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New open access psychology journal BMC Psychology to join the BMC series portfolio

BioMed Central

Open access publisher BioMed Central is proud to announce the launch of BMC Psychology, the newest addition to the BMC-series portfolio. This marks a significant milestone for the BMC-series family of open access journals, as it is the first new journal since 2008 and will lead the way for other new launches within the series.

In recognition of the need to keep the community up to date with the latest research in psychology the BMC series developed BMC Psychology as the first solely dedicated open access psychology journal of its kind, covering all aspects of psychology. It will also practice open peer review in keeping with all the medical journals currently published in the BMC series.

Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central's Publishing Director said, "We are excited to be launching this new addition to the BMC series which we believe will quickly become one of the most important sources of open access peer reviewed research across a broad range of disciplines in psychology."

BMC Psychology will cover areas such as psychology, human behavior and the mind, including developmental, clinical, cognitive, experimental, social, evolutionary and educational psychology, as well as personality and individual differences, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods, including animal studies.

The launch edition includes a Q&A interview with Section Editor Irismar Reis de Oliveira discussing current trends in psychotherapy, an Editorial 'Putting the BMC into psychology publishing' by Gordon Harold, and a research article which looks at why people with HIV are less able to recognise facial emotion in comparison with non-infected people. There is also a commentary by Section Editor Keith Laws entitled 'Negativland - a home for all findings in Psychology', which is in response to a feature article published in The Guardian last year on the problems of this nature faced by the field.

Professor Keith Laws comments, "Psychology has had a peculiar and long-standing aversion to some fundamental aspects of science - in particular, the publishing of replications and null findings. Indeed, BMC Psychology will be the first dedicated mainstream psychology journal to encourage submissions of replications and null findings in addition to the regular stream of positive results typically reported. This is not only an exciting venture, but one that I believe is a key part of redressing the scientific reputation of psychology."


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Notes to Editors

1. Evaluation of emotion processing in HIV-infected patients and correlation with cognitive performance Eleonora Baldonero, Nicoletta Ciccarelli, Massimiliano Fabbiani, Manuela Colafigli, Erika Improta, Alessandro D'Avino, Annalisa Mondi, Roberto Cauda, Simona Di Giambenedetto and Maria Caterina Silveri BMC Psychology (in press)


Negativland - a home for all findings in Psychology Keith R Laws BMC Psychology


An interview with Irismar Reis de Oliveira , Section Editor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Irismar Reis de Oliveira Prof

BMC Psychology

2. BMC Psychology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers manuscripts on all aspects of psychology, human behavior and the mind, including developmental, clinical, cognitive, experimental, social, evolutionary and educational psychology, as well as personality and individual differences. The journal welcomes quantitative and qualitative research methods, including animal studies. @BMC Series

3. The BMC series is a group of open access, peer-reviewed journals that spans most areas of biological and clinical research. There are currently 65 journals in the series (see complete list). BMC Biology and BMC Medicine are highly selective journals, publishing articles of broad interest; the other journals in the series focus on specific disciplines. The journals in the BMC series are available exclusively online. Each journal has its own Editorial Board, which can be accessed from the journal's homepage.

4. BioMed Central ( is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector. @BioMedCentral

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