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Update on Div. 44 journal, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Div. 44's journal is off to a healthy start.

By John Gonsiorek, PhD, ABPP

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity ( PSOGD ) was launched at the 2013 APA Convention in Honolulu.  From its Aug. 2013 inception until early June 2014, about 10 months, about 80 submissions have been received, a healthy number for a fledgling journal, I am told by APA Journal staff.  The first issue came out on time in March 2014, the second issue is slated for an on-time late June release, and there are many fine manuscripts in the pipeline for future issues.  Two special issues will be featured in 2015, the first guest edited by Ilan Meyer, PhD, entitled "Resilience in Minority Stress of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgender People," which will be published in spring 2015 (Volume 2, Issue 2).  The second will be edited by lore m. dickey, PhD and Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, on "Trans-Affirmative Psychological practice as informed by the American Psychological Association (APA) Psychological Practice Guidelines with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) Clients"; this will be published in summer 2015 (Volume 2, Issue 3).

The journal has benefited enormously from the expertise and generosity of its sterling editorial board, and responsive and skilled APA Journal Office staff.  There remain plans to launch a mentoring program for early career professionals by linking them with review board members who volunteer for this.  This will likely be launched in fall 2014. I apologize to all those who have waited so patiently for this program to start; the start-up of the journal was more demanding than I anticipated, but with many good articles now in the pipeline, I will soon have the luxury of attending more to this.

There will be three PSOGD events at the 2014 APA Convention in Washington, D.C.:

  • There will be an editorial board meeting Thursday Aug. 7, 2014, 9-10 a.m.  This meeting is open only to editorial board members and Div. 44 executive committee members.
  • On Friday, Aug. 8, 11-11:50 a.m., there will be a meet- and-greet event in the Div. 44 hospitality suite.  This is an informal hour for Div. 44 members to meet the reviewers and journal staff. 
  • Again in the Div. 44 hospitality suite, immediately following the meet-and-greet on Friday, Aug. 8, noon to 12:50 p.m., there will be a consultation meeting for prospective authors submitting to PSOGD during which they can get on-the-spot feedback about submission appropriateness, input on drafts themselves, and general information.   

Thank all of you, but especially the journal review board members, for making this first year a success.