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New voices

In the September 2010 issue, we launched a regular section, ‘New voices’. This is our attempt to unearth talent, in psychology and in science communication.

Write about anything: your degree, your postgraduate research, life, the universe and everything! The only criteria are that the articles should
- engage and inform our large and diverse audience,
- be sole authored, by someone who has not had a full article published in The Psychologist before,
- be written exclusively for The Psychologist, and
- be fewer than 1800 words (plus up to 20 essential supporting references if appropriate).

The emphasis is very much on writing talent: Can you grab the reader’s attention and hold it throughout? Can you step up to the mark and announce yourself on a large stage?

In 20 years’ time, when you are an eminent psychologist changing the way we think about ourselves and our discipline, we want to be able to look back at your first work in The Psychologist. It helps if you can give an indication of your own personal involvement in an area of research or practice, to show why you are 'one to watch' - this is an excellent example.

The successful authors will reach an audience of 48,000 psychologists in print, and many more online.

Sounds scary? It needn’t be: we’re here to help. And in case you need that extra little incentive, there is a prize of free Society membership for a year for successful authors who are eligible to join.

So get writing! Submit your article to the editor. We're hoping that this will become a regular feature, so there is no deadline.

Finally, remember that there are loads of great free Society resources for students, including samples of The Psychologist, and the Research Digest blog - recently voted ‘Best blog - Psychology’ in the international Research Blogging Awards.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor

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