What next for scientific communication? A large scale survey of psychologists on problems and potential solutions.

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Brett Buttliere, Jelte M. Wicherts


Despite much discussion concerning problems with, and potential changes to, the psychological publishing system, there has been little data gathered concerning psychologists’opinions about whether, or what, change needs to occur. Here we surveyed psychologists about: the literature in their subfield, the current publication system,the prevalence of problems in review, how helpful potential changes to the communication system might be, and their behavioral engagement in current change initiatives. While over half of psychologists agreed to being generally satisfied, most also agreed there is room to improve the communication system and indicated that several potential changes would be helpful. Unfortunately, the majority of psychologists also indicated not yet engaging behaviorally with current change initiatives. Sensible problem and change components were drawn from the data and were correlated to, for instance, how much trust the psychologist had in the literature of their subfield and how many papers they had published.

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