Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Editorial

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Editorial

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This is the first issue of my editorship of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology, although several articles in this issue were submitted to and accepted by the previous editor, Nigel Long. As we look to the continuing progress and development of Psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand, I would like to articulate my own vision for the future of the Journal over the 3-year period of my editorship.

The New Zealand Journal of Psychology is ideally positioned to publish psychological research which has relevance and implications for our society. A major aim is, therefore, the publication of empirical and conceptual/theoretical papers which enhance the local focus of the Journal. Authors are encouraged to build their submissions around issues which are salient within Aotearoa/New Zealand society and culture, and to include discussion of the implications of their research findings for our society.

Consistent with the above objective, I encourage submission of papers from a broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. It is important to maintain a high standard of rigour in papers published by the Journal, as well as a firm footing in Psychology. It is equally important to publish material which covers the broad array of conceptual and methodological approaches which exist within the discipline, as well as inter-disciplinary perspectives.

Publication of more student research, especially thesis-based research, is another objective. The previous President of the New Zealand Psychological Society, Ian Evans, has encouraged the publication of abstracts from student

theses in the Society's periodical for members, The Bulletin. This approach could be complemented by publication in the Journal of somewhat more detailed, though not necessarily `full length' papers based on thesis research. Many international journals have a `Research Notes' section, which is eminently suitable for thesis research papers prepared by students, as well as other shorter research papers. I would like to develop such a section within the Journal. As editor, I encourage a close working relationship between the Journal and the Bulletin, to ensure that the wealth of psychological research which is carried out within this country is more widely accessible to the profession. …

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