AMPPS Invited Papers: Call For Proposals

Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science (AMPPS) seeks to invite a series of papers on any of the topics below. We believe these topics remain underrepresented in our journal and wish to highlight best practices in the field. Invited papers will have, in advance, all open-access Article Processing Charges (APCs) waived. All invited papers will receive in-depth peer review and may be declined (after invitation) if they do not meet our standards for publication.

  • AMPPS publishes many Tutorials, which are designed to teach a statistical or methodological concept to applied researchers. You do not need to be the developer of the methodology or analytic approach to write a good Tutorial. We are interested in inviting Tutorials that focus on a single analytic approach within the causal inference literature (e.g., instrumental variable analysis, difference-in-differences estimation), best practices in missing data analysis, neuroimaging pipelines and practices, network analysis, or experiencing sampling analysis. Broadly, we are interested in new Tutorials that advance contemporary data analytic practices. You’re welcome to propose a topic not covered in the list above.
  • More Registered Reports (RRs). AMPPS publishes two types of RRs: (1) Registered Replication Reports (RRRs), which are a special case of a general RR, and seek to replicate important substantive findings in the literature, and (2) New data collection or secondary analysis RRs on a methodological or statistical concept. If it’s a RRR, AMPPS will consider content questions from any area of psychological science, although given the time and effort involved in the RRR process, the findings should be important to the field as a whole; if it’s a RR, AMPPS only considers work on applied methodology and statistics (this is our content area).
  • Qualitative analyses and ethnography methodologies. AMPPS wishes to disseminate more work on qualitative methods, especially their use in intervention development studies. A best practices paper in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and ways to integrate CBPR methods into existing research programs would be appealing. In addition, a compelling paper on the role of qualitative methods in social, personality, or cognitive psychology would be of appeal as well.
  • AMPPS is especially interested in new papers that address ways to improve the challenges presented by the “garden of forking paths” (see: in the research pipeline. We believe this problem is especially pressing in cognitive, affective, and social neuroscience. How can this challenge be addressed in these areas of study?
  • More metascience. AMPPS considers almost all work– empirical, conceptual, and theoretical– that sheds light on how to create a more transparent and reproducible evidence base in our field. Many of the means for addressing false-positive psychology are empirical and represent best practices. Other solutions are conceptual and speak to the process of how scientists work. We are interested in all metascientific papers that improve the culture of our field, and we are especially interested in work that addresses the incentive structures within academia. What radical proposals might alter the “quantity over quality” mindset that permeates much of our field? Do other fields share this mindset? For example, publication rates in economics and sociology are lower. Does this reflect an epistemological difference that can help psychological science improve as a field?

This list is not exhaustive, only illustrative of the papers we’d like to publish. We will consider exciting proposals for invited papers on any topic germane to what we publish. Our goal is to invite a series of 6-8 papers by the end of 2023, with a submission due date in June of 2024. To be considered for an invited paper, please submit a 500 or so word proposal to the Editor of AMPPS (David Sbarra, by November 30, 2023. The proposal should outline the basic ideas/arguments in your paper, describe the primary goals of the paper, and discuss the gaps in the literature that paper seeks to address. Basically, as well as you can, explain why the paper would be a needed addition to the applied methodology and statistics (or metascientific) literatures.

Good news: You love these or related ideas and would like to submit a paper to AMPPS, but perhaps your paper is not invited, or you didn’t get the work organized in time for the proposal deadline…no problem! We’ll welcome submissions on any of these topics (no need to consult with us in advance, but if you’d like to write the Editor to discuss your ideas, that’s always welcome, too) and if your paper is accepted, you can apply for an APC waiver. Presently, we offer waivers to 100% of authors who demonstrate they do not have funding to cover the APCs.