Focus and Scope

The Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal (without author fees), published online on an article-by-article basis. It publishes articles that substantially engage with and advance the understanding of social or political problems, their reduction, and the promotion of social justice, from social or political psychological perspectives. It particularly encourages work that

  • relates to issues relevant to regions of the world that are underrepresented in psychological research, or conducts research among populations underrepresented in psychological research;
  • introduces new research methods, or uses methods that are underrepresented in social and political psychological research (e.g., qualitative methods);
  • contributes to innovation, questioning of dominant assumptions and approaches, and critical debate;
  • has the potential to inspire practical applications towards reducing social and political problems and promoting social justice; and
  • draws on other disciplinary perspectives (where relevant) to enrich social and political psychological theorizing.

JSPP’s focus and scope is further elaborated in our review criteria:

Article Types

JSPP publishes several categories of articles, in particular

  • theoretical articles,
  • review articles, and
  • original research reports (including replication studies).
  • To stimulate critical debate, JSPP also publishes commentaries.

For further information on these categories, please see

Special Thematic Sections

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.