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                                              By Irene Frieze and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Publications
                                              Committee Co-Chairs

The Publications Committee this year is co-chaired by Irene Frieze and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton. Janet Swim, the former chair, has served in an advisory role. The publications committee oversees activity on the organization’s three journals (JSI, ASAP, SIPR) as well as the two book series (edited books and authored books). We are pleased that all our SPSSI publications are doing well.

SPSSI Provides individual subscriptions to all the SPSSI journals as a benefit of being a SPSSI member. In addition, a large number of academic libraries subscribe to the SPSSI journals. About 66% of these subscriptions are for libraries in the United States. Outside the U.S., the highest number of subscriptions are in Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia & New Zealand. Our journals continue to be popular. One way to track this is to look at on-line access of journal articles. In 2008, articles in Journal of Social Issues were accessed over 100,000 times. ASAP was accessed 25,000 times, and our new SIPR journal was accessed had over 2,000 times. Here is a listing of the 10 most accessed articles in each of the journals. Congratulations to these authors.

Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
1. The Gay Marriage Debate
2. Psychologists and the Use of Torture in Interrogations
3. Public Perceptions About Sex Offenders and Community Protection Policies
4. Editor’s Forward to the Article “Psychologists and the Use of Torture in Interrogations” and Invited Comments about That Article
5. Zimbardo’s Apple
6. The Devil Made Them Do It?
7. The Definition of Terrorism
8. Immigrants in the Community: New Opportunities, New Struggles
9. Institutional Discrimination, Individual Racism, and Hurricane Katrina
10. Thoughts on Psychologists, Ethics, and the Use of Torture in Interrogations: Don’t Ignore Varying Roles and Complexities

Journal of Social Issues
1. Democracy, Voting, and Disenfranchisement in the United States: A Social Psychological Perspective
2. Why Do People Vote? A Psychological Analysis of the Causes of Voter Turnout
3. The Psychology of Prejudice: Ingroup Love and Outgroup Hate?
4. The Media’s Influence on Body Image Disturbance and Eating Disorders: We’ve Reviled Them, Now Can We Rehabilitate Them?
5. New Trends in Measuring Environmental Attitudes: Measuring Endorsement of the New Ecological Paradigm: A Revised NEP Scale
6. Political Participation and Cumulative Disadvantage: The Impact of Economic and Social Hardship on Young Citizens
7. Exceptions to High School Dropout Predictions in a Low-Income Sample: Do Adults Make a Difference?
8. Effects of the Home Learning Environment and Preschool Center Experience upon Literacy and Numeracy Development in Early Primary School
9. New Environmental Theories: Toward a Coherent Theory of Environmentally Significant Behavior
10. Social Policy, Feminism, and Research on Violence in Close Relationships

Social Issues and Policy Review
1. Public Policy and the Effects of Media Violence on Children
2. Psychological Research and Public Policy: Bridging the Gap
3. SIPR: Launching a Third SPSSI Journal
4. Ageism: A Review of Research and Policy Implications
5. Social Psychological Factors in Lifestyle Change and Their Relevance to Policy
6. Interpersonal Perspectives on Black–White Health Disparities: Social Policy Implications
7. The Beneficial Effects of Social Identity Protection on the Performance Motivation of Members of Devalued Groups
8. Infra-humanization: The Wall of Group Differences
9. Volunteerism: Social Issues Perspectives and Social Policy Implications

A question now being debated is whether our journals should continue to be sent in paper form. Many of our members opt for an online only subscriptions in order to save paper, or shelf space, or because they prefer reading online. Please let Central Office know if you would prefer online access only, or go to your member profile at and select the online-only subscriptions options. Our new book series are also doing well. We published two edited SPSSI books in 2008.

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