Competing Interests

Editors should not handle articles where financial or non-financial competing interests might influence their actions and decisions. Editors can publish articles in their own journal but should not be involved or intervened in any form in the peer review and decision-making process. If an SPB editor is an (co-)author of a submitted paper (that is subject to peer-review), then the editor-in-chief will ensure that the paper is assigned to a guest handling editor, i.e., a handling editor who is not an associate editor or editors-in-chief. In addition, this (co-)author's affiliation with the journal and his/her (lack of) involvement in the peer review of the submission will be disclosed in the declaration of Competing Interests.

Confidentiality and Trustworthiness

Editors must treat any document and information obtained through peer review strictly confidential and must respect the intellectual property of the authors.

Diversity and Inclusion

SPB recognizes that scientific innovation and quality of ideas benefit greatly from the inclusion of diverse perspectives representing both diversity in the world and in our field. In order to facilitate an open and inclusive community of researchers we implement several initiatives (and we invite suggestions for more improvement).

  • First, monitoring the extent to which the composition of the editorial board and the reviewer pool reflects the diversity of perspectives in terms of gender and geographical region helps us evaluate the progress on the goal toward greater inclusiveness.
  • In order to broaden the reviewer pool we invite researchers interested in joining us in this role to contact the journal (
  • To create an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone we ask authors, reviewers, and editors to pay attention to bias-free language. In doing so, we recommend following the Inclusive Language Guidelines and recommendations on Bias-Free Language by the American Psychological Association.
  • Finally, we fully understand that communicating research becomes more challenging when using English as the second language. In order to support authors who are non-native English speakers we offer proofreading of the accepted papers. We hope that by doing so we can help researchers of various backgrounds overcome at least some of the barriers that might prevent them from sharing their research.