Editorial Policies to Ensure Publication Ethics: Overview
To ensure ethical standards and best practices of scholarly publishing Social Psychological Bulletin (SPB) has implemented a set of editorial policies as guidance for journal management, authors, reviewers and editors. As part of the PsychOpen GOLD journal platform (operated by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology, ZPID), SPB follows common policies for PsychOpen GOLD journals, adapted as necessary to the specific article types and content published by SPB. These policies inlcude:
1. Publishing Policies
- Diamond Open Access, Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Licensing. The journal content is published without any paywall for readers and without any auhor fees ("Diamond Open Access"). The journal pursues a clear and straightforward policy on intellectual property and copyright: Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their articles while agreeing to publish articles under an open (CC-BY) license.
- Post-Publication Corrections and Retractions; Long-Term Availability. The Journal adheres to the generally accepted standard of scholarly publishing that published articles should remain unaltered to the maximum extent possible ("permanency of content"). However, in cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct the Journal publishes corrections, expressions of concern and retractions. In addition, long-term availablity is assured by archiving articles with CLOCKSS.
- Plagiarism Screening and Allegations of Research Misconduct. All articles published by the Journal are screened for plagiarism. Allegations of research misconduct will be handled according to the guidelines by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
- Complaints and Appeals. The Journal welcomes feedback and criticism as an opportunity for improvement. Complaints and appeals are handled according to the procedure described in the Journal's Complaints and Appeals policy.
- Confidential Data and Privacy. The Journal collects data only to fulfill the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals.
2. Author Policies
- Authorship. Authorship implies credit and accountability. Credit requires substantial contributions to the published work, accountability presupposes awareness of and approval to this work. Therefore the Journal adheres to common and transparent standards for authorship.
- Originality of Submissions and Preprint Policy. The aim of the journal is to publish new, unpublished results of research project. Therefore, redundant or fragmented (piecmeal) publications are not accepted. Preprints are not considered as a prior publication.
- Transparency and Reproducibility. Transparency and reproducibility are basic values of scientific research. The Journal has committed itself to compliance with a set of transparency and openness standards (TOP-Guidelines).
- Competing Interests, Financial and Non-Financial Support. Authors of research papers have to disclose competing interests as well as support received in conducting the research. Author’s disclosure statements are published with the paper.
- Research Involving Human and Animal Participants. All manuscripts reporting studies that involve human or animal participants must include an ethics statement confirming compliance with recognized ethical standards and local guidelines.
3. Reviewer Policies
- Competing Interests. Reviewers are asked to disclose potential competing interests before agreeing to review a paper
- Confidentiality, Trustworthiness. Reviewers must treat any document and information obtained through peer review strictly confidential and must respect the intellectual property of the authors.
- Principles of Good Practice. Reviewers are expected to be reliable, competent, and respectful.
4. Editor Policies
- Competing Interests. Editors should not handle articles where competing interests exist. When publishing in their own journal, they should not be involved in the editorial process.
- Confidentiality, 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. Editors are commited to promoting diversity and inclusiveness.