Considering the modest size of the population and the limited number of universities, psychology research in The Netherlands is surprisingly visible on the international stage, as judged by the world-average level of the scores for citation impact and productivity (;2006). Within The Netherlands, the Psychology Research Institute of the University of Amsterdam has the highest citation impact scores, and performs well above worldaverage level, according to the recent report of The Netherlands Observatory of Science and Technology (; 2008).

Considering the high impact of our research, why do we bother to start a digizine with the aim to increase the visibility of our research? Shouldn’t we rather invest our limited time and money in efforts to push up our impact scores still further? After all, publications in highimpact journals represent the most effective vehicle for knowledge dissemination; aren’t they?

Needless to say, we are convinced that the publication of MindOpen has added value.

A fast magazine, presenting pithy interviews with authors of recent high-quality publications, is bound to arouse the interest of colleagues outside ánd inside the Research Institute. All too often, we need all available time to keep up with studies published in our own sub-discipline. MindOpen gives you the opportunity to get a quick glimpse ‘over the fence’. The brief, poster-like presentations draw your attention to the original publications, stimulate you to have a corridor chat or e-mail contact with the author concerned, or even may give you a suggestion for your own research.


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Psychology Research Institute
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam

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