From the Editors

Editorial Report and Acknowledgement of Reviewers, 2017

J. Christopher Cohrs*a, Johanna Ray Vollhardtb

Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2018, Vol. 6(1), doi:10.5964/jspp.v6i1.956

Published (VoR): 2018-03-13.

*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 2017? [TOP]

Due to the continuing high number of submissions (see below) to the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP), in 2017 we substantially extended our editorial team and were joined by the following new Associate Editors, from eleven different countries: Mark J. Brandt, Tilburg University, the Netherlands; Ana Figueiredo, Universidad Mayor, Chile; Debra Gray, University of Winchester, United Kingdom; Karolina Hansen, University of Warsaw, Poland; Sherianne Kramer, Amsterdam University College, the Netherlands; Ioana Maria Latu, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland; Giovanna Leone, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Winnifred R. Louis, University of Queensland, Australia; Müjde Peker, MEF University, Turkey; Idhamsyah Eka Putra, Persada Indonesia University and Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia; Inari Sakki, Helsinki University, Finland; and Thomas Teo, York University, Canada – a warm welcome! We would also like to thank Boris Bizumic, Siew Fang Law, Nurit Shnabel, and Shahnaaz Suffla, who finished their assignments 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. In addition to our editorial report for 2016, Issue No 1 of 2017 includes ten original research articles covering a range of topics and approaches in social and political psychology based on research conducted in various countries (Cameroon, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, United States), as well as two commentaries on support for Trump and on Islamist suicide terrorism. Issue No 2 includes eight original research articles (based on research conducted in Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Sweden, and the United States) and one action teaching report elaborating a winning entry of Social Psychology Network’s Action Teaching Awardi. It also includes a Special Thematic Section on “Collective Memories and Present-Day Intergroup Relations: A Social-Psychological Perspective”, guest-edited by Ana Figueiredo, Jonas Rees, Borja Martinovic, and Laurent Licata, which resulted from work within the Cost Action IS 1205: Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Unionii. This selection of ten articles (plus an introduction) investigate the antecedents of collective memories, the contents and structure of collective memories, the transmission of collective memories, and socio-psychological correlates of collective memories in present-day societies. Our sincere thanks to the guest-editorial team for organizing this Special Thematic Section, as well as to all other contributors!

To facilitate user engagement, over the past year we have started to encourage authors to include an abstract in their local language as well as “non-technical summaries”; some of the recently published articles already include one of both of these possibilities; as an example, see Kende, Lantos, Belinszky, Csaba, and Lukács (2017).

Two Special Thematic Sections are currently in progress. One is 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), and another next year: “Rethinking Health and Social Justice Activism in a Post-Liberal World” (guest-edited by Catherine Campbell, Flora Cornish, and Cristian Montenegro).

We are also pleased to note that JSPP is now indexed in PsycINFO, Scopus, PubPsych, OpenAIRE, DOAJ, BASE, Google Scholar, CNKI Scholar, and Genios.

Submission Numbers and Decisions [TOP]

Outside the Special Thematic Sections, 101 (compared to 79 in 2016) new manuscripts were submitted to JSPP in 2017.iii 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 18 days (range: 0 to 77), the average duration from submission to the first decision was around three months (M = 92.7, SD = 40.2; ranging from 30 to 209 days).

Table 1

Number of Submissions and First Decisions

Total Submissions Desk-Rejected Under Review/Awaiting Decision Rejected Revise & Resubmit Accepted
101 41a 8 20 31b 1

aIncludes 4 manuscripts that were “desk-returned” to the authors with an invitation to resubmit after revisions.

bIncludes 20 manuscripts with a “Resubmit for Review” decision and 11 with a “Revisions Required” decision. Seven 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) 148 peer-reviewed articles (32 of which were published in 2017). According to Google Scholar, these articles have been cited 1023 times (as of 3 March, 2018).iv Table 2 summarizes in which countries the authors of these 148 articles are based. Authors based within the Anglo-American world (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) dominate, but 40 percent of all co-authors are based outside this group of countries. Altogether the authors are based in 36 different countries, including several African, Asian, and Latin American countries.

Table 2

Location of the Authors Who Published in JSPP Between 2013 and 2017

Country First authors All coauthors
United States 40 104
United Kingdom 28 74
Canada 11 27
Australia 9 26
Germany 8 28
The Netherlands 8 23
Finland 6 15
Italy 5 11
Rwanda 4 10
Israel 3 10
Hungary 2 9
Spain 2 6
Portugal 2 4
France 2 3
Chile 2 2
Egypt 2 2
Norway 2 2
New Zealand 1 6
India 1 5
South Africa 1 5
Sweden 1 5
Greece 1 3
Brazil 1 1
Denmark 1 1
Estonia 1 1
Ghana 1 1
Malaysia 1 1
Somaliland 1 1
Turkey 1 1
Belgium 0 7
Austria 0 2
Costa Rica 0 2
Switzerland 0 2
Cameroon 0 1
Cyprus 0 1
Lebanon 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 2016 are included on the left side. The numbers of downloads have further increased, with a few spikes in March, August, and December 2017.

Figure 1

Number of article downloads per month in 2017.

The top ten most frequently downloaded articles (as of 2 March 2018) are listed in Tables 3 and 4. Table 3 includes all articles that have been published so far in JSPP since its first issue, and Table 4 only those published in 2017.

Table 3

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published Between 2013 and 2017

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
The Role of the Media in the Construction of Public Belief and Social Change (Happer & Philo) 238344 Dec 16, 2013
Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters (Pettigrew) 53226 Mar 2, 2017
Dramatic Social Change: A Social Psychological Perspective (de la Sablonnière et al.) 45490 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.) 26789 Dec 16, 2013
Objectification, Self-Objectification, and Societal Change (Zurbriggen) 21609 Dec 16, 2013
Who Coined the Concept of Ethnocentrism? A Brief Report (Bizumic) 20890 Jan 31, 2014
Stages of Colonialism in Africa: From Occupation of Land to Occupation of Being (Bulhan) 18356 Aug 21, 2015
Recurrent Fury: Conspiratorial Discourse in the Blogosphere Triggered by Research on the Role of Conspiracist Ideation in Climate Denial (Lewandowsky et al.) 16132 Jul 8, 2015
Insights from Societal Psychology: The Contextual Politics of Change (Howarth et al.) 12612 Dec 16, 2013
The Relationship Between Political Ideology and Attitudes Toward Tax Compliance: The Case of Italian Taxpayers (Lozza et al.) 12180 Sept 4, 2013
Table 4

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published in 2017

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters (Pettigrew) 53226 Mar 2, 2017
Support for the Confederate Battle Flag in the Southern United States: Racism or Southern Pride? (Wright & Esses) 3428 May 5, 2017
Donald Trump as a Cultural Revolt Against Perceived Communication Restriction: Priming Political Correctness Norms Causes More Trump Support (Conway et al.) 2905 May 10, 2017
The Politicized Motivations of Volunteers in the Refugee Crisis: Intergroup Helping as the Means to Achieve Social Change (Kende et al.) 2743 May 15, 2017
Science and Politics: Do People Support the Conduct and Dissemination of Politicized Research? (Anglin & Jussim) 2453 Mar 22, 2017
Some Like It Hot: How Voters’ Attitude Towards Disrespect in Politics Affects Their Judgments of Candidates (Mölders & Van Quaquebeke) 2332 Feb 3, 2017
Social Representations of Trust Among Teachers and Principals in Cameroonian, Indian, and Finnish Schools (Pirttilä-Backman et al.) 2143 Feb 3, 2017
Islamist Suicide Terrorism and Erich Fromm’s Social Psychology of Modern Times (Aysha) 2127 Feb 3, 2017
Hope and Anger as Mediators Between Collective Action Frames and Participation in Collective Mobilization: The Case of 15-M (Wlodarczyk et al.) 2003 May 2, 2017
Gaining Economic Profit or Losing Cultural Security: Framing Persuasive Arguments for Two Types of Conservatives (Eschert et al.) 1747 Feb 3, 2017

Acknowledgment of Reviewers [TOP]

Finally, we are grateful for the reliable and helpful support that we have received from the following 188 colleagues, who provided peer reviews for JSPP in 2017:

  1. Juneman Abraham

  2. Serap Akfırat

  3. Natalie Alizaga

  4. Adi Amit

  5. Eleni Andreouli

  6. Murat Ardag

  7. Gal Ariely

  8. Oliver Arnold

  9. Lonna R. Atkeson

  10. Orgun Özcan

  11. Emma Aurora Bäck

  12. Aphrodite Baka

  13. Bert Bakker

  14. Alexa Bankert

  15. Brian K. Barber

  16. David Barker

  17. Daniel Bar-Tal

  18. Nichole M. Bauer

  19. Sarah Bebermeier

  20. Constanze Beierlein

  21. Ella Ben Hagai

  22. Diego Benegas Loyo

  23. Rezarta Bilali

  24. Nadine Binder

  25. Dinka Corkalo Biruski

  26. Leda Blackwood

  27. Pamela Block

  28. Magdalena Bobowik

  29. Fouad Bou Zeineddine

  30. Pierre Bouchat

  31. Helen Boucher

  32. Matthew Hamilton Bowker

  33. Mark J. Brandt

  34. Diane Bretherton

  35. Emile Bruneau

  36. Asteria Brylka

  37. Mark Burton

  38. Rosa Cabecinhas

  39. Huseyin Cakal

  40. Mario Carretero

  41. Sabina Cehajic-Clancy

  42. Pradeep Chakkarath

  43. Nandita Chaudhary

  44. Rebecca Y. M. Cheung

  45. Masauso Chirwa

  46. Becky Choma

  47. Mark Chong

  48. Aleksandra Cichocka

  49. Smadar Cohen-Chen

  50. Jarret T. Crawford

  51. Nicola Curtin

  1. Gabriela Czarnek

  2. Martin V. Day

  3. Franziska Deutsch

  4. Thierry Devos

  5. Karen Douglas

  6. Piotr Dragon

  7. John Duckitt

  8. Philip T. Dunwoody

  9. Matthew J. Easterbrook

  10. Pierce Ekstrom

  11. Brad Elphinstone

  12. Silke Eschert

  13. Stanley Feldman

  14. Neil Ferguson

  15. Fenella Fleischmann

  16. Dennis Fox

  17. Christopher C. French

  18. Jeremy Frimer

  19. David Fryer

  20. Glenn Gamst

  21. Katharina Gangl

  22. Mirona A. Gheorghiu

  23. Sylvie Graf

  24. Lusine Grigoryan

  25. Hilke Grootelaar

  26. Shang E. Ha

  27. Philip L. Hammack

  28. Katja Hanke

  29. Karolina Hansen

  30. Nicole S. Harth

  31. Erin P. Hennes

  32. Henry

  33. Craig Higson-Smith

  34. Peter Holtz

  35. Matthew Hornsey

  36. Katarzyna Jaśko

  37. Christopher D. Johnston

  38. Clémentine Kanazayire

  39. Anna Kende

  40. Jared B. Kenworthy

  41. Philippa Kerr

  42. Shose Kessi

  43. Sammyh Khan

  44. Miriam Koschate-Reis

  45. Sherianne Kramer

  46. Inna Ksenofontov

  47. Kenichi Kubota

  48. Shana Kushner Gadarian

  49. Francesco La Barbera

  50. Barbara Lášticová

  51. Girish Lala

  52. Oliver Lauenstein

  53. Yphtah Lelkes

  54. Lindsey Levitan

  55. Stephan Lewandowsky

  56. Alan Lewis

  57. Ido Liviatan

  58. Lisa Lopez Levers

  59. Edoardo Lozza

  60. Ariel Malka

  61. Ibrahim A. Makkawi

  62. Marta Marchlewska

  63. Ali Mashuri

  64. Lucas Mazur

  65. Kareena McAloney

  66. Sam McFarland

  67. Craig McGarty

  68. Laura McGrath

  69. Shelley McKeown

  70. Andrew McNeill

  71. Tania Miletic

  72. Frank Mols

  73. Davide Morselli

  74. Sigrun Marie Moss

  75. Hamdi Muluk

  76. Arie Nadler

  77. Jamie Napier

  78. Scott D. Neufeld

  79. Anna Newheiser

  80. Charles P. Nichols

  81. Manuela Nilsson

  82. Sandra Obradović

  83. Christopher Ojeda

  84. Danny Osborne

  85. Nicole Overstreet

  86. Costas Panagopoulos

  87. Michael Parker

  88. Stefano Passini

  89. Samuel Pehrson

  90. Miquel Pellicer

  91. Dicky C. Pelupessy

  92. Sandra Penic

  93. Scott Plous

  94. Susanne Rippl

  95. Chiara Rollero

  96. Thia Maral Sagherian-Dickey

  97. Elif Sandal Önal

  98. Robert Schatz

  99. Noa Schori-Eyal

  100. Karina Schuman

  101. Kerstin Schwedes

  102. Gilda Sensales

  103. Mónica Catarina Soares

  104. Nevin Solak

  105. Wiktor Soral

  106. Markus Steinbrecher

  107. Joanna Sterling

  108. Chadly Stern

  109. Dan B. Thomas

  110. Andrew Thomson

  111. Cristian Tileagă

  112. Carlie D. Trott

  113. Felicity Turner-Zwinkels

  114. Michelle Twali

  115. Öden Melis Uluğ

  116. Nicholas A. Valentino

  117. Nicolas Van der Linden

  118. Femke van der Werf

  119. Vadym Vasiutynskyi

  120. Alberto Voci

  121. Kathleen D. Vohs

  122. Emily Vraga

  123. Cheng Wai

  124. Jennifer Wallin-Ruschman

  125. Christopher Weber

  126. Aaron Weinschenk

  127. Monika Wilinska

  128. Allison Williams

  129. Guillermo Willis Sánchez

  130. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda

  131. David G. Winter

  132. Anna Wlodarczyk

  133. Bogdan Wojciszke

  134. Onurcan Yılmaz

  135. Karyofyllis (Lakis) Zervoulis

  136. Sally Zlotowitz

  137. Eileen Zurbriggen

Notes [TOP]

i) See

ii) See

iii) One additional manuscript was submitted but withdrawn shortly after submission.

iv) See

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 also go to the PsychOpen team – Armin Günther and Judith Tinnes – for their consistent support of the journal throughout the year.

References [TOP]

  • Kende, A., Lantos, N. A., Belinszky, A., Csaba, S., & Lukács, Z. A. (2017). The politicized motivations of volunteers in the refugee crisis: Intergroup helping as the means to achieve social change. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 5(1), 260-281. doi:10.5964/jspp.v5i1.642

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