From the Editors

Editorial Report and Acknowledgement of Reviewers, 2018

J. Christopher Cohrs*a, Johanna Ray Vollhardtb

Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2019, Vol. 7(1),

Published (VoR): 2019-02-08.

*Corresponding author at: Philipps University Marburg, Department of Psychology, Gutenbergstr. 18, 35032 Marburg, Germany. Phone: +49 6421 2826632. E-mail:

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

What’s New in 2018? [TOP]

As in previous years, in 2018 we saw a continuing trend of increasing numbers of submissions (see below) to the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP). Therefore, we further extended the editorial team and welcomed the following new Associate Editors: Hélder Vinagreiro Alves (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), Lucas A. Keefer (University of Southern Mississippi, United States), Zoe Leviston (Edith Cowan University, Australia), Silvia Mari (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), Alessandro Nai (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Seth Oppong (Tubman University, Liberia), Tobias Stark (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), Clifford Stevenson (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom), and Jasper van Assche (Ghent University, Belgium). We would also like to thank Glenn Adams, Guy Elcheroth, Małgorzata Kossowska, Ioana Maria Latu, Winnifred Louis, and Thomas Teo, who finished their terms as Associate Editors, for their valuable contributions to the journal over the last years.

JSPP has continued with the publication of two issues per year. Issue No 1 of 2018 includes ten original research articles covering a variety of topics and approaches in social and political psychology, based on research conducted in various countries (Australia, Germany, Israel, Kenya, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States), as well as one commentary applying self-determination theory to Australian prime ministers (Eidenfalk, Forner, Jones, & Parrish, 2018). Issue No 2 includes nine original research articles (based on research conducted in Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States), one commentary (about a “Pro-Truth Pledge” as an attempt to address the problem of fake news; Tsipursky, Votta, & Mulick, 2018) and one theoretical article discussing the role of psychosocial interventions with political trauma survivors for comprehensive subjective recovery (Donoso, 2018). Issue No 2 also includes a Special Thematic Section with 15 articles from a broad range of contexts on “Rethinking Health and Social Justice Activism in Changing Times” that was guest-edited by Catherine Campbell, Flora Cornish, and Cristian Montenegro, focusing on community psychology from the perspective of scholar-activists in the field of community health (see Cornish, Campbell, & Montenegro, 2018). Our thanks to the guest-editorial team for organizing such a fascinating Special Thematic Section, as well as to all authors!

Some of the articles we published include non-technical summaries and/or summaries in an additional language (see, e.g., Kahn et al., 2018) – both of which we encourage to facilitate user engagement.

One Special Thematic Section is currently still in progress, and scheduled to appear this year: “Multiple Perspectives in Conflict Settings: From Diversity to Pluralism” (guest-edited by Sandra Penic, Guy Elcheroth, Steve Reicher, and Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek).

Submission Numbers and Decisions [TOP]

Outside the Special Thematic Sections, 148 (compared to 101 in 2017 and 79 in 2016) new manuscripts were submitted to JSPP in 2018. The first decisions and editorial status of these submissions are presented in Table 1. For these submissions (without those that were desk-rejected, which took place on average within 19 days (range: 0 to 93), the average duration from submission to the first decision was slightly above three months (M = 99.9, SD = 47.5; ranging from 34 to 232 days).

Table 1

Number of Submissions and First Decisions

Total Submissions Desk-Rejected Under Review/Awaiting Decision Rejected Revise & Resubmit Accepted
148 58a (39.2%) 22 (14.9%) 26 (17.6%) 40b (27.0%) 2 (1.4%)

aIncludes 11 manuscripts that were “desk-returned” to the authors with an invitation to resubmit after revisions.

bIncludes 28 manuscripts with a “Resubmit for Review” decision and 12 with a “Revisions Required” decision.

Publications, Citations, and Download Statistics [TOP]

To date, JSPP has published (not including our editorial articles) 185 peer-reviewed articles (37 of which were published in 2018). According to Google Scholar, these articles have been cited 1671 times (as of 25 January, 2019) (see Table 2 summarizes in which countries the authors of these 185 articles are based. Authors based within the Anglo-American world (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) dominate, but 42 percent of all (co-)authors are based outside this group of countries. Altogether the authors are based in 39 different countries, including several African, Asian, and Latin American countries.

Table 2

Location of the Authors Who Published in JSPP Between 2013 and 2018

Country First authors All coauthors
USA 49 133
United Kingdom 34 91
Canada 13 32
Australia 11 33
Germany 10 30
The Netherlands 9 25
Finland 7 19
Italy 6 13
Israel 5 21
Rwanda 4 10
South Africa 3 8
Portugal 3 7
Chile 3 5
Sweden 2 10
Hungary 2 9
New Zealand 2 9
India 2 6
Spain 2 6
Greece 2 5
France 2 3
Norway 2 3
Egypt 2 2
Belgium 1 8
Hong Kong 1 4
Indonesia 1 3
Estonia 1 2
Brazil 1 1
Denmark 1 1
Ghana 1 1
Malaysia 1 1
Somaliland 1 1
Turkey 1 1
Austria 0 3
Costa Rica 0 2
Switzerland 0 2
Cameroon 0 1
Cyprus 0 1
Lebanon 0 1
People’s Republic of China 0 1

The number of articles downloaded from JSPP’s website over the year is presented in Figure 1, by month. For comparison, the average monthly downloads for 2014 to 2017 are included in the columns on the left. The numbers of downloads have further increased, with a spike in April and a gap in July and August 2018.

Figure 1

Number of article downloads per month in 2018.

The top ten most frequently downloaded articles (as of 25 January 2019) are listed in Tables 3 and 4.

Table 3 includes all articles that have been published so far in JSPP since its first issue. The first nine entries are the same as last year, but there is one new “shooting star” (Bäck, Bäck, Gustafsson Sendén, & Sikström, 2018). Table 4 shows only those articles published in 2018.

Table 3

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published Between 2013 and 2018

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
The Role of the Media in the Construction of Public Belief and Social Change (Happer & Philo) 318382 Dec 16, 2013
Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters (Pettigrew) 93023 Mar 2, 2017
Dramatic Social Change: A Social Psychological Perspective (de la Sablonnière et al.) 53298 Dec 16, 2013
Stages of Colonialism in Africa: From Occupation of Land to Occupation of Being (Bulhan) 44241 Aug 21, 2015
A Complex Systems Approach to the Study of Ideology: Cognitive-Affective Structures and the Dynamics of Belief Systems (Homer-Dixon et al.) 34601 Dec 16, 2013
Who Coined the Concept of Ethnocentrism? A Brief Report (Bizumic) 29241 Jan 31, 2014
Objectification, Self-Objectification, and Societal Change (Zurbriggen) 27153 Dec 16, 2013
Recurrent Fury: Conspiratorial Discourse in the Blogosphere Triggered by Research on the Role of Conspiracist Ideation in Climate Denial (Lewandowsky et al.) 22717 Jul 8, 2015
Insights from Societal Psychology: The Contextual Politics of Change (Howarth et al.) 16239 Dec 16, 2013
From I to We: Group Formation and Linguistic Adaption in an Online Xenophobic Forum (Bäck et al.) 15612 Mar 3, 2018
Table 4

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published in 2018

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
From I to We: Group Formation and Linguistic Adaption in an Online Xenophobic Forum (Bäck et al.) 15612 Mar 3, 2018
“I Don't Really Want to Be Associated With the Self-Righteous Left Extreme”: Disincentives to Participation in Collective Action (Stuart et al.) 2734 Jun 28, 2018
Sociocultural and Individual Manifestations of Sexual Stigma: The Role of Political Ideology and Prejudice in Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities (Hoyt & Parry) 1974 Apr 11, 2018
Self-Censorship Orientation: Scale Development, Correlates and Outcomes (Sharvit et al.) 1869 Jul 27, 2018
Investigating Right Wing Authoritarianism With a Very Short Authoritarianism Scale (Bizumic & Duckitt) 1822 Apr 25, 2018
Prime Ministers as Leaders: Applying Self-Determination Theory on Australian Prime Ministers (Eidenfalk et al.) 1508 Jun 26, 2018
Investigating Processes of Internalisation of Values Through Theatre for Development (Courtney & Battye) 1435 Mar 13, 2018
Political Opposites Do Not Attract: The Effects of Ideological Dissimilarity on Impression Formation (Mallinas et al.) 1404 Mar 13, 2018
The Neoliberal Myth of Austerity: Debt and Solidarity in the Forefront of Public Space (Vavvos & Triliva) 1305 Jul 27, 2018
Tax Climate in the National Press: A New Tool in Tax Behaviour Research (Lozza & Castiglioni) 1304 Aug 17, 2018

Acknowledgment of Reviewers [TOP]

Finally, we are grateful for the reliable and helpful support that we have received from the following 247 colleagues, who provided peer reviews for JSPP in 2018:

  1. Dariga Abilova

  2. Juneman Abraham

  3. Yasemin Gülsüm Acar

  4. Serap Akfırat

  5. Julia Alves Brasil

  6. Sian Anderson

  7. Eleni Andreouli

  8. João H. C. António

  9. Eliezer Magno Diógenes Araújo

  10. M. Murat Ardag

  11. Yvette Assilaméhou

  12. Mara C. Peixoto Assis-Rister

  13. Lonna R. Atkeson

  14. Jennifer Ayala

  15. Flavio Azevedo

  16. Fazeeha Azmi

  17. Bert Bakker

  18. Richard Ballard

  19. Brendon Barnes

  20. Markus Barth

  21. Nichole M. Bauer

  22. Ella Ben Hagai

  23. Robin Bergh

  24. Frits Bienfait

  25. Michal Bilewicz

  26. Leda Blackwood

  27. Magdalena Bobowik

  28. Renata Bongiorno

  29. Pierre Bouchat

  30. Kea Brahms

  31. Ignacio Bresco De Luna

  32. Karen Brouneus

  33. Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi

  34. Asteria Brylka

  35. Peter Bull

  36. Jeffery Todd Burroughs

  37. Sabine Caillaud

  38. Huseyin Cakal

  39. Zethu Cakata

  40. Rachel Calogero

  41. James E. Cameron

  42. Charlotte Capri

  43. Luciana Carraro

  44. Mark Carrigan

  45. Bruno Castanho Silva

  46. Jorge Castillo-Sepúlveda

  47. Sabina Cehajic-Clancy

  48. Christian Chan

  49. Welton Chang

  50. Apurv Chauhan

  51. Rebecca Y. M. Cheung

  52. David Ciuk

  53. Edward John Roy Clarke

  54. Clare Coultas

  55. Jarret T. Crawford

  56. Gabriela Czarnek

  57. Aneta Czernatowicz-Kukuczka

  58. Justine Dandy

  59. Nicholas Davis

  60. Constance de Saint Laurent

  61. Nimesh Dhungana

  62. Leanne Dowse

  63. John Drury

  64. John Duckitt

  65. Pierce Ekstrom

  66. Sara Estrada-Villalta

  67. Juan M. Falomir Pichastor

  68. Matthias Fatke

  69. Andreas E. Feldmann

  70. Maria Fernandes-Jesus

  71. Jesica Siham Fernandez

  72. Michelle Fine

  73. Emily Fisher

  74. Juliet Foster

  75. Jeremy Frimer

  76. Katharina Gangl

  77. Jacqueline Gaybor

  78. Mirona A. Gheorghiu

  79. Demis Glasford

  80. Marti H. Gonzales

  81. Ismael Gonzalez

  82. Simon Goodman

  83. Thomas Grünhage

  84. Karen Graaff

  85. Sylvie Graf

  86. Hilke Grootelaar

  87. Raquel Souza Lobo Guzzo

  88. Ingrid Johnsen Haas

  89. Carolyn L. Hafer

  90. Reeshma Haji

  91. Nader Hakim

  92. Eemeli Hakoköngäs

  93. Philip L. Hammack

  94. Katja Hanke

  95. Catherine Happer

  96. Charles Harb

  97. Niki Harré

  98. S. Alexander Haslam

  99. Grahame Hayes

  100. Jill Grace Hayhurst

  101. Maximilian Held

  102. Erin P. Hennes

  103. P.J. Henry

  104. Matthew V. Hibbing

  105. Leon Hilbert

  106. Mark Hoffarth

  107. Zachary P. Hohman

  108. Martin Holt

  109. Matthew Hornsey

  110. Matthew Hunsinger

  111. Ana Maria Jacó-Vilel

  112. Gloria Jimenez-Moya

  113. Yashpal Jogdand

  114. Nev Jones

  115. Kayla Nicole Jordan

  116. Jayasree Kalathil

  117. Miria Kano

  118. Heather Kappes

  119. Christopher Kavanagh

  120. Philippa Kerr

  121. Sammyh Khan

  122. Jaroslaw Klebaniuk

  123. Tyler Kleinbauer

  124. Kerry S. Kleyman

  125. Eleanor Knott

  126. Danielle Kohfeldt

  127. Nicole Kronberger

  128. Inna Ksenofontov

  129. Kenichi Kubota

  130. Barbara Lášticová

  131. Luigi Leone

  132. Alan Lewis

  133. Figgou Lia

  134. Karmela Liebkind

  135. Carmen S. Lienen

  136. Hilary Lips

  137. Andrew Livingstone

  138. Wahbie Long

  139. Edoardo Lozza

  140. Catriona Macleod

  141. Paul Maher

  142. Caitlin O'Neill Mahoney

  143. Ariel Malka

  144. Stefania Manca

  145. Silvia Mari

  146. Valeschka Martins Guerra

  147. Ali Mashuri

  148. Kimberly Matheson

  149. Kareena McAloney

  150. Kaitlin McCormick-Huhn

  151. Sam McFarland

  152. Craig McGarty

  153. Shelley McKeown

  154. Andrew McNeill

  155. Brigit McWade

  156. Mirra Noor Milla

  157. China Mills

  158. Thomas Morton

  159. Liora Moskovitz

  160. Sigrun Marie Moss

  161. Carla Mouro

  162. Orla Muldoon

  163. Hamdi Muluk

  164. Michael Murray

  165. Arie Nadler

  166. Paul Nesbitt-Larking

  167. Fergus Neville

  168. Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

  169. Wybren Nooitgedagt

  170. Sandra Obradović

  171. Emma O'Dwyer

  172. Chiedozie Okechukwu Okafor

  173. Shawn Olson-Hazboun

  174. Yoshikuni Ono

  175. Emma Onraet

  176. Danny Osborne

  177. Costas Panagopoulos

  178. Justin H. Park

  179. Stefano Passini

  180. Caitlin Pause

  181. Müjde Peker

  182. Miquel Pellicer

  183. Sandra Penic

  184. Ryan Perry

  185. Narut Pornprasit

  186. Séamus Anthony Power

  187. Jacqueline Priego

  188. Mina Rauschenbach

  189. Shari Paula Read

  190. Geetha Reddy

  191. Michal Reifen Tagar

  192. Susan Rifkin

  193. Carlos Alberto Rivera

  194. Jane Roberts

  195. Steve Robins

  196. Joan Rodriguez-Amat

  197. Poul Rohleder

  198. Chiara Rollero

  199. Imara Rolston

  200. Wade Rowatt

  201. Monica Rubini

  202. Rim Saab

  203. Fatima Sajjad

  204. Gordon Sammut

  205. Zoe Samudzi

  206. Elif Sandal Önal

  207. Andreas Schedler

  208. Noa Schori-Eyal

  209. Kerry Scott

  210. Colin Patrick Scott

  211. Gilda Sensales

  212. Jellie Sierksma

  213. Chetan Sinha

  214. Hugo Nicolás Sir

  215. Ingrid Skjelsbæk

  216. Nevin Solak

  217. Wiktor Soral

  218. Paul W. Speer

  219. Arthur Spirling

  220. Marco Steenbergen

  221. Clifford Stevenson

  222. Patrick Stewart

  223. Lesley Storey

  224. Zsolt Peter Szabo

  225. Sandeep Tambe

  226. Manuela Thomae

  227. Dan B. Thomas

  228. Michelle Twali

  229. Maarten Johannes van Bezouw

  230. Femke van der Werf

  231. Vadym Vasiutynskyi

  232. Cathy Vaughan

  233. George Veletsianos

  234. Nidhi Vij

  235. Felipe Vilanova

  236. Jan Voelkel

  237. Jijian Voronka

  238. Joseph Anthony Wagoner

  239. Juliet Ruth Helen Wakefield

  240. Carl Walker

  241. Shaun Wiley

  242. Allison Williams

  243. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda

  244. Adrian Wojcik

  245. Joshua Wright

  246. Elizabeth Zechmeister

Funding [TOP]

The authors have no funding to report.

Competing Interests [TOP]

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Acknowledgments [TOP]

As usual, our sincere thanks go to the PsychOpen team – Judith Tinnes and Armin Günther, who have been joined by Gerhard Eilbacher – for their consistent support of the journal throughout the year. We also thank our new Editorial Assistant, Michaela Bölinger, for administrative support.

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