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IOP Journal Now Accepting Commentaries



Submission Deadline August 27!

Two focal articles have recently been accepted for Volume 6, Issue 1 of SIOP’s journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. They are now available for comment on the SIOP Web site.

The deadline for commentary submissions is August 27, 2012.

The first focal article for this issue is by Robert Hogan, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, and Robert B. Kaiser and is titled “Employability and Career Success: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Reality.” Employability is defined as the capacity to gain and retain formal employment, or find new employment if necessary. Reasons for unemployment are often attributed to economic factors, but psychological factors associated with employability also contribute to the problem. Consequently, industrial-organizational psychologists should be uniquely suited to contribute to policy solutions for enhancing employability. This review begins by surveying the most common research approach to employability—the study of career success—which psychologists believe is determined by cognitive abilities, personality, and educational achievement. Next, the authors review the literature concerning what employers actually want. This section highlights the importance of social skills (being rewarding to deal with) as a key determinant of employability. The authors conclude by proposing a model for understanding the psychological determinants of employability and for bridging the gap between what psychologists prescribe and what employers want.

The second focal article is by Enrica N. Ruggs, Charlie Law, Cody B. Cox, Mark V. Roehling, Richard L. Wiener, Michelle R. Hebl, and Laura Barron and is titled “Gone Fishing: I-O Psychologists’ Missed Opportunities to Understand Marginalized Employees’ Experiences With Discrimination.” This article focuses attention on research examining workplace discrimination against employees from marginalized groups. The authors particularly consider the experiences of seven different groups of marginalized individuals, some of which have legal protection and some of which do not, but all of whom they feel have been overlooked by the field of I-O psychology. They briefly describe the importance of studying each group and then delineate the brief amount of research that has been conducted. Finally, the authors make recommendations for I-O psychologists in terms of research and advocacy. Overall, they argue that I-O psychologists are missing an opportunity to be at the forefront of understanding and instigating changes that would result in maximizing the fairness and optimization of these often forgotten employees and their experiences in the workplace.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice takes a focal article – peer commentary – response 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 focal articles can be downloaded by clicking on the Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice link in the publications dropdown menu of the SIOP Web site, www.siop.org. 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.

We look forward to your submissions!