I want to acknowledge the 73 scholars from all over the world that have accepted the Editors’ and I’s invitation to set (or sit as it was pointed out on the comments) on the Editorial Board for the next three years. With a committment to three papers per year per EB member, we can easily process a lot more papers (209/2 > 100 just with EB alone not including our wonderful ad hoc reviewers versus a submission rate that has been between 60 and 70 papers a year for the last three years). As AAA publication frequency and numbers are based on the quantity of papers submitted and accepted, we have the capacity to grow the journal to being three or four times a year (i.e. double the number of papers we currently publish).
In order to do this, BRIA needs to differeniate itself in the marketplace as well as continue with its existing strengths. One area that I am passionate about continuing in Rick Hatfield’s call for replication studies to be submitted to BRIA. To quote Rick:
Manuscripts reporting on replications should clearly identify the study or studies being replicated. The manuscript should highlight any differences from the prior work (e.g., measurements, manipulations, participants, etc.) and how these differences inform the literature (e.g., validity/robustness of construct). Relative to an original research article, the introduction and hypotheses development sections should be substantially scaled back. The goal is that the text will be around 10 pages and the use of tables and figures should be limited as well. The purpose of such a study is to demonstrate the robustness and inferential value of prior findings by incorporating a broader use of the scientific method in our field. While the review process will be the same as it is for main articles, please indicate in your submission that your manuscript is a replication.”
To emphasize the importance of this initiative I will be developing criteria in the next three months for a registered report approach to replications IN ADDITION to the current approach. The registered report approach will allow scholars to demonstrate ex ante they have all the pieces in place to attempt a replication and they will have no outcome risk – the replication (confirming or disconfirming as it may be) WILL be published. Stay tuned.
There are two other initiatives that I will be describing over the next few blog posts that I believe will help BRIA develop in stature while still continuing to serve as an outlet of choice for its traditional base.