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43 Law & Hum. Behav. 1 (2019)

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© 2019 American Psychological Association

2019, Vol. 43, No. 1, 1-8

Taking the Next Steps: Promoting Open Science and Expanding Diversity
in Law and Human Behavior

Bradley D. McAuliff
California State University, Northridge
Lora M. Levett
University of Florida
Kyle C. Scherr
Central Michigan University

Welcome to Volume 43 of Law and Human Behavior. We have
spent the last year working with the journal's Editorial Board, ad
hoc reviewers, and authors to publish what we consider to be some
of the field's best research. We truly appreciate this collective
effort and look forward to serving as the Editorial Team for the
next 5 years. We would like to take a moment in our inaugural
issue to report on the current state of the journal and the direction
we see it heading during our tenure.
Vital Signs
Law and Human Behavior continues to thrive as the premier
outlet for multidisciplinary scholarship examining the interface
between human behavior and the law, the criminal justice and legal
systems, and the legal process. Under the stewardship of past
Editor-in-Chief Margaret Bull Kovera, the journal's impact factor
increased steadily for the past 3 years to an all-time high of 2.87 in
2017, according to Clarivate Analytics' Social Science Citation Index.
The journal's 5-year impact factor, measuring the average number of
times articles published between 2012 and 2016 were cited in 2017,
also rose to 3.25. Congratulations to Dr. Kovera and Associate Editors
Amy Bradfield Douglass, David DeMatteo, Bradley McAuliff, and
Patricia Zapf, for passing along a healthy journal.
Bradley D. McAuliff, Department of Psychology, California State Uni-
versity, Northridge; Jennifer S. Hunt, Department of Gender and Women's
Studies, University of Kentucky; Lora M. Levett, Department of Sociology
and Criminology and Law, University of Florida; Amanda D. Zelechoski,
Department of Psychology, Valparaiso University; Kyle C. Scherr, Depart-
ment of Psychology, Central Michigan University; David DeMatteo, De-
partment of Psychology and Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Bradley
D. McAuliff, Department of Psychology, California State University,
Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8255. E-mail:

Jennifer S. Hunt
University of Kentucky
Amanda D. Zelechoski
Valparaiso University
David DeMatteo
Drexel University

Submissions held constant at 247 articles in 2018, the exact
number as 2017 and slightly higher than the 5-year average of 240
articles. The majority of submissions were nonclinical (80%). We
rejected 80% of articles overall, just over half (53%) after peer-
review and 27% as desk rejections because of either being a poor
fit for the journal or inadequate in some fundamental way (usually
because of methodology). Editorial lag, or the time between sub-
mission and first decision, was down from 6 weeks last year to 31
days in 2018. This decrease, however, was due in part to an
increase in desk rejections. The average editorial lag for peer-
reviewed articles was just over 5 weeks.
The impact of Law and Human Behavior, combined with a
steady submission rate and a rejection rate that hovers at 80%,
indicates the journal is flourishing and provides us with the fortu-
nate opportunity to make an excellent journal even better. To that
end, we would like to describe three initiatives we are working on
and explain the changes you can expect as we begin to implement
them in the journal. Specifically, these initiatives include: (1)
promoting transparency, openness, and reproducibility in pub-
lished research; (2) improving author-reviewer fit; and (3) expand-
ing the diversity of journal content and decision makers.
Promoting Transparency, Openness, and
Reproducibility in Published Research
The past decade has proven to be a trying time for psychological
science (Nelson, Simmons, & Simonsohn, 2018). Concerns re-
garding the replicability of findings (Klein et al., 2014; Open
Science Collaboration, 2012) and questionable research practices
(John, Loewenstein, & Prelec, 2012; Simmons, Nelson, & Simon-
sohn, 2011)  unfortunately, even fraud  have cast aspersions on
the integrity of the scientific process. Though reasonable minds
can and do differ on the perceived prevalence, magnitude, and
sources of the problem, certainly we all can agree on the impor-
tance of getting it right when it comes to the research we do and
conclusions we draw. The need for good science is especially

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