Call for Manuscripts at AMPPS

Special Collection: Data Visualization

Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science (AMPPS) is pleased to announce a call for manuscripts focused on visual communication of data, models, and results.

Researchers across many disciplines have advanced our understanding of best practices in data visualization, and new presentation formats and styles have proliferated with the advance of open-source analysis software. Simultaneously, empirical and theoretical work on how  people perceive and interpret graphs and figures has advanced our understanding of best practices for communicating data.

In keeping with AMPPS‘s mission of helping researchers improve their research and statistical practices, the journal invites manuscripts on data visualization. All types of manuscripts published at AMPPS may be considered as part of this call. We seek tutorials teaching readers how to create and use new data visualization techniques, general articles on best practices for data communication, and new empirical work on practices that lead to correct or incorrect interpretation of data presentations (meta-science empirical work).

All papers published in AMPPS must present work that will be of interest and applicability across multiple subfields of psychology. We do not publish papers that address issues specific to a single literature. For example, a paper on best practices for data visualization in studies of inattentional blindness would not be appropriate, but a paper on how best to visualize differences in proportions might be if the same techniques could be applied in many subfields of psychology. And, papers must adhere to our standards for each article type. Papers should be understandable to a relatively novice reader. Tutorials should teach a skill from start to finish, so that a novice reader can apply the skill to their own work. Ideally, they should walk readers through a worked example. General articles should give empirically/theoretically grounded guidance for the use of a particular practice and should explain why it is an advance over other current practices. Empirical papers should adhere to our standards for openness and transparency, and ideally should take the form of registered reports. For all manuscripts, AMPPS expects code, materials, and data to be made available to reviewers (and publicly upon publication). We strongly encourage the use of open-source software and tools for all tutorials (e.g., R, Python, Shiny) rather than proprietary formats. Please see the submission guidelines for details on the requirements for each article type at AMPPS

AMPPS is now an open access journal with an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $1000. The APC will be discounted or waived for authors who can demonstrate that they lack funding from their institution, grants, or other sources to pay it (i.e., authors will not be required to pay using personal funds). APC charges and waiver requests are processed by the production staff after acceptance of an article, and the editorial team is not involved in that process; editors and reviewers are blind to all aspects of the processing of article charges.

With open access publication, accepted articles will undergo copy editing and will be published as soon as production is complete, with an indicator that they are part of a collection. AMPPS will maintain a continuously updated list of articles in the collection on the journal website.

Interested authors should use this form to propose a manuscript for the collection. The editors will review these proposals and will encourage submission based on fit to the call for proposals, fit with AMPPS’s overall mission of reaching a broad audience, and on the need to avoid duplication of content in the section or with other AMPPS submissions. In cases where multiple teams simultaneously propose manuscripts on the same topic, we will aim to ensure diversity among the pool of authors in the issue. We do not have a fixed limit on the number of manuscripts for this collection. 

We encourage submission of proposals using this form by March 1, 2021, but we will continue to consider proposals for manuscripts after that, and we will continue to add articles to the collection as they are accepted.

For questions about this call, please email Daniel Simons, Editor in Chief: