American Psychologist Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association

Journal description

The American Psychologist is the official journal of the American Psychological Association. As such, the journal contains archival documents and articles covering current issues in psychology, the science and practice of psychology, and psychology's contribution to public policy. Archival and Association documents include, but are not limited to, the annual report of the Association, Council minutes, the Presidential Address, editorials, other reports of the Association, ethics information, surveys of the membership, employment data, obituaries, calendars of events, announcements, and selected award addresses. Articles published cover all aspects of psychology. Submissions should be current, timely, and of interest to the broad AP A membership; they should be written in a style that is accessible to and of interest to all psychologists, regardless of area of specialization. American Psychologist contributions often address national and international policy issues as well as topics relevant to Association policy and activities. The first step in the AP editorial review process is performed by the AP editor/APA CEO. Approximately 70% of author-submitted manuscripts are returned without review within 30 days for a host of reasons: Empirical manuscripts are more appropriate for one of the APA primary journals; the topic of the manuscript or style of the writing is too narrow for the broad AP readership; the same topic was recently covered in the journal; inappropriate content or style; or other, more typical reasons such as the paper does not offer a major contribution to the field or is simply not written well enough. As the official journal of the APA, AP does not publish papers advocating policies contrary to officially adopted APA policy, although debates of the evidence supporting such policies may appear from time to time. Comments on the policies of the Association and articles published in the American Psychologist are also considered for the AP Comment section.

Current impact factor: 6.87

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 6.537

Additional details

5-year impact 8.99
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 3.13
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 4.17
Website American Psychologist website
Other titles The American psychologist
ISSN 0003-066X
OCLC 1435230
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

American Psychological Association

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author can archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • Authors' pre-print on a web-site
    • Authors' pre-print must be labeled with date and accompanied with statement that paper has not (yet) been published
    • Copy of authors final peer-reviewed manuscript as accepted for publication
    • Authors' post-print on author's web-site, employers server or institutional repository, after acceptance
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • Must link to APA journal home page or article DOI
    • Article must include the following statement: 'This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.'
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • APA will submit NIH author articles to PubMed Central, after author completion of form
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Psychological science offers frameworks for understanding and solving diverse and vexing problems such as disaster response, climate change, community violence, and the science of the brain. Yet limited attention has been paid to effective ways for psychologists to engage in public communication and the value of doing so. This article discusses what it means to translate psychological science to the public, provides a rationale for such science communication, and details the major audiences that should be the recipients of such efforts. Traditional and more innovative mechanisms and formats for the translational of psychological science are delineated. The attitudinal and logistical barriers associated with these efforts are examined. Finally, recommendations for improving and advancing psychologists' efforts at translating psychological science to the public are proffered, with considering given to changing the culture, providing training, forging communication collaborations, and evaluating the efficacy of psychological science communications.
    American Psychologist 07/2015; 70(5):361-371. DOI:10.1037/a0039448
  • American Psychologist 01/2015; 70(5):473-473. DOI:10.1037/a0039188
  • American Psychologist 01/2015; 70(5):477-477. DOI:10.1037/a0039175
  • American Psychologist 01/2015; 70(5):472-472. DOI:10.1037/a0039430
  • American Psychologist 01/2015; 70(5):476-476. DOI:10.1037/a0039243
  • American Psychologist 01/2015; 70(5):478-478. DOI:10.1037/a0039406
  • American Psychologist 01/2015; 70(5):475-475. DOI:10.1037/a0039484
  • American Psychologist 01/2015; 70(5):474-474. DOI:10.1037/a0039187
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    ABSTRACT: Gordon L. Paul was a foundational scholar in the transformation of clinical psychology from its beginnings in anecdotal, largely untestable explanation and practice to the evidence-based assessment and intervention that currently characterize the field. Gordon was one of the most highly cited researchers of his time and had a profound influence on the development of modern-day clinical research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
    American Psychologist 09/2014; 69(7):704-704. DOI:10.1037/a0037570
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    ABSTRACT: David L. Gutmann, a pioneer in geropsychology and professor emeritus at Northwestern University, died on November 3, 2013, at the age of 88. A student of Bernice Neugarten, Bruno Bettelheim, and Erik Erikson, Gutmann discovered changes in adult psychological development related to parenting styles that held across diverse cultures. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
    American Psychologist 07/2014; 69(5):549. DOI:10.1037/a0036857
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    ABSTRACT: These minutes are the official record of the actions of the Association taken during the year by both the Board of Directors (the Board) and the Council of Representatives (Council). The main topical headings are I. Minutes of Meetings; II. Elections, Awards, Membership, and Human Resources; III. Ethics; IV. Board of Directors; V. Divisions and State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations; VI. Organization of the APA; VII. Publications and Communications; VIII. Convention Affairs; IX. Educational Affairs; X. Professional Affairs; XI. Scientific Affairs; XII. Public Interest; XIII. Ethnic Minority Affairs; XIV. International Affairs; XV. Central Office; and XVI. Financial Affairs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
    American Psychologist 07/2014; 69(5):483-510. DOI:10.1037/a0036645
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    ABSTRACT: George Chester Stone was born February 21, 1924, and died on July 13, 2013. A quiet revolutionary, George was a founder of the field of health psychology. George played critical roles conceptualizing the field of health psychology, charting its bounds and potential, promulgating guidelines for training, founding the first doctoral program in health psychology, editing influential volumes defining the new field, launching the flagship journal for the field, and establishing a home for the field within APA. He was able to accomplish all this through his talent for working collaboratively. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
    American Psychologist 07/2014; 69(5):548. DOI:10.1037/a0036045
  • American Psychologist 07/2014; 69(5):S3-S47.
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    ABSTRACT: The National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (American Psychological Association, 2013b) require a teacher with considerable psychology content knowledge to teach high school psychology courses effectively. In this study, I examined the initial teaching credential requirements for high school psychology teachers in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Thirty-four states (the District of Columbia is included as a state) require the social studies credential to teach high school psychology. An analysis of the items on standardized tests used by states to validate the content knowledge required to teach social studies indicates little or no presence of psychology, a reflection of psychology's meager presence in the social studies teacher preparation curricula. Thus, new teachers with the social studies teaching credential are not prepared to teach high school psychology according to the National Standards. Approval of The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History (National Council for the Social Studies, 2013) presents an opportunity to advocate for establishing a psychology credential in the 34 states. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
    American Psychologist 06/2014; 69(6). DOI:10.1037/a0036574
  • American Psychologist 04/2014; 69(3):315-315.