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Psychology research on ScienceOpen

Join us as a Collection Editor in the field of psychology! The number of articles indexed on ScienceOpen has reached an impressive 60 million. As the discovery environment continues to grow, ScienceOpen wants everyone to participate in this knowledge ecosystem. We encourage individual researchers to highlight their achievements and share their expertise with the community through our Collection infrastructure, of course free-of-charge. There are no strings attached: if you want to promote your research field, start a discussion, or explore interdisciplinary topics, simply do it on ScienceOpen!


In this call for Editors, we are putting psychology and behavioral sciences in the spotlight. The year 2019 saw spectacular growth of this discipline on ScienceOpen with hundreds of thousands of new articles aggregated and prominent publishers such as Hogrefe, Akadémiai Kiadó, Emerald, Dove Medical Press and Brepols joining the platform. The large volume makes orientation and recommendations by experts all the more valuable for other researchers. Use your expertise to highlight great research across all journals and publishers. You can add articles preprints, book chapters, or posters, in whatever form the most interesting results are published.

Researcher-led Collections can focus on a well-established research topic, research methodology, or a novel problem. Both the scope and target audience can vary freely. A Collection can be narrow or broad in scope, aimed at an introductory or very specialized audience, draw from one or many academic disciplines. It can be list of the top 20 papers in a field or a comprehensive bibliography. What’s in it for you? Articles in a Collection are viewed, read, reviewed and discussed much more often, giving you more visibility for your work.

Some of the psychology ScienceOpen Collections cover topics such as tics, gratitude, music and mental imagery, thermal imaging in social decision making, behavioral economics of music, visual categorization, neuroimaging methods, and alternative approaches to Alzheimer’s disease. Do you have an idea for your own Collection in psychology and behavioral sciences? Contact us and we can grant you editor status and help you reach your goals.

Quick guide to Collection curation

Setting up one’s own Collection can be done in a few intuitive steps:

  1. Log in to your account. If you do not have one yet, you can register on ScienceOpen via ORCID (Why ORCID?) in just a few clicks.
  2. Apply to be a Collection editor by sending an e-mail to Editorial@ScienceOpen.com with a description of your project.
  3. After we have given you Editor status, go to the ‘Collections’ in the drop-down menu and click on ‘Create new collection’ button.

  1. After filling out required basic information and saving your collection, you can now select publications that you would like to highlight. Aiming for a general introduction to a field? Deep insights into a specific area? Or maybe something completely defying traditional disciplinary borders and labels? It is your choice, so feel free to experiment! You can use the wide array of filters and sorting mechanisms on ScienceOpen and the ‘Add to Collection’ button or just upload a list of publications via the Dashboard.
  1. Finally, provide additional descriptions, keywords and images. While this step is optional, it is a great means to target the right audience, improve discoverability and simply make your Collection stand out among others!
Informative and freely customizable!
Collection banners are the first meeting point between a reader and an Editor. It is a great way to draw attention, inform and please the eye! We are happy to provide support with images and ideas.

It is possible to have multiple Collections and experiment with them as one sees fit. After all, there are many ways to talk about science! ScienceOpen with its flexible feature naturally accommodates the diversity of research and removes any disciplinary constraints that might be present elsewhere. This leaves researchers with plenty of room to communicate their achievements and, crucially, receive credit for it! The options are limitless, and the researchers can build impressive contextual environments for their research.

Ok, let’s do it! But on what topic?

For inspiration, you might browse some of the featured psychology Collections on ScienceOpen.

With a strong portfolio and over 14,500 articles on ScienceOpen, the respected academic publisher Hogrefe puts a spotlight on psychology. Hogrefe has created a series of interactive Collections for their authors and readers on ScienceOpen with the goal of making research in psychology and mental health more discoverable globally. The resources from Hogrefe and other partnering publishers create a data-rich environment on ScienceOpen, where everyone benefits from comprehensive contextual information and thematic diversity.

Among the psychology Collections launched in the last year, is the remarkable ‘Psychology by AKJournals’ featuring journals from Hungary’s leader of scientific publishing, Akadémiai Kiadó.

Psychology by AKJournals’ zooms in on behavioral addictions, psychedelic medicine, adult learning, anthropology, human behavioral ecology, and education. From the impact of music on gambling behavior, through the archaeology of psychedelic use, to the evolutionary history of consciousness, all of the content is open access and freely accessible! Additionally, by going to the Collection’s page, potential authors can read in more detail about Akadémiai Kiadó’s selected journals and submission guidelines.

Some of the publisher-led Collections are focused on specialized issues. For example, Advances in Autism by Emerald Publishing is unique in its focus on the health and care aspects and outcomes for people with autism. The content of this journal builds and disseminates evidence to change the way that professionals work with people with autism and to challenge traditional assumptions and ways of working.

Another freshly launched Collection is the ‘European Yearbook of the History of Psychology from Brepols Publishers. It features a peer-reviewed international annual journal devoted to the history of psychology, the interconnection between historiographic survey and problems of epistemology in order to aid the understanding of the common roots of European scientific thought.

Highlighting open access articles in psychology, we also feature Europe’s Journal of Psychology with a broad scope within the field of scientific psychology, Dove Medical Press’s fully open access ‘Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment’ with almost 3000 articles, as well as the Hogrefe Open Mind selection of freely accessible articles. On ScienceOpen, you can always use the ‘Open Access’ filter on any search to narrow down your results.

How to contact us

We want to accelerate scientific development and improvements in public health and believe that your voice is important in this transition. By starting your own topical Collections, you can direct academic peers to your findings and help interested newcomers to get to know your research area. All this while getting credit for it! The opportunities are countless, so if you would like to experiment with ScienceOpen and make your research in psychology and behavioral sciences more discoverable, learn more here or contact the Editorial Office or Stephanie Dawson to apply for Editor status. We look forward to working with you!

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