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SPSSI Publications

SPSSI publishes three scholarly journals and a book series that includes both authored and edited volumes. 

You can help us build awareness of the journals and encourage your library to subscribe using our flyer.


Journal of Social Issues (JSI) is a thematic journal published quarterly. Through JSI the Society seeks to bring behavioral and social science theory, empirical evidence and practice into focus on human problems. Each issue of JSI is devoted to a single topic and has as its goal the communication of scientific findings and interpretations in an accurate but readily understandable fashion. Issue proposals and inquiries should be directed to Editor Carey Ryan.

Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) is an outlet for psychological and social science scholarship with implications for social action and policy. ASAP serves a global audience that includes policy makers and advocates as well as social scientists, students, and the public at large. Articles are published electronically as soon as they are accepted for publication. Articles may be submitted online at; inquiries about the journal should be directed to the editor, Chris Aberson.

Social Issues and Policy Review (SIPR) is an annual journal that provides state of the art and timely theoretical and empirical reviews of topics and programs of research that are directly relevant to understanding and addressing social issues and public policy. Proposals in inquiries about potential SIPR submissions should be directed to the editors, Naomi Ellemers and Jolanda Jetten

he article authors in SIPR's most recent edition, Volume 14, Issue 1; January 2020 have generously provided summaries of each journal article that provide a synopsis of the findings and policy recommendations based on the research. Find the summaries here.

Virtual Series Issue (VSI)
VSI is a virtual journal based around thematic or significant anniversaries or events (e.g. Brown v. Board of Education, the 50th anniversary of the Stanford Prison Study), calendar events (e.g. Earth Day), major policy initiatives (e.g., health care, welfare reform, major Supreme Court cases) or other considerations, and identify and select appropriate articles from previously published articles in SPSSI's Journal of Social Issues (JSI), Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) and Social Issues and Policy Review (SIPR) to be bundled for inclusion in each virtual issue. 


SPSSI publishes both authored and edited books. SPSSI authored books are grounded in programs of research and focus on psychological research relevant to social issues facing individuals, groups, communities, and/or society at large. Each volume is written to speak to scholars, students, practitioners, and policy-makers. SPSSI edited books help to fill the gap between basic research on social issues and translation into social policy and program interventions. Each book in the series is devoted to a specific social issue-relevant theme, covering related theory, research, and application. Please contact our books editor, Brian Christens with suggestions and inquiries.



Our member newsletter, the Forward and our graduate student newsletter, the Social Issues from Student Perspectives are normally published three times each year.

Call for Nominations: Forward Newsletter Editor (September 2020 – September 2023)
Deadline: May 1, 2020



SPSSI's Courtwatch Committee prepares the Judicial Notebook column published in the APA Monitor for two purposes. One is to make readers aware of court decisions that may affect their professional practice or be of interest to them. The more important purpose, however, is to let psychologists (and other social scientists) know about pending cases or legislation in which they might become professionally involved. Read previously published articles published in the Judicial Notebook here.



SPSSI has undertaken a project  to produce a series of YouTube videos featuring social and behavioral scientists and their research. Eleven videos are now available with new videos scheduled to be released regularly in 2020.



Our Publications Committee co-chairs for 2019:
Geoff Maruyama (Co-Chair)
Chris Crandall (Co-Chair)