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Call for QJEP Special Issue Papers: “50 years of working memory: Contemporary insights for the Baddeley and Hitch (1974) framework”.

The multicomponent model of working memory proposed by Alan Baddeley and Graham Hitch nearly five decades ago is one of the oldest and most influential models in cognitive psychology. Although the Baddeley and Hitch (1974) model was introduced in a volume of The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, less well known is that some of the key empirical evidence was later laid out in more detail in a paper published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (QJEP) by Hitch and Baddeley (1976).

It is therefore appropriate and fitting for a special issue of QJEP to celebrate 50 years of the Baddeley and Hitch working memory tradition. QJEP invites submissions of papers that provide contemporary insights and analysis for the working memory model, showcasing state-of-the-art work in this area.

Details about this special issue and the timeline can be found at the following address.

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An Open Call for Associate Editors of QJEP

Associate Editor positions at QJEP are traditionally filled by invitation. To widen the pool of candidates and ensure that disadvantaged groups are not overlooked, we are opening a general call for applicants for the first time.

We are seeking potential Associate Editors to join the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, to complement our existing team.

About the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (QJEP).

• QJEP is the journal of the Experimental Psychology Society with a long history of publishing landmark papers in psychology.
• The scope of the journal covers all aspects of experimental psychology, including attention, perception, learning, memory, language, reasoning, child development, social cognition, embodiment and other emerging topics.
• From mid-2020, Professor Antonia Hamilton will take on the role of Editor in Chief of QJEP, with a team of 16 Associate Editors.

The role involves:
• Action editing of papers, including screening manuscripts for appropriateness, finding reviewers, reading reviews and making editorial decisions.
• Contributing to the development of the journal, including proposing & organising special issues.
• A modest annual honorarium will be paid.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:
• A good publication record in experimental psychology.
• A strong track record of reviewing and editorial work, including for QJEP.
• Expertise in a range of topics relevant to the journal.

We are committed to equality and diversity and are open to contributions from all sections of the experimental psychology community in the UK and beyond. Applications from candidates with minority backgrounds are especially welcome.

Informal enquiries to are welcome.

To formally apply, please prepare a 2 page CV and a short cover letter explaining why you are interested in the role, and email this to

A review of applications will begin on 21st July 2020 but there is no formal closing date.

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New video material of Andy Young’s Bartlett paper

Andy YoungIn what we hope will be the first in a series of commissioned video resources, Andy Young talks about the research and the ideas that are central to the 45th Bartlett Lecture on “Faces, people and the Brain”. This is now hosted here

We hope this resource will be useful to everyone from students to colleagues, and provide a helpful supplement to the paper itself. We should also note that, as part of the Journal partnership with SAGE, the Bartlett paper is free to view.

Andy’s Society Lecture is also available to members here

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Update to journal format

QJEP has made changes to the existing format of two types of journal article – comments and book reviews.

First, comments will be allowed to alleviate the problem that readers have few options to raise their concerns (or support) about an article published in QJEP. Comments are short (1000 words at most), deal with articles published in QJEP or with general issues faced by psychological researchers, and will be published at the end of an issue. Normally they will not go to reviewers but be decided upon at the Editorial level. Given our experiences at the Meetings of the Experimental Psychology Society, it is our conviction that such commentaries can become a vital and very informative part of the journal.

We also discovered that many readers miss the Book Reviews section, which had to be dropped a few years ago because the publication lag was becoming too long. Now that the journal has many more pages (and could further extend if needed), there is an opportunity to revitalise that part. Philip Quinlan kindly accepted to be the new Book Review Editor of the journal and readers are invited to send him suggestion of must-be-reviewed books. More importantly, readers who want to help making this section a success, are invited to send in their names as possible reviewers (please also include your subjects of expertise/interest).