The 1st most cited journal in Multidisciplinary Psychology
Evolutionary psychology may be the answer to many of modern psychologies problems. Evolutionary psychology is rooted in the well-vetted and generative theoretical assumptions of evolutionary biology, parsimoniously assumes that human beings can be understood the same way non-human species can be studied, is heavily quantitative in nature because it is populations that evolve not individuals, and can adequately and uniquely account for cross-cultural, contextual, and biological effects in one theoretical framework. In contrast, modern psychology has been criticized lately for being based on questionable findings, a tendency to publish underpowered studies, an overemphasis on novelty over rigor and validity, concerns as to whether the null hypothesis testing procedure is logically sound, and accusations of liberal bias against some topics/findings and in favor of others. In hopes of moving towards a more rigorous field, we welcome you to submit to the specialty section on Evolutionary Psychology.
We are interested in the application of evolutionary theory to all aspects of psychology including (but not limited to) sex differences, visual perception, the role of hormones in behavior, applied or organizational psychology, personality variation and models, cross-cultural research, comparative analyses, interpersonal relationships, psychometric testing, person x situation interaction studies, and population-level effects. In so doing, we have several priorities in the type of content we are hope you will consider submitting.
First, and foremost, we are heavily concerned with theory-testing. That is, we are looking for papers that use the hypothetico-deductive model that test predictions derived from hypotheses, that are derived from theories, that are implied from meta-theoretical assumptions. So important is this goal, we feel it important to consider papers that constitute “normal science” (e.g., replications, refutations, and refinements) and may not be particularly novel as building up a body of work around a given hypothesis is a necessary step before one can realistically hope to falsify an idea (i.e., Popperian and Lakatosian approaches to sciences work together). Second, a common approach to research is to build up “sophisticated” models or methods in order to provide less obvious support for a given hypothesis. While we find these methods appealing, we also plan to emphasize elegance in design. That is, simple designs can potentially provide clearer tests of one’s hypotheses because they remove/reduce potential clutter and alternative explanations in the data. Third, we wish to directly support and promote work that integrates various sources of data including but not limited to, collaborative multinational/cross-cultural samples and the pairing of self-report survey data with “real-world” data (e.g., national mortality rates). And fourth, in order to encourage work from various researchers from around the world with various budgets (given open access fees), we are especially interested in brevity and succinctness in papers. That is, we are seeking papers that are not written as long-tomes but, instead, keep close to the data collected and could be described as “short and sweet”. In a world flooded with scientific verbosity, jargon, and obfuscation, we seek clarity and directness in Evolutionary Psychology in order to better convey findings to colleagues and the public.
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Evolutionary Psychology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Evolutionary Psychology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Evolutionary Psychology will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Psychology.