Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Beyond 2001

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Beyond 2001

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This issue of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology marks the end of my term as Editor and I would like to thank the Society for being given the privilege of serving in this role. Over the past four years the Journal has received a steady flow of high quality papers and these have reflected the wide range of research activities undertaken by Psychologists in New Zealand.

The majority of the papers published in the Journal have been submitted by psychologists who mainly hold academic appointments within University Departments or Schools and the absence of papers submitted by practitioners is an ongoing concern. There are many reasons for this, but all members of the Society and profession are urged to make a greater contribution towards supporting the aims of the Journal and the discipline. In support of this I would like to point out that the topics which are relevant to our country and which are published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology are widely cited in New Zealand. This further suggests that a large number of people read the Journal and acknowledge the important contributions made by New Zealand psychologists. In addition, the abstracts of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology are also linked to international databases and therefore publications in the Journal are able to be accessed by international readers.

From the beginning of 2001, Professor Michael O'Driscoll, Department of Psychology, University of Waikato will be the new editor of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology. In a recent issue of The Bulletin of the New Zealand Psychological Society he has outlined the future direction of the Journal for the next three years. Key features of Michael's vision will be the continued focus on the publication of empirical and conceptual/theoretical papers which enhance the New Zealand focus of the Journal and which are salient within New Zealand society and culture. This will include discussion of the implications of the research findings for our society. These papers may include topics evaluated from a broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, the publication of more student papers, especially thesis-based research which may be suitable for a "Research Note" section, and the continued publication of special feature issues. …

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