PsychOpen, the European Open-Access Publishing Platform for Psychology aims to
- optimize the international visibility, reception, and citation of psychology.
- offer publication opportunities without financial hurdles and language barriers.
It is essential for psychological research in the heterogeneous European area to be perceived in its diversity of contents and languages, to counterbalance the dominating visibility of Anglo-American research. Open-access content provides the proper instrument for the European scientific community to deal with this lack of international reception. With decreasing library budgets and increasing costs of subscriptions to professional journals, there is a growing need for free online availability of scientific and scholarly information. Until now, however, efforts to promote self-archiving in institutional or disciplinary repositories ("green road") or publishing in open-access media ("golden road") have not been sufficient to increase the visibility of European psychological research. Therefore, the European psychological community needs a common platform to preserve and map its linguistic diversity, to accelerate the dissemination of research results and to promote the visibility and quality of European psychological research.
A survey conducted by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) verifies the scientific community's interest in such a solution.
An online survey was designed to collect empirical data on
- whether European linguistic diversity is an obstacle for scientific communication in psychology and
- whether there is a need for a publication platform tailored to European needs.
Psychology associations in many European countries were asked to direct their members' attention to the survey. Data collection took place from February to May 2008. The survey was completed by 493 respondents from 24 different European countries of whom 94% held an academic title in psychology.
Some of the results are shown below: