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Digitization and Collaboration

Collection launched: 29 Jun 2021

Digitization and Collaboration: Advancing Remote and Online Experimentation (ROE) and Big Team Science

Editors: Meike Ramon & Nicolas Rothen
Guest-Editors: Anna Bobak, Patrick Forscher & Marian Sauter

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Information on the Special Issue
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. These trends are making psychology research more international and intercultural. This change in conducting research is an opportunity to share the knowledge and solutions, as well as guidelines for best practices.

This special issue provides an outlet to discuss these important issues. We invite manuscripts that describe aspects related to ROE and globally distributed research activities from different perspectives.

Contributions can include but are not limited to:

  • - Highlighting the unique (dis)advantages of ROE;
  • - Documenting the development and implementation of bespoke solutions;
  • - Best practices or guidelines to improve processes and research logistics;
  • - Reviews of openly commercially and freely available resources;
  • - Perspectives on how to formalize standards related to e.g. ethical and legal aspects, incentivization, sharing of assets, and quality control.

We are particularly interested in insights from groups whose research increases national and cultural diversity; APC waivers will be granted to accepted manuscripts from ECRs or researchers from low-income countries lacking publication funding.

Submission Details
This is an open ended call for papers, so any submissions for this special issue can be submitted directly to the journal. Please refer to the journal website for detailed information on submission guidance and upon submission, please note in your cover letter the name of this special issue.

Information on the Peer-Review process for this Special Issue
SPO’s review process is double-blind and reviews are not generally published with accepted manuscripts. However, given reasonable arguments for making reviews publicly available, this Special Issue will trial a new procedure, for which we seek to gather data on authors’, editors’, and readers’ experience. The review process will remain double-blind, but we intend to publish reviewers’ comments in parallel with accepted manuscripts. In the case of signed reviews, reviewers’ identities would only be revealed upon manuscript publication.