I study psychology at VT. An open access journal I found in my area is Frontiers in Psychology (FPSYG). FPSY is published by the Frontier Editorial Office (FEO) located in Switzerland. FEO publishes a series of journal of various areas. The current field chief editor is Dr. Axel Cleeremens from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.
According to the introduction of FPSYG, the journal aims at publishing the best research across the entire field of psychology. One feature of FPSYG is diversity. Psychology is becoming increasingly important and highly interdisciplinary at all levels of society, from the treatment of clinical disorders to our basic understanding of how the mind works. The journal publishes academic articles in any domain of psychological science, which makes the content of FPSYG diverse.
For open access, philosophy of FPSYG is that all research in this area is for the benefit of humankind. Research is the product of an investment by society and therefore its fruits should be returned to all people without borders or discrimination, serving society universally and in a transparent fashion. This is the reason why all articles in FPSYG are online free and open for the society.
FPSYG is important in the open access movement for the area of psychology. A couple of years ago, I didn’t know any open access journals in psychology. We have access to the journals in specific areas of psychology and no access to other areas and the areas outside psychology. Let alone people who are not in academia. With the present of Frontier journal series, we are able to read academic articles in other areas, which facilitate our own research. More importantly, the whole society can benefit from academic research directly.