Psychonomics Society and Perception/i-Perception on open access

A post from 27 Feb 2016 salvaged from Google+:

A discussion about the high author fees charged by some #openaccess journals brought up many other issues, some of which were included in a survey. Nearly 400 vision researchers responded to the survey, of which 93% expressed desire for change. See the detailed response breakdown here: .

When I reported these survey results to the community mailing list (CVnet), I invited journal editors and publisher representatives to respond, and that their responses would be sent out after 3 weeks. Here are their responses:

From: Cathleen Moore (

I am writing on behalf of the Psychonomics Society in regard to the recent journal survey results that have been distributed throughout our community. We would like to offer the following statement as the outcome of discussions within the Executive Committee and the Publications Committee. We would be grateful if you would include in this your communications to the community regarding the recent survey results and surrounding discussion.

The mission of the Psychonomic Society is “…the communication of scientific research in psychology and allied sciences.”
( That is, communication of the science is the very purpose for our existence. As such, the Psychonomic
Society is committed to making membership in the society, the annual meeting, and all of our journals affordable for all. Open-access publishing is one aspect of the Society’s commitment, as evident in the establishment of our new open-access journal Cognitive Research: Processes and Implications.

Discussions about open access and other models of publishing are ongoing, and will be part of the formal agenda at future meetings of the Governing
Board later this year.


Cathleen Moore
Chair, Governing Board

In consultation with:
Aaron Benjamin, Chair Elect
Bob Logie, Past Chair
Fernanda Ferreira, Publications Committee Chair
From: Dennis Levi (

The topic of open access will be a major discussion issue for the JOV [Journal of Vision] board meeting at VSS in May.
From: Timothy Meese (

Dear Vision Scientists

We at i-Perception and SAGE are pleased to respond to the issues raised in the recent discussion of open access on CVNet. We circulated a general response over CVNet shortly before Alex Holcombe circulated the results of his survey and the invitation to respond to those. We have appended our earlier circular to this email for completeness and for contact details.


i-Perception (iP) is a fully open access journal with papers published under a CC-BY license. As the survey was about OA, most of our response relates to iP. However, iP’s sister print journal Perception (P) includes some material that is also open access. We list that here for completeness: Editorials, the Perception lecture (from ECVP), some conference abstracts, and some of the back archive. The journal Perception can be accessed here:

Costs at iP are clearly competitive (375 GBP [~ 568 USD] for regular articles, see below for further details.) We can confirm that these costs will be fixed through 2016. They will be reviewed in 2017 to ensure ongoing viability for all stakeholders.

Regarding academic control, iP Chief Editors meet with SAGE three times a year, and there is also an annual Editorial/Advisory Board meeting at ECVP, with a representative from SAGE. It is our impression, confirmed during our board meetings at ECVP, that iP is not viewed as overpriced and that reform on this matter is not being sought at this time. However, we add that the Chief Editors will do what they can to keep costs down. We would also like to point out that the Chief Editors are always open to suggestions (by email or in person), which can be taken forward to management board meetings for further discussion. Although subject to certain constraints (e.g. the limitations of generic company software packages such as ScholarOne), we have found SAGE to be very accommodating to our requests and suggestion thus far.

The sum that an author pays for publication has two components: 1. Internal production costs (non profit). 2. Profit. For large organisations, isolating item 1 is quite tricky—for example, should this be averaged over all the publisher’s journals or just the relevant journal? As different journals adopt different approaches, comparisons of components 1 and 2 are likely to be problematic. However, the TOTAL cost that an author pays (page charges, OA/CC-BY charges, any other charges and fees) allows for unambiguous comparisons.

At present SAGE do not do this for any of their journals. There is no immediate plan to do so, but SAGE are keeping their eye on the situation for open review. As for post-peer review, we do have a section in iP called ‘Journal Club’ which is intended for published discussion of other people’s publications. This, we believe, is the best way to implement relevant post-publication peer review.

This allows authors to register the format of their study before data are gathered. This can be valuable in justifying the chosen statistical analysis and also for reporting null results. This is something that several SAGE journals do and will be a subject for discussion between SAGE and the chief editors of iP at their next managerial board meeting in June.

This was first raised at our Editorial/Advisory Board meeting held at ECVP in 2013 and then discussed in detail by that board the following year after circulating a detailed paper on the matter. While the value of these badges was acknowledged for other journals and disciplines, their value for vision/perception research was viewed as questionable and there was little or no enthusiasm at the meeting for adopting the COS badges at that time. However, that decision is open to review, particularly in light of the item above.

At present, SAGE do not report submission and acceptance dates for articles in iP, but this is something that will change in the near future. We are also looking into whether it is possible to make average review times for the journal available on the website.

COPE membership for Perception and i-Perception is currently being processed and we expect to be able to acknowledge this on the website very soon.

SAGE provide copyediting and typesetting. Authors see the copyedited and typeset proofs for any final corrections before publication.

We will be able to accept LaTeX submissions very soon.

To register with iP and/or sign up to receive an email alert for each new issue go here:

Chief editors of Perception and iPerception:
Tim Meese
Peter Thompson
Frans Verstraten
Johan Wagemans
Ellie Craven

APPENDIX A (The email below was first circulated over CVNet on 1st February 2016)

There is a new OA journal already…

…It is i-Perception.

i-Perception (or iPerception) was founded in 2010, and is the OA, peer-reviewed, online sister journal to the long-running print journal, Perception, founded by Richard Gregory in 1972.

For many years both journals were owned by the UK publisher Pion but have recently been taken on by SAGE. As editors, we have enjoyed positive relations with both publishers regarding all aspects of the journal. Although the shift to SAGE has meant the loss of the much beloved submission system, PiMMS (we now use ScholarOne) and ‘paper icons’ on the contents page of iPerception, we are now enjoying the benefits of efficiency and outreach that comes with a larger publisher, and one that we have found to be sensitive to the needs and views of the journals’ editors and authors.

Perception and iPerception (we often abbreviate the two journals to PiP) are journals run by vision/perceptual/sensory scientists for vision/perceptual/sensory scientists. For example, PiP have a long standing history in supporting major vision conferences (APCV, ECVP, VSS), but particularly ECVP, where they are the chosen outlet for published conference abstracts and sponsors of the keynote ‘Perception’ lecture on the opening evening.

The remit of both journals is the same: any aspect of perception (human, animal or machine), with an emphasis on experimental work; but theoretical positions, reviews and comments are also considered for publication (see website below for details of the various paper categories). Although the majority of the papers published are on visual perception, all other aspects of perception are also covered, including multi-modal studies, giving it a broader remit than either VR or JoV. PiP is sometimes thought to focus on phenomenology (owing to the interests of its founding editor, we think), but hardcore psychophysics is also found within its pages, and much of what is published in VR or JoV would not be out of place in PiP.

Although the two journals are independent (e.g. they have their own impact factors; the IF for iP is 1.482), they are overseen by a common international editorial board who can be found by following the third link at the bottom of this page. An editorial board meeting takes place annually at ECVP.
The four chief editors (based in Europe/Australia, see below) and the administrative manager (Gillian Porter, based in Bristol, UK) hold managerial board meetings three times a year with SAGE (based in London, UK) and enjoy a close working relationship with an open door (email) policy.

Papers in iP are published under a CC-BY license ( (this is Gold OA). Papers in PiP are also branded Romeo Green ( (This is a different branding system from the more familiar Gold/Green OA terminology, and the two should not be confused.) Romeo Green status enables authors to archive their accepted version in their institutional repository, their departmental website, and their own personal website immediately upon acceptance. This is the most open publishing policy possible, of which SAGE (and we) are justly proud.
If your library does not stock Perception, you might think to request that they do—the bundles with which it is included are likely to have changed with the change in publisher (to SAGE).

There is no cost to publishing in Perception.
The cost for publishing in iPerception is a single charge (on acceptance of the paper), depending on paper type as follows:
Regular Articles = 375 GBP (~ 568 USD)
Short Reports = 200 GBP (~ 303 USD)
Translation Articles = 200 GBP (~ 303 USD)
Short and Sweet = 150 GBP (~227 USD)
Journal Club = 150 GBP (~227 USD)
iReviews = no charge.

VAT (value added tax) at 20% is added to the costs above if the paying party is in the European Union, to comply with European Law. Non-UK institutions are exempt from VAT if they can provide a VAT registration number.

We have been watching the debate on OA over CVNet with interest; we agree that a low cost OA option is a desirable forum for our community—preferably one based around a dedicated journal so as to provide a sense of ‘home’ rather than an unfocussed (rebellious, even) out camp—; we hope you will join us to help bring iP towards the forefront of that endeavour.


To see content of iPerception follow the link below…

To submit to Perception or iPerception follow the link below to ScholarOne…

To see details about iPerception follow the link below…

Signed (Chief editors of Perception and iPerception)
Tim Meese
Peter Thompson
Frans Verstraten
Johan Wagemans

Several outside organizations associated with journals have asked about this.…
Several outside organizations associated with journals have asked about this.…

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