A new online-only, open-access journal
for scientific inquiries into personality and individual differences
Free of charge for authors and readers
Personality psychology is already the psychological discipline with the most bandwidth, examining differences between (interindividual perspective) and within (intraindividual perspective) individuals or groups of individuals in biological, psychological, and social origins, expressions, structures, dynamics, processes, mechanisms, functioning, development, and consequences. The journal Personality Science seeks to capitalize on this rich smorgasbord and subscribes broadly to the idea of even further expanding the field beyond disciplinary or geographic borders. This includes examining non-pathological and pathological individual differences between and within humans, animals, virtual avatars, intelligent systems, and robots. The journal publishes highest-quality theoretical, methodological, empirical, applied, and commentary papers continuously once they are ready – exclusively in an online open-access format (i.e., with no article processing charges or paywalls).
We plan to foster diversity by three interrelated expansions that set our journal apart from more traditional and narrower top-tier personality journals:
Expansion of the field. The journal is multidisciplinary in scope and also actively seeks out contributions from fields of science other than psychology (e.g., genetics, anthropology, sociology, computer science, economics, educational science, medicine, political science, etc.) that also study personality and individual differences, broadly construed. It thus seeks to honor personality science as a hub science and enable cross-fertilization of topics, ideas, theories, methods, and applications between different disciplines or areas of inquiry.
Expansion to the public. The journal welcomes papers that concern how personality science can inform, and be informed by, societal and geo-political issues, public interest, policy, and applied practice. It seeks to open up the field to a more diverse readership, including policy-makers, industry, NGOs, and international institutions. The journal thus aims to publish papers of significant relevance and implications, which includes both basic and applied research.
Expansions in geographical reach. The journal seeks high-quality publications from authors around the globe and publications using non-WEIRD samples. As geographical diversity is a core concern for us, the journal aims to foster regional diversity and inclusion by a diverse editorial team, special invited topics, and public outreach initiatives.
Personality Science is an official journal of the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP) and published under the PsychOpen GOLD program of the Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID).
The journal promotes open, transparent, rigorous, and impactful research on personality and individual differences.
Before submitting your paper, please consult the aims, scope, and values of the journal; its policies; as well as guidelines on Open Science implementations, different paper formats with their requirements, and preparing your submission for Personality Science. Frequently Asked Questions and further information can be found here.
We are looking forward to your submissions!
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Computational Personality AssessmentClemens Stachl, Ryan L. Boyd, Kai T. Horstmann, Poruz Khambatta, Sandra C. Matz, Gabriella M. HarariJuly 2021
Self and Identity in Personality PsychologyDan McAdams, Kali Trzesniewski, Jennifer Lilgendahl, Veronica Benet-Martinez, Richard W. RobinsJune 2021
Personality Trait Stability and ChangeWiebke Bleidorn, Christopher J. Hopwood, Mitja D. Back, Jaap J. A. Denissen, Marie Hennecke, Patrick L. Hill, Markus Jokela, Christian Kandler, Richard E. Lucas, Maike Luhmann, Ulrich Orth, Brent W. Roberts, Jenny Wagner, Cornelia Wrzus, Johannes ZimmermannJune 2021
The Philosophy and Psychology of CharacterChristian MillerJune 2021
Personality Science: United in DiversityJohn F. RauthmannDecember 2020