the article on international perspectives on fair employment practices).  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.
 
My goals of international representation are being met. One focal article in Volume 1 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. An international author team (Frese, Anderson, Erez) is lined up for a focal article for Volume 2.  In addition, there is good international representation in the commentaries thus far.
2. Journal Production and Process Issues
 
We easily filled our 480 page allotment for Volume 1, and Wiley-Blackwell will increase the page budget for Volume 2.
 
Wiley-Blackwell nominated the journal for the Best New Journal Award of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. The journal has been named one of 4 finalists for the award; we are awaiting news!
 
As of this writing we are still awaiting information from Wiley-Blackwell about how we fared in year 1 in regard to number of subscribers. Wiley-Blackwell promises this information shortly; Dave Nershi should have information to report at the EC meeting.
 
A search in underway for my successor as editor. I will see the journal through Volume 2, with the editorial transition taking place at the New Orleans conference next April. 
 
3. Conclusion
 
It has been gratifying to receive much positive feedback about the journal. My sense is that the interactive exchange format is a big hit. That said, the biggest challenge is to live up to the journal’s title: “Perspectives on Science and Practice”. We’ve got a nice science/practice mix on the features of the journal under the editor’s control (i.e., authorship of focal articles, makeup of the editorial board). I aspire to greater representation from the practice community in the commentary process.