12 Monitor on Psychology • April 2015
A new journal for students, by students
APA is proud to announce the debut issue of Translational
Issues in Psychological Science (TPS), the first journal developed
and co-published through a partnership between graduate
students and mentors.
The inaugural issue is focused on the causes and
consequences of sleep disturbances and sleep loss.
“The mission of TPS is to see how
psychological science contributes to
important topics of the day, and it
seems anytime you read a newspaper
or journal article, sleep, or the
lack of sleep, is a priority topic,”
says Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD, the
journal’s editor-in-chief and dean
at the College of Psychology and
Liberal Arts at the Florida Institute
The journal is free to student
members and will be sent to
The idea for the journal
came in 2009, when APA
leadership asked APAGS’s
student science committee to
think about ways to involve
“They said to dream
big, and we started coming
up with ideas that would
benefit both students and
Scullin, PhD, now assistant
professor of psychology and
neuroscience at Baylor University, who served on the
student committee at the time.
Scullin — who is largely credited as the inspiration for the
journal — saw two benefits of a student-run journal: giving
students a reputable publication that they would want to read
and offering them a training ground for publishing, reviewing
and editing psychological research.
This inaugural issue includes 11 manuscripts and 60 trainee
reviewers who worked with experienced associate editors.
Drexel University graduate student Caterina Mosti says her
work on TPS enabled her to better understand the submissions
process. “I learned about collaborating with other editors and
received feedback on my editorial style,” she says, “including
whether my critiques were helpful and what I could expand
upon for authors.”
University of Southern California graduate student Bruna
Martins said reviewing others work helped her grow in her own
writing. “To be able to read your own papers and think of the
constructive criticism they might be met with gives us the power
to strengthen and improve papers prior to publication,” she says.
The learning process extended to the
experts, who said the
trainees’ professionalism and
enthusiasm made the process
as fun as it was instructional.
“I was inspired by working
with these incredibly brilliant,
motivated and motivating
editors and reviewers,” says
PhD, associate professor of
psychology at West Virginia
University. “Ostensibly it was
about them learning, but frankly
the seasoned faculty have a lot to
learn as well.”
The articles in the debut issue
• “Behind Sleepy Eyes:
Implications of Sleep Loss for
Organizations and Employees,” by
• “The Teen Sleep Loss Epidemic:
What Can Be Done,” by Natalie Rossi
and Rebecca Gómez, PhD, of the
University of Arizona.
• “‘Do I Really Need a Nap?’ The
Role of Sleep Science in Informing Sleep Practices in Early
Childhood Education and Care Settings,” by Sally Staton,
PhD, of the Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane,
Australia, and colleagues.
• “Vulnerability to Stress-Related Sleep Disturbance and
Insomnia: Investigating the Link with Co-morbid Depressive
Symptoms,” by Ivan Vargas at the University of Michigan at
Ann Arbor and colleagues.
Visit www.apa.org/pubs/journals/tps/index.aspx for more
information about TPS and sample articles.
— Stacy Lu