Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal (without author fees), published online. It publishes articles at the intersection of social and political psychology that substantially advance the understanding of social problems, their reduction, and the promotion of social justice. It also welcomes work that focuses on socio-political issues from related fields of psychology (e.g., peace psychology, community psychology, cultural psychology, environmental psychology, media psychology, economic psychology) and encourages submissions with interdisciplinary perspectives.

JSPP is comprehensive and integrative in its approach. It publishes high-quality work from different epistemological, methodological, theoretical, and cultural perspectives and from different regions across the globe. It provides a forum for innovation, questioning of assumptions, and controversy and debate. JSPP aims to give creative impetuses for academic scholarship and for applications in education, policymaking, professional practice, and advocacy and social action. It intends to transcend the methodological and meta-theoretical divisions and paradigm clashes that characterize the field of social and political psychology, and to counterbalance the current overreliance on the hypothetico-deductive model of science, quantitative methodology, and individualistic explanations by also publishing work following alternative traditions (e.g., qualitative and mixed-methods research, participatory action research, critical psychology, social representations, narrative, and discursive approaches). Because it is published online, JSPP can avoid a bias against research that requires more space to be presented adequately.

JSPP publishes several categories of articles, in particular theoretical articles, review articles, and original research reports. To stimulate controversy and debate, JSPP also publishes commentaries on selected articles in these categories that have been accepted for publication. In addition, JSPP publishes replications and refinements as well as action teaching reports.

JSPP also offers the possibility for guest editors to organize special thematic sections; please see the list of past, current, and upcoming special thematic sections. For further information please consult the guidelines for prospective guest editors.

 

Section Policies

Theoretical Articles

Theoretical Articles criticize or develop and advance a particular theoretical perspective. Ideally, manuscripts in this category contribute to theoretical integration, by considering and critically evaluating already existing theoretical perspectives on the question of interest.

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Review Articles

Review Articles integrate and evaluate the empirical literature on a particular phenomenon. Manuscripts in this category aim to structure and organize the literature through theoretically relevant categories, provide an overview of the "state of the art" in the particular area, and identify important avenues for future research. Daryl Bem (1995) has written a useful guide for writing a review article (available at http://www.dbem.ws/Writing%20Review.pdf).

Bem, D. J. (1995). Writing a review article for Psychological Bulletin. Psychological Bulletin, 118, 172–177.

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Original Research Reports

Original Research Reports report on an empirical study or a series of empirical studies, using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Manuscripts in this category should provide complete and detailed information on the empirical methods used (e.g., procedures, operationalizations, coding manuals, findings) to allow replication and safeguard against "false positive" findings (see Simmons, Nelson, & Simonsohn, 2011). They should also justify why the methods used were appropriate in light of the given research questions.

Simmons, J. P., Nelson, L. D., & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-positive psychology: Undisclosed flexibility in data collection and analysis allows presenting anything as significant. Psychological Science, 22, 1359–1366.

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Commentaries

Commentaries respond to articles that have been accepted for publication, or comment on current issues or books relevant to the journal's profile. Commentaries can be specifically invited by the Editorial Team in response to selected articles that have been accepted for publication, or can be submitted unsolicited in response to published articles. They form an integral part of JSPP's ambition to provide a platform for controversy and debate and to create impetuses for academic scholarship and applications in education, policymaking, professional practice, and/or advocacy and social action. Commentaries should be concise and specific in their contribution. They can provide theoretical, methodological, or empirically based critiques or elaborations; offer alternative perspectives; embed the article in a broader context; point to interdisciplinary links; or discuss ethical issues and implications for applications (e.g., in education, policymaking, professional practice, social action).

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Replications and Refinements

Replications and Refinements report briefly on (successful or unsuccessful) replications of important empirical findings. Manuscripts in this category should be fully transparent by providing complete and detailed information about all methods and materials used (including, in quantitative research, information about effect sizes, treatment of outliers, and failed experimental conditions). This can assist future researchers in their work.

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Action Teaching Reports

Action Teaching Reports describe innovations in teaching about social and political psychology, in line with the journal's profile. JSPP publishes teaching reports based on the belief that social and political psychology education can play an important role in the betterment of society and the promotion of social justice. This belief is exemplified by the concept of action teaching – teaching that contributes to peace, social justice, and sustainable living at the same time as it educates students (Plous, 2012). JSPP provides a platform to disseminate innovative and effective teaching techniques along these lines.

Plous, S. (2012). Action teaching. In D. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of peace psychology (pp. 1–5). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

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Peer Review Process

JSPP operates a rigorous and transparent peer-review process that ensures scholarly excellence. The review process focuses on a broad range of criteria, including aspects that are sometimes less prominently considered in other journals, such as suitability and creativity of methodology and potential to open up new avenues.

For manuscripts that have previously been rejected at other selective peer-reviewed journals, authors may submit the prior reviews and decision letter/s along with their revised manuscript and cover letter, and the editors may make use of these materials in the review process.

 

Publication Frequency

Accepted regular manuscripts will be published immediately after undergoing the copyediting and layout process.

Manuscripts that are part of a special thematic section will usually be published collectively, but alternatively might be published immediately after undergoing the copyediting and layout process.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global and more democratic exchange of knowledge.

The Journal of Social and Political Psychology also charges no author fee for submission or publication of papers.

 

Archiving

This journal ensures the long-term availability of its contents by partnering with CLOCKSS.

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.

 

Additional Features

Buddy System

JSPP offers a "buddy system" that allows authors of promising manuscripts who have difficulties in English to get support from an English speaker (typically a member of the Editorial Board) to assist with language and presentation issues. Authors who want to make use of either of these possibilities may indicate this when submitting their manuscript. The editors may also suggest the buddy system to authors where this seems appropriate.

Non-English Summaries

JSPP allows authors of accepted manuscripts to produce summaries in other languages than English.

Non-Academic Summaries

To facilitate dissemination to non-academic audiences, authors are also encouraged to provide an additional summary that is accessible to a broad audience.

 

Publication Ethics

Responsibilities of JSPP's editors, reviewers, and authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.

 

Preprint Policy

Prior to acceptance and publication in JSPP, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites. "A preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers" (SHERPA. (n.d.). Glossary of open access abbreviations, acronyms and terms. Retrieved from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/glossary.html). As part of JSPP's submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted (or will be submitted while under consideration at JSPP). After a manuscript has been published in JSPP we suggest that the link to the article on JSPP's website is used when the article is shared on personal or public websites.




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