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 email@example.com. 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
Mentorship is a critical predictor of success in academia, and mentors take on different roles than supervisors and colleagues. Most importantly, mentors can share knowledge, skills and access to networks and opportunities to which mentees may not have immediate access.
The Editors of Swiss Psychology Open are offering a new format of formal mentorship to Early Career Researchers (ECRs) with a focus on academic writing and publishing.
The idea: ECRs are paired with SPO Editors to co-develop a formal agreement for a 6month mentorship.
The goal: Successful publication of mentored ECRs' work in Swiss Psychology Open. Waivers to cover the full publication costs (CHF500/£400) are available to Eligible ECRs.
For more information on how to apply - download the PDF here.
Posted on 12 Oct 2021
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
SPO is currently inviting papers for their first two special issues. Download the full Call for Papers below or check out our Special Collections page.
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.
Guest Editors: Sabine Raeder, Jérôme Rossier and Eva Selenko
This special issue will focus on careers and their context during times of crisis. We welcome well-crafted empirical and theoretical contributions. Submitted papers can directly refer to the Covid-19 crisis, to more long-term crisis, as the climate change, or more generally refer to new developments after such a type of crisis and focus on individual careers, changes in forms of work, flexible working, development of atypical work, or the use of technology in work.
Careers in Times of Crisis has a preliminary deadline for abstracts of the 30th September 2021 before the submission of the full manuscript by the 28th February 2022. For more information on this special issue, you can download the Call here.
Posted on 29 Jun 2021
SPO is currently looking for proposals for Special Issues. If you have a topic that you would like to propose, please complete the Special Issue Information Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on 11 Jun 2021
Posted on 25 Feb 2021