Transparency Guidelines

Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) takes good, transparent, reproducible, and open science very seriously. This means that all published papers will have underwent screening regarding to what extent they have fulfilled Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines. The TOP Guidelines outline eight modular standards that can be implemented at three different levels (with Level I being the least, and Level III the most rigorous option):

Modular Standard Implementation in JSPP Level I Level II Level III
Citation Standards Article provides appropriate citation for data and materials used consistent with journal's author guidelines.    
Data Transparency Article states whether data are available, and, if so, where to access them.    
Analytical Methods Transparency Article states whether code is available, and, if so, where to access it.    
Research Materials Transparency Materials must be posted to a trusted repository. Exceptions must be identified at article submission.    
Design and Analysis Transparency Journal requires adherence to design transparency standards for review and publication.    
Preregistration of Studies Article states whether preregistration of study exists, and, if so, allows journal access during peer review for verification.    
Preregistration of Analysis Plans Article states whether preregistration with analysis plan exists, and, if so, allows journal access during peer review for verification.    
Replication Journal encourages submission of replication studies.    

The guidelines summarized above concern any paper published in JSPP that presents empirical data (whether quantitive or qualitative). Data, code, materials, and other documents have to be safely and openly stored at the PsychArchives repository. Upon submission of a paper, authors will have to confirm that they have included appropriate statements (e.g., about the availability of data, code, materials, other documents, pre-registrations) within their papers, and all papers will be checked regarding their adherence to the journal's adopted TOP standards outlined above. Authors should thus take great care to ensure that their papers meet those standards. Papers that do not meet the standards cannot be published in JSPP.