What is The Psychologist?
The Psychologist is the only publication of its kind in the UK. If you are interested in human behaviour and what makes us tick, The Psychologist is the magazine for you. Packed with articles, letters, interviews, news, reviews, careers and jobs, it is the best way to keep up to date with all corners of the discipline.
As the official monthly publication of The British Psychological Society, The Psychologist serves as a forum for communication, discussion and debate on a range of psychological topics. We publish a wide range of scientific, professional and personal formats aimed at our large and diverse audience: The Psychologist is read by more than 50,000 Society members in print, and many non-members view our open access offerings online and in our app.
How can I get hold of The Psychologist?
If you are already a Society member, you can also view full digital editions of The Psychologist on desktop, tablet, smartphone etc by logging in. You can also download a PDF version for free via the BPS shop.
If you are not a member of the Society, and would rather not sign up as an affiliate, you can view open access previews. Alternatively, you can download PDF versions of The Psychologist for just £3.60 via the BPS shop. You can also buy either annual access or individual editions via the app.
How can I contribute?
We welcome contributions from psychologists in all areas of the discipline, written in an informative and engaging style. Articles may provide a broad overview of a particular area or issue, review the literature, include some original research, discuss theory, or debate applied issues and practical and professional problems. We do not publish articles based on research that has not been accepted for publication following peer review: i.e. we are a magazine, not a journal.
We also have a host of regular formats which may suit you, including 'Rated', 'Reviews', 'Careers', 'New voices', 'Looking back' and 'One on one'.
To discuss all possibilities, contact the Editor via [email protected]
The Psychologist relies on your contributions, there are formats to suit all angles and levels of input, and a supportive editorial process to ensure that your message is presented in an appropriate and effective manner.
Who is involved?
The Psychologist is produced by a small team of BPS staff.
[L to R: Debbie Gordon, Ella Rhodes, Peter Dillon Hooper, Mike Thompson, Dr Catherine Loveday, Dr Jon Sutton, Dr Christian Jarrett, Dr Alex Fradera, Ian Florance]
Dr Jon Sutton is the Managing Editor. He joined the Society in March 2000, from a psychology lectureship at Glasgow Caledonian University (go here for a summary of his academic work). Jon is responsible for all aspects of strategic development, budgeting, commissioning, editing, advertising and promotions, etc. He also oversees the Research Digest. His performance is monitored by the Psychologist and Digest Editorial Advisory Committee, to which he reports three times a year. You can find lots of his features and interviews here.
Peter Dillon-Hooper, half-time Assistant Editor, joined in 1998. He is the guardian of house style, the cogs in the machine, and many other things besides. Peter spends the other half of his job as Manager of the Society's History of Psychology Centre.
Mike Thompson, Sub-editor, started before records began. He handles all the design and illustration in the publication.
Our hugely popular Research Digest is available in a number of forms, including blog, app, email, Twitter, podcast, Facebook and Tumblr. It is edited by Dr Christian Jarrett. Check out some of his work, including the Rough Guide to Psychology, and his fantastic Twitter feed. Dr Alex Fradera is a regular contributor.
Debbie Gordon, Editorial Assistant, joined in April 2008. She has a degree in Media and Music Technology.
Our journalist, Ella Rhodes, joined us in June 2014. She is a psychology graduate and trained journalist, having previously worked on the Derby Telegraph.
Advertising, including Psychologist advertising and the Psychologist Appointments website is handled by CPL:
CPL, 1 Cambridge Technopark, Newmarket Road Cambridge, CB5 8PB
Recruitment Kai Theriault 01223 378 051 [email protected]
Display Michael Niskin 01223 378 045 [email protected]
The office staff are supported by the voluntary associate editors and the Editorial Advisory Committee on the membership side (see the list on the contents page of the print version each month).
Current honorary vacancies
We often need somebody to attend scientific and / or cultural events in Scotland, in order to report for us. So we're seeking a psychologist based in Scotland, who just loves getting out and about and communicating psychology in an engaging and informative fashion.
Plays, exhibitions, film screenings, talks… you'll love going to anything that's about psychology. We're keen to play some role in the talent development of up-and-coming psychologists, so this may well suit an undergraduate or postgraduate student who has a flair for writing.
This is a voluntary position: we would sort out tickets for events if necessary, and agreed expenses in conducting such duties will be reimbursed.
Contact the editor Dr Jon Sutton on [email protected] with a few lines on why you would be perfect for the role, and an example of your writing if possible.
If this experiment goes well, we may then look for people to perform similar duties in Wales and Ireland.
We are currently looking for an Assistant Associate Editor for 'The Psychologist meets'. We run a range of more personal pieces, in print and online, including interviews, 'One on One' questionnaires and 'Careers' articles. Professor Gail Kinman is the Associate Editor, providing suggestions and interviewing people; now she needs some more support.
This is a voluntary position: agreed expenses in conducting such duties will be reimbursed. It would suit someone who is well-connected and respected within psychology; who likes to meet others and is comfortable with conducting and transcribing interviews for publication; and who is keen to represent the diversity of the discipline and its membership.
For more information and to put yourself forward, please contact the Managing Editor, Dr Jon Sutton.
What are the policies of The Psychologist?
Click here to download our policies.
How can I give feedback?
The team always welcome feedback about The Psychologist. For example, you could let us know:
- what you think our functions or goals should be
- what should be given more or less emphasis
- your views on how the publication is organised, designed, illustrated etc
- what articles you found particularly engaging and / or informative, and what other topics you would like to see covered.
Simply e-mail the editor. If your comments concern policy or the editor's performance, an alternative is the Chair of the Psychologist and Digest Policy Committee.
Like what we do? Tell your friends and colleagues!
The Psychologist relies heavily on our community giving time and expertise, and the more visible we are amongst that community the better. And, let's face it, the doors and walls of academics and practitioners are often in need of a dash of colour! So we have produced some flyers / posters for you to download, print and stick up or give out.