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Author Guidelines

Submissions can reflect different epistemological, methodological, theoretical, and cultural perspectives. Work using the dominant hypothetico-deductive method of scientific inquiry and quantitative methodology is as welcome as work adopting alternative approaches (i.e., inductive or abductive methods of science, qualitative and mixed methods research). Submissions should contribute to innovation, questioning of assumptions, and controversy and debate. They should give creative impetuses for academic scholarship and, where appropriate, for applications in education, policymaking, professional practice, or advocacy and social action.

JSPP operates a rigorous and transparent peer-review process that focuses on a broad range of criteria. The overarching purpose of the peer-review process is to help achieve the highest possible quality for JSPP’s manuscripts. Its aims are (1) to ensure that the research is technically sound; and (2) to offer guidance to support authors in making their manuscript as strong as possible, in line with JSPP's profile. JSPP uses a broad range of review criteria, some of which are less prominently considered in other journals. Depending on the type of article (see below), this may include:

  • Societal importance and noteworthiness of the problem or topic
  • Thoroughness of foundation, as documented in a comprehensive, fair, and critical review of the theoretical and empirical literature that situates the research meaningfully in relevant contexts
  • Consistency of research goals and objectives, rationale and purpose, and research questions
  • Suitability and creativity of the methodological approach in light of the research questions
  • Quality and rigour of research design, sampling, data generation or measurement, and analysis
  • Consistency of inferences and interpretation, insightfulness of discussion, adequacy of conclusions
  • Degree of contribution to the literature, including potential to open up new avenues
  • Interest and accessibility to a broad audience
  • Sensitivity to ethical issues, including potential political and societal consequences of the research
  • Clarity of presentation, including quality of writing and parsimony of tables and figures

Further information on quality criteria for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research can be found in, for example, Dellinger and Leech (2007), Elliot, Fischer, and Rennie (1999), and Teddlie and Tashakkori (2009).

Because JSPP is published online only, there are no space limitations that sometimes lead to the rejection of high-quality papers in other (print) journals. However, manuscript length has to be commensurate with the degree of contribution; wordiness and redundancy should be avoided.

A) First submissions

For first submissions authors are requested to provide:

  1. Your manuscript in one of the following formats: doc/docx (recommended), rtf, pdf, odt. Maximum file size: 5MB. Usage of our JSPP First-Submission Template is recommended: Download JSPP First-Submission Template.
    Note: You may embed low-resolution (< 100 ppi), screen-optimized versions of your figures within the text at the appropriate positions, or the end of the manuscript. For accepted articles a separate, high-resolution (300 ppi) image file for each figure is required – see (B-3) below.
  2. Any further digital content of relevance for the review process but not embedded in your manuscript (like charts, images, appendices). Submit these additional items as supplementary files at step 4 of the online submission process. Maximum file size: 8MB each.
Please make sure that all personal information (including in the file properties) has been removed from the manuscript, and that the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been observed.

B) Accepted manuscripts

If your manuscript has been accepted for publication, you are requested to provide:

  1. The final version of your manuscript, including all revisions, in Microsoft Word format (if you use another program, e.g. OpenOffice, please save your manuscript as a .doc or .docx file in Microsoft Word format). Maximum file size: 5MB. To avoid formatting errors we recommend using our JSPP Accepted-Manuscript Template: Download JSPP Accepted-Manuscript Template.
    Note: Do not send manuscripts by email. Instead, please log into your JSPP author account to upload the final author version of your manuscript.
  2. Every figure as a separate, high-resolution (300 ppi), print-ready image file. Maximum file size: 8 MB each. File format: PNG.
    Note: Do not send image files by email. Instead, please log into your JSPP author account and upload each image file as a supplementary file.
  3. Media files, data files, or any other digital content that you want to make accessible along with your article. Maximum file size: 8 MB each.
    Note: Do not send supplementary files by email. Log into your JSPP author account and upload each file as a supplementary file.

All submitted materials have to comply with the PsychOpen Author Guidelines. Because JSPP is not published for profit, it is important that authors follow these guidelines closely. Publication of manuscripts is contingent on thorough proofreading and adherence to the stylistic guidelines by the author(s).

Note that submissions are subject to plagiarism screening (read more). Please also see PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted (or will be submitted while under consideration at JSPP) to another journal for consideration. Prior to acceptance and publication in JSPP, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites (see Preprint Policy).
  2. Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication in JSPP. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.
  3. All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter (and additionally will be named in Step 3 of the submission process). All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to JSPP. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lies entirely with the authors.)
  4. All authors of the submitted manuscript consent to the storage of their personal data transferred in conjunction with the submission and in accordance with the Journal's Privacy Statement.
  5. No copyrighted material is used unless that material has also been made available under a CC-BY license.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, authors have removed all personal information from the manuscript. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The submission complies with the PsychOpen Author Guidelines (largely based on the American Psychological Association's formatting guidelines).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) agree to the following terms:

Creative Commons License

Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Under the CC BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in JSPP in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of JSPP are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, JSPP as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available).

Authors may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium but any such subsequent publication must include a notice that the manuscript was initially published by JSPP.

Authors grant JSPP the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.


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