APA's open access, open data, open methods journal waives author fees through 2014

The co-editors of Archives of Scientific Psychology have waived author fees to help support the launch of APA's unique journal.

Archives of Scientific PsychologySignaling its support for the journal's pioneering model, APA has waived all author fees for manuscripts in its open access, open data, open methods journal, Archives of Scientific Psychology, through Dec. 31, 2014. Co-editors Harris Cooper, PhD, and Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, are accepting new manuscripts for the journal from all areas of psychology.

“This is a remarkable statement of APA's commitment to the success of Archives,” says Cooper, chair of Duke University's psychology and neuroscience department, former editor of Psychological Bulletin and chief editorial advisor for APA's journals.

Archives is distinct from all psychology journals in multiple ways. First, authors complete questionnaires that provide a nuanced description of the study’s rationale, method, results and interpretation. “These questionnaires provide the context for the reporting of methods, allowing the authors to forgo the considerable time spent on organizing and constructing a narrative,” Cooper says.

Second, authors submit their data to an international repository of digital social science data and must be invited to co-author any publications reusing those data. “We see our data-sharing agreements as means of turning a concern about losing proprietary rights to the data into an opportunity for collaboration, perhaps leading to joint publications that the data originators never thought of or could not perform themselves,” says VandenBos, APA’s publisher.

Third, authors prepare nontechnical versions of each article’s abstract and method section. Cooper and VandenBos see this requirement as an opportunity for authors to have greater control over how their work will be interpreted in the popular media and policy circles.

“We acknowledge that publishing in Archives of Scientific Psychology will attract a different kind of author, but we also fully expect that the model of scientific psychology showcased in Archives articles will someday be the norm throughout the discipline,” notes VandenBos.

Both co-editors will be at the 2013 APA Annual Convention in Honolulu and invite interested individuals to visit them in APA Booth 722 (Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1-3) on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10-11 a.m. to explore their vision for the journal and to discuss its unique model and features.