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   Crowdsourcing the Next Generation of Ideas   

  in Political Psychology  

Help shape the next generation of ideas in political psychology by contributing to a groundbreaking special issue! 

Are you interested in political cognition and behavior? Do you have an idea with the potential to create new theoretical insights or have important practical implications? Then consider submitting your idea for consideration for our new special issue of Political Psychology.  

OVERVIEW

In this special issue, we invert the usual "top-down" editor-driven approach to selecting articles, instead turning these decisions over to the community - that is, the social scientists that conduct political psychological research. In doing so, we test a more democratic approach to the academic publishing pipeline in which the best ideas win. 

Research groups are invited to submit short (150-word) "mini-proposals" outlining their best new ideas. These mini-proposals will be evaluated through an open survey of the field. The top 20 rated proposals will be invited to submit a full registered-report style proposal, which will then undergo peer review and be published in Political Psychology following data collection. 

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 To ensure that funding limitations do not prevent the best work from being conducted, the 3 top rated proposals will receive $1,500 USD to support the research* 

*Funding generously provided by the Centre for the Politics of Feelings

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Participating it easy! Simply write up your mini-proposal and SUBMIT HERE

PROCESS & TIMELINE

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1. MINI-PROPOSALS
(due Jan. 15, 2023)

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Research groups are invited to submit short (150-word) mini-proposals detailing the main aims of the proposed research. 

2. SURVEY OF THE FIELD
(February 2023)

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Mini-proposals will be fully anonymized and then evaluated through an open survey of the field to assess their theoretical novelty and empirical import. 

3. FEEDBACK + FULL PROPOSAL INVITES
(March 2023)

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All research groups receive detailed feedback about how their mini-proposal was evaluated. 

The 20 groups with the highest rated proposals are invited to submit a full proposal + funding is awarded to the top 3 rated proposals. 

4. FULL PROPOSALS DUE
(May 15, 2023)

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Full Registered-Report style proposals are due, and peer review begins. Reviewer feedback provided by July, 2023.

5. PROPOSALS FINALIZED, DATA COLLECTION BEGINS
(August, 2023)

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Revised proposals are due. Editors decide whether reviewer comments have been addressed. Approved authors then begin data collection. 

6. FINAL MANUSCRIPTS DUE
(November 15, 2023)

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Final manuscripts submitted. If all preregistered procedures were followed, manuscripts are published.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

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BENEFITS FOR YOU

You will be participating in a groundbreaking initiative to help reshape the publication process. In addition, you'll receive valuable feedback on your ideas from your peers, as well as a chance to receive funding for your work and a publication in Political Psychology.

Most importantly, you'll be adding your name to the list of researchers shaping the next generation of ideas in the field! 

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BENEFITS FOR THE FIELD

By participating in this initiative, you'll be helping us pilot test a new, more democratic approach to academic publishing. 

 

You'll also help us "take the pulse" of the field - for example, identifying the hottest topics, the most exciting new research directions, and the biggest gaps in the existing literature. 

GOING GLOBAL!

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We hope to receive submissions from researchers around the globe. We particularly encourage proposals from researchers based in areas that have been historically underrepresented in political psychology - for example, the Global South. 

 

To seek greater representation of historically minoritized voices in the field, the results of the open survey will be weighted to achieve equal representation on the dimensions of geography (e.g., global North versus South), gender, race/ethnicity, and career stage (early-, mid-, and late-career scholars).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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MINI-PROPOSALS

Q: What kinds of proposal topics are included?
A: We encourage submissions on a broad range of topics. If your idea is related to the psychology of political cognition and behavior – either directly or indirectly – you are welcome to submit. If you are unsure whether an idea is "political enough," don't be – just submit!

Q: What kinds of research can I propose?
A: Submissions can take ANY form - testing a novel hypothesis, replicating a classic finding, exploring a new interdisciplinary intersection, testing a new methodology, or tackling a longstanding debate. We also encourage submissions using either quantitative or qualitative methodologies (or a mix of both).

Q: How many proposals can I submit?
A: Individual researchers can be included in up to three proposals, but can only be lead author on one proposal. 

Q: What kind of feedback will I receive on my mini-proposal?
A: Research groups will receive feedback across numerous dimensions, including ratings of theoretical importance, novelty, appropriateness of the proposed methods - as well as any open-ended comments and suggestions provided by the community. 

SURVEY

Q: Who will participate in the open survey of the field?
A: The survey will be open to all social scientists who share an interest in political psychology.  

FULL PROPOSALS

Q: How long will I have for data collection?
A: You will have approximately 3.5 months for data collection and finalizing the manuscript, as outlined in the timeline above. 

Q: What happens if my hypotheses are not supported?
A: Results will be published regardless of the outcome, provided researchers have adhered to their preregistered procedure. 

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CONTACT US

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