Vazire Outlines Goals for Transparency, Diversity in Psychological Science

APS Fellow Simine Vazire is introducing new steps to ensure transparency, rigor, and diversity in the pages of Psychological Science, APS’s flagship journal. Vazire became editor-in-chief of the publication Jan. 1, succeeding Patricia Bauer of Emory University, who continues as consulting editor for the publication.  

Simine Vazire

Among the changes Vazire is bringing to Psychological Science is a new group of Statistics, Transparency, and Rigor (STAR) editors, whose core role will be confirming that articles contain sufficient information to ensure scientists can independently verify research claims. Tom E. Hardwicke, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences, will lead the STAR team.  

Vazire also plans to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups onto the publication’s editorial board. She says she will continue the efforts that Bauer implemented to increase the diversity of research populations, authors, and subdisciplines in the journal’s content.  

Details about the plans appear in two editorials published in the journal: 

Vazire is a professor of psychology at the University of Melbourne, where she serves as codirector of the MetaMelb Lab and is a member of the Ethics and Well-Being Hub. Her research focuses on people’s knowledge of their own personalities and behaviors, as well as metascientific issues related to research methods and whether and how science self-corrects. 

Vazire was until recently the editor-in-chief of the journal Collabra: Psychology and has served in editorial roles for several other journals, including as associate editor for the APS journals Perspectives on Psychological Science and Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. She served on the APS Board of Directors from 2016–2019. 

Learn more about the 2024 Psychological Science editorial team.  

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