How comparative psychology became an endangered species

Armando Simon


Several previous scholars have noted the decline in the field of comparative psychology in so far as fewer students are obtaining an advanced degree in the field and fewer courses are being offered in universities. However, the real cause for the decline occurred decades prior and although the problem was acknowledged at the time, no significant corrections were made and those same scholars have skirted the issue. Presently, it is bureaucratic obstacles that impede a resurgence of the discipline.


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The IJP maintain the highest standards of quality and have an acceptance rate that ranges between 30% to 45% which the American Psychological Association considers an acceptable rate and its revision times ranges from 3 months minimum to 7 month maximum waiting time. The IJP uses the open journal system for submissions, review, and promulgation of the work of the interamerican psychologists. It is indexed in: Redalyc, Pepsic, DOAJ, SCOPUS.

Dedicada a expandir preservar y divulgar la Psicología de las Américas desde el 1967.