NEW JOURNAL EDITOR
Since its launch in 1904, Psychological Bulletin has been lauded for synthesizing, critiquing and setting new directions for
psychological research and practice. In fact, the
journal has been such an institution that 1999
APA President Robert J. Sternberg, who edited
the journal between 1991 and 1996, joked that
it was the only continuing-education course a
psychologist ever needed.
Maintaining and enhancing that strong
reputation are the goals of incoming editor
Dolores Albarracín, PhD, a social psychologist at
the University of Pennsylvania. “My task is to keep
it at its present high level and to continue its upward trajectory
in terms of its high impact factor and its ability to inform
other disciplines and assimilate cross-cutting research within
psychology,” says Albarracín, who starts her term in January.
Like past editors, Albarracín will continue to favor
quantitative reviews as the journal’s gold standard.
“If a meta-analysis can be done, it has a lot of advantages
in terms of establishing the domain and frequency of a
phenomenon,” she says. Still, she recognizes that data may be
too sparse or scattered in certain domains to make conducting
such reviews feasible, in which case qualitative or theoretical
analyses may be more appropriate.
Albarracín also encourages manuscripts that further
another important journal mission: developing theory, using
research syntheses as a lab for the field’s growth. For example,
• Incorporating technology. There’s a lot of room to
analyze data on newer technological developments such as
neuroimaging and to develop new methodologies for such
analysis, says Albarracín. “I predict we’ll see a lot of growth in
such areas in the next editorial periods of the Bulletin.”
• Making connections. Albarracín also is interested in
papers that link to current events or that connect psychology’s
subdisciplines. And she welcomes interdisciplinary analyses:
“That’s where science is going in general, and we need to push
that as much as possible.” n
To submit a manuscript, visit the journal’s online submissions
portal at www.jbo.com/jbo3/submissions/dsp_jbo.cfm?journal_
Tori DeAngelis is a writer in Syracuse, N. Y.
A growth lab for
Thoughtful, cutting-edge reviews will ensure that Psychological Bulletin
continues to move psychology forward in ways that help social science and
the public, says incoming editor Dolores Albarracín.
BY TORI DEANGELIS