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, commentaries and registered reports. All articles are made openly available as soon as they are ready to guarantee timely communication. Authors of articles published in SPO remain the copyright holders of their work.
Standard review is the typical track in which authors submit a complete manuscript for evaluation. Authors can expect the first round review via this track to take ~4-6 weeks.
Scheduled review (based on the concept introduced in Chambers & Tzavella, 2020) aims to significantly accelerate this process by performing key tasks in parallel. Rather than submitting a full manuscript, authors initially submit a one-page, template-based “snapshot” which is evaluated by an editor. If deemed suitable, the editor then sends the snapshot to potential reviewers and arranges for the review process to take place during a narrow range of dates at least 6 weeks in the future, with the submission date nominated by the authors. During the intervening time the authors then prepare the full manuscript. Although this process can only feasibly expedite the first round review (and not the re-review of a revised submission), the overall time-saving is substantial because the first round of assessment is usually the most onerous.
Authors intending to submit to the scheduled review track must do so using the 1-page snapshot template available here. Please submit your 1-page snapshot via email to our EiC, Nicolas Rothen, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions that do not use this template will not be considered.
The Standard and Scheduled review tracks are available for both Regular articles and Registered Reports submissions.
Posted on 04 May 2022
Authors can now submit a Registered Report to Swiss Psychology Open via the Peer Community In Registered Reports (PCI RR).
PCI RR performs peer review of Stage 1 and Stage 2 preprints and then offers authors the opportunity to publish their approved manuscript without further peer review in a range of journals (including Swiss Psychology Open).
Posted on 12 Oct 2021
Editors: Meike Ramon & Nicolas Rothen
Guest-Editors: Anna Bobak, Patrick Forscher & Marian Sauter
Innovation often emerges from adversity. This also applies to psychological research, where the tools, procedures, and workflows necessary to answer a question may not exist, may not be readily found, or are not available. Nonetheless, within the research community, there exists a vast amount of openly available resources and collective knowledge that is potentially useful to others but is typically only shared informally. Adapting to the global pandemic has led to the growth of remote and online experimentation (ROE), and widespread distribution of research that is not bound to physical spaces. These changes have accompanied an emerging emphasis on big team science, which leverages online collaboration platforms to pool resources across many research labs to achieve larger investments in resources, researcher time, and researcher skill than would otherwise be possible.
Digitization and Collaboration is an open ended special issue, meaning you can submit your paper directly to SPO, for more information on this special issue, you can download the Call here.
Posted on 29 Jun 2021