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Frontiers in Psychology is a peer-reviewed open-access academic journal covering all aspects of psychology in 27 sections. It was established in 2010 and is published by Frontiers Media, who were controversially included in Jeffrey Beall's now-defunct list of "potential, possible, or probable predatory publishers".[1][2] The editor-in-chief is Axel Cleeremans (Université libre de Bruxelles).

Frontiers in Psychology  
Edited byAxel Cleeremans
Publication details
Publication history
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution
Standard abbreviations
Front. Psychol.
OCLC no.701805890


Abstracting and indexingEdit

The journal is abstracted and indexed in Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences,[3] EBSCO databases, PsycINFO,[4] Scopus,[5] and the Social Science Citation Index.[3] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2018 impact factor of 2.129.[6]


In February 2013, Frontiers published a study by Stephan Lewandowsky and co-authors which analysed conspiracy theory explanations given in blog responses to an earlier paper about conspiracy theories and support for free-market economics as indicators of a climate change denial stance. In March 2014, Frontiers retracted the study, and made a statement that they had received "a small number of complaints". Their detailed investigation "did not identify any issues with the academic and ethical aspects of the study. It did, however, determine that the legal context is insufficiently clear and therefore Frontiers wishes to retract the published article." There were public concerns about the "chilling effect" of the decision on research. One of the reviewers of the paper said that the withdrawal was unwarranted, and she would no longer carry out reviews for the journal.[7][8][citation needed] On 4 April 2014 Costanza Zucca, editorial director of the journal, and Fred Fenter, executive editor, issued a statement saying that Frontiers did not cave in to threats, and it in fact received no threats. The statement gave the main reason for retraction as insufficient protection for the rights of the studied subjects.[9] There was public discussion about apparent contradictions between the statements issued by the journal. And the authors of the paper disputed points raised in the second statement.[10]

Frontiers Media was included in Jeffrey Beall's list of "potential, possible, or probable predatory publishers" before Beall took the decision to shut down his website,[11] though both COPE and OASPA have stated that they have no concerns with Frontiers' membership of their organizations.[12][13]


  1. ^ Beall, Jeffrey (2012-01-15). "LIST OF PUBLISHERS". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  2. ^ Bloudoff-Indelicato M (2015). "Backlash after Frontiers journals added to list of questionable publishers". Nature. 525 (7575): 613. Bibcode:2015Natur.526..613B. doi:10.1038/526613f.
  3. ^ a b "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  4. ^ "PsycINFO Journal Coverage". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  5. ^ "Source details: Frontiers in Psychology". Scopus preview. Elsevier. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  6. ^ "Frontiers in Psychology". 2018 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2019.
  7. ^ Hannam, Peter (2 April 2014). "'Conspiracist' climate change study withdrawn amid legal threats". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  8. ^ Osborne, Hannah (2 April 2014). "Study Linking Climate Sceptics and Conspiracy Theorists Pulled on Legal Threats". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  9. ^ Zucca, Constanza (4 April 2014). "Retraction of Recursive Fury: A Statement". Frontiers in Psychology. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  10. ^ Timmer, John (8 April 2014). "Legal or privacy problems? Journal changes its tune on climate paper". Ars Technica. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  11. ^ Beall, Jeffrey (2012-01-15). "LIST OF PUBLISHERS". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  12. ^ COPE (2015-11-12). "COPE statement on Frontiers". Committee on Publication Ethics.
  13. ^ Claire Redhead (2015-12-24). "Frontiers membership of OASPA". Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

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