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Instructions for Authors:


Submission of a paper to Psychology & Health will be taken to imply that it represents original work not previously published, that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication, and that if accepted for publication it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of editor and publisher. It is a condition of the acceptance by the editor of a typescript for publication that the publisher automatically acquires the copyright of the typescript throughout the world.


All submissions should be made online at Psychology & Health's Manuscript Central site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre.

Submitted papers will be subject to blind review. Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should be a complete text, while in the second all information identifying the author should be removed from files to allow them to be sent anonymously to referees. When uploading files authors should define the non-anonymous version as "File not for review".

On submission of the manuscript authors will be required to indicate whether there were any possible conflicts of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g. funding by an organisation or participation by an individual that might benefit financially from the research). Potential conflicts of interest must be reported in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript. All manuscripts must include a statement confirming that the research had obtained relevant local ethical approval and was carried out in accordance with universal ethical principles (see Emanuel, E.J., Wendler, D. & Grady, C., 2000. What makes clinical research ethical? Journal of the American Medical Association, 283, 2701-2711).

Each paper will be read by at least two referees. Authors will be invited to suggest preferred and non-preferred reviewers when they submit the manuscript, but the editors reserve the right to make the final decision regarding choice of reviewers. Authors should not suggest reviewers with any conflict of interest (e.g. reviewers with whom they have recently collaborated, or from their own institution).


Manuscripts should be typed according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition, 2001). Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout (including tables and references), and each page should be numbered consecutively. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages (including references, tables, and figures).

    Title page: This should contain the title of the paper, a short running title, the name and full postal address of each author and an indication of which author will be responsible for correspondence, reprints and proofs. Abbreviations in the title should be avoided.

    Abstract: This should not exceed 200 words and should be presented on a separate page.

    Key words: Abstracts should be accompanied by between three and six key words or phrases. These will be used for indexing and data retrieval, and so where appropriate we recommend using standard MeSH terms (the terms used for indexing articles for MEDLINE)..

Reports of statistical tests should include an indication of effect size whenever possible. Reports of randomised controlled trials should state any registration details of the trial and should follow CONSORT guidelines where relevant (see Moher, D., Schulz, K.F. & Altman, D.G. for the CONSORT group, 2001. The CONSORT statement: Revised recommendations for improving the quality of reports of parallel-group randomized trials. Annals of Internal Medicine, 134, 657-662).


Headings in the text should be formatted as follows if there are four levels of heading:

    First Level Heading

    Second Level Headings

    Third level headings

                  Fourth level headings

If only two levels of heading are used these should be Levels 1 and 3. If three levels of heading are used these should be Levels 1, 3 and 4. If five levels of heading are needed a Level 5 heading can be added which should consist of centred upper case text (see APA manual).


References should be indicated in the text with the author's name and year of publication in parentheses. If there are two authors, both names should be given. If there are more than two authors, all should be given on the first occasion, and then the first author "et al." should be used subsequently. Use "and" between author names mentioned in the text and an ampersand (&) when mentioned in parentheses and in the reference section. The full list of references should be given in alphabetical order on a separate page, with titles of books and journals given in full. APA guidelines should be followed for the references. Examples:

    Ziegelmann, J.P., Lippke, S., & Schwarzer, R. (2006). Adoption and maintenance of physical activity: Planning interventions in young, middle-aged, and older adults. Psychology and Health, 21, 145-163.

    Mauss, I.B., & Gross, J.J. (2004). Emotion suppression and cardiovascular disease: Is hiding feelings bad for your heart? In L.R. Temoshok, I. Nyklicek, & A. Vingerhoets (Eds.), Emotional expression and health: Advances in theory, assessment, and clinical applications (pp. 62-81). Hove: Brunner-Routledge.


All figures should be numbered with consecutive arabic numerals, have descriptive captions and be mentioned in the text. Figures should be kept separate from the text but an approximate position for each should be indicated in the text. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission for any reproduction from other sources.

Preparation: All figures must be of a high enough standard for direct reproduction. Axes of graphs should be properly labelled and appropriate units given. Electronic figures should be submitted as Tiff, EPS or Powerpoint illustrations, with a minimum line weight of 0.5. Photographs must be high quality glossy originals of maximum contrast, about twice the final size of the figure. Figures should be planned so that they reduce to 10.5 cm column width. A list of figure captions should be typed on a separate page and included in the typescript.


Number tables with consecutive arabic numerals and give each a clear descriptive heading. Avoid the use of vertical rules. Table footnotes should be typed below the table, designated by superscript lower-case letters.


Authors will receive proofs (including figures) by email for correction, which must be returned within 48 hours of receipt. Authors' alterations in excess of 10% of the original composition cost will be charged to authors.

Free article access: Corresponding authors will receive free online access to their article through our website ( and a complimentary copy of the issue containing their article. Reprints of articles published in this journal can be purchased through Rightslink® when proofs are received. If you have any queries, please contact our reprints department at


There are no page charges to individuals or to institutions.

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or licence the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to Taylor & Francis. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and of course the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors retain many rights under the Taylor & Francis rights policies, which can be found at . Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

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