Meet Justin Kenardy
Editor-in-Chief of Australian Journal of Psychology
Meet the Editor
We sat down with our new Editor-In-Chief, Professor Justin Kenardy, to ask a few questions about the Australian Journal of Psychology including his plans for the journal, what it can do for authors looking to publish their Psychology research, and the benefits of publishing open access for prospective authors.
Here is what he had to say.
As the Editor-in-Chief, which topics are you most interested to cover in the journal?
I am interested in the full range of topics in psychology where the work has an empirical base and methodology.
Since we have a range of publications which cover clinical and educational psychology (The Educational and Developmental Psychologist and The Clinical Psychologist respectively), we see papers covering those areas as being more appropriate for those journals.
Meanwhile, the journal Australian Psychologist will focus on topics that have a more national focus and relevance, including those covering indigenous issues and topics.
The Australian Journal of Psychology has now converted to full open access. Why the new direction?
The Australian Psychological Society has embraced the values of Open Science which aims for science to become more accessible whilst maintaining the quality assurance of the scientific peer-review process. The Australian Journal of Psychology, as the flagship publication of the society, was chosen to reflect that commitment.
How do you see open access publication shaping research?
Open access will mean that publications are more rapidly and widely disseminated into both research and practice areas. This will mean that there will be a faster and more effective feedback into the research loop to generate more research and potentially more solutions to contemporary practice.
As a prospective author, what are the benefits of publishing in an open access journal like the Australian Journal of Psychology?
The main benefit is the likelihood that your work will be more widely accessed and therefore have great impact and citations than from an equivalent non-open access paper. As an author you will have a much greater agency in distributing your paper, for example via social media.
As well as this, you can be assured that the perception of the quality of your paper will be high because of the rigorous standards we apply to the review process. Australian Journal of Psychology has an impact factor of 2.316 and CiteScore of 2.9.
What are the current challenges facing the research community in the area of psychological science?
One major challenge is the need to ensure that the outcomes of research penetrate through to those who need or want to use them. The fundamental barrier to this has been that pay walls and subscription requirements prevent access to this information.
Another challenge is the so called “replication crisis”. This is in no small part driven by the lack of transparency in the reporting of research methods and outcomes.
Open Science provides a means for addressing both challenges.
What support can you give authors and researchers who are hoping to publish in your journal?
We are able to support the submission process through the excellent assistance provided by Taylor and Francis administration. I am happy to provide advice on suitability of papers for Australian Journal of Psychology in contrast to the other APS journals. Our editors and reviewers are of high quality and integrity and will provide constructive feedback on every decision to revise.
We will also provide a waiver of Article Publication Charges for authors who are Members of the Australian Psychological Society.
How can someone who would like to publish in the Australian Journal of Psychology go about doing so?
You should first look at the submission section of the journal and decide if your paper might fit with the scope of the journal. You should then read the instructions for authors carefully and ensure that the format of your paper submission is aligned with what is required. Then you should create an account to submit through the journal website, and set aside a little time to do this.
AJP uses Taylor & Francis’ Submission Portal, which is ORCiD compatible and allows authors to auto-populate details from their profile for a simpler and speedier submission experience. Submission Portal also matches authors to open access funding support and offers seamless transfer functionality to help authors find the right home for their research.