Collabra: Psychology: A Brief History

At UC Press, open access—the free, immediate, unrestricted, online access to peer-reviewed research and scholarly work—is central to our mission. In celebration of 2017 International Open Access Week (October 23-29), we are highlighting open access publishing initiatives at UC Press, including our Collabra and Luminos publishing programs. This year’s OA Week theme “Open in order to . . . ” is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly publications openly available. Follow the full blog series here#OAWeek #OpenInOrderTo


To continue our #OAWeek celebrations, we reflect on important milestones in Collabra: Psychology‘s history and asked Collabra: Psychology authors to share why they chose to publish their research open access, in keeping with the OA Week theme “Open in order to . . .”

Open in order to give everyone access to science. Open in order to improve replicability in psychology. Open in order to save university libraries a ton of money. Open in order to support a journal with a wonderful model of how open science can work.”
—Ashley J. Thomas, University of California, Irvine, and author of Collabra: Psychology article No Child Left Alone: Moral Judgments about Parents Affect Estimates of Risk to Children

“Open in order to allow everyone who wants to consume and create knowledge to be able to do so without artificial restrictions.”
—Chris H. J. Hartgerink, Tilburg University, and Collabra: Psychology author of Too Good to be False: Nonsignificant Results Revisited

“Open in order to focus on the quality of the research methods to test hypotheses and less on the pattern of results obtained. Open in order to share my publicly funded research with the public and not only those with privileged access. Open in order to support a journal that encourages Open Science Practices.”
—Lorne Campbell, University of Western Ontario, and author of Collabra: Psychology article Initial Evidence that Individuals Form New Relationships with Partners that More Closely Match their Ideal Preferences

Collabra: Psychology in order to support an ethical, honest journal that rewards reviewers, doesn’t appear to be profit-oriented (as evidenced by the reasonable APCs), aims to publish sound research (not just flashy effects), and has open review and a very convenient streamlined review option.”
—Tom Heyman, University of Leuven, Tiensestraat, and author of Collabra: Psychology article Does a Working Memory Load Really Influence Semantic Priming? A Self-replication Attempt