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IOP Journal Now Accepting Commentaries


by SIOP Administrative Office

Deadline for Submission December 19!

Two focal articles have recently been accepted for Volume 8 Issue 2 of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. They are now available for comment on the SIOP website.

Commentaries are being accepted until December 19.

The first focal article for this issue is An Inconvenient Truth: Arbitrary Distinctions Between Organizational, Mechanical Turk, and Other Convenience Samples by Richard N. Landers and Tara S. Behrend. Sampling strategy has critical implications for the validity of a researcher's conclusions. Despite this, sampling is frequently neglected in research methods textbooks, during the research design process, and in the reporting of our journals. The lack of guidance on this issue often leads reviewers and journal editors to reply upon simple rules of thumb, myth, and tradition to make judgments about sampling, which promotes the unnecessary and counterproductive characterization of sampling strategies as universally "good" or "bad." Such oversimplification slows the progress of science by considering legitimate data sources to be categorically unacceptable. Instead, the authors argue that sampling is better understood in methodological terms of range restriction and omitted variables bias. This considered approach has far-reaching implications because in I-O psychology, as in most social sciences, virtually all of samples are convenience samples. Organizational samples are not gold standard research sources; instead, they are merely a specific type of convenience sample with their own positive and negative implications for validity, the authors argue. This fact does not condemn our science but instead highlights the need for more careful consideration of how and when a finding may generalize based upon the particular mix of validity-related affordances provided by each sample source that might be used to investigate a particular research question. The authors call for researchers to explore such considerations cautiously and explicitly in both the publication and review of research.

The second article is The Assessment of 21st Century Skills in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Complex and Collaborative Problem Solving by Jonas C. Neubert, Jakob Mainert, André Kretzschmar, and Samuel Greiff. In this paper, the authors highlight why and how industrial and organizational psychology can take advantage of research on 21st century skills and their assessment. They present vital theoretical perspectives, a suitable framework for assessment, and exemplary instruments with a focus on advances in the assessment of human capital. Specifically, complex problem solving (CPS) and collaborative problem solving (ColPS) are two transversal skills (i.e., skills that span multiple domains) that are generally considered critical in the 21st century workplace. The assessment of these skills in education has linked fundamental research with practical applicability and has provided a useful template for workplace assessment. Both CPS and ColPS capture the interaction of individuals with problems that require the active acquisition and application of knowledge in individual or group settings. To ignite a discussion in industrial and organizational psychology, the authors discuss advances in the assessment of CPS and ColPS and propose ways to move beyond the current state of the art in assessing job-related skills.

The journal page also contains details on the process of preparing and submitting a commentary. Please contact Editor Kevin Murphy at krm10@me.com with any questions about the commentary process.