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Trip Back to Raleigh

Lots has changed in the last couple of months. First, my wife, Hannah, got a job at 3M after completing her PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science at NC State University with the Nonwovens Institute. She is now working in the Corporate Research Lab at 3M. Upon moving to Minneapolis, MN for Hannah’s job I transitioned work from Horizon Performance in Cary, NC to CEB | Talent Measurement Solutions in Minneapolis. I also proposed my dissertation, which should allow me to defend in August without having to register for another semester. Finally, the research team involved with the paper Examining Applicant Reactions to the Use of Social Networking Websites in Pre-employment Screening is being featured for the summer issue of the NC State Alumni Magazine. So, Dr. Lori Foster Thompson and I did an interview for the magazine and had pictures taken with Dr. Adam Meade for the feature. It was definitely a productive winter on the research front, I’m hoping that the summer brings more of the same and it seems to be off to a good start with progress on a collaboration with Richard Yentes on nonrespondents to an applicant reactions survey.

Media Coverage for JBP Article

Yesterday there was a large bit of churn for the Facebook article that was published in the Journal of Business and Psychology. First, a story appeared in the Scientific American, which my coauthors and I had been working with over the Winter Holidays. Next, CNBC contacted us about running a story, which very nicely translated the manuscript for a lay audience. Hopefully this will raise the awareness for this work in both the academic and nonacademic communities. You can download the article here, the final publication is available at

Springer Highlights Facebook Article

Springer recently highlighted my article “Examining Applicant Reactions to the Use of Social Networking Websites in Pre-employment Screening” on their website. The article was published in the Journal of Business and Psychology. You can download the article by clicking here, the final publication is available at The publisher was very good in identifying some of the key points of the article.

SIOP 2014 Reviews

I got a paper into SIOP 2014:

Whelan, T. J., Stoughton, J. W., Craig, S. B., & Parry, K. W. (2014, May). A short-form of the Perceived Leadership Integrity Scale (sPLIS)Poster to be presented at the 29th annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, Honolulu, HI.

Tom, whom I’ve worked with extensively in the past, was the lead author on the project. He had done a similar project a while back looking at the Big Five, which was also presented at SIOP. I’m very pleased that this got into the conference, I would really like to see more short-form developments that utilize IRT. I think there are a number of models that could be useful for these types of scale development efforts. You can download the paper in the conference papers section of my research page.

If you submitted papers to SIOP 2014, I hope the decisions on your manuscripts were favorable!

Springer Copyright Policy Refreshing

This week I transferred the copyright for my manuscript, “Examining applicant reactions to the use of social networking websites in pre-employment screening,”  to Springer to be published in the Journal of Business and Psychology. You can download the manuscript here, the final publication is available at

What is so refreshing about the Springer copyright policy is the ability of authors to self-archive. I am allowed to post a copy of the manuscript on this website. Moreover, the instructions on how I am able to self-archive are very clear and easy to implement. This was a very welcome discovery during the publication phase of this manuscript.

New Article In Press

I recently had another article, “Examining applicant reactions to the use of social networking websites in pre-employment screening,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Business and Psychology. The article can be downloaded here, the final publication is available at

I am very excited to publish in this outlet. The 2012 impact factor for the journal is 1.727 and is trending up; for comparison, in 2009 JBP’s impact factor was 0.44. Moreover, the Journal of Business and Psychology is ranked 20/72 in Applied Psychology journals.

To me this even more exciting because the article joins a small, but growing body of empirical work on social networking websites and employment. I hope that this paper can advance this area of research and that by publishing in the Journal of Business and Psychology the manuscript will have increased visibility to aid in this aim. Publishing on the topic of social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and work has been difficult, but appears that the topic is gaining some steam.

Most Recently Read Article

It appears that granting open access to my manuscript “Big Five Personality Traits Reflected in Job Applicants’ Social Media Postings” at Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking has increased readership. The manuscript worked up to #2 most read manuscript for October and is now the most read manuscript in November.



It will be very intriguing to follow this upswing in readership and to see if it results in the manuscript being highly cited in both the organizational sciences and other disciplines, as this journal is cross-disciplinary.

Publisher Highlights Big Five

Today Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers highlighted my article “Big Five Personality Traits Reflected in Job Applicants’ Social Media Postings,” published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. As part of the initiative they’ve opened access to the article, it is now free to download. I’m not sure how long it will stay free to download, but I’m very pleased that it will be open access for even a short-time. I hope that the press release and being open access will generate more scrutiny for the manuscript in other fields and that the paper can inform further scholarship outside of the organizational sciences.

More on Crowdfunding

I have to admit I’ve gotten pretty invigorated by my brother’s Microryza Project, I’m enthralled by the thought of crowdfunding research and keep thinking about how I might utilize the tool one day. My digging led me to an interesting portrait of the start-up, where the founders talk about the genesis of the idea and company. I tend to agree with them that the system is not setup for the “new” researcher. This is true in i/o psychology as much as it is in the field of biology where the Microryza co-founder started out. For me, each new journal submission, grant proposal (more often contract proposal), or IRB submission is an attempt to learn more about the academic world and how to be successful competing against people who have been there before. The only way around having a shorter publication list is to build it or team with those who do. Right now I’m attempting to do both and attempting to find my way; hopefully crowdfunding will present another mechanism for kickstarting somebody’s research program when grant dollars just aren’t available to fund their important idea.

Update: Evolution of Promiscuity in Angiosperms

I posted last week about my brother’s Microryza project, Evolution of Promiscuity in Angiosperms, likening it to the entrepreneurial tool Kickstarter. As of today, he is 31% funded with 20 days remaining. Recently, his project was featured on PEBloggers a Southern California news source! If you haven’t already, check-out his project and consider funding his project; at the very least, remember Microryza for your future endeavours as it presents a unique way to fund scientific research.