PsychOpen calls for proposals of
Open Access Journals in Psychology

Purpose of this call

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID) is the scientific research support organization for psychology in German-speaking countries. It is committed to the idea of open science and sees itself as a public open science institute for psychology. It supports the entire scientific work process from gathering ideas and researching literature to documenting research, archiving data and publishing the results, based on an ideal-type research cycle.

PsychOpen GOLD is a product and service from ZPID, which publishes primary research in the field of psychology. Eleven independent journals are currently published. We want to foster ZPID’s mission by expanding the number and scientific range of open science based, diamond open access journals by supporting and offering additional four (4) journals on PsychOpen GOLD.

Scope of journal proposals

We welcome proposals from new and existing journals in Psychology and closely related fields. You may propose starting a completely new journal or transfer an existing journal.

What we are offering

We offer to publish your journal completely free of charge for editors, authors, as well as readers (“Diamond Open Access”). This includes production and dissemination of manuscripts, as well as support for editors and authors. More details about PsychOpen GOLD services can be found in our PsychOpen GOLD Publishing Services

What we are not offering

(1) Proposals outside psychology or closely related fields, (2) proposals which are not feasible to produce for ZPID, (3) journals not adhering to the quality and open-science standards outlined in our Standards for PsychOpen GOLD Journals and Periodicals.

The selection process

Proposals will be initially screened by the director of ZPID and the respective department head for feasibility and fit with the scope of this call. Selection will mainly be based on the quality criteria outlined in the application documents, especially as outlined in our Standards for PsychOpen GOLD Journals and Periodicals.

How to submit

Before submitting your proposal, please familiarize yourself with the complete set of application documents:

To submit your proposal, please fill out the application form and send it via email to until 30.06.2021 at the latest. We look forward to reading your ideas!

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about this call or how to apply at


  • 01.03.2021 Call opens
  • 30.06.2021 Call closes/Deadline
  • 30.09.2021 Information about refusal/acceptance of projects
  • 31.12.2021 Memorandum of Understanding between ZPID and accepted projects
  • 01.01.2022 Start of journal operation as outlined in Memorandum of Understanding