Confirmatory Reports (CRs; previously and elsewhere Registered Reports; see https://cos.io/rr/) is a form of empirical article in which the methods and proposed analyses are reviewed and pre-registered prior to the research being conducted. This format is designed to minimise bias in deductive science, while also allowing flexibility to conduct and report exploratory (unregistered) analyses. The philosophy of the editorial team with respect to CRs rests on continuous exchanges and discussions with the authors. We are aware that not all social psychologists are familiar with this publication format and we are certainly happy to help in this process. One of the ways we plan to reduce the workload for authors, editors, and reviewers, is by letting our editors create a project on the Open Science Framework (OSF) after a first-page overview submitted to the journal. This project will include the hypotheses, data, and scripts to analyze the data. This will allow authors and reviewers to work more efficiently by adopting a transparent “research workflow”. All reviews and editorial letters will be stored and will be open to our readers. Initial submissions will be triaged by the editorial team for suitability in Stage 1. For this stage, authors are requested to send a one-page, bullet-pointed overview prior to submitting their CR for full review. We will invite authors of proposals that pass triage to submit a full proposal for in-depth peer review (Stage 2). Following review, the proposal will be rejected outright, offered the opportunity to revise, or accepted in principle for publication. Following in principle acceptance (IPA), the authors will then proceed to conduct the study, adhering exactly to the peer-reviewed procedures. When the study is complete the authors will submit their completed manuscript for re-review (Stage 3). At this stage we will also ask authors to upload their raw data, pre- and post-data collection analytic code for all analyses presented in the manuscript, digital study materials, and laboratory log to a publicly accessible file-sharing service. Pending quality checks and a sensible interpretation of the findings, the manuscript will be published regardless of the results. Confirmatory Report Editors: - Hans IJzerman, Université Grenoble Alpes - Lorne Campbell, Western University Confirmatory Reports Editorial Review Board: - Ivan Ropovik, University of Presov, Slovakia - Sarah Stanton, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland - Nick Brown, University of Groningen, the Netherlands - Fieke Wagemans, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany - Janis Zickfeld, University of Oslo, Norway
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