PsychArchives is a disciplinary repository preserving a variety of digital research objects (DROs), with 21 different publication types (preprints, primary, and secondary publications), research data, tests, preregistrations, multimedia and code. It provides easy and free access to DROs according to the FAIR principles, which implies the commitment to ensure that research and research data are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.


To fulfill the submission criteria for PsychArchives:

  • please confirm in your cover letter that you and your co-authors agree to publish these materials in the PsychArchives repository under a CC-BY 4.0 license (the same license as used for the article)
  • please provide a short description of the contents of your supplementary materials (it will be used for the "Supplementary Materials" section of the article linking to the repository)
  • Should you provide research data, please complement those with a codebook containing all essential information about e.g. variable names, structure of data, layout of the data collection
  • Should you provide files with dense and complex content, try to add explanatory information within the file, if possible
  • Should you provide several files with different types of content, please complement those with a file guide, featuring a descriptive table of content of all files associated with your supplementary materials submission


PsychArchives offers the following benefits:

Permanent availability and linkage with article

Providing access to supplementary material via PsychArchives will guarantee the future availability as well as the linkage of the material and the article. PsychArchives is a product of ZPID - Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information. ZPID is an Open Science Institute for psychological research (founded in 1971), which is funded by the German federal and state governments. Therefore, ZPID is not vulnerable to commercial risks.

Persistent identifier (DOI) to the PsychArchives submission

Every submission on PsychArchives is provided with a DOI.

Comprehensive enrichment with metadata

Every PsychArchives submission is comprehensively enriched with metadata (e.g. see or increasing the online discoverability.

Strict user guidelines enforce quality standards

Our detailed metadata and user guidelines have been explicitly developed to avoid that PsychArchives becomes just another online dump for unspecified research related files. Comprehensible documentation shall ensure the re-usability of the provided data.

Integration of PsychArchives in the complete spectrum of (free-to-use) ZPID products

ZPID offers and develops free-to-use products to support psychologists during the whole research process (see These products are interconnected and enable researchers (e.g.) to find specific research data in PsychArchives, open these data in PsychNotebook and perform analysis directly there.