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Instructions for Authors - International Journal of Psychology

Our aim is to gradually increase the reach of the journal to even more geographical areas of the world and to extend the areas of scientific psychology covered by the journal. Authors from all fields within scientific psychology are encouraged to send their manuscripts to the journal.

Further information about the journal including links to the online sample copy and contents pages can be found on the journal homepage.

Manuscript Submission:

Manuscripts are invited for submission. All submissions should be made online, at the International Journal of Psychology's Manuscript Central site. Every Manuscript should be submitted as a single file in a standard document format type such as Word or Rich Text Format. Title page, figures and tables should be integrated into the main document. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. If any assistance is needed with this, please feel free to e-mail on ijp@uni-halle.de

If for any reasons, surface mail submission is preferred please send one copy of the manuscript AND a disk version to: Prof. Dr. Claudia Dalbert, Martin Luther University, Institute of Education, D-06099 Halle, Germany.

Length of articles: Reports (original papers reporting one study): ca. 4500 words of main text including tables and figures and ca. 25 references (not including abstract & title page). Original Papers reporting multiple studies or Reviews: ca. 7500 words of main text including tables and figures and ca. 40 references (not including abstract & title page).

The title page of each paper or article should include, in the following order: title of the article; author name(s) (preceded by first names, but with no academic titles given); name of the institute or clinic; and an address for correspondence (including the name of the corresponding author with fax and phone numbers).

All manuscripts should be submitted in American Psychological Association (APA) format following the latest edition of Publication Manual of the APA (currently 5th edition). All manuscripts must include a 250-300-word abstract in English, followed by 3-5 key words which will be published with the manuscript. Submission of empirical papers must be accompanied by the author’s confirmation that they have access to the original data on which the manuscript reports.

Manuscripts should be presented double spaced. Instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts all appear in the APA Publication Manual (5th edition). Any manuscript which does not conform to these guidelines may be returned for necessary revision before reviewing. The Editor retains the right to reject manuscripts that do not meet established scientific or ethical standards.

In case of rejection, manuscripts cannot be returned.

Reviews are conducted in a single-blind fashion, thus the reviewers remain anonymous. Every effort is made to have the initial review process completed less than three months after submission, but there are occasional delays due to circumstances beyond our control. Most accepted manuscripts require some revision; suggestions to facilitate the preparation of the revision will be communicated to the author(s) in the editorial decision letter.

Accepted papers written in incorrect English may be returned to the author for language correction; in that case, the authors are advised to contact a native speaker.

The time between initial submission and appearance in print seldom exceeds 12-14 months.

Manuscripts should not be submitted for concurrent consideration in other journals. Duplicate publication -- that is, the publication of a manuscript that has already been published wholly (in the same or another language) or in substantial part in another journal -- is also prohibited. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the paper contains nothing that is libellous or infringes copyright.

Any change of contact details after submission must be sent promptly to the Editor's or an Associate Editor's office. If available, fax numbers should be included in the account details.

International Platform Section:

Manuscripts for publication in the International Platform should be sent to either of the Associate Editors: Pierre L.-J. Ritchie, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, 145 Jean-Jacques Lussier St., PO Box 450, Stn A, Ottawa, K1N 6N5, Canada, or Merry Bullock, Science Directorate, APA 750 First Street NE, Washington DC 20002, USA.

Copyright. It is a condition of publication that authors vest or license copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in International Union of Psychological Science. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and the journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may, of course, use the material elsewhere after publication providing that prior permission is obtained from Taylor & Francis. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources. To view the 'Copyright Transfer Frequently Asked Questions please visit www.tandf.co.uk/journals/copyright.asp.

Click here for guidelines for presentation of final electronic files.

Journal Production Editor: authorqueries@tandf.co.uk


Manuscript Format: The style and format of the typescripts should conform to the specifications given in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition). The title page of an article should contain only:
(1) the title of the paper, the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s);
(2) a short title not exceeding 40 letters and spaces, which will be used for page headlines;
(3) name and address of the author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent;
(4) the corresponding author's telephone, fax and e-mail numbers, as this helps speed of processing considerably.

Abstract: An abstract of not more than 300 words should follow the title page on a separate page.

Headings: Indicate headings and subheadings for different sections of the paper clearly. Do not number headings.

Acknowledgements: These should be as brief as possible and typed on a separate sheet at the beginning of the text.

Permission to quote: Any direct quotation, regardless of length, must be accompanied by a reference citation that includes a page number. Any quote over six manuscript lines should have formal written permission to quote from the copyright owner. It is the author's responsibility to determine whether permission is required from the copyright owner and, if so, to obtain it. (See the bottom of the page for a template of a letter seeking copyright permission.)

Footnotes: These should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Essential footnotes should be indicated by superscript figures in the text and collected on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript.

Reference citations within the text: Use authors' last names, with the year of publication in parentheses after the last author's name, e.g., "Jones and Smith (1987)"; alternatively, "(Brown, 1982; Jones & Smith, 1987; White, Johnson, & Thomas, 1990)". On first citation of references with three to six authors, give all names in full, thereafter use first author "et al.". If more than one article by the same author(s) in the same year is cited, the letters a, b, c, etc. should follow the year.

Reference list: A full list of references quoted in the text should be given at the end of the paper in alphabetical order of authors' surnames (or chronologically for a group of references by the same authors), commencing as a new sheet, typed double spaced. Titles of journals and books should be given in full, e.g.:


    Baddeley, A. D. (1999). Essentials of human memory. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Chapter in an edited book:

    Plomin, R., & Dale, P. S. (2000). Genetics and early language development: A UK study of twins. In D. V. M. Bishop & L. B. Leonard (Eds.), Speech and language impairments in children: Causes, characteristics, intervention and outcome (pp. 35-51). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Journal articles:

    Schwartz, M. F., & Hodgson, C. (2002). A new multiword naming deficit: Evidence and interpretation. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 19, 263-288.

Tables: These should be kept to the minimum. Each table should be typed double spaced on a separate page, giving the heading, e.g., "Table 2", in Arabic numerals, followed by the legend, followed by the table. Make sure that appropriate units are given. Instructions for placing the table should be given in parentheses in the text, e.g., "(Table 2 about here)".

Figures: Figures should only be used when essential. The same data should not be presented both as a figure and in a table. Where possible, related diagrams should be grouped together to form a single figure. Figures should be drawn to professional standards and it is recommended that the linear dimensions of figures be approximately twice those intended for the final printed version. Each of these should be on a separate page, not integrated with the text. Figures will be reproduced directly from originals/files supplied by the author(s). These must be of good quality, clearly and completely lettered. Make sure that axes of graphs are properly labelled, and that appropriate units are given. Dense tones should be avoided, and never combined with lettering. Avoid pale tints, especially in bar graphs. Half-tone figures should be in clear, highly-contrasted black and white.

Black and white figures are included free of charge. Colour figures are not normally acceptable for publication in print -- however, it may be possible both to print in black and white and to publish online in colour. Colour figures will only be printed by prior arrangement between the editor(s), publisher and author(s); and authors may be asked to share the costs of inclusion of such figures.

The figure captions should be typed in a separate section, headed, e.g., "Figure 2", in Arabic numerals. Instructions for placing the figure should be given in parentheses in the text, e.g., "(Figure 2 about here)". More detailed Guidelines for the Preparation of Figure Artwork are available from the publisher: Psychology Press Ltd, 27 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FA, UK. Email: authorqueries@tandf.co.uk.

Statistics: Results of statistical tests should be given in the following form:

"... results showed an effect of group, F(2, 21) = 13.74, MSE = 451.98, p < .001, but there was no effect of repeated trials, F(5, 105) = 1.44, MSE = 17.70, and no interaction, F(10, 105) = 1.34, MSE = 17.70."

Other tests should be reported in a similar manner to the above example of an F-ratio. For a fuller explanation of statistical presentation, see pages 136-147 of the APA Publication Manual (5th ed.). For guidelines on presenting statistical significance, see pages 24-25.

Abbreviations: Abbreviations that are specific to a particular manuscript or to a very specific area of research should be avoided, and authors will be asked to spell out in full any such abbreviations throughout the text. Standard abbreviations such as RT for reaction time, SOA for stimulus onset asynchrony or other standard abbreviations that will be readily understood by readers of the journal are acceptable. Experimental conditions should be named in full, except in tables and figures.


Proofs. The corresponding author will receive email notification that online page proofs are available to check for typesetting accuracy. No changes to the original typescript will be permitted at this stage. Proof corrections should be returned promptly.

Free article access. Corresponding authors will receive free online access to their article through our website (www.informaworld.com) 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 reprints@tandf.co.uk


Contributors are required to secure permission for the reproduction of any figure, table, or extensive (more than six manuscript lines) extract from the text, from a source which is copyrighted -- or owned -- by a party other than Psychology Press or the contributor.

This applies both to direct reproduction or "derivative reproduction" -- when the contributor has created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source.

The following form of words can be used in seeking permission, either as a letter or an email:


I/we are preparing for publication an article entitled
to be published by Psychology Press in the International Journal of Psychology.

I/we should be grateful if you would grant us permission to include the following materials:
We are requesting non-exclusive rights in this edition and in all forms. It is understood, of course, that full acknowledgement will be given to the source.

Please note that Psychology Press are signatories of and respect the spirit of the STM Agreement regarding the free sharing and dissemination of scholarly information.

Your prompt consideration of this request would be greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully

Volume contents and author index. The list of contents and the author index for the whole of the year's issues are published in the last issue of the year of each journal. For the International Journal of Psychology, this is issue 6 (December).

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