Focus and Scope
Swiss Psychology Open (SPO) is the official journal of the Swiss Psychological Society (SPS). The goal of SPS is to advance and support best practice in psychological science and teaching. SPO is a general open access journal in the field of psychology. It accepts submissions from all fields of psychology. Its intention is to serve as a forum for the scientific discussion of all areas of psychology and their applications. One of its most central concerns is the mediating function between different fields of psychology, research and applications, and in culturally different areas. SPO publishes research articles, meta-analyses, literature reviews, methods papers, opinion papers and commentaries.
SPO has a strong focus on good open research practices and guarantees rigorous peer-review. Hence, authors are encouraged to pre-register their hypotheses and methods and expected to share their anonymized data and analysis scripts in acknowledged public repositories. SPO also offers registered reports as an article format. Registered reports are based on pre-registration and reviewed before data collection. Once in principle acceptance for a registered report is obtained, the researchers can start with data collection, and their study will be published irrespective of the outcome of their study, as long as the methods and interpretation of the data follow those outlined in the registration.
The journal is published online as a continuous volume throughout the year. It will also organize special issues which are published within a separate collection page. Special issues generally consist of 6 to 12 publications. All articles are made openly available as soon as they are ready to guarantee timely and barrier-free communication. SPO supports the notion that making research freely available to the public maximises the global exchange of knowledge. Authors of articles published in SPO remain the copyright holders of their work.
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.
Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.
Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.
Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject-specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, visit the Open Access Directory or datacite.org.
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