That's great! The Society would not exist without its members, and as a primarily volunteer-run organization we definitely need your input. The website and the journal are two areas where we constantly need help, but the annual conference needs a new location and a new set of volunteers every year. Those are just the known needs: we also welcome feedback and suggestions from our members at any time.
We welcome your ideas, and we need your help acting on the ideas that have already been submitted for improving the website.
One thing people are always asking for is current news. Do you have a news item about psychometrics or psychometricians? Send it in! This is also a great chance to toot your own horn, if you want.
We also get a lot of requests for various kinds of information on the website. Most of it
falls into one of two categories:
"Common" knowledge: Things that most of our experienced members know, but which people starting
in or just trying to find out about the field wouldn't know, as shown by the fact that people have
written in to ask about these topics. Although many of our members know this sort of thing
already, it can't appear on the website until someone takes the time to write it down.
• What is Psychometrics? Why is it so important and fascinating?
• Common terms and definitions in the various fields within psychometrics.
• Common quantitative methods and related topics.
• Information specifically defining limitations and assumptions in writing a dissertation using quantitative design.
• Why should and how can an organization use psychometrics?
• What is the history of psychometrics?
Compiled knowledge: Everyone knows where they went to college, where they work, and what they do. But does anyone know all the options? People have asked for lists of:
• Colleges with relevant degrees, with links to the degrees in question.
• Common jobs, and what is involved in each.
• Common employers, and what sort of jobs they might offer.
• Scales that measure different psychometric dimensions.
Whenever anyone submits content like this it will be added to the website, with credit given to the author. To submit content or ideas, simply email us at email@example.com.
There are two easy ways to get involved with the journal, even if you don't have an article you want to submit for publication.
First, there is writing a book review. A list of books which are currently waiting for
reviews is available here.
Even if you own a copy of the book already it's best to check with the Book Review Editor
before writing a review so that she knows it's under review, and won't send it to someone
else. If the book you want to review isn't listed we also welcome suggestions, but please
check the lists of books that are currently under review
or already published before inquiring.
Second, there is the option of reviewing articles for Psychometrika. Although the review
process is double-blind, and all reviewers are invited by the Associate Editor in charge
of the manuscript, it is still possible to increase your chances of becoming a reviewer by
introducing yourself to an AE whose past publications coincide with your interests, and
telling them you'd be interested in reviewing. If you are unsure about how to be a good reviewer
there are two excellent articles on the topic here and here.
The Society meets once a year for the annual conference, and the location changes each year. On even numbered years it is in North America, and on odd numbered years it is somewhere else. Where it goes depends partially on where someone willing to be the local organizer can be found.
If you'd like to find out more, or volunteer to help organize a future conference, talk to a member of the Board of Trustees or the Executive Committee.