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Global psychological science: partnerships and challenges in publishing


  • Pam Maras, International Union of Psychological Science


  • Gregoire Borst: Full Professor of developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience of education at the University Paris Cité. Director of the Child Development and Education Lab (CNRS) at La Sorbonne, and a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is a visiting scientist at MGIEP – UNESCO and senior member of the IBE – UNESCO.
  • Abigail Gewirtz: Prevention scientist and child psychologist. Foundation Professor in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University and at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Editor in Chief International Journal of Psychology.
  • Rebecca Harkin: Associate Editorial Director of Partner Publishing team, Wiley Publishing.
  • Silvia H Koller: Developmental psychologist. Former editor of the Interamerican Journal of Psychology. Retired full professor of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
  • Pam Maras: Emerita Professor in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London UK and Past President of the International Union of Psychological Science, where her responsibilities include chairing IUPsyS Standing Committee on publication
  • Jace Pillay: South African Research Chair in Education and Care in Childhood and a UNESCO Chair in Mental Health and Psychological Support for Teachers and Learners in SA schools in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg.


The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) is the Global Voice of Psychology representing national bodies in over ninety countries and all regions of the world and reflecting multiple disciplines of psychology basic and applied. IUPsyS’ vision is to serve humanity and science by developing, representing and advancing psychology as a basic and applied science nationally, regionally, and internationally for public good; the quality of science that is globally representative is central to this mission. The ethos of the open science movement is in line with this mission; few would disagree with the need for replicability and rigour encompassed with in it. Nevertheless there are challenges in terms of access to both contribution and receiving access to the outcomes of science, particularly in the uncertain landscape of academic publishing. Such challenges, and how global leaders such as IUPsyS might address them in partnership with publishers, will be the focus of this Panel discussion. The main question addressed will be how we ensure that contributions to the development of psychology are not limited by economic and other barriers. Panel contributors include prestigious representatives from publishing and senior academic experts who will address issues including: the dissemination of applied psychological science, global representation, supporting authors and maintaining quality.

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