Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
|Discipline||Personality psychology, social psychology|
|Edited by||Shinobu Kitayama, Kerry Kawakami, M. Lynne Cooper|
American Psychological Association (United States)
|ISO 4||J. Pers. Soc. Psychol.|
The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Psychological Association that was established in 1965. It covers the fields of social and personality psychology. The editors-in-chief are Shinobu Kitayama (University of Michigan; Attitudes and Social Cognition Section), Kerry Kawakami (York University; Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes Section), and M. Lynne Cooper (University of Missouri; Personality Processes and Individual Differences Section).
The journal's focus is on empirical research reports; however, specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers are also published. For example, the journal's most highly cited paper, cited over 90,000 times, is a statistical methods paper discussing mediation and moderation.
Articles typically involve a lengthy introduction and literature review, followed by several related studies that explore different aspects of a theory or test multiple competing hypotheses. Some researchers see the multiple-experiments requirement as an excessive burden that delays the publication of valuable work, but this requirement also helps maintain the impression that research that is published in JPSP has been thoroughly vetted and is less likely to be the result of a type I error or an unexplored confound.
The journal is divided into three independently edited sections. Attitudes and Social Cognition addresses those domains of social behavior in which cognition plays a major role, including the interface of cognition with overt behavior, affect, and motivation. Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes focuses on psychological and structural features of interaction in dyads and groups. Personality Processes and Individual Differences publishes research on all aspects of personality psychology. It includes studies of individual differences and basic processes in behavior, emotions, coping, health, motivation, and other phenomena that reflect personality.
Abstracting and indexing
The journal is abstracted and indexed in:
- Academic ASAP
- Academic OneFile
- Academic Search Premier
- Bibliography of Asian Studies
- Current Contents
- Current Index to Statistics
- Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
- Family Index
- Family Studies Abstracts
- Higher Education Abstracts
- International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
- MLA International Bibliography
- Peace Research Abstracts Journal
- Race Relations Abstracts
- Religion Index One
- Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
- Social Sciences Citation Index
- Social Services Abstracts
- Social Work Abstracts
- Sociological Abstracts
JPSP is one of the journals analyzed in the Open Science Collaboration's Reproducibility Project after JPSP's publication of questionable research for mental time travel (Bem, 2011). (See replication crisis and "Feeling the Future" controversy).
In popular culture
Non-fiction author Malcolm Gladwell writes frequently about findings that are reported in the journal. Gladwell, upon being asked where he would like to be buried, replied "I'd like to be buried in the current-periodicals room, maybe next to the unbound volumes of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (my favorite journal)."
- Baron, Reuben M.; Kenny, David A. (1986). "The moderator–mediator variable distinction in social psychological research: Conceptual, strategic, and statistical considerations". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 51 (6): 1173–1182. doi:10.1037/0022-35188.8.131.523.
- Wegner, D. M. (1992). "The Premature Demise of the Solo Experiment" (PDF). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 18 (4): 504–508. doi:10.1177/0146167292184017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-06.
- "Journals Ranked by Impact: Psychology, Social". 2017 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2018.
- "How replicable are statistically significant results in social psychology? A replication and extension of Motyl et al. (in press)". 5 May 2017.
- Doonan, S. (2008). Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You. Simon & Schuster: New York, NY.
- Creative casting for barneys New York Post, March 24, 2008.