From the Editors

Editorial Report and Acknowledgement of Reviewers, 2022

J. Christopher Cohrs*1, Ana Figueiredo2, Idhamsyah Eka Putra3, Johanna Ray Vollhardt4

Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2023, Vol. 11(1), 1–5,

Published (VoR): 2023-03-23.

*Corresponding author at: Philipps-University of 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 Was New in 2022?

The Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) experienced several changes to the editorial team in 2022. Ana Figueiredo (Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile) and Idhamsyah Eka Putra (Persada Indonesia University), who both have served as associate editors of the journal for several years, joined Christopher Cohrs and Johanna Ray Vollhardt as main editors of the journal. This team of four now handles all initial submissions and decisions about desk rejections, journal policies etc. together. Several of our associate editors finished their terms or had to leave for other reasons, including to join other journals as editors. We are sad to lose Fouad Bou Zeineddine (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Zoe Leviston (Australian National University, Australia), Kesi Mahendran (Open University, UK), Silvia Mari (University of Milano-Bicocca), Marta Miklikowska (Umeå University, Sweden), Cliodhna O’Connor (University College Dublin, Ireland), Hema Selvanathan (University of Queensland, Australia), and Wendy Sims-Schouten (University College London, UK) as members of our team, and thank them for their service and contributions to the journal over the last (extra challenging) years! Our team currently includes 19 editors located in 14 different countries on six continents (see – note that this list does not yet reflect all departures as several editors are still finishing up remaining manuscripts).

Over the next months we will launch a call for new applications for the role as Associate Editor at JSPP; please contact us any time if you are interested in this role at Our Editorial Board now includes 90 members from 40 countries. You can see the complete list of Editorial Board members here:

Issue No 1 of 2022 includes 23 original research articles and our editorial report. Issue No 2 includes one theoretical article and 16 original research articles, as well as a special thematic section on Political Psychology of Southeast Asia (guest edited by Ali Mashuri, Idhamsyah Eka Putra, and Cristina Montiel) with five articles and an introduction by the guest editors. A breakdown of the country statistics for authors’ locations is provided in Table 1. As these numbers show, despite our mission and efforts to publish articles from authors across the globe, there is still significant overrepresentation of authors from English-speaking and European countries. Specifically, over one third of all first authors (36.96%) are from English-speaking countries (U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand); and 58.69% of the first authors are from European countries. Within Europe, representation is also skewed – the vast majority (81.48%) of first authors from Europe are from Western European countries, and only 14.81% of this group are from Southern European and a mere 3.7% from Eastern European countries. Thanks to the special thematic section this year, authors from (Southeast) Asian countries are represented with 10.87% of all first authors published in JSPP in 2022, but there is only one author from an African country (and no first authors), and authors from South American countries are not represented at all. Clearly, we still have a long way to go to fulfill our journal’s goals of representing a more global and inclusive version of social and political psychology. We strongly encourage authors from regions that are underrepresented in JSPP to submit their work to our journal, and we will continue to think of how we can improve on this crucial aspect!

Table 1

Country Affiliations of Authors of All Articles Published in 2022 (Frequencies)

Country First Authors All Authors
USA 9 32
Germany 6 20
Sweden 4 12
Indonesia 3 11
United Kingdom 3 10
Finland 3 7
The Netherlands 2 10
Australia 2 7
Philippines 2 6
France 2 4
Greece 2 4
Canada 2 3
Belgium 1 6
Poland 1 6
New Zealand 1 3
Portugal 1 3
Spain 1 3
Austria 1 1
Hungary 0 1
Slovakia 0 1
South Africa 0 1
Total 46 151

Because of the page limits we have for the journal due to limited resources for this open access journal without author fees, there is a longer queue of accepted articles that have not yet been published in an issue. Our list of forthcoming articles and available author-accepted manuscripts, as well as instructions for authors on how to make their manuscripts that were accepted for publication in JSPP available early access, can be found here: To address the problem of limited journal space, and further increase the congruence between our journal aims and mission on the one hand (including a better global representation of research) and the articles we end up publishing on the other, we also further refined our review criteria (that are used to determine desk rejections as well as serve as a guide for peer reviewers and handling editors) and started using these for all editorial decisions. The new review criteria, which authors should always consult prior to submission to ensure fit of their submissions and reduce the likelihood of desk rejections, can be found here:

Finally, 2022 marks the year of 10 years of publishing the Journal of Social and Political Psychology! Our first issue appeared in September 2013. The full archive of all issues published over the past decade can be found here: We look forward to what the next decade brings for the journal, and how we can continue to shape it in line with our journal mission and aims!

Submission Numbers and Rejection Rate

In 2022, JSPP received 271 new submissions (compared to 290 in 2021, 235 in 2020, 186 in 2019, 148 in 2018, 101 in 2017, and 79 in 2016). 166 submissions (60.9%) were desk-rejected and an additional 59 (15.1%) were rejected after review. The average number of days to reject was 50. The average number of days to accept was 372.

Publications, Citations, and Download Statistics

To date, JSPP has published (not including our editorial reports) 357 peer-reviewed articles (46 of which were published in 2022). According to Google Scholar, these articles have been cited 8286 times (as of February 12, 2023) (see

The number of downloads of articles in JSPP has further increased, from 121,742 downloads in 2021 to 172,438 in 2022 (a 41.64% increase). The top ten most frequently downloaded articles (from the new website, as of February 20, 2023) are listed in Tables 2 and 3. Table 2 includes all articles that have been published so far in JSPP since its first issue. Table 3 shows only those articles published in 2022.

Table 2

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published Between 2013 and 2022

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
The Role of the Media in the Construction of Public Belief and Social Change
(Happer & Philo, U.K.)
13723 Dec 16, 2013
Empathy and the Liberal-Conservative Political Divide in the U.S.
(Morris, U.S.)
10174 Feb 28, 2020
Decolonising Australian Psychology: Discourses, Strategies, and Practice
(Dudgeon & Walker, Australia)
9887 Aug 21, 2015
Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters
(Pettigrew, U.S.)
8982 Mar 2, 2017
Recurrent Fury: Conspiratorial Discourse in the Blogosphere Triggered by Research on the Role of Conspiracist Ideation in Climate Denial
(Lewandowsky et al., U.K. & Australia)
8089 Jul 8, 2015
Stages of Colonialism in Africa: From Occupation of Land to Occupation of Being
(Bulhan, Somaliland)
6268 Aug 21, 2015
Mistrust and Misinformation: A Two-Component, Socio-Epistemic Model of Belief in Conspiracy Theories
(Pierre, U.S.)
6175 Oct 12, 2020
Do Conspiracy Beliefs Form a Belief System? Examining the Structure and Organization of Conspiracy Beliefs
(Enders et al., U.S.)
5063 Jun 29, 2021
Who Coined the Concept of Ethnocentrism? A Brief Report
(Bizumic, Australia)
5054 Jan 31, 2014
Investigating Right Wing Authoritarianism With a Very Short Authoritarianism Scale
(Bizumic & Duckitt, Australia)
4329 Apr 25, 2018

Note. In brackets listed after the authors is the country location of the first author at the time of publication.

Table 3

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published in 2022

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
Political Bullshit Receptivity and its Correlates: A Cross-Country Validation of the Concept
(Gligorić et al., The Netherlands)
1553 Aug 26, 2022
Could Your Candidate Shoot Someone on 5th Avenue and not Lose Votes? Identifying “Lines in the Sand” in Ingroup Candidate Transgressions
(Howard et al., U.S.)
853 Jul 5, 2022
Psychological Perspectives on Participatory Culture: Core Motives for the Use of Political Internet Memes
(Leiser, Germany)
742 Jun 27, 2022
Populist Attitudes and Conspiracy Beliefs: Exploring the Relation Between the Latent Structures of Populist Attitudes and Conspiracy Beliefs
(Christner, Germany)
687 Apr 26, 2022
Differentiating Between Direct and Indirect Hate Crime: Results From Poland
(Stefaniak & Winiewski, Canada & Israel)
626 May 4, 2022
Vote-Selling as Unethical Behavior: Effects of Voter’s Inhibitory Self-Control, Decision Toward Vote-Buying Money, and Candidate’s Quality in Indonesia Election
(Halida et al., Indonesia)
614 Oct 12, 2022
Political Psychology of Southeast Asia
(Mashuri et al., Indonesia)
567 Oct 12, 2022
Islam and Politics: A Latent Class Analysis of Indonesian Muslims Based on Political Attitudes and Psychological Determinants
(Istiqomah et al., Indonesia)
548 Oct 12, 2022
Tolerating the Intolerant: Does Realistic Threat Lead to Increased Tolerance of Right-Wing Extremists?
(Sinclair et al., Sweden)
544 Mar 16, 2022

Note. In brackets listed after the authors is the country location of the first author at the time of publication.

Acknowledgment of Reviewers

Finally, we are grateful for the reliable and helpful support that we have received from the following 183 colleagues, who provided peer reviews for JSPP in 2022:

  1. Juneman Abraham

  2. Yasemin Gülsüm Acar

  3. Aya Adra

  4. Mai Albzour

  5. Aerielle Allen

  6. Julia Alves Brasil

  7. Victor Araújo

  8. Arin Ayanian

  9. Hanna Bäck

  10. Joaquin Bahamondes

  11. Alison Mary Baker

  12. Parissa Jahromi Ballard

  13. Matthew Barnfield

  14. Peter Beattie

  15. Noelle Behringer

  16. Ella Ben Hagai

  17. John Widdup Berry

  18. Thora Bjornsdottir

  19. Matthijs Bogaards

  20. Mark J. Brandt

  21. Felix Brauner

  22. Kathryn Bruchmann

  23. Luke Buhagiar

  24. Diana Cardenas

  25. Thiago Lopes Carneiro

  26. Kevin Robert Carriere

  27. Rebecca Y. M. Cheung

  28. Sarah Choi

  29. Becky Choma

  30. Aleksandra Cisłak

  31. Cory Clark

  32. Edward John Roy Clarke

  33. Brett Coleman

  34. Elizabeth C. Connors

  35. Thomas Costello

  36. Charlie Rose Crimston

  37. Gabriela Czarnek

  38. Chantal D'Amore

  39. Maneeza Dawood

  40. Ben De Groeve

  41. Jonas De keersmaecker

  42. Paul DeBell

  43. Mirko A. Demasi

  44. Valentina Di Stasio

  45. Kris Dunn

  46. Pierce Ekstrom

  47. Angelo Fasce

  48. Gillian Finchilescu

  49. Teresa Forte

  50. Eckhard Frick

  51. Michael Gaddis

  52. Ana Gantman

  53. Efraín García-Sánchez

  54. David Giles

  55. Jin Xun Goh

  56. Lara Greaves

  57. Dmitry Grigoryev

  58. Serge Guimond

  59. Jonathan Haidt

  60. Nader Hakim

  61. Timo Häkli

  62. Charles Harb

  63. Gerald Higgenbotham

  64. Gilad Hirschberger

  65. Kathryn Rachel Hoban

  66. Peter Holtz

  67. Bogdana Huma

  68. Matthew Hunsinger

  69. Deborah Husbands

  70. Dilwar Hussain

  71. Roland Imhoff

  72. Eva Janssen

  73. Tyler Jimenez

  74. Gloria Jimenez-Moya

  75. Yashpal Jogdand

  76. Rotem Kahalon

  77. Fiona Kazarovytska

  78. Sam Keast

  79. Sanya Kenaphoom

  80. Anna Kende

  81. Philippa Kerr

  82. Ruth Kinna

  83. Larissa Knöchelmann

  84. Yasin Koc

  85. Mathias Kohrs

  86. Patrick Kotzur

  87. Michael Kraus

  88. Paul Danielle Labor

  89. Fanny Lalot

  90. Barbara Lášticová

  91. Jeffrey Lees

  92. Yphtah Lelkes

  93. Giovanna Leone

  94. Sarah Leveaux

  95. Jaclyn Lisnek

  96. Sibangilizwe Maphosa

  97. Tadek Markiewicz

  98. Kelly L. Markowski

  99. Jari Matti Martikainen

  100. Joel E. Martinez

  101. Andrew McNeill

  102. Maurits Meijers

  103. Gosia Mikolajczak

  104. Frank Mols

  105. Cristina Montiel

  106. Janice Moodley

  107. Scott Morgan

  108. Carla Mouro

  109. Isabel Müller

  110. Geoffrey Munro

  111. Kyoko Murakami

  112. Vhuwhavho Nekhavhambe

  113. Fabian Neuner

  114. Dennis Nigbur

  115. Celestin Okoroji

  116. Mukadder Okuyan

  117. Adreanne Ormonde

  118. Lukas Otto

  119. Orgun Özcan

  120. Stefano Pagliaro

  121. Paolo Palma

  122. Petra Pelletier

  123. Miquel Pellicer

  124. Adrien Petitpas

  125. Aisha Phoenix

  126. Davin Lanier Phoenix

  127. Joseph Pierre

  128. Suntosh Rathanam Pillay

  129. Anna-Maija Pirttilä-Backman

  130. Monica Pivetti

  131. Tenelle Porter

  132. Diwa Quinones

  133. Rakshi Rath

  134. Anna Reiman

  135. Roderik Rekker

  136. Carlos Alberto Rivera

  137. Abby Robinson

  138. Wanda Rodríguez

  139. Miriam Rosa

  140. Patricio Saavedra

  141. Simona Sacchi

  142. Elif Sandal Önal

  143. Robert Schatz

  144. Muhammad Abdan Shadiqi

  145. Ardiana Shala

  146. Donald Snyder

  147. Celia Soares

  148. Mónica Catarina Soares

  149. Irina Soboleva

  150. Nevin Solak

  151. Marina Stambuk

  152. Adrian Stanciu

  153. Rachel R. Steele

  154. Annika Svedholm-Häkkinen

  155. Stylianos Syropoulos

  156. Zsolt Péter Szabó

  157. Sihintaro Terabe

  158. Martin Terre Blanche

  159. Katerina Tsantila

  160. Bahar Tuncgenc

  161. Johannes Ullrich

  162. Özden Melis Ulug

  163. Yasemin Ulusahin

  164. Joshua Uyheng

  165. Mete Sefa Uysal

  166. Micaela Varela

  167. Chiara Vargiù

  168. Satu Venäläinen

  169. Maykel Verkuyten

  170. Sara Vestergren

  171. Joseph Anthony Wagoner

  172. Sven Waldzus

  173. Iain Walker

  174. Steven Webster

  175. Ashley Weinberg

  176. Susilo Wibisono

  177. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda

  178. Joshua Wright

  179. Jeffery Yen

  180. Whinda Yustisia

  181. Ingrid Zakrisson

  182. Holger Zapf

  183. Jason Zenor


The authors have no funding to report.


As usual, our sincere thanks go to the PsychOpen team – most notably Judith Tinnes and Armin Günther – for their consistent support of the journal throughout the year. We also thank our Editorial Assistant, Michaela Bölinger, for administrative support.

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.