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Rookie Submission Guidelines


2017-2018 Submission Criteria


The Rookie is the graduate student section of SPSSI’s newsletter, The Forward. The Rookie provides an opportunity for SPSSI graduate students to disseminate their work to the larger SPSSI community and to gain experience with the publication process. We encourage submissions from all areas of psychology, including clinical, community, developmental, social, cognitive, neuroscience, industrial/organizational, etc.

Submissions may take many forms, including, but not limited to: emerging research by graduate students, tips for surviving graduate school (e.g., writing, time management, applying for academic or non-academic jobs), describing policy implications of research, commentary on current events/social issues that incorporates the student’s research and/or psychological theory in general.


  • At least 1 author must be a student member of SPSSI

  • Multiple authors (up to 5) are allowed

  • Send all submissions to Kristan Russell, the 2017-2018 Rookie Editor at

Each submission must contain the following:

  • Author names and affiliations

  • Email address of the first author (please note if you do not want this email address to be published with the submission)

  • 3-5 keywords that describe the topic area of your submission

  • Photo of the author(s)

  • Figure or photo that further explains the written content (optional but encouraged)

  • Attach submission as a Word document and photos/figures as .jpg files.

  • You will receive a submission receipt within 2-3 business days

Questions? Please contact the Rookie editor, Kristan Russell, at


Submission Categories

Research Spotlight
Promote and disseminate your research to the larger SPSSI community. Submissions from all
areas of psychology are welcome. The purpose is to translate your research to a broad
audience. This should not be theoretical articles or literature reviews. Abstracts are not required.
Examples of research topics include: emerging research by graduate students, policy
implications of research, commentary on current events/social issues that incorporates the
student’s research and/or psychological theory in general. We would especially love to hear from students who have received grant funding from SPSSI and would love to highlight the research you have completed using your SPSSI support.

Mentoring from the Margins
Reflect on your journey as a scholar and share important lessons that you learned along the way
that might benefit current and future graduate students. In 500 words or less, please discuss in depth the challenges you faced and provide tips and advice for those who might want to follow in your footsteps.

Diversity Spotlight
Reflect on how your diverse identities (marginalized and/or privileged) shape the way in which
you think about and do research, develop professional relationships with community
organizations, and give back to those communities. How does your research reflect
underrepresented minority groups? We encourage you to take an intersectional approach when
writing about your identities.

In 500 words or less, please write a guide on a specific aspect of graduate school and career
development. Topics can include, but not limited to 1st year of graduate school, dissertation,
qualifying exam, internship application, preparing for the job market, teaching, and life outside

PhD Confessions
In 300 words or less, write a funny story about your experience in grad school. If you’d like to
remain anonymous, please follow this link to submit your story.

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin