An Open Letter to Dr. Shinobu Kitayama

Dr. Shinobu Kitayama, the incoming editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition (JPSP:ASC), recently outlined his vision for the future. His main purpose is to

“see to it that JPSP:ASC functions as a beacon for the active, field-wide effort toward the constructive, future-oriented, positive transformation of the discipline. It is my hope that engaging in these efforts will return our community to a place that young talent willingly and safely bets their futures on. It is with this sense of mission that I feel honored to serve in this role over the next five years.”

We –a mix of 27 social psychologists, methodologists, and advocates for open science– felt that this mission might be achieved more effectively if JPSP:ASC were to implement a variety of measures that promote responsible research practices. We have outlined our suggestions in an open letter, a preprint of which is available at

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Eric-Jan Wagenmakers

Eric-Jan (EJ) Wagenmakers is professor at the Psychological Methods Group at the University of Amsterdam. EJ guides the development of JASP.