Short, sweet, and problematic? the rise of the short report in psychological science

Alison Ledgerwood, Jeffrey Sherman

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Our field has witnessed a rapid increase in the appeal and prevalence of the short report format over the last two decades. In this article, we discuss both the benefits and drawbacks of the trend toward shorter and faster publications. Although the short report format can help us cope with ever-increasing time constraints; ease the burden on hiring, promotion, and tenure committees; speed the publication of our findings; and promote the dissemination of research beyond the borders of our discipline, it can also exacerbate problems with publication bias and selective reporting, decrease theoretical integration within our science, and risk overemphasizing colorful effects relative to basic processes. In the face of these challenges, we believe it is essential to find ways to preserve the advantages of the short-and-fast approach while minimizing its disadvantages and while acknowledging the complementary and critical importance of longer articles in advancing the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-66
Number of pages7
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • history
  • methodology
  • practices
  • publication
  • short reports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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