Welcome to the Cognitive Psychology Call for Papers


A PLOS ONE collaboration with the Center for Open Science

The submission deadline is November 30, 2020.


Guest Editors

Benjamin Brown

Georgia Gwinnett College

Nivedita Mani

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Ramesh Kumar Mishra

University of Hyderabad




Scope & Topics

Developmental psychology has been slower to embrace the movement towards more research transparency that has been seen in other fields of psychology in recent years. To improve the replicability of our science, it is vital as a field that we adopt more transparent research practices such as preregistration and the sharing of materials, data, code, and preprints. We hope this collection will help highlight the benefits of such methodological reform in the study of lifespan development.

— Benjamin Brown, Guest Editor

Transparency in reporting and methodological rigor have received increased interest in many areas of psychology and cognitive science. They are crucial ingredients in ensuring the replicability of our findings, especially with hard to reach populations, high variability in responses, and reduced attention during experiments. Because large sample sizes are difficult to acquire in this field, making it difficult to estimate the reliability of the results reported, efforts to improve reproducibility, for instance, with code and data sharing and pre-registration, are particularly relevant in developmental cognitive psychology.

In this Call for Papers, we are inviting submissions in cognitive developmental psychology across the lifespan. This call for papers is broad in scope, allowing for a range of subdisciplines in developmental psychology, including early cognitive development, language development, atypical development, cognitive processing across the lifespan, among others. This call is open to confirmatory and exploratory research, and to clinical trials or observational studies alike.

Adherence to transparent reporting practices will be a consideration for inclusion in this Collection. Articles from the Collection adhering to best open science practices (such as pre-registration and code sharing) will be highlighted. In particular, authors are strongly encouraged to include in their submission an OSF project page containing their supporting materials (such as code, data, protocol, consent form, preprint) or to submit their manuscript to a preprint server such as PsyArXiv.

Two publications, one fee

PLOS ONE is now accepting Registered Report Protocols and Registered Report submissions. Send in your protocols and we'll waive the cost of the subsequent registered report research article for authors who submit their registered report protocols within the submission period, or by November 30th.*

Registered Report Protocol: $1,300

Registered Report Research Article: $750 Free

*Registered Report Protocols must be submitted by midnight Pacific Time (PT) November 30, 2020 in order to qualify. Learn more about preregistration and the Registered Report format at PLOS ONE.

Example Topics

Early cognitive development

Neuroimaging techniques

Psycholinguistics and language acquisition


Pre-registered research

Disorder Cognitive impairments among the elderly

Non-clinical research

Development of working memory

Clinical research, e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, Autism Spectrum



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