General PoliciesAs a general rule, Personality Science (PS) follows the policies and guidelines established by the PsychOpen GOLD program (please see details here).
Policy on Opinions Advanced by Authors
Published articles reflect the opinions, views, and statements of the authors. The journal, its editors, the EAPP, and ZPID assume no responsibility for opinions, views, and statements by the authors of published articles.
This journal uses Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked. You can read more at Crossresf's Similarity Check & Reseachers page.
Reporting Standards PolicyPS takes appropriate measures to assure compliance of its publications to established community standards and best-practices in reporting research outcomes, including methodological and statistical standards (e.g., JARS, MARS, CONSORT, PRISMA, etc.), as well as formal (e.g., APA style) and linguistic (sufficient language level) guidelines. The journal's author guidelines contain all necessary information on language, style, and reporting standards. In addition, all published research articles include different information that are geared towards establishing maximum transparency (e.g., author contact information; contributorship information of all authors; date of submission, acceptance, and publication; license and copyright information; name of the handling editor; number and in certain cases names of reviewers; category and type of paper; conflicts of interest; links to open data, code, materials, and other documents).
Openness and Transparency Policies
- PS accepts the submission of Registered Reports (RR). To ensure protocol transparency, accepted Registered Reports (protocols) are registered at ZPID’s repository PsychArchives.
- PS accepts the publication of carefully conducted replications as well as meta-analytical approaches to foster cumulative research and research syntheses.
- PS supports the publication of preprints (i.e., non-peer-reviewed draft versions). Publication of preprints prior to submission is accepted (for details, see below).
Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
Under the CC BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in PS in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of PS are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, PS as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number, and DOI (if available).
Authors may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium, but any such subsequent publication must include a notice that the manuscript was initially published by PS.
Authors grant PS the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, non-exclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.
PS permits and encourages authors to post accepted or published articles on public websites, social media, repositories, and other platforms, while providing bibliographic details that credit its publication in PS. This practice is consistent with the Copyright policy explained above.
Policy on Permanency of Content
In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing, PS does not alter articles after publication.2 In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct, PS publishes corrections, expressions of concern, and retractions (see below).
PS participates in the CrossMark scheme, a multi-publisher initiative that has developed a standard way for readers to locate the current version of an article. By applying the CrossMark policies, PS is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur. Clicking on the CrossMark logo (at the top of a PS article or the article landing page) will yield the current status of an article and direct to the latest published version; it may also show additional information such as new peer review reports.
- there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g., data fabrication) or honest error (e.g., miscalculation),
- the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission, or justification (i.e., cases of redundant publication),
- it constitutes plagiarism,
- it reports unethical research.
1. "A preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers" (SHERPA. (n.d.). Glossary of open access abbreviations, acronyms and terms. Retrieved from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/glossary.html) ↩
2. "Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible" (STM, 2006. Preservation of the objective record of science). ↩