Best Editorial Practices Associated with Robust and Reliable Research in the Science of Organizations

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    Frederick L. Oswald

    Professor and Chairman of the Graduate Committee
    Department of Psychology
    Rice University
    6100 Main Street – MS25
    Houston TX 77005-1827 USA
    Phone: 713-348-3908
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    Fred Oswald is the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of Psychology at Rice University. Oswald’s expertise focuses on personnel selection, psychological measurement, and big data within organizational, educational, and military settings. He serves in editorial roles at four journals: Senior Associate Editor at Journal of Management, and Associate Editor at Psychological Methods, Advances in Methods and Practice in Psychological Science, and Journal of Research in Personality.Oswald is the current President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 5, 8, 14), and the Association for Psychological Science.

Many organizational science journals have been revising their editorial practices in a manner consistent with the current zeitgeist of robust and reliable research. This talk will reflect on a number of key study design and analysis considerations, both within and outside of my personal editorial experiences (e.g., preregistration, inductive vs. deductive research, statistical reporting, supplemental materials). I’ll conclude with the obvious: that “best editorial practices” will continue to change quickly; that some seemingly modest improvements will greatly improve the quality and usefulness of our research; and that a serious focus on graduate education in open science is critical to the multidisciplinary value of our journals and our science.

Digital Reader: Resources Recommended by the Speaker:

  • Campbell, J. P., & Wilmot, M. P. (in press). The functioning of theory in IWOP. In N. Anderson, D.S. Ones, H.K. Sinangil, & C. Viswesvaran (Eds.), Handbook of industrial, work, and organizational (IWOP) Psychology: Volume 1, Personnel Psychology, (2nd ed). London, UK: Sage.
  • Grand, J. A., Rogelberg, S. G., Allen, T. D., Landis, R. S., Reynolds, D. H., Scott, J. C., Tonidandel, S., & Truxillo, D. M. (2017). A systems-based approach to fostering robust science in industrial-organizational psychology. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.
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