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

3. Reviewer Policies

4. Editor Policies