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Statistical Guidelines
The Psychonomic Society’s Publications Committee, Ethics Committee, and the Editors-in-Chief of the Society’s journals worked together (with input from others) to create guidelines on statistical issues. These guidelines focus on the analysis and reporting of quantitative data.
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Open Practices Statement

(Policy approved by the Governing Board, Publications Committee, and Editors - 7/11/2018)

Since its inception, the core mission of the Psychonomic Society has been to foster the science of cognition through the advancement and communication of basic research in experimental psychology and allied sciences. In 2017, the Society signed on to the Open Science Initiative’s Level 1 Transparency and Openness Guidelines. In 2019, the Governing Board of the Society agreed to begin requiring experimental articles published in PS journals to include an Open Practices Statement specifying (1) whether data and/or materials are available, and if so, where (as per Level 1 TOP guidelines, URLs are required to have a persistent identifier); and (2) whether any experiments were preregistered, and if so, which. This new policy took effect in January of 2019.

Transparency and Openness Promotion

Author Checklist for
Psychonomic Society Journals

(Level 1 of the TOP Guidelines)


The Psychonomic Society is committed to the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Level 1 standards for disclosing all important aspects of research design and data analysis. The purpose of this policy is to enhance the replicability of work published in Psychonomic Society journals and to encourage the sharing of data and materials among researchers. In keeping with TOP 1 guidelines, authors are asked to answer the following questions when submitting a manuscript, clarifying responses as desired in the box following each query. It is recognized that no single reporting or data-sharing standard is appropriate for the wide range of work published by the Psychonomic Society. Adherence to specific recommendations is not a precondition for review of a manuscript or publication of an article. Rather, authors are encouraged to review and use standards described by, for example, the American Psychological Association (APA).

Program and Data Availability

Will the data on which this paper is based be made available to:

  • Reviewers? Yes ___ No ___
  • Other researchers? Yes ___ No ___
  • [Free Response Box]

Will significant program code (i.e., scripts for generating stimuli and performing data analyses) be made available to:

  • Reviewers Yes ___ No ___
  • Other researchers? Yes ___ No ___
  • [Free Response Box]

If data and program code are to be made available to other researchers, the article should state how they can be accessed. We recommend the use of websites with a persistent URL such as the Open Science Framework (

Preregistration and Replication

Was the research reported in this study preregistered in an independent, institutional registry?

  • Yes ___ No ___
  • [Free Response Box]

If You Did Preregister

Have you confirmed in the text that the study was registered prior to conducting the research with links to the time-stamped preregistrations at the institutional registry, and that the preregistration adheres to the disclosure requirements of the institutional registry?

Yes ___ No ___

Do you report all pre-registered analyses in the text, or, if there were changes in the analysis plan following preregistration, disclose those changes with appropriate explanations?

Yes ___ No ___

Have you clearly distinguished which analyses were preregistered (confirmatory) and which were not (exploratory)?

Yes ___ No ___


Is this study a replication of a previously published study?

Yes ___ No ___

Does this study include a replication?

Yes ___ No ___



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