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Eye on Psi Chi: Winter 2018

Eye on Psi Chi

Winter 2018 | Volume 22 | Issue 2

Publishing Research: Why You Should Think of Our Journal First

Debi Brannan, PhD, Western Oregon University

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Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research has been supporting Psi Chi members and their collaborators for 22 years. In the words of our previous editor, Dr. Melanie Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi President-Elect), this unique publication is the “scientific face of Psi Chi.” Psi Chi Journal disseminates scientific psychological research and provides a positive learning environment for both beginner and veteran researchers alike. Psi Chi Journal holds scientific integrity as a cornerstone; additionally, we support open science, replications studies, and most importantly, we support you—our members. All articles are free to submit and free to access after publication. In this article, I will offer you some background about the Journal and explain why, as a Psi Chi member, you should think of our Journal first when publishing!

Journal Mission:

The mission of Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research is to educate, support, and promote professional development, and disseminate psychological science. Only original, empirical manuscripts that make a contribution to psychological knowledge are published. First authors are Psi Chi members at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty level.

Journal Scope:

The Journal has an editor, five associate editors, a managing editor, a graphic designer, editorial assistants, and many affiliated doctoral-level reviewers to ensure the timely management of submissions, reviews, and quarterly publication of the Journal.

All articles must have a Psi Chi member as the first author. Coauthors do not have to be Psi Chi members. The Journal also publishes invited articles on pedagogical topics authored by academic psychologists.

Journal History:

1996—Established under Editor Stephen F. Davis, PhD, Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research was introduced as a national, peer-reviewed, quarterly Journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research. Its purpose was to foster and reward the scholarly efforts of undergraduate psychology students as well as to provide them with a valuable learning experience.

2009—When Psi Chi became international, the Journal did as well.

2011—The Journal began accepting submissions from all Psi Chi members including graduate students and faculty. The name was changed to Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research

2016—The Journal became an open access publication (i.e., free to all authors and readers) to broaden the dissemination of research across the psychological science community.

The Importance of Scientific Integrity

A key reason to publish in Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research is because we are highly committed to scientific integrity. We require that all articles include original data collection, secondary data analysis, or meta-analysis. A fundamental objective of our Journal is to maintain a high level of scientific standards. We specifically ask authors to pay great attention to using an appropriate scientific methodology, as well as employing the appropriate and correct statistical analyses. I often find that authors forget to report all relevant statistical data such as reliability coefficients and effect sizes (see invited editorial by Dr. Steven Rouse, Pepperdine University, Summer 2016 Issue), which we require them to correct.

When considering scientific integrity, another important issue that often arises is statistical power. More specifically, authors occasionally submit manuscripts with very small sample sizes, causing their study to be underpowered. As the Editor, I often ask for a power analysis (see G*Power for a free program) or a clear justification as to why the sample was so small. We want every article to be scientifically sound. For more information:

Author Support

We understand that most of our authors are either undergraduate or graduate students, as well as junior faculty, who might not have a lot of experience writing scientific papers. We work hard at making the submission and review process as easy as possible. All manuscripts are screened by the Editor, then given to an Associate Editor to manage throughout the review process. Associate Editors send each manuscript to three reviewers along with reviewing it themselves. Most journals have two reviewers per paper, but because we want the most comprehensive, constructive responses, we ask three reviewers and the associate editor to give feedback. Also, our online submission portal allows authors to check the status of their reviews.

Diverse Set of Articles

Most journals focus on a field of research. However, our Journal is a collaboration from every field of research, and our authors include undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Most manuscripts submitted to the Journal are in the field of social psychology, but we have many articles from areas such as personality, cognitive, clinical, experimental, and health psychology. We welcome all types of studies from all fields of psychology. If anyone has questions about the online submission process, feel free to e-mail the Managing Editor, Bradley Cannon, at or Editor, Dr. Debi Brannan, at

Open Dissemination of Articles

We now offer free downloads of all our articles on our website to members and nonmembers alike. Researchers are welcome to search for Psi Chi Journal articles by category or author in Psi Chi’s unique Publication Search at Psi Chi Journal is indexed in PsycInfo, a database service of the American Psychological Association. In addition, articles can also be accessed through EBSCO’s database of nearly 6,000 active full-text peer-reviewed journals, Crossref’s open database of 88 million articles, and our public Google Scholar account.

Open Practices Badges

We are excited to announce that, with the support of the Open Science Collaboration, Psi Chi Journal has begun awarding badges to journal articles that meet criteria for transparency and openness in the research process. In early 2017, we will be publishing our first Special Issue that will be focused on articles that have met the criteria for one or more Open Practices Badges.

The Open Data badge is granted to manuscripts that upload their research data in a public-access online repository.

The Open Materials badge is awarded to articles that post their surveys, tests, and other research materials.

Finally, the Preregistration badge is awarded to articles that publicly specify in advance their methodology and intended statistical analyses.

In addition to the badges created by members of the Open Science Collaboration, Psi Chi Journal will also award a Replications badge, which is unique to this Journal, to reward studies that replicate previous research. We understand that many students engage in replication studies in their research methods classes, and we want students (and faculty, alike) to feel that these studies are valuable and publishable.

See our website for more information:

Remember, one important benefit of being a Psi Chi member is that you can publish in our peer-reviewed Journal. As you can see above, we are striving to have new best-practices for scientific integrity and dissemination of research. We invite you to submit your research at It is our goal to support you!

Useful Resources

Psi Chi Journal Homepage:

Best Practices in Contemporary Null Hypothesis Significance Testing: Dr. Steven Rouse—Invited Editorial;

Effective Sample Size Determination: Russell V. Lenth;

Reporting Standards for Research in Psychology:

Checklist for Manuscript Submission American Psychological Association

Debi Brannan, PhD, received her BS, MS, and PhD at Portland State University (OR). She is currently an assistant professor at Western Oregon University where she directs a team of undergraduates/postbaccalaureate students. Dr. Brannan has been associate editor with Psi Chi Journal since 2013 and became editor in July of 2016. In Dr. Brannan’s scholarship as an applied social psychologist, she has focused her research on understanding how positive interactions and social support buffer individuals from stress and negative health behaviors.

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