Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology  
Discipline Personality psychology, social psychology
Language English
Edited by Eliot R. Smith, Laura A. King, Kerry Kawakami
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 0022-3514
LCCN 65009855
OCLC no. 1783133

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Psychological Association that was established in 1965. It covers the fields of social and personality psychology. The editors-in-chief are Eliot R. Smith (Indiana University; Attitudes and Social Cognition Section), Kerry Kawakami (York University); Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes Section), and Laura A. King (University of Missouri; Personality Processes and Individual Differences Section).


The journal's focus is on empirical research reports; however, specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers are also published. Articles typically involve a lengthy introduction and literature review, followed by several related studies that explore different aspects of a theory or test multiple competing hypotheses. Some researchers see the multiple-experiments requirement as an excessive burden that delays the publication of valuable work,[1] but this requirement also helps maintain the impression that research that is published in JPSP has been thoroughly vetted and is less likely to be the result of a type I error or an unexplored confound.

The journal is divided into three independently edited sections. Attitudes and Social Cognition addresses those domains of social behavior in which cognition plays a major role, including the interface of cognition with overt behavior, affect, and motivation. Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes focuses on psychological and structural features of interaction in dyads and groups. Personality Processes and Individual Differences publishes research on all aspects of personality psychology. It includes studies of individual differences and basic processes in behavior, emotions, coping, health, motivation, and other phenomena that reflect personality.

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2015 impact factor of 4.736, ranking it 3rd out of 62 journals in the category "Psychology, Social".[2]

In popular culture

Non-fiction author Malcolm Gladwell writes frequently about findings that are reported in the journal. Gladwell, upon being asked where he would like to be buried, replied "I'd like to be buried in the current-periodicals room, maybe next to the unbound volumes of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (my favorite journal)."[3][4]


  1. Wegner, D. M. (1992). "The Premature Demise of the Solo Experiment" (PDF). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 18 (4): 504. doi:10.1177/0146167292184017.
  2. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Psychology, Social". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016.
  3. Doonan, S. (2008). Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You. Simon & Schuster: New York, NY.
  4. Creative casting for barneys New York Post, March 24, 2008.

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