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In return we help you to get your message across to a large and diverse audience. The Psychologist is all about diversity. Write for The Psychologist and
you will be reaching a massive audience in comparison with most
academic and professional outlets: 50,000 in print and many more online. The readers will be from all
corners of the discipline, as well as some journalist and non-member
subscribers. It's also about diversity of format: the chances are there
will be something to suit what you have to say and how you want to say
As of January 2013, we are particularly keen to receive New voices articles, Big picture ideas, and potential contributions to an Opinion special on 'austerity psychology'.
What are we looking for?
Topics which will inform our wide audience, written in a style which
will engage them. We aim to publish quality, accessible overviews of
published research and developments in practice, along with a wide
range of more personal formats and all our regular sections ('News',
'Letters', 'Reviews', 'Careers', 'Looking back' etc).
Let's take a closer look at some of those formats.
We are looking for engaging and informative overviews of published research and developments in practice, suitable for our large and diverse audience of professional psychologists. We are not a 'first port of call' outlet for the publishing of original research: think more journalism than journal, but still clearly evidence-based. Kind of like New Scientist with references!
Articles can be up to 3000 words, plus references (but not over-referenced: we tend to suggest a max of 30).
We are very interested to hear more about the person in psychological research or practice. If a participant in your research or practice would be willing to share their experience, you could then add your perspective and perhaps that of a third party making use of your work. See this example.
If you think your work or that of a colleague could be represented in an interesting and striking visual manner for a pull-out poster, we want to hear from you. Download an example here.
Sometimes a 'full' article doesn't seem appropriate and you simply want to tell us about your work. What's your typical day like? What are the highs and lows? How did you get into that line of work, and where might it lead? What are the current professional challenges? We consider pieces of up to 1800 words, or if appropriate we can arrange for an interview with our freelance writer.
We are now considering reviews of psychology in any form of media: books, films, TV, radio, newspapers, websites and blogs, apps, plays, music, exhibitions, etc etc. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the editor.
If you have never published in The Psychologist before, and are perhaps in the early stages of your journey in psychology but looking to announce yourself as a genuine 'new voice', then we are here to help.
This section covers the history of psychology and the psychology of history. Articles tend to be 1800-3000 words long (with a preference for shorter), and - like all writing in The Psychologist - should attempt to engage as well as inform. See examples here and contact the editor and associate editor to discuss your ideas.
For special issues, we are ideally looking for broad, overarching topics which can engage and inform our audience on a personal and professional level. Previous examples have included driving, the senses, and time. Special issues should attempt to make links across the discipline, showcasing a diversity of perspective and format. The first step is to contact the editor to discuss the theme and potential contributors.
From time to time we publish opinion specials, for example this one on replication. At the moment we are interested in setting up one on 'austerity psychology': has the economic climate had an impact on how you research, teach or practice psychology?
If you or somebody you know would prefer to feature in an interview or a short 'one on one' questionnaire, giving a mix of professional and personal insight, get in touch to discuss options.
How do I go about writing my piece?
Contact the editor to discuss all of the above options, by email or on +44 (0)116 252 9573.
You can also
see the archive and digital sample issues for examples of different formats.
When you are happy with your work, send it as an attachment to email@example.com, or post three copies to The Psychologist at the Society’s office.
To allow anonymous review, authors’ names and full contact details
should not appear on the typescript, but should be presented on a
What happens next?
After an initial assessment of suitability by the editor, our feature
articles are blind peer-reviewed to ensure scientific quality. The
editor reserves the right to edit all copy accepted for publication.
However, this is a collaborative process with the author, aiming for
the best possible end product in terms of layout and accessibility.
An author or the editor may feel that an article is suitable for web-only presentation due to considerations of time, length or breadth of interest.
You may also find the policy and procedures of The Psychologist of use.
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