School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice (SPF), NASP's online scholarly journal, will be under the editorship of Steven Shaw beginning January 2011. SPF is designed to link high quality research to the practice of school psychology. Steve and the editorial team are now considering proposals for special issues and individual manuscripts for publication.
What are the criteria used to select articles for SPF?
The criteria are: (a) originality and importance of the contribution to the field of school psychology, (b) scholarship/effective review of literature and/or theory, (c) organization and quality of presentation, (d) the scientific merit of the study, and (e) the clarity and quality of application of research to practice. The criteria for publication are much like most scientific journals, except for the final item. All manuscripts appearing in SPF will need to have explicit information about how this study or review will directly influence the practice of school psychology.
How are reviews chosen?
SPF now has three associate editors (Dan Florell, Paul McCabe, and Chris RileyTillman). The editor will assign each submitted paper to an associate editor or may handle the paper himself. These editors select two members of the editorial advisory board based on relevant experience and expertise in the subject and/or methodology used. If no editorial advisory board member has the required experience or expertise, then at least one ad hoc reviewer will be identified.
To what extent do the personal views of reviewers affect the selection process?
Although reviewers evaluate the suitability of the manuscript for publication based on the criteria listed above and professionalism is assumed, there is always the possibility of biases and personal views influencing decisions. This is why eachmanuscript will be read and evaluated by at least four different people (editor, associate editor, and two reviewers) with a diversity of backgrounds and theoretical orientations. Editors are required to reconcile differences among reviewers and will seek additional reviewers, if needed.
To what extent do the leadership and/ or staff of NASP influence the selection process?
NASP leadership and/or staff have no direct input into decisions concerning the selection of manuscripts submitted to SPF. However, NASP leadership may suggest topics. For example, NASP may develop a position paper or policy statement and wish to have a scholarly study or evaluation ofthat position or policy. Moreover, topics can be suggested by any reader. SPF is designed to be a publication that is responsive and relevant to readers and to school psychology.
To what extent does NASP as an association have a perspective that guides the selection process?
NASP provides a variety of publications that help to describe and highlight the profession of school psychology. For example, Blueprint for Training and Practice III (Ysseldyke et al. …