Scholarly Communication and Open Access in Psychology: Current Considerations for Researchers

Abstract:  Scholarly communication and open access practices in psychological science are rapidly evolving. However, most published works that focus on scholarly communication issues do not target the specific discipline, and instead take a more “one size fits all” approach. When it comes to scholarly communication, practices and traditions vary greatly across the disciplines. It is important to look at issues such as open access (of all types), reproducibility, research data management, citation metrics, the emergence of preprint options, the evolution of new peer review models, coauthorship conventions, and use of scholarly networking sites such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu from a disciplinary perspective. Important issues in scholarly publishing for psychology include uptake of authors’ use of open access megajournals, how open science is represented in psychology journals, challenges of interdisciplinarity, and how authors avail themselves of green and gold open access strategies. This overview presents a discipline-focused treatment of selected scholarly communication topics that will allow psychology researchers and others to get up to speed on this expansive topic. Further study into researcher behavior in terms of scholarly communication in psychology would create more understanding of existing culture as well as provide early career researchers with a more effective roadmap to the current landscape. As no other single work provides a study of scholarly communication and open access in psychology, this work aims to partially fill that niche.

 

APA releases new journal article reporting standards

“Brian Nosek, PhD, co-founder and director of the Center for Open Science, welcomed the new standards. “Achieving the ideals of transparency in science requires knowing what one needs to be transparent about,” he said. “These updated standards will improve readers’ understanding of what happened in the research. This will improve both the accuracy of interpretation of the existing evidence, and the ability to replicate and extend the findings to improve understanding.” APA has partnered with the Center for Open Science to advance open science practices in psychological research through open science badges on articles, a data repository for APA published articles and designating the COS’ PsyArXiv as the preferred preprint server for APA titles….”

Quitting For-Profit Preprints | science of psych

“I’ve decided to quit academia.edu and researchgate and put all of my pre-prints/manuscripts on PsyArXiv. I deleted any manuscript copies that I had uploaded to academia.edu and RG and removed my accounts from them. I’m writing you because you posted a copy of our collaborative work on researchgate. It is of course your prerogative as to how you share our work, but I thought I might ask you to consider taking that copy of our paper down. I’m trying to streamline access points for our work and also to redirect traffic away from these commercial sites. PsyArXiv is indexed by Google scholar, so the work remains freely accessible in a space backed by a non-profit entity (the Open Science Framework). Another benefit of OSF is that it is backed by a large preservation grant, so that the works on PsyArXiv will be supported in perpetuity even if OSF grows or changes.”

It’s Time for “Instant Open Archiving” in the Psychological Sciences | MeaningSeeds

“Currently, when researchers publish new studies in academic journals, most articles are secured behind a paywall and are accessible only to institutions or individuals who pay sizable subscriptions fees. This is problematic because science is funded by the public and has the potential to benefit the public through the increased availability of empirical facts in politics, K-12 education, business, the operation of NGOs, and in the public sphere at large. This problem has led many to advocate for a shift to Open Access publishing models, where all articles are freely accessible to the public upon publication.

Here we propose an interim solution, called ‘Instant Open Archiving’, which can be adopted now by Editorial teams at for-profit journals.”

It’s Time for “Instant Open Archiving” in the Psychological Sciences | MeaningSeeds

“Currently, when researchers publish new studies in academic journals, most articles are secured behind a paywall and are accessible only to institutions or individuals who pay sizable subscriptions fees. This is problematic because science is funded by the public and has the potential to benefit the public through the increased availability of empirical facts in politics, K-12 education, business, the operation of NGOs, and in the public sphere at large. This problem has led many to advocate for a shift to Open Access publishing models, where all articles are freely accessible to the public upon publication.

Here we propose an interim solution, called ‘Instant Open Archiving’, which can be adopted now by Editorial teams at for-profit journals.”