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Social Impact of Research in Psychology

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Currently, one key European priority is to put scientific evidence generating social impact at the disposal of the citizenry.
In 2018, Science Europe launched the Plan S, which seeks that results from the European Research and Innovation Framework Program (Horizon Europe) are published solely in ...

Currently, one key European priority is to put scientific evidence generating social impact at the disposal of the citizenry.
In 2018, Science Europe launched the Plan S, which seeks that results from the European Research and Innovation Framework Program (Horizon Europe) are published solely in Open Access.

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) published the Expert Report “Monitoring the impact of EU Framework Programmes” clarifying the impact requirements for research proposals submitted to Horizon Europe.
This priority is not only European, yet with different emphases and paces, Plan S is taking place in different parts of the world. This way, Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to share in scientific advancement and to its benefits, becomes effective.

This is then an ideal moment to clarify to the citizenry and to research agencies the effective and potential social impact that research in psychology has had and will have.
It is time for researchers in social psychology, personality, neuropsychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, health psychology, research methods, and all other areas in the discipline, to share evidence on how their research studies have impacted learning, health and wellbeing, clinical practice, risk and prevention, technology, artificial intelligence, social inclusion, workplace, media and so on, in diverse parts of the world.

This Research Topic aims at collating those studies. It seeks manuscripts that demonstrate with evidence, how psychological research in diverse areas of the discipline can address crucial needs in society and solve most pressing social problems, thus achieving social impact.
This Research Topic will gather, in particular, manuscripts evidencing social impact in one or more of the following seven fields: gender, education, the arts, health, wellbeing, work, and peace/no violence.
This Topic will also include methodological articles on how to gather the social impact of psychological research in one of those fields using different tools and data sources.

The studies reported in the manuscripts can be exploratory, cross-sectional, longitudinal or interventional. They can address typical to atypical development and clinical populations. Empirical contributions using different methodologies, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods are all welcome, as far as it demonstrates with evidence the social impact of the research reported.


Keywords: Social Impact, Research transference, Impact assessment, Psychological intervention, Psychological research


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