Occupational Psychology Outlook

Occupational Psychology Outlook (OPO) is a peer-reviewed publication of the Division of Occupational Psychology, being launched in 2022.

OPO aims to:

  • provide a bridge between research and practice, bringing the two together in a single publication that contains research and conceptual papers, practitioner papers, review papers and a range of other content
  • cover the five subject domains of occupational psychology, as well as ethics and professional skills
  • highlight hot topics and trends
  • publish evidence of best practice and content that is relevant for learning, continuing development, and professional standards
  • enable new and established authors to publish, and generate opportunities for others as reviewers and editorial board members
  • publish content about careers and celebrate success, reporting noteworthy developments within the division and the profession
  • create space for opinion along with a right to reply from different perspectives

Scheduled Publication Frequency

  • Twice a year in 2022
  • Three/four times a year from 2023 onwards

Editors

  • Psychology Editor: Vacant
  • Interim editor: Dr Andrew Clements
  • Editorial Manager: Nicki Dennis

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Information for contributors

Occupational Psychology Outlook (OPO) is the new peer-reviewed publication of the Division of Occupational Psychology.

OPO aims to provide a bridge between research and practice, bringing the two together in a single publication that contains research and conceptual papers, practitioner papers, review papers and a range of other content.

We invite papers that report good science and practice, discuss emerging trends that we need to influence or react to, debate ethical issues, and more.

Each issue will aim to incorporate the five areas of occupational psychology: psychological assessment; leadership, engagement and motivation; work design, organisational change and development; wellbeing at work; and learning, training and development.

Submissions

Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words (not including references).

If you think your proposed paper should have greater word count, you are encouraged to discuss this with the editor in advance.

Submissions must demonstrate an ability to support professional development and/or advancement of science or practice.

Entries that appear primarily to promote an individual or business etc. will be rejected.

Research

Research articles will provide short summaries of ethically approved research projects, following the typical structure of introduction, method, results, and discussion.

This includes the option of summarising MSc dissertations or submitting summaries of  research that has been published elsewhere.

Authors may consider placing focus on aspects of the research that have not been previously addressed in publications – for example context that shaped the research, organisational impacts resulting from the research, and reflections on working with participants, etc.

Submissions must consider implications for practice as well as future research.

Practice

Practice entries will be summaries of activities undertaken with organisations and/or individuals.

A critical approach will make submissions valuable, e.g., by considering what worked and what did not work, why this seemed to be the case, etc.

Discussing the context of the work is likely to be beneficial to readers.

Clear implications for practice are required – this may include practical advice for working with particular types of organisations and/or populations,  design of interventions, etc.

However, authors may also identify research questions that emerge from the work.

Practice submission structures are more flexible than research submissions, but authors are encouraged to provide clear background, implementation, and evaluation, as well as reference to relevant research.

Submissions must demonstrate evidence-based practice, drawing on relevant theory to inform the background and discussion of outcomes.  Trainee occupational psychologists are particularly welcome to submit examples of their practice.

Commentary

While research and practice entries will be based on activities undertaken by the author/s, commentaries provide a flexible way for authors to contribute to important discussions.

For example,  by highlighting important trends, e.g., in industry, research, technology etc., and how these may shape practice and research.

Authors may also make a ‘call to action’, e.g. identifying an area of practice or research that appears to have been neglected by our profession.

The scope of focus can be broad, e.g,. industry or practice in general, or may be specific, e.g., highlighting an emerging challenge in an industry.

Commentaries from individuals outside the profession are welcomed, e.g., stakeholders with a view on how occupational psychologists and allied professionals can support their activities.

Debates

Debate style articles provide scope for authors to make more contentious arguments, albeit still rigorous in using evidence where appropriate.

This might, for example, include debates on aspects of ethical guidance that need to be introduced or enhanced, perceived ‘best practice’ that could or should be improved – or even consigned to history, ‘fringe topics’ that should be more central to the curriculum, political perspectives, etc.

Please note that while radical arguments are welcome, they must still conform to BPS ethical and legal standards.

NB: Debate articles are submitted with the understanding that the editorial board will put out a call for responses where a paper is accepted for publication.  Contributors will have the right to a further response.

Structure

Page 1 should include Title, names of authors, corresponding author (please include two possible email addresses to ensure we can reach you), word count. Follow with a page break. Don’t include author details on following pages.

Page 2 – Title plus abstract (of under 250 words) and up to five key words. Follow with a page break.

Page 3 onwards – main body of paper.

Research papers should follow the format of Introduction, Methods (including details of ethical considerations and approvals), Results, and Discussion.

Practice papers should broadly follow a structure of background, implementation, and evaluation.

The strongest OPO papers give information about limitations of methodology (whether research or practice), give advice to others considering similar work, consider the professional/practical implications of their findings, and suggest future routes for research or practice.

Commentary and debate papers may adopt a structure of the author(s) choice, but it is important to ensure the argument can be followed by readers.

The review process

Occupational Psychology Outlook (OPO) is a peer-reviewed  publication. We use a double-blind process.

After submission, your paper will be assigned to a reviewer.

OPO reviewers have varied backgrounds and areas of expertise. We try to match your submission with someone with knowledge of your area.

Submissions are usually reviewed in approximate chronological order of receipt.

You will usually receive one of four responses:

  • Not suitable
  • Suitable but requiring major revisions
  • Suitable but requiring minor revision
  • Suitable without further revision

The degree to which your revisions are directed will depend on the extent of the reviewers’ comments.

If you are asked to resubmit we require a submission as a word document with tracked changes to alert us to where the revisions are in the text.

We also require an accompanying letter or email with a bullet pointed list of how you have addressed each of the requests for change made by the reviewer.

Support

Authors may wish to discuss the suitability of their contribution with the editors before submitting, and at this point, advice could be provided as to length, structure etc.

We welcome new writers (at any career stage).  We are developing a group of writing coaches who can support new writers through the submission process.

Please feel free to contact the editorial manager at [email protected] if you have a paper you would like to go through an initial screening and advice process before being formally submitted for review.

Single issues and subscriptions

This new title has two issues planned for 2022, in approximately August and December 2022.

Once the first issue is published, this page will be updated with information on how download digital copies.

Call for papers

Call for papers, Volume 1, Issue 1 - Dealing with crisis and uncertainty

The new DOP  publication launches with a focus on the role occupational psychology can play in navigating the significant challenges currently facing our world.

The pandemic, climate change, economic and political upheavals, and more, ensure that we are living in ‘interesting times.’

We invite articles that explore the contribution occupational psychology can make to these crises, and to dealing with crises and uncertainty in general.

The examples below suggest some suitable topics for this issue. However, the list is not exhaustive, and we do not wish to constrain author creativity.

Psychological assessment
  • Assessing needs or suitability (e.g., for remote work, undertaking work under crisis conditions)
  • Preferences for remote work versus face-to-face (e.g., what role personality may play)
  • Ethical issues in assessment, e.g., who decides what will be assessed/ what is relevant for crisis management?
Leadership, engagement and motivation
  • Leadership in uncertain times, e.g., what qualities are required?
  • Agile leadership
  • Keeping employees engaged and motivated during crisis
  • Ethical issues in leadership, e.g., leadership preferences (such as face-to-face work) and use of power
Work design, organisational change and development
  • Remote working and surveillance of employees
  • Hybrid working and other ‘new ways of working’ resulting from crisis
  • Organisational culture and responses to crisis, or how crisis shapes culture
  • Ethical issues, e.g., how are decisions taken about the design of work?
Wellbeing at work
  • Individual differences influencing behaviours and outcomes in crisis (e.g., self-efficacy, coping styles)
  • Variations in wellbeing outcomes linked to different ways of working (e.g., agile approaches, hybrid working,  remote working)
  • Wellbeing-centred adaptations or proactive approaches to crisis
  • Ethical issues, e.g., humanitarian approaches, ethical obligations to at risk and/or marginalised populations
Learning, training and development
  • What are the learning, training and development needs  for coping  with present or future crises?
  • Adaptations to learning, training, and development methods e.g., with moves to more online approaches to learning
  • Exploration of other skill domains, e.g., counselling, health psychology, safety psychology, etc.  What can occupational psychologists  learn from other domains of practice in psychology ?
  • Reflective practice and ethical issues, e.g., professional boundaries, working with individuals in crisis