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Focus and Scope

Psychologica Belgica is the official journal of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences (BAPS) founded in 1954. BAPS promotes the development of both fundamental and applied psychological sciences.

Psychologica Belgica publishes peer-reviewed, fully open access, scientific contributions to all domains of psychology. The Editorial Board members come from a wide range of psychology domains, working in Belgium and in other countries. 

We invite empirical notes and regular empirical articles that address psychology from a variety of approaches and methods, both quantitative and qualitative. We also welcome integrative reviews of a particular domain within psychology, and contributions that incorporate a range of perspectives from areas within psychology or other related disciplines.

Most articles are unsolicited submissions, however special collections and issues on specific, timely topics, are also encouraged, which are typically edited by a Guest Editor.

Publication Frequency

In 2018, the journal moved from publishing four issues per year to publishing one continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available. 

Special collections of articles are published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Psychologica Belgica is indexed by the following services:

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH. To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2021 volume:

Submissions received193
Reviews requested2597
Reviews received3131
Total Rejections468
...of which, Desk rejects543
Acceptance rate733%
Time from submission to publication8265 days
Time from submission to first decision (mean)9112 days
Time from submission to first decision (median)1096 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume
9'Mean' average from submission to first decision for all first decisions recorded in the volume year
9'Median' average from submission to first decision for all first decisions recorded in the volume year

Mailing List

If you would like to be kept up to date on the current contents of Psychologica Belgica, then please sign up to our mailing list

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


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