Aims and Scope

Aims and Scope


Psychometrika, the official journal of the Psychometric Society, is devoted to the development of psychology as a quantitative rational science, including the advancement of theory and methodology for behavioral data analysis in psychology, education, and the social and behavioral sciences generally. Psychometrika contains articles on the development of quantitative models of psychological phenomena, as well as statistical methods and mathematical techniques for evaluating psychological and educational data. There are three main sections in Psychometrika: Theory & MethodsApplication Reviews & Case Studies (ARCS), and Book Reviews

Theory and Methods is the primary section, and it contains articles on the development of quantitative models for psychological phenomena, and on quantitative methodology in the social and behavioral sciences, including new mathematical and statistical techniques for the evaluation of psychological data, and the application of such techniques. 

Application Reviews & Case Studies (ARCS) is the newest section of Psychometrika, and it is designed to highlight the essential connection between data analysis and modelling methodology and its application to data in psychology, education sciences, and related areas in the social sciences and marketing, in a way that deepens the substantive understanding of phenomena in one of these disciplines.

Book Reviews is the third main section of Psychometrika. All book reviews must be solicited by the Book Review Editor, but self-nominations are gladly accepted. Further information, including links to lists of books available for review, can be found here. A list of accepted past book reviews is here.

A list of recently accepted and published papers can be found here

History of Psychometrika

In 2016, Psychometrika, the flagship journal of the Psychometric Society, turned 80. See here for a creation narrative, papers and talks on citation classics, and more. Springer, the publisher of Psychometrika, celebrates this anniversary with this website. See here for all past editors.

Bibliometric Information

Psychometrika is abstracted or indexed in a number of databases, including Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Social Science Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition, PubMed/Medline. For more information, please see here. The 2015 impact factor of Psychometrika is 1.831.

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