From the Editors

Editorial Report and Acknowledgement of Reviewers, 2019

J. Christopher Cohrs*a, Johanna Ray Vollhardtb

Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2020, Vol. 8(1),

Published (VoR): 2020-02-28.

*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 2019? [TOP]

In 2019 the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) underwent several changes, some of which are gradual, others more substantial, so that 2019 can be considered a year of transition. We continued to see a trend of increasing numbers of submissions (see below). With regard to our Editorial Team, we welcomed two new Associate Editors: Sammyh Khan (University of Keele, United Kingdom) and Kesi Mahendran (Open University, United Kingdom). One of our Associate Editors also finished his service: Mark Brandt (Tilburg University, the Netherlands) – we thank Mark for his great contributions to the journal over the last years!

As before, we published two issues this past year. Issue No 1 of 2019 includes 24 original research articles, two theoretical articles, as well as one review article and one commentary. Issue No 2 includes nine original research articles, one commentary, as well as a Special Thematic Section with nine articles on “Multiple Perspectives in Conflict Settings: From Diversity to Pluralism”, guest-edited by Sandra Penic, Guy Elcheroth, Steve Reicher, and Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek (see Elcheroth, Penic, Usoof, & Reicher, 2019). Many thanks to the guest-editorial team for editing this exciting Special Thematic Section, as well as to all the authors who contributed to it! With a total of 47 articles, 2019 marks the year with the highest number of publications in JSPP’s history.

However, 2019 is also a year of transition for JSPP because our publishing platform, PsychOpen (see, moved to a new publishing model in order to cope sustainably with its growing numbers of journals within a non-profit framework. As part of the model, we are introducing page limits: 8000 words for quantitative papers reporting one study or two studies with a similar design and for commentaries, and 10000 words for qualitative papers, multi-study quantitative papers and quantitative papers with more complicated methods or analyses, and for review and theoretical papers. We are also introducing several open-science practices, related to data transparency, transparency of research design, research materials, analytical code etc. Supplementary materials will have to be uploaded to PsychArchives (see

Submission Numbers and Decisions [TOP]

Not including the Special Thematic Sections, 186 (compared to 148 in 2018, 101 in 2017, and 79 in 2016) new manuscripts were submitted to JSPP in 2019. 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 16.5 days [range: 0 to 98]), the average duration from submission to the first decision was slightly below four months (M = 117.6, SD = 58.7; ranging from 44 to 350 days). Further improving the turnaround time for editorial decisions will be a high priority for us in the coming year.

Table 1

Number of Submissions and First Decisions

Total Submissions Desk-Rejected Under Review / Awaiting Decision Rejected Revise & Resubmit Accepted
186 94a (50.5%) 19 (10.2%) 28 (15.1%) 45b (24.2%) 0 (0.0%)

aIncludes 6 manuscripts that were “desk-returned” to the authors with an invitation to resubmit after revisions.

bIncludes 29 manuscripts with a “Resubmit for Review” decision and 16 with a “Revisions Required” decision; 12 of these manuscripts have now been published or accepted for publication.

Publications, Citations, and Download Statistics [TOP]

To date, JSPP has published (not including our editorial articles) 232 peer-reviewed articles (47 of which were published in 2019). According to Google Scholar, these articles have been cited 2811 times (as of 11 February, 2020) (see Table 2 summarizes in which countries the authors of these 47 articles published in 2019 are based. Authors based within the Anglo-American world (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) dominate with 38.7% of all (co-)authors, followed by authors based in other Western countries. In 2019, unfortunately, there was no publication co-authored by scholars based in Africa or Latin America. We hope to see this change in the new volume, and further increasing the regional diversity among our authors remains a high priority for the journal.

Table 2

Location of the Authors Who Published in JSPP in 2019

Country First authors All coauthors
USA 10 25
United Kingdom 9 20
Germany 4 14
Canada 3 9
Switzerland 2 7
Norway 2 6
Finland 2 4
The Netherlands 2 4
Australia 2 3
Ireland 2 3
Belgium 1 8
Italy 1 6
France 1 5
Austria 1 4
Poland 1 4
Sri Lanka 1 3
Palestine 1 2
Hong Kong 1 1
New Zealand 1 1
Croatia 0 3
Estonia 0 2
Hungary 0 2
Portugal 0 2
Spain 0 2
Sweden 0 2
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 1
Greece 0 1
Israel 0 1
Lithuania 0 1
Romania 0 1
Russia 0 1
Serbia 0 1
Turkey 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 2018 are included in the columns on the left. The download numbers have further increased in the first half of the year, with a spike in May, but then decreased again toward the end of the year.

Figure 1

Number of article downloads per month in 2019.

The top ten most frequently downloaded articles (as of 11 February 2020) are listed in Tables 3 and 4.

Table 3 includes the top ten among all articles that have been published so far in JSPP since its first issue; these are the same as last year, with just slight changes in ranks. Table 4 shows the top ten articles published in 2019.

Table 3

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published Between 2013 and 2019

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
The Role of the Media in the Construction of Public Belief and Social Change (Happer & Philo) 445992 Dec 16, 2013
Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters (Pettigrew) 125558 Mar 2,2017
Stages of Colonialism in Africa: From Occupation of Land to Occupation of Being (Bulhan) 95759 Aug 21, 2015
Dramatic Social Change: A Social Psychological Perspective (de la Sablonnière et al.) 61747 Dec 16, 2013
A Complex Systems Approach to the Study of Ideology: Cognitive-Affective Structures and the Dynamics of Belief Systems (Homer-Dixon et al.) 43871 Dec 16, 2013
Who Coined the Concept of Ethnocentrism? A Brief Report (Bizumic) 38834 Jan 31, 2014
Objectification, Self-Objectification, and Societal Change (Zurbriggen) 34768 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.) 29505 Jul 8, 2015
From I to We: Group Formation and Linguistic Adaption in an Online Xenophobic Forum (Bäck et al.) 24522 Mar 3, 2018
Insights from Societal Psychology: The Contextual Politics of Change (Howarth et al.) 19918 Dec 16, 2013
Table 4

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published in 2019

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
What Is (Un)fair? Political Ideology and Collective Action (Mikołajczak & Becker) 6715 Oct 18, 2019
Threats to Human Rights: A General Review (Carriere) 3640 Feb 8, 2019
Decolonial Theory and Disability Studies: On the Modernity/Coloniality of Ability (Dirth & Adams) 2333 Apr 5, 2019
How Many Ways to Say Goodbye? The Latent Class Structure and Psychological Correlates of European Union Sentiment in a Large Sample of UK Adults (Lewis & de-Wit) 2329 Jul 2, 2019
How Participation in Collective Action Changes Relationships, Behaviours, and Beliefs: An Interview Study of the Role of Inter- and Intragroup Processes (Vestergren et al.) 1960 Feb 8, 2019
Associations Among Dimensions of Political Ideology and Dark Tetrad Personality Features (Bardeen & Michel) 1825 Apr 5, 2019
Contempt of Congress: Do Liberals and Conservatives Harbor Equivalent Negative Emotional Biases Towards Ideologically Congruent vs. Incongruent Politicians at the Level of Individual Emotions? (Steiger et al.) 1798 Feb 8, 2019
Moral Polarization and Out-Party Hostility in the US Political Context (Tappin & McKay) 1707 Mar 28, 2019
The Individual and the Nation: A Qualitative Analysis of US Liberal and Conservative Identity Content (Hanson et al.) 1531 May 15, 2019
Social Identity and the Use of Ideological Categorization in Political Evaluation (Haas et al.) 1421 Apr 12, 2019

Acknowledgment of Reviewers [TOP]

Finally, we are grateful for the reliable and helpful support that we have received from the following 233 colleagues, who provided peer reviews for JSPP in 2019:

  1. Christopher Aberson

  2. Juneman Abraham

  3. Yasemin Gülsüm Acar

  4. Kathrin Ackermann

  5. Aerielle Allen

  6. Hélder Vinagreiro Alves

  7. Julia Alves Brasil

  8. Adi Amit

  9. João H. C. António

  10. Murat Ardag

  11. Gal Ariely

  12. Paula Armendariz

  13. Lonna R. Atkeson

  14. Lara K. Ault

  15. Nazan Avci

  16. Sarah Hassan Awad

  17. Arin Ayanian

  18. Bert Bakker

  19. Alexa Bankert

  20. David Barker

  21. Alicia Barreiro

  22. Nichole M. Bauer

  23. Peter Beattie

  24. Ella Ben Hagai

  25. Robin Bergh

  26. Fulvio Biddau

  27. Dinka Corkalo Biruski

  28. Boris Bizumic

  29. John C. Blanchar

  30. Magdalena Bobowik

  31. Frederick Boehmke

  32. Hale Bolak Boratav

  33. Fouad Bou Zeineddine

  34. Lori D. Bougher

  35. Ryan L. Boyd

  36. Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi

  37. Martin Bruder

  38. Peter Bull

  39. Jeffery Todd Burroughs

  40. María Cárdenas Alfonso

  41. James E. Cameron

  42. Ronelle Louise Carolissen

  43. Luciana Carraro

  44. Mario Carretero

  45. Erin Cassese

  46. Linus Chan

  47. Rosalie Chen

  48. Parissa Chokrai

  49. Becky Choma

  50. Xenia Chryssochoou

  51. JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji

  52. Aleksandra Cichocka

  53. Banu Cingöz Ulu

  54. Edward John Roy Clarke

  55. Sonia Natalia Cogollo Ospina

  56. Maureen Craig

  57. Gabriela Czarnek

  58. Justine Dandy

  59. Nicholas Davis

  60. Jonas De keersmaecker

  61. Paul DeBell

  62. Mirko Demasi

  63. Francesca D’Errico

  64. John Duckitt

  65. Kris Dunn

  66. Pierce Ekstrom

  67. Anja Eller

  68. Lauren Elliott-Dorans

  69. Jean Claude Etoundi

  70. Brendon Duran Faroa

  71. Christopher M. Federico

  72. Neil Ferguson

  73. Mick Finlay

  74. Emily Fisher

  75. Fenella Fleischmann

  76. Renata Franc

  77. Renato Frey

  78. Diego Garzia

  79. Mirona A. Gheorghiu

  80. David Giles

  81. Demis Glasford

  82. Jin Goh

  83. Simon Goodman

  84. Thomas Grünhage

  85. Karen Graaff

  86. Lusine Grigoryan

  87. Nader Hakim

  88. Eemeli Hakoköngäs

  89. Niki Harré

  90. Diala Hawi

  91. Danny Hayes

  92. Jill Grace Hayhurst

  93. Rebecca Helman

  94. Erin P. Hennes

  95. Hani M. Henry

  96. Sarah D. Herrmann

  97. Leon Hilbert

  98. Nick Hopkins

  99. Crystal L. Hoyt

  100. Freddie Jennings

  101. Yashpal Jogdand

  102. Jeroen Joly

  103. Sandra Jovchelovitch

  104. Frank Kachanoff

  105. Heather Kappes

  106. Christopher Kavanagh

  107. Johannes Keller

  108. Anna Kende

  109. Philippa Kerr

  110. Sammyh Khan

  111. Steve Kirkwood

  112. Resit Kislioglu

  113. Tyler Kleinbauer

  114. Yasin Koc

  115. Inna Ksenofontov

  116. Kenichi Kubota

  117. Francesco La Barbera

  118. Luigi Leone

  119. Stephan Lewandowsky

  120. Mengyao Li

  121. Figgou Lia

  122. Karmela Liebkind

  123. Hilary Lips

  124. Rebecca Littman

  125. Andrew Livingstone

  126. Sramana Majumdar

  127. Ariel Malka

  128. Rachel Manning

  129. Sona Manusyan

  130. Silvia Mari

  131. Ezra Markowitz

  132. Jes Matsick

  133. Kaitlin McCormick-Huhn

  134. Sam McFarland

  135. Andrew McNeill

  136. John McTague

  137. Gosia Mikolajczak

  138. Patrizia Milesi

  139. Frank Mols

  140. Davide Morselli

  141. Sigrun Marie Moss

  142. Alessandro Nai

  143. Rashmi Nair

  144. Katelin Helene Siemens Neufeld

  145. Anna Newheiser

  146. Martha Newson

  147. Emma Nortio

  148. Mukadder Okuyan

  149. Shawn Olson-Hazboun

  150. Danny Osborne

  151. Bianca Parry

  152. Heena Parveen

  153. Stefano Passini

  154. Inga Lisa Pauls

  155. Samuel Pehrson

  156. Petra Pelletier

  157. Miquel Pellicer

  158. Daniel Pemstein

  159. Cícero Roberto Pereira

  160. Michelle Persich

  161. Scott Plous

  162. Isabella Poggi

  163. Felicia Pratto

  164. J. P. Prims

  165. Christopher Raymond

  166. Gerhard Reese

  167. Michal Reifen Tagar

  168. Nils Karl Reimer

  169. Klaus Michael Reininger

  170. Carlos Alberto Rivera

  171. Elodie Roebroeck

  172. Lisa Rosenthal

  173. Adrian Rothers

  174. Tobias Rothmund

  175. Daniel Rovenpor

  176. Thia Maral Sagherian-Dickey

  177. Elif Sandal Önal

  178. Sarina Schäfer

  179. Robert Schatz

  180. Michael Schmitt

  181. Martijn Schoonvelde

  182. Karina Schuman

  183. Pascal Sciarini

  184. Maciej Sekerdej

  185. Hema Preya Selvanathan

  186. Muhammad Abdan Shadiqi

  187. Ingrid Skjelsbaek

  188. Mónica Catarina Soares

  189. Melissa Soenke

  190. Nevin Solak

  191. Bram Spruyt

  192. Marina Stambuk

  193. Adrian Stanciu

  194. Tobias Stark

  195. Katherine Beata Starzyk

  196. Rachel R. Steele

  197. Markus Steinbrecher

  198. Andrew Stewart

  199. Patrick Stewart

  200. Avelie Stuart

  201. Susanne Täuber

  202. Ben Tappin

  203. Dan B. Thomas

  204. Hulda Thorisdottir

  205. Dana Townsend

  206. Riva Tukachinsky

  207. Özden Melis Uluğ

  208. Martin Upchurch

  209. Debora Upegui-Hernandez

  210. Joshua Uyheng

  211. Joaquim Pires Valentim

  212. Anne Marthe van der Bles

  213. Femke van der Werf

  214. Vadym Vasiutynskyi

  215. Matteo Vergani

  216. Jan Voelkel

  217. Markus Wagner

  218. Joseph Anthony Wagoner

  219. Juliet Ruth Helen Wakefield

  220. Andrea Waling

  221. Jennifer Wallin-Ruschman

  222. Aaron Weinschenk

  223. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda

  224. Anne Wilson

  225. David G. Winter

  226. Joshua Wright

  227. Julie Wronski

  228. Onurcan Yilmaz

  229. Hayal Yavuz Güzel

  230. Sung-jin Yoo

  231. Ingrid Zakrisson

  232. Cristina Zogmaister

  233. Iris Žeželj

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, Armin Günther, and Gerhard Eilbacher – for their consistent support of the journal throughout the year. We also thank our Editorial Assistant, Michaela Bölinger, for administrative support.

References [TOP]

  • Elcheroth, G., Penic, S., Usoof, R., & Reicher, S. (2019). Multiple perspectives in conflict settings: An introduction. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 7(2), 913-924.

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