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Frontiers in Psychology
Edited byAxel Cleeremans
Publication details
Frontiers (Switzerland)
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution
2.990 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Front. Psychol.
OCLC no.701805890

Frontiers in Psychology is a peer-reviewed open-access academic journal covering all aspects of psychology in 30 sections. It was established in 2010 and is published by Frontiers Media.

The editor-in-chief is Axel Cleeremans (Université libre de Bruxelles).

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences,[1] EBSCO databases, PsycINFO,[2] and Scopus.[3]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2020 impact factor of 2.990.[4] Scopus classifies it as a general psychology journal and gives it a 2019 CiteScore rank of 73% (above average) compared to all other indexed general psychology journals.[5] Since 2016, the journal has a score of 2 in the Norwegian Scientific Index,[6] which "covers the most prestigious and rigorous channels, which publish 20 per cent of the publications".[7][8]


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 predictors of a climate change denial stance. In March 2014, Frontiers retracted the study, and it 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;" the DeSmogBlog said that the main legal concern was whether it was potentially defamatory for the paper to link climate change denialism to conspiracy theorists.[9] There were public concerns about the "chilling effect" of the decision on research.[9][10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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,[13] though both COPE and OASPA have stated that they have no concerns with Frontiers' membership of their organizations.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  2. ^ "PsycINFO Journal Coverage". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  3. ^ "Source details: Frontiers in Psychology". Scopus preview. Elsevier. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  4. ^ "Frontiers in Psychology". 2020 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2021.
  5. ^ "Frontiers in Psychology". Scopus. Retrieved 2020-12-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link) CiteScore calculated on 06 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Frontiers in Psychology". Norwegian Scientific Index. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  7. ^ "Vedtak av endringer på nivå 2 gyldig fra 2019". Norwegian Scientific Index. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  8. ^ "Publication channels, levels and credits". University of Oslo. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  9. ^ a b Hannam, Peter (2 April 2014). "'Conspiracist' climate change study withdrawn amid legal threats". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  10. ^ Osborne, Hannah (2 April 2014). "Study Linking Climate Sceptics and Conspiracy Theorists Pulled on Legal Threats". International Business Times. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  11. ^ Zucca, Constanza (4 April 2014). "Retraction of Recursive Fury: A Statement". Frontiers in Psychology. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  12. ^ Timmer, John (8 April 2014). "Legal or privacy problems? Journal changes its tune on climate paper". Ars Technica. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  13. ^ Beall, Jeffrey (2012-01-15). "LIST OF PUBLISHERS". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  14. ^ "COPE statement on Frontiers". Committee on Publication Ethics. 2015-11-12.
  15. ^ Redhead, Claire (2015-12-24). "Frontiers membership of OASPA". oaspa.org. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

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