On 4 September 2018, 11 national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission including the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality.
cOAlition S signals the commitment to implement, by 1 January 2020, the necessary measures to fulfil its main principle: “By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”
The editors of Psychologica Belgica welcome this initiative and, as a fully compliant Open Access journal with low APCs and CC BY licences, we invite submissions from all psychology researchers funded by participating organisations!
Posted on 06 Sep 2018
Research Integrity and Open Science in Psychology Research
Guest Editor: Pieter Van Dessel
Research integrity can be defined as a type of behavior that is directed at scientific goals (i.e., goals that facilitate scientific advancement). One important component of research integrity is open science which involves making scientific research, data, and dissemination accessible. Though research integrity and open science have become hot topics in psychological science, there are several important challenges and obstacles. The aim of this special issue is to discuss recent developments and outstanding issues in this domain and to provide guidelines that researchers can use to improve the openness and integrity of their research. We invite papers that focus on research integrity, ethical issues in psychological research and open science.
Prospective authors should read the information here about submitting to the journal. The submission deadline is 15th February 2019.
Posted on 08 Aug 2018
Paul Eelen passed away on August 21, 2016. Paul was a clinically oriented scientist, for whom learning principles (Pavlovian or operant) were more than salivary responses and lever presses. His expertise in learning psychology and his enthusiasm to translate this knowledge to clinical practice inspired many inside and outside academia. Several of his original writings were in the Dutch language. This Special Collection, compiled by his former students and colleagues, presents translations of several of his manuscripts to English to allow wide access to his original insights and opinions. Even though some of the manuscripts were written more than two decades ago, their content is surprisingly contemporary.
Read the full collection here.
Posted on 30 Jul 2018
Psychologica Belgica has the pleasure to introduce a new paper format, the ‘PhD Critical Review’ papers. A lot of work typically goes into the writing of the theoretical part of PhD theses, which present in a comprehensive and critical manner the state of the art of a specific research topic. This type of work can be of tremendous help and save precious time to other researchers planning to do research on a specific research question they are perhaps less familiar with. Yet, the rich and critical theoretical background work that characterizes PhD theses is rarely disseminated in the form of a scientific paper.
Psychologica Belgica encourages researchers who recently obtained their PhD to submit a critical review paper based on the introductory and discussion parts of their PhD thesis. These papers will undergo rigorous peer review like any other type of submission. Like theoretical review papers, these papers should have between 4000 and 10000 words, and should lead to a novel theoretical account and/or to novel research perspectives.
Posted on 27 Mar 2018
A new editorial team has been appointed for Psychologica Belgica, the official journal of the Belgian Association of Psychological Sciences. The new Editor-in-Chief, Steve Majerus, and his team of associate editors will lead Psychologica Belgica to the horizon of 2020. Our exclusively open-access journal will continue to publish empirical, methodological and theoretical work in any field of psychology, by encouraging submissions from both fundamental and applied research fields. Methodological rigour and scientific transparency are the most important criteria against which submitted manuscripts are being judged. We invite submissions from researchers all over the world.
We extend our warmest thanks to the past Editor-in-Chief, Alain Van Hiel, and his editorial team. Under Alain Van Hiel’s devoted editorship, a steady increase in the journal’s international impact could be observed. Thanks, Alain, for all your time and energy invested in directing our journal.
Posted on 25 Sep 2017
This special issue is devoted to Prof. Dr. W. Lens, who passed away end of August 2014 while he was vacationing. The special issue is meant to honor Willy’s intellectual contribution to the field of motivation psychology and his enthusiastic and devoted mentorship, which has spurred many of us to study motivation-related topics. The special issue opens with an overview paper, which highlights four emerging trends that characterize contemporary motivation psychology and that were central to Willy’s work. Subsequently, eight empirical papers, each fitting within one of these trends, are presented. The empirical contributions are grounded in diverse motivational frameworks, including future time perspective theory, achievement goal theory and self-determination theory. The special issue closes with a tribute, discussing Willy’s personality, interests and way of being in the academic community.
For an introduction to the issue, read Emerging Trends and Future Directions for the Field of Motivation Psychology: A Special Issue in Honor of Prof. Dr. Willy Lens by Maarten Vansteenkiste & Athanasios Mouratidis. The full table of contents can be viewed on the issue page.Guest editor(s):
Maarten Vansteenkiste, University of Gent, Belgium
Athanasios Mouratidis, Hacepette University, Turkey
Posted on 13 Jul 2016