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A review of a decade’s scholarly publications (2004–2013) in the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology

Melinde Coetzee, Llewellyn E. Van Zyl
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 40, No 1 | a1227 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v40i1.1227 | © 2014 Melinde Coetzee, Llewellyn E. Van Zyl | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 July 2014 | Published: 25 November 2014

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Melinde Coetzee, Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa, South Africa
Llewellyn E. Van Zyl, Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: Publishing methodologically sound, empirically based studies in reputable accredited scientific journals are essential in order to advance knowledge and evidence-based practice in the field of industrial and organisational psychology.

Research purpose: The purpose of the research was to conduct a broad content analysis of the articles published in the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology (SAJIP) between 2004 and 2013. The study aimed to provide a descriptive overview of the most frequent content themes,published authors and institutions, research approaches, strategies, designs and analysis techniques, software packages and sample sizes in industrial and organisational (I-O) psychology utilised in the publications.

Motivation for study: The periodic analyses of published content in scholarly journals provide an index of the extent to which the publications reflect the scope of practice in a given discipline and broaden insight into the direction and relevance of research published in a journal.

Research design, approach and method: A broad systematic content analysis was conducted of 342 documented articles published in the SAJIP between 2004 and 2013. Descriptive data(frequencies and percentages) were used to report the findings.

Main findings: The publishing pattern of the SAJIP appeared to correspond with its focus and scope. Manuscripts utilising mostly cross-sectional quantitative correlational research designs with large samples (n > 201) were published in the SAJIP. The University of Johannesburg and Professor Sebastiaan (Ian) Rothmann were the largest contributors to publications between 2004 and 2013. Organisational psychology and psychometrics were the most prominent domains in I-O psychology research. Data were predominantly processed utilising SPSS.

Practical implications: The insights derived from the findings can be employed to plan future research initiatives in the field of I-O psychology.

Contribution/value-add: The findings provide valuable insight into the current status of the foci of I-O psychology research as published in the SAJIP between 2004 and 2013 and the contribution made by the SAJIP to advancing knowledge and evidence-based practice in I-O psychology.


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