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Collabra: Psychology is a mission-driven open access journal that gives everyone access to the content of the research articles we publish and the accompanying data and code (when ethically possible).  We also share the value created by the psychology community in the peer review process, by publishing the content of editors' and reviewers' comments along with each published article.  Collabra: Psychology is an official publication of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS).

Collabra: Psychology publishes research articles in most areas of psychology.  While Collabra: Psychology has sections for Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Methods and Research Practice, Organizational Behavior, Personality Psychology, and Social Psychology, we are open to considering submissions in other areas as well (and may revise which sections we offer) depending on the expertise of our editorial team and editorial board.  If you are wondering whether your submission is within scope, or are interested in getting involved as part of the editorial team, please contact us at editorialoffice@collabra.org.

Collabra: Psychology publishes empirical papers as well as review papers and meta-analyses, theory papers, methods papers, simulations, commentaries (including opinion pieces and critiques of other published papers), and data papers. We are also open to other non-traditional submission types.

The primary criteria for evaluating manuscripts submitted to Collabra: Psychology are scientific, methodological, and ethical rigor.  We have a high bar for rigor and integrity, and expect authors to submit high quality work and carefully calibrate their claims to the quality of the evidence.  However, novelty and potential impact are not considered important criteria in our evaluations - all research that is rigorous and addresses an important question (even if narrow, or purely descriptive, or purely methodological) will be considered, and evaluated regardless of the results.  We also offer a Registered Report track for researchers who wish to have their manuscripts considered and their research plan vetted on the basis of the rationale and planned methods, before data collection.

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