Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
Psychol Publ Pol Law
Psychology, Public Policy, and Law focuses on the links between psychology as a science and public policy and law. It publishes articles that (a) critically evaluate the contributions and potential contributions of psychology and relevant information derived from related disciplines (hereinafter psychology) to public policy and legal issues (e.g., linking knowledge on risk assessment to global climate change and energy policy and law; analyzing the fit between FDA policies on food labeling and research on comprehension); (b) assess the desirability of different public policy and legal alternatives in light of the scientific knowledge base in psychology (e.g., family leave policies and law considered against a background of knowledge about socialization in dual-career families; retirement policies and law in light of health, life cycle, and aging); (c) articulate research needs that address public policy and legal issues for which there is currently insufficient theoretical and empirical knowledge or publish the results of large-scale empirical work addressed to such concerns; and (d) examine public policy and legal issues relating to the conduct of psychology and related disciplines (e.g., human subjects, protection policies; informed consent procedures). Although some of these issues may be addressed in articles currently being submitted to traditional law reviews, this publication uniquely provides peer review, scientific and legal input, and editorial guidance from psychologists and lawyers. Through publication in a single forum, it will also focus attention of scholarly, public policy, and legal audiences on such work. This journal does not routinely serve as an outlet for primary reports of empirical research; however, the journal does publish original primary empirical data. Empirical research that is published in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law must make a significant contribution to public policy or the law. Such empirical work is typically multistudy, multijurisdictional, longitudinal, or in some other way extremely broad in scope, of major national significance, or both.
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