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Journal of Business and Psychology: A New Direction

Steven Rogelberg
University of North Carolina Charlotte

Starting January 2009, I will be taking over as editor of Journal of Business Psychology (JBP). I wanted to take a moment to reintroduce JBP to our community and share with you some of the directions the journal will be taking. First, allow me to introduce the journal’s new Senior Advisory Board. This distinguished group of individuals has provided terrific advice and counsel regarding the vision of the journal, candidates for associate editor, and special features. They are:

Russell Cropanzano, University of Arizona
Angelo DeNisi, Tulane University
Michael Frese, University of Giessen
Tim Judge, University of Florida
Gary Latham, University of Toronto
Ann Marie Ryan, Michigan State University
Sheldon Zedeck, University of California Berkeley

Second, I want to introduce the terrific team of associate editors: 

Jim Diefendorff, University of Akron
Eric Heggestad, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Julie Olson-Buchanan, California State University, Fresno
Stephanie Payne, Texas A&M University
Jerel Slaughter, University of Arizona
Steve Zaccaro, George Mason University

We have also selected guest editors for our two special feature editions in the works:

Allan Church, Pepsico
David Altman, Center for Creative Leadership

JBP is an international outlet publishing high-quality empirical, theoretical, and conceptual papers designed to advance organizational science and practice. Since its inception in 1986, the journal has published impactful scholarship in industrial-organizational psychology, organizational behavior, human resources management, work psychology, occupational psychology, and vocational psychology.  We also welcome work from other behavioral science disciplines, including but not limited to organizational communication, organizational sociology, and public administration. 

JBP has three interrelated goals:

  • To publish high-quality/impactful organizational science research in general, and especially research with an applied focus
  • To bridge the science/practice divide 
  • To promote interdisciplinary research connections

Typical subject matters include but are not limited to:

Coaching/leadership development
Counterproductive behavior
Emotions at work/emotional labor
Employee withdrawal/retention
Global/international/cross-cultural issues
Job analysis/job design
Job attitudes
Job performance/citizenship behavior
Judgment/decision making
Legal issues/employment law
Measurement/statistical techniques
Occupational health/safety/stress
Organizational culture/climate
Organizational justice
Organizational performance/change
Performance appraisal/feedback
Research methodology (e.g., surveys)
Staffing and selection
Strategic HR/changing role of HR
Work and family/Nonwork life/ leisure


Rigorous quantitative, qualitative, field-based, and lab-based empirical studies are welcome as are novel and important theory development, synthesis, and conceptual papers.  Interdisciplinary scholarship is valued and encouraged.  Submitted manuscripts should be well-grounded conceptually and make meaningful contributions to scientific understanding and/or the advancement of science-based practice.  Papers will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the article
  • Appropriateness for JBP
  • Appropriateness of literature review
  • Strength of methodology/approach 
  • Strength of data analysis (quantitative or qualitative)
  • Conceptual strength
  • Quality of writing
  • Potential impact for practice
  • Potential impact for scientific advancement

In addition to publishing high-quality research on a regular basis, every 2 years one of the following special features editions will be released to promote our aspirations:

A “State of the Practice” edition.  This edition will have about 12 pieces (around 3000 words each), typically written by scientist–practitioners.  Each peer-reviewed piece will discuss best practices in a particular practice area that are extremely relevant in today’s business world (e.g., succession planning; high-potential identification). In addition, and most importantly, the piece would discuss the type of research that is needed to help in this area from a practice perspective. This will hopefully promote our science/practice ideals and further support the notion of evidence-based management.  

Interdisciplinary “Connections” edition.  A topic relevant across a wide range of disciplines will be chosen.  For each topic, four to six articles will be written. Each article discusses the topic from a particular disciplinary perspective, the methods that discipline would typically use to study it, the most relevant literature for them, and their general thinking about it.  These articles would not be critiques of other disciplines. They are designed to stimulate thought and boundary spanning for future work.  The first such special feature will be on Millennials and the world of work.  The contents will be:



Millennials and the World of Work: An Organizational Sociological Perspective
Millennials and the World of Work: An Organizational Communication Studies Perspective
Millennials and the World of Work: An Economic Perspective
Millennials and the World of Work: A Practitioner Perspective
Millennials and the World of Work: A Psychological Perspective
Millennials and the World of Work: An Integrative Interdisciplinary Perspective


A Few Final Notes

We strive for a timely, high-quality and constructive review process. We expect to make decisions in no more than 90 days after the receipt of the manuscript. 

Although JBP is a paper-based journal, it is also part of Springer’s Online First Program.  This program is designed to reduce the delay between acceptance of a manuscript and dissemination of its timely findings. Namely, manuscripts accepted for publication and awaiting publication in paper format are immediately published online. 

We have assembled a first-rate board of over 100 consulting editors.  They have distinguished records and come from four different continents and 13 countries.  Their names are listed below. We could not produce the journal without them.

If you are interested in doing ad hoc reviews, contact me at rogelberg@ uncc.edu or our excellent student assistant editors Marisa Adelman (madelman@uncc.edu) and David Askay daskay@uncc.edu).
We look forward to reviewing your excellent work.

Neil Anderson
Lisa Finkelstein
James LeBreton
Benjamin Schneider
Derek Avery
Sandra Fisher
David Lepak
Linda Shanock
Carolyn Axtell
John Fleenor
Paul Levy
Evan Sinar
Boris Baltes
Franco Fraccaroli
William Macey
Brent Smith
William Balzer
Yitzhak Fried
Debra Major
Kimberly Smith-Jentsch
Peter Bamberger
Marylène Gagné
David Mayer
Sabine Sonnentag
Janet Barnes-Farrell
William Gentry
Lynn McFarland
Christiane Spitzmueller
Wendy S. Becker
Terry Beehr
Timothy Golden
Alan Mead
Gretchen Spreitzer
Mindy Bergman
Harold Goldstein
Kathi Miner-Rubino
Florence Stinglhamber
Kamal Birdi
Gary Greguras
Stephan Motowidlo
Jian-Min Sun
Ingwer Borg
Markus Groth
Morell Mullins
Simon Taggar
Nathan Bowling
Leslie Hammer
Deniz Ones
Ben Tepper
Lisa Boyce
Michael Harris
Frederick Oswald 
Paul Tesluk
Phillip Braddy
Michelle Hebl
Charles Pierce 
Scott Tonidandel
Jill Bradley
David Holman
Nathan Podsakoff
John Trougakos
Stephane Brutus
Michael Horvath
Tahira Probst
Donald Truxillo
Shawn Burke
Allen Huffcutt
Jochen Reb
Nick Turner
Wendy Casper
Nina Keith
Erin Richard
Jeffrey Vancouver
Jim Conway
John Kello
Chet Robie
Robert Vecchio
Helena Cooper-Thomas
Eden King
Sylvia Roch
Vish Viswesvaran
Deanne Den Hartog
Ute-Christine Klehe
Eugene Stone-Romero
Daan van Knippenberg
Robert Dipboye
Deirdre Knapp
Daniel Sachau
J. Craig Wallace
John Donovan
Laura Koppes
Jesús Salgado 
Mo Wang
Denis Doverspike
Meni Koslowsky
Michaéla Schippers
Sheila Webber
Bryan Edwards
Kurt Kraiger
Aaron Schmidt
Mina Westman
Jill Ellingson
David Kravitz
James Schmidtke
Kevin Williams
Amir Erez
Ronald Landis
Mark Schmit
Mike Zickar
James Farr
Frank Landy
Kimberly Schneider