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I-O Psychologists That Have Published in Science or Nature

2017 September 29

Science and Nature are, for better or worse, often regarded as the pinnacle of scientific achievement. Unfortunately for I/O psychology, the topics we study typically don’t fall within the sorts of things that they publish. Despite that, a handful of psychologists have managed it!

You might wonder how we came across this information. The reason is that we have collected a complete list of every I-O researcher currently employed in an I-O psychology doctoral program in the SIOP directory of graduate programs as well as every publication they have ever published, sortable by a huge number of interesting features, created by scraping Elsevier’s Scopus.  We’re using this database to create rankings of interdisciplinarity among I-O psychology programs and faculty for a special feature to be published in TIP around May 2018 alongside several other new ranking systems. Until then, we’ll be releasing interesting little snippets as we poke around.  Thanks to Bo Armstrong for suggesting this particular search!

Importantly, I don’t have any publication information for people not employed in I-O psychology doctoral programs as either permanent or temporary faculty. So if you’re an I-O and have a Nature or Science publication I missed, let me know, and I’ll add it here. As we construct unique, interesting data slices, it will also help us understand where the problems in our dataset are so that we can fix them before you see the final version!

Without further ado, and in alpha order:

  1. Michele Gelfand at the University of Maryland’s Social-Decision-Organizational Sciences program, with an article in Science titled Differences Between Tight and Loose Cultures: A 33-Nation Study
  2. Nathan Kuncel and Sarah Hezlett at the University of Minnesota’s I-O Psych program, with an article in Science titled Standardized Tests Predict Graduate Students’ Success
  3. Mark Roebke, an I/O PhD student at Wright State, was part of the Open Science Collaboration that published an article in Science titled Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science

We also have two honorable mentions for I-O adjacent faculty:

  1. John Antonakis at the University of Lausanne business school, with an article in Science titled Predicting Elections: Child’s Play!
  2. Michael Frese at the University of Lueneburg business school, with an article in Science titled Teaching Personal Initiative Beats Traditional Training in Boosting Small Business in West Africa

That’s it!! I-Os have never published in Nature and only a few times in Science! Better than nothing, I suppose…

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  1. Mark permalink
    September 30, 2017

    Mark Roebke at Wright State University’s I-O Psychology program was co-author of Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science published in Science.

  2. scheherazade permalink
    October 2, 2017

    I am not sure if Anita Woolley would identify as an IO psychologist but she also published in Science. Of course her paper on collective intelligence is based on a misunderstanding of factor analysis so it would probably not have passed muster in a traditional IO journal.

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