The role of JOOP (and other scientific journals) in bridging the practitioner-researcher divide in industrial, work and organizational (IWO) psychology

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Reflecting upon recent debates concerning the practitioner-researcher divide in the field of industrial, work and organizational (IWO) psychology, Garry Gelade advocates a series of changes to the publication policy of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (JOOP), in an attempt to increase its appeal to HR practitioners. While his overall intention - the increased application of psychological knowledge, tools and techniques to the enhancement of productivity and well-being in workplace settings - is to be welcomed, unfortunately, several of his recommendations are misplaced, reflecting a number of misconceptions concerning the nature and role of scientific journals in the science and practice of IWO psychology. Taken as a whole, the package of policy changes he advocates is likely to prove counterproductive. Accordingly, modifications to his recommendations are offered, with a view to ensuring that JOOP continues to meet the needs of its prime constituents.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006