From the Editors

Editorial Report and Acknowledgement of Reviewers, 2016

J. Christopher Cohrs*a, Johanna Ray Vollhardtb

Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2017, Vol. 5(1), 1–7,

Published (VoR): 2017-02-03.

*Corresponding author at: Jacobs University Bremen, Campus Ring 1, 28759 Bremen, Germany. 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.

In 2016, the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) has continued with the publication of two issues per year. Issue No 1 included a Special Thematic Section on “Rethinking Prefigurative Politics”, guest-edited by Jan Haaken, Flora Cornish, Sharon Jackson and Liora Moskovitz. This selection of articles sits squarely at the intersection of psychology and politics. It “responds to the 21st century proliferation of social movements characterised by the slogans ‘another world is possible’ and ‘be the change you want to see’” and “explores prefigurative politics as a means of instantiating radical social change in a context of widening global inequalities, climate change, and the crises and recoveries of neoliberal global capitalism” (Cornish, Haaken, Moskovitz, & Jackson, 2016, p. 114). Our sincere thanks to the guest-editorial team for contributing such an important Special Thematic Section to JSPP!

Issue No 1 also included – apart from our editorial report for 2015 – 11 additional articles on diverse topics within social and political psychology: seven original research articles, one theoretical article, two commentaries, and one review article. Issue No 2 completes the annual volume with eight more contributions: five original research articles and three commentaries.

Two Special Thematic Sections are currently in progress and are scheduled to appear this year and next year – “Collective Memories and Present-Day Intergroup Relations: A Social-Psychological Perspective” (guest-edited by Ana Figueiredo, Borja Martinovic, Jonas Rees, and Laurent Licata; planned for Vol 5, No 1) and “Multiple Perspectives in Conflict Settings: From Diversity to Pluralism” (guest-edited by Sandra Penic, Guy Elcheroth, Steve Reicher, and Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek; planned for Vol 6, No 1).

Due to the high number of submissions (see below), in 2016 we also expanded our editorial team and were joined by the following new Associate Editors: Guy Elcheroth, University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Nurit Shnabel, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Laura K. Taylor, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Jojanneke van der Toorn, Utrecht University, the Netherlands – welcome and thank you for your support! Our editorial team now consists of two Editors and ten Associate Editors, altogether from ten different countries.

Submission Numbers and Decisions

Outside the Special Thematic Sections, 79 new manuscripts were submitted to JSPP in 2016. 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 within 1 to 45 days), the average duration from submission to the first decision was slightly below three months (M = 81.2, SD = 35.3; ranging from 10 to 182 days). In addition to the new submissions, 26 submissions from earlier years are currently still active in the editorial system; 3 of these have now been accepted for publication.

Table 1

Number of Submissions and First Decisions

Total Submissions Desk-Rejected Under Review Rejected Revise & Resubmit Accepted
79 22a 15 15 26b 6

aIncludes 4 manuscripts that were “desk-returned” to the authors with an invitation to resubmit after revisions. bOf these, 16 manuscripts are currently with the author/s, 5 have been published or accepted for publication, 4 are under review or with the handling editor, and 1 has been withdrawn by the author/s.

Publications, Citations, and Download Statistics

To date, JSPP has published (without our editorial articles) 116 peer-reviewed articles (34 of which were published in 2016). According to Google Scholar (see, these articles have already been cited 489 times (as of 30 January, 2017). Table 2 summarizes in which countries the authors of these 116 articles are based. If one considers the frequencies for all coauthors, 34 percent are based outside of the Anglo-American world (USA, UK, Canada, and Australia); in total the authors are based in 31 different countries, including several African, Asian, and Latin American countries.

Table 2

Location of the Authors Who Published in JSPP Between 2013 and 2016

Country First authors All coauthors
United States 31 84
United Kingdom 25 66
Canada 10 25
Australia 9 25
The Netherlands 5 15
Finland 5 13
Rwanda 4 10
Italy 3 8
Germany 3 7
Israel 2 5
France 2 3
Spain 2 3
Norway 2 2
South Africa 1 5
Hungary 1 4
Greece 1 3
India 1 3
Portugal 1 2
Sweden 1 2
Brazil 1 1
Denmark 1 1
Egypt 1 1
Ghana 1 1
Malaysia 1 1
Somaliland 1 1
Turkey 1 1
Belgium 0 6
Austria 0 2
Costa Rica 0 2
Switzerland 0 2
Lebanon 0 1

We are pleased to say that, due to the quality of published articles and solid citation patterns, JSPP has recently been accepted for inclusion in Scopus. Thus, in the future, JSPP articles can be found and located via this database as well.

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 and 2015 are included on the left side. The numbers have further increased, although at a slower rate than before.

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Figure 1

Number of article downloads per month in 2016.

The top ten articles in terms of download frequencies (as of 30 January 2017) are listed in Tables 3 and 4. Table 3 includes all articles that have been published so far in JSPP, and Table 4 only those published in 2016.

Table 3

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published Between 2013 and 2016

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
The Role of the Media in the Construction of Public Belief and Social Change (Happer & Philo) 130519 Dec 16, 2013
Dramatic Social Change: A Social Psychological Perspective (de la Sablonnière et al.) 34871 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.) 20161 Dec 16, 2013
Objectification, Self-Objectification, and Societal Change (Zurbriggen) 15803 Dec 16, 2013
Who Coined the Concept of Ethnocentrism? A Brief Report (Bizumic) 13705 Jan 31, 2014
The Relationship Between Political Ideology and Attitudes Toward Tax Compliance: The Case of Italian Taxpayers (Lozza et al.) 10601 Sept 4, 2013
Recurrent Fury: Conspiratorial Discourse in the Blogosphere Triggered by Research on the Role of Conspiracist Ideation in Climate Denial (Lewandowsky et al.) 9725 Jul 8, 2015
Differential Effects of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation on Political Candidate Support: The Moderating Role of Message Framing (Crawford, Brady, et al.) 8640 Sept 4, 2013
Insights from Societal Psychology: The Contextual Politics of Change (Howarth et al.) 8460 Dec 16, 2013
Towards a 'Science of Movement': Identity, Authority and Influence in the Production of Social Stability and Social Change (Reicher & Haslam) 6740 Dec 16, 2013
Table 4

Top Ten Most Frequently Downloaded Articles Published in 2016

Article title and authors Downloads Publication date
Science and the Public: Debate, Denial, and Skepticism (Lewandowsky et al.) 5992 Aug 18, 2016
Changing the NHS a Day at a Time: The Role of Enactment in the Mobilisation and Prefiguration of Change (Moskovitz & Garcia-Lorenzo) 2688 May 24, 2016
Disentangling Islamophobia: The Differential Effects of Symbolic, Realistic, and Terroristic Threat Perceptions as Mediators Between Social Dominance Orientation and Islamophobia (Uenal) 1475 Apr 7, 2016
Constructing Work and Subjectivities in Precarious Conditions: Psycho-Discursive Practices in Young People's Interviews in Greece (Kesisoglou et al.) 1152 Mar 1, 2016
Ethnic and Gender Discrimination in Recruitment: Experimental Evidence From Finland (Liebkind et al.) 1160 Jun 14, 2016
Activism as a Heroic Quest for Symbolic Immortality: An Existential Perspective on Collective Action (Elad-Strenger) 1108 Mar 11, 2016
Understanding the Persistence of Caste: A Commentary on Cotterill, Sidanius, Bhardwaj and Kumar (2014) (Jogdand et al.) 1104 Aug 18, 2016
American State Gun Law Strength and State Resident Differences in Neuroticism Levels (McCann & Zawila) 1053 Apr 7, 2016
Examining Prejudice Reduction Through Solidarity and Togetherness Experiences Among Gezi Park Activists in Turkey (Acar & Uluğ) 973 May 24, 2016
Claps and Claptrap: The Analysis of Speaker-Audience Interaction in Political Speeches (Choi et al.) 899 Feb 16, 2016

Acknowledgment of Reviewers

Finally, we are grateful for the reliable and helpful support that we have received from the following 169 colleagues, who provided peer reviews for JSPP in 2016:

  1. Yasemin Gülsüm Acar

  2. Levi Adelman

  3. Ramadan A. Ahmed

  4. Adi Amit

  5. Eleni Andreouli

  6. M. Murat Ardag

  7. Richard Barber

  8. Brian K. Barber

  9. Daniel Bar-Tal

  10. Paola Bilbrough

  11. Michal Bilewicz

  12. Dinka Corkalo Biruski

  13. Craig Blatz

  14. Sarai Blincoe

  15. Ana-Maria Bliuc

  16. Magdalena Bobowik

  17. Renata Bongiorno

  18. Helen Boucher

  19. Rupert Brown

  20. Susanne Bruckmüller

  21. Asteria Brylka

  22. Marcin Bukowski

  23. Stephanie Burns

  24. Huseyin Cakal

  25. Elif Çelebi

  26. Julia Chaitin

  27. Xenia Chryssochoou

  28. Eun Bin Chung

  29. Susan Clayton

  30. Manja Coopmans

  31. James Cornwell

  32. Rebecca Covarrubias

  33. Jarret T. Crawford

  34. Wojciech Cwalina

  35. Gabriela Czarnek

  36. Aneta Czernatowicz-Kukuczka

  37. Chaitali Das

  38. Martin V. Day

  39. Laura De Guissmé

  40. Siegfried Dewitte

  41. Ruth Ditlmann

  42. John Duckitt

  43. Philip T. Dunwoody

  44. Anja Eller

  45. Éva Fülöp

  46. Maria Fernandes-Jesus

  47. Emily Fisher

  48. Dennis Fox

  1. Renata Franc

  2. Juan García-García

  3. Mirona A. Gheorghiu

  4. Roger Giner-Sorolla

  5. Adela Gjorgjioska

  6. Demis Glasford

  7. Isabelle Goncalves-Portelinha

  8. Sylvie Graf

  9. Elizabeth M. Greenhalgh

  10. Lusine Grigoryan

  11. Ingrid Johnsen Haas

  12. Reeshma Haji

  13. Nader Hakim

  14. Phillip L. Hammack

  15. Katja Hanke

  16. Karolina Hansen

  17. Nathan Heflick

  18. Peter Hegarty

  19. Maximilian Held

  20. Chelsea Helion

  21. Erin P. Hennes

  22. Margaret Hills de Zarate

  23. Darrin Hodgetts

  24. Lindsay Hoffman

  25. Peter Holtz

  26. Matthew Hornsey

  27. Alex Hughes

  28. Roland Imhoff

  29. Margareta Jelić

  30. Reşit Kışlıoğlu

  31. Christian Kandler

  32. Lucas A. Keefer

  33. Sammyh Khan

  34. Laura Kilby

  35. Hilik Klar

  36. Jarosław Klebaniuk

  37. Hroar Klempe

  38. Kerry S. Kleyman

  39. Natalia Kovalyova

  40. Sherianne Kramer

  41. Inna Ksenofontov

  42. Tugce Kurtis

  43. Maja Kutlaca

  44. Barbara Lášticová

  45. Girish Lala

  46. Alan Lambert

  47. Malose Langa

  48. Jean-François Laslier

  49. Oliver Lauenstein

  50. Alan Law

  51. Giovanna Leone

  52. Wahbie Long

  53. Winnifred R. Louis

  54. Kesi Mahendran

  55. Kathleen Malley-Morrison

  56. Johannes Marx

  57. Lucas Mazur

  58. Agostino Mazziotta

  59. Kareena McAloney

  60. Clark R. McCauley

  61. William A. McConochie

  62. Sam McFarland

  63. Craig McGarty

  64. Andrew McNeill

  65. Marta Miklikowska

  66. Mirra Noor Milla

  67. G. Scott Morgan

  68. Sahana Mukherjee

  69. Paul Nesbitt-Larking

  70. Ulrike Niens

  71. Christopher Ojeda

  72. Seth Oppong

  73. Danny Osborne

  74. Desmond Painter

  75. Paola Panarese

  76. Samuel Pehrson

  77. Joshua Marvle Phelps

  78. Jarosław Piotrowski

  79. Jason Popan

  80. Anneli Portman

  81. Maaris Raudsepp

  82. Shari Paula Read

  83. Sonia Roccas

  84. Sophie Russell

  85. Phia S. Salter

  86. Elif Sandal Önal

  87. Maria Sandgren

  88. Antonis Sapountzis

  89. Gijs Schumacher

  90. Colin Scott

  91. Joseph R. Schwab

  92. Maciej Sekerdej

  93. Ken Sheldon

  94. Anouk Smeekes

  95. Adrian Stanciu

  96. Markus Steinbrecher

  97. Andrew Stewart

  98. Emina Subasic

  99. Daniel Sullivan

  100. Ismail Tariq

  101. Jean Louis Tavani

  102. Thomas Teo

  103. Cristian Tileagă

  104. Debora Upegui-Hernandez

  105. Laura Van Berkel

  106. Femke van der Werf

  107. Martijn van Zomeren

  108. Vadym Vasiutynskyi

  109. Michele Vecchione

  110. Maykel Verkuyten

  111. Emily Vraga

  112. Juliet Ruth Helen Wakefield

  113. Susie Wang

  114. Joshua Wright

  115. Maria Xenitidou

  116. Onurcan Yılmaz

  117. Kumar Yogeeswaran

  118. Elizabeth Zechmeister

  119. Yoly Zentella

  120. Karyofyllis (Lakis) Zervoulis

  121. Cristina Zogmaister


The authors have no funding to report.

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.


As usual, our thanks also go to the PsychOpen team, notably Armin Günther and Judith Tinnes, for their consistent support of the journal throughout the year.