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TIP Prepares to Publish First Digital Issue



The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP), SIOP’s popular quarterly publication, is going digital starting with the July issue.

Since first appearing in June 1964, members have been used to receiving TIP as a print publication. Now it will be available exclusively in digital format, and members will be able to access it by going to the SIOP website.

Next week, members will receive an email with a link announcing the July issue is ready to view.

“Given the state of publishing, and technology in general, going to an online version of TIP is a natural progression,” said recently named editor Morrie Mullins.

Mullins is excited about the new version and cites some benefits for readers.

“It will be timelier on what we can report because of the deadline changes,” he noted. For example, editorial columnists will have nearly a month longer to submit their articles, which enables them to be more current. He mentioned that the July On the Legal Front column refers to a current decision that under the former deadline could not have been reported in TIP until October.

Another reason for the change is financial. “There will be a huge savings from printing and mailing costs,” he said. The move also reduces SIOP’s environmental “footprint.”

The News and Reports section will also be able to include more up-to-date items.

However, deadlines for unsolicited articles will remain the same to provide more review time. “We are always looking for members to submit articles,” Mullins said.

“People love TIP, and I think it will be a smooth transition from print to digital,” he said.

Another benefit is that articles will include links to other sources or full texts referred to in a story.

In addition, readers can comment on articles immediately through a link to my.SIOP, where they can access discussion forums. “Making the articles interactive will encourage ongoing and more timely conversations. In the print version, readers wanting to comment or add to an article had to wait 3 months for the next issue.”

There will be a flipbook version as well as an ebook version (without graphics) for Nook and Kindle devices. Readers also will have the ability to zoom in on text, print pages, and navigate using a clickable table of contents. The color photos, links, and embedded videos will help make TIP more interesting and visually appealing, said Mullins.

The content, including editorial departments, and format will remain basically the same, but a couple of new columns will be introduced.

One is about social media and technology, called The Modern App, and is written by Tiffany Poeppelman of Aptima, Inc. and Nikki Blacksmith of George Washington University.

A second new column is Organizational Neuroscience and will deal with both that field and interdisciplinary research and its application. It is being authored by M. K. Ward of North Carolina State and Bill Becker of Texas Christian University.