APA now publishes
The move promises to increase the journal’s reach and the number of timely
and relevant articles on psychology’s contributions to military life.
BY TORI DEANGELIS
APA has acquired Military Psychology, the flagship journal of APA Div. 19 (Society for Military Psychology) and the only journal in the world devoted
to research on the application of psychology to military
problems. The first APA-published issue was printed in January.
• Develop an aggressive marketing plan and greater web
presence to boost the journal’s impact.
• Reduce manuscript turnaround time to 90 days or less, so
that each article is published within a year of submission.
• Eventually publish the journal once a month instead of
It’s important to cover military psychology as broadly and
thoroughly as possible because so many breakthroughs in
psychology and society emerge from issues faced or solved by the
military first, Estrada says. Development of large-scale personnel
assessment procedures; groundbreaking research on mental
health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder; and
efforts to build resiliency among military personnel and their
families are but a few examples, Estrada says.
Likewise, special issues of the journal have covered a wide
array of psychological topics of interest to the military that have
strong relevance to modern civilian life, including mental health
and substance abuse, suicide prevention and the inclusion of
women and ethnic and sexual minorities in the military. “A lot
of the lessons that come out of those experiences are readily
applicable to society,” he says.
Estrada hopes potential contributors will think creatively
about how their work might fit with the journal’s broad purview.
“We welcome any theoretically, empirically supported
publication that has something to contribute to our
understanding of psychology within the unique context of the
military,” he says. n
To submit a manuscript, go to www.apadivisions.org/division-19/
Tori DeAngelis is a writer in Syracuse, N. Y.