With this editorial, the Swiss Psychological Society (SPS) is relaunching its journal under the new name Swiss Psychology Open (SPO), published by UbiquityPress. Originally founded by Jean Piaget in 1942 as the Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Psychologie und ihre Anwendungen [engl. Swiss Journal of Psychology and its Applications], SPO will continue to serve its original mission – in an open and accessible way.
Building up on this rich legacy, SPO will “collect the individual psychological trends and associations in Switzerland […], cultivate relations with foreign countries and thus contribute to the fulfillment of supranational tasks and to cultural development […], cultivate psychology as a science as well as the applied psychological disciplines and will meet the search for the spiritual and the human” (translated from the German text in Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Psychologie und ihre Anwendungen, Vol. 1, 1942, p. 3). From now on, SPO will act as a general open access journal and a forum for scientific discussion, accepting submissions from all areas of psychology. It will aim to mediate between different fields of psychology, bridge research and application, and connect culturally different areas. SPO will support different types of scientific communications and publish research articles, replication studies, registered reports, meta-analyses, literature reviews, methods papers, opinion papers, and commentaries.
At the same time, SPO is dedicated to the primary goals of the SPS; to advance and support best practices in psychological science and teaching, and promote open science practices and transparency, which are fundamental for excellent research and education. To guarantee openness, transparency, reproducibility and replicability of the research reported in the journal, SPO takes the following measures: (a) original research can be submitted, reviewed and accepted in principle before data collection (i.e., as a registered report); (b) original research manuscripts must justify their sample size and report the criterion used for stopping data collection; (c) manuscripts must detail all manipulations and measures, as well as criteria used for data exclusion/inclusion; (d) all submissions must include a statement outlining the individual contributions of all authors; (e) authors are expected to share their anonymized raw data, analysis scripts, and experimental tasks and stimuli on a public repository; (f) manuscripts are anonymized for review to guarantee an unbiased review process; yet (g) authors can optionally choose to make peer-review reports public with the publication of their article.
SPO aims to obtain peer-reviews for manuscripts within three to four weeks after submission and encourages publication of manuscripts as preprints to support timely dissemination of scientific results. SPO does not burden researchers with extra costs and only charges authors the effective costs of open access publishing. Moreover, open access costs will be waived for contributors lacking funding (e.g., early career researchers and researchers from low-income countries). SPO also invites potential Guest Editors to submit their proposals for Special Issues to increase the visibility of their field of research and their own research. Doing so, SPO starts immediately with two open calls for papers for two different Special Issues: “Careers in Times of Crisis: Consequences on Contemporary Careers and their Context” and “Digitization and Collaboration – Advancing Remote and Online Experimentation (ROE) and Big Team Science”.
In short, SPO is dedicated to providing an international platform for transparent and openly accessible psychological research and its discussion. The goal is to establish SPO as an outlet that stands for high quality, reproducible, and replicable research. As such, SPO is open and freely available not only to researchers but also to the public to maximize the global exchange of knowledge in a transparent and accessible way.
What would Jean Piaget have thought of this new course of the journal he founded almost 80 years ago? We like to think that he would be in equal parts amazed and delighted to see his vision develop in the pursuit of the growth of psychological science and its applications.
The editorial team,
Nicolas Rothen, Michael Burtscher, Fernand Gobet, Gregory Mantzouranis, Julien Mayor, Angelo Pirrone, Sabine Raeder, Meike Ramon, Jérôme Rossier.
The authors have no competing interests to declare.