Meet Daryl O'Connor
The Editor-in-Chief of Cogent Psychology
Meet the Editor
We sat down with our new Editor-In-Chief, Daryl O'Connor, to ask a few questions about Cogent Psychology, including his plans for the journal and what it can do for authors looking to publish their Psychology research.
Here is what he had to say.
As the new Editor for Cogent Psychology, what are your plans for the next year?
We have a number of exciting plans for the next year. First and foremost is to oversee the successful relaunch of Cogent Psychology. We are keen to introduce several, exciting new publication formats to the Journal including Registered Reports and Brief Replication Studies together with retaining the standard formats.
What are the current challenges facing the psychology research community?
One of the major challenges facing science, and not just the psychology research community, is the need to embrace Open Science and open research practices. Science generally, and psychological science specifically, has been undergoing a renaissance over the last 5-10 years. This has resulted in the introduction of new methods, scientific practices and statistical approaches around a more open and transparent science. Therefore, the real challenge is to help move all of the psychology research community towards these new ways of working and to make it easy to start engaging in open research practices.
How do you see Open Research shaping the future of research?
As mentioned above, Cogent Psychology, as well as being an open access journal, has introduced a number of exciting new open research initiatives including new publication formats such as registered reports and we will be offering Open Science badges (https://www.cos.io/initiatives/badges). To my mind, the introduction of more open research approaches will increase the transparency of our science, make it more accessible, will help reduce the use of questionable research practices while improving the quality of our research and together this will improve the robustness of our evidence base.
What would your advice be to early career researchers and/or students?
My advice would be to collaborate, collaborate, collaborate and to establish good networks. Do not underestimate the importance of working with other colleagues – junior and senior colleagues alike - and remember, you cannot, and should not, do it all on your own. In addition, it is important to flag that conducting research can be tough, and at times, a lonely pursuit and there will be many knock-backs throughout our career. Therefore, having a friendly and supportive circle of friends and collaborators around you will help you along the way.