Perspectives: Be brave, make a real impact: Why the MEJPP should be one of your top publishing choices

Louise Lambert, Meg A. Warren

Abstract


In this opinion piece, we explore the pressures of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and the challenges faced by non-Western scholars. While publishing in Western journals is appealing, we discuss the complexities of the academic publishing industry. In particular, journal impact factor largely influences the decisions of what and with whom scholars ultimately publish. We argue that such a narrow pursuit influences scholars to publish topics of Western relevance – at the expense of local knowledge development – and unwittingly deprives communities of their own scientific discoveries, which are often funded by them to begin with. We make the case for why researchers should purposefully investigate topics of local importance, for local audiences, and make a local journal, like the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology one of their top publishing choices.

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positive psychology; publishing; journals; journal impact factor; Middle East

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