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IOP Journal Now Accepting Commentaries


by SIOP Administrative Office

Deadline for Submission April 10!

Two focal articles have recently been accepted for Volume 8, Issue 3 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 April 10, 2015.

The first focal article for this issue is Generationally Based Differences in the Workplace: Is There a There There? by David P. Costanza and Lisa M. Finkelstein. Stereotypes about generational differences in the workplace abound, and interventions for helping organizations and managers to deal with these supposed differences are increasing. In addition to popular press pieces describing the differences and extolling practices and strategies to deal with them, there is a growing body of academic researchers attempting to establish that there are such differences. Overall, however, there is little solid empirical evidence supporting generationally based differences and almost no theory behind why such differences should even exist. The purpose of this focal article is to explore the myths surrounding generations, to review the risks in using generations in organizational decisions, and to make recommendations for practitioners and researchers on how to proceed in this area.

The second focal article is Pervasiveness of Dominant General Factors in Organizational MeasurementbyMalcolm James Ree, Thomas R. Carretta, and Mark S. Teachout.  General factors are found in the measurement of many human traits.  The concept of dominant general factors (DGFs) is introduced to represent the magnitude of general factors within numerous content domains.  DGFs are defined as coming from the largest sources of reliable variance and influencing every variable measuring the construct.  Although these factors are most frequently found in measures of cognitive ability, they are not limited to cognitive abilities.  In this commentary, examples are provided for a variety of construct and content domains along with estimates of their dominant general factor percentages, ranging from 38 to 92%.  Several reasons for these results are offered and a call for concerted research is made. Research that ignores DGFs by treating specific factors or constructs within a domain as if they were distinct and uncorrelated can lead to errors in interpretation.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice takes a focal article – peer commentary format, and commentaries are peer reviewed. We invite interested SIOP members to submit a commentary on either of these articles for consideration for publication. We hope to receive commentaries from a broad range of perspectives, including the science and practice communities, and U.S. and international perspectives.

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.