Journal of Abnormal Psychology

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Journal of Abnormal Psychology  
Journal of Abnormal Psychology cover.gif
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Abnorm. Psychol.
Discipline Abnormal psychology
Language English
Edited by Sherryl H. Goodman
Publication details
Publisher
Frequency Quarterly
4.974
Indexing
ISSN 1939-1846
OCLC no. 818916111
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The Journal of Abnormal Psychology is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the American Psychological Association (APA). The journal has been in publication for 125 years, and it is considered to be a "preeminent outlet for research in psychopathology".[1]

The Journal of Abnormal Psychology addresses the following major areas of focus:[2]

  1. psychopathology (etiology, development, symptomatology, and the course)
  2. normal processes in abnormal disorders
  3. pathological or atypical features of behavior of normal individuals
  4. experimental studies (with human or animal subjects) relating to the abnormal emotional behavior or pathology
  5. sociocultural effects on pathological processes (gender, ethnicity)
  6. tests of hypotheses from psychological theories that relate to abnormal behavior

History[edit]

The APA began publication of the journal in April 1906. In 1921, the name was changed to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology. The name reverted to simply the Journal of Abnormal Psychology in 1965, the same year that the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology began publication.[3]

Editors[edit]

The editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology is Sherryl Goodman of Emory University. Goodman is a former associate editor of the Journal of Family Psychology. She has served on the editing boards for other journals, including Developmental Psychology and the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Goodman's research on developmental psychpopathology includes "the complex ways that depression is transmitted across generations."[4]

With the resources of the APA's new "online first" publication, full text manuscripts appear online as soon as the editors have completed the work. Authors must consult the APA's "Instruction for All Authors" for information regarding manuscript preparation, publication policies, permission, and figures.[5]

Calls for papers[edit]

The APA website states:

Theoretical papers of scholarly substance on abnormality may be appropriate if they advance understanding of a specific issue directly relevant to abnormal psychology and fall within the length restrictions of a regular (not extended) article. The priority is empirical papers. [...] Therefore, a study that focuses primarily on treatment efficacy should be submitted to the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. However, a longitudinal study focusing on developmental influences or origins of abnormal behavior should be submitted to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.[5]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed by MEDLINE/PubMed and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 4.974, ranking it 9th out of 129 journals in the category "Psychology, Multidisciplinary"[6] and 8th out of 111 journals in the category "Psychology, Clinical".[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "APA Journal of Abnormal Psychology". Alliant International University. January 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Journal of Abnormal Psychology". American Psychological Association. January 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ "The Online Books Page". University of Pennsylvania. January 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Continuing a tradition of excellence". American Psychological Association. January 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Journal of Abnormal Psychology". American Psychological Association. January 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Psychology, Multidisciplinary". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014. 
  7. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Psychology, Clinical". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014.