PsychOpen call for proposals of
Open Access Journals in Psychology!

Purpose and scope of this call

PsychOpen GOLD is an open access publishing platform for primary research in psychology and related fields. Currently, fifteen journals are published by PsychOpen GOLD. The purpose of this call is to expand the spectrum of PsychOpen GOLD's journal portfolio to include additional fields of psychological research. Of particular interest are journals that focus on issues germane to or of concern to the general population or that break new ground in communicating psychological research to the general population. Paper formats supported within the journals may range from classical research articles to data publications and other paper types designed to promote open and transparent research.
We welcome proposals to found new journals as well as proposals to transfer existing journals to PsychOpen GOLD (e.g., transforming a subscription based journal to an Open Access journal). Applications are invited from scientists and scholarly societies from all parts of the world.

Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID)

PsychOpen GOLD is provided by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID), located in Trier, Germany. ZPID is a publicly funded research support organization for psychology, and is committed to furthering Open Science. We provide support support throughout the entire scientific process, from the development of new research projects and literature search to documenting research outcomes, archiving data and publishing the results. For more information please visit

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What we offer

PsychOpen GOLD journals are published completely free of charge for readers, authors, and editors or scholarly societies (“Diamond Open Access”). Our service includes journal hosting, professional editorial workflow management, state-of-the art article production, support for Open Science practices (TOP standards), international dissemination, as well as publishing support for editors and authors. More details about PsychOpen GOLD services can be found in our PsychOpen GOLD Publishing Services.

What we do not offer

We do not publish: (a) journals outside psychology or closely related fields, (b) journals which do not adhere to the quality and open-science standards outlined in our Standards for PsychOpen GOLD Journals and Periodicals, (c) journals which are not feasible for PsychOpen GOLD due to adverse factors, e. g., publication volume, special technical or organizational requirements, or other reasons.

The selection process

Proposals will be initially screened by the Director of ZPID and the respective department head for feasibility and fit with the scope of this call. Selection will mainly be based on the quality criteria outlined in the application documents, especially as outlined in our Standards for PsychOpen GOLD Journals and Periodicals.

How to submit

To submit your journal proposal, please download and complete the application form below:

Please send the completed application form via email to until 30.09.2023 at the latest. We look forward to reading your ideas!

In addition, please familiarize yourself with the PsychOpen GOLD publishing platform and service using the following documents:

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about this call or how to apply at


  • 01.06.2023: Call opens
  • 30.09.2023: Call closes/Deadline for journal applications
  • 31.10.2023: Information about acceptance of journal proposals
  • 29.02.2024: Conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between ZPID and accepted journals
  • 01.03.2024: Start of journal operations in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding