Section Policies

Theoretical Articles

Theoretical Articles criticize or develop and advance a particular theoretical perspective. Ideally, manuscripts in this category contribute to theoretical integration, by considering and critically evaluating already existing theoretical perspectives on the question of interest.

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Review Articles

Review Articles integrate and evaluate the empirical literature on a particular phenomenon. Manuscripts in this category aim to structure and organize the literature through theoretically relevant categories, provide an overview of the "state of the art" in the particular area, and identify important avenues for future research. Daryl Bem (1995) has written a useful guide for writing a review article (available at For reporting standards for research syntheses see Atkinson, Koenka, Sanchez, Moshontz, and Cooper (2015).

Atkinson, K. M., Koenka, A. C., Sanchez, C. E., Moshontz, H., & Cooper, H. (2015). Reporting standards for literature searches and report inclusion criteria: Making research syntheses more transparent and easy to replicate. Research Synthesis Methods, 6, 87–95.

Bem, D. J. (1995). Writing a review article for Psychological Bulletin. Psychological Bulletin, 118, 172–177.

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Original Research Reports

Original Research Reports report on an empirical study or a series of empirical studies, using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Manuscripts in this category should provide complete and detailed information about the empirical methods and findings (e.g., operationalizations, coding manuals, treatment of outliers, failed experimental conditions, descriptive statistics, effect sizes) to allow replication and safeguard against "false positive" findings (see APA Working Group on JARS, 2008Simmons, Nelson, & Simonsohn, 2011; for reporting standards for qualitative research see Levitt et al., in press). It should also be explained why the methods used were appropriate in light of the given research questions. Manuscripts that report on (successful or unsuccessful) replications of previous empirical findings are also welcomed.

APA Publications and Communications Board Working Group on Journal Article Reporting Standards. (2008). Reporting standards for research in psychology: Why do we need them? What might they be? American Psychologist63, 839–851.

Levitt, H., Bamberg, M., Creswell, J.W., Frost, D.M., Josselson, R., & Suarez-Orozco, C. (in press). Journal article reporting standards for qualitative research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board Task Force Report. American Psychologist.

Simmons, J. P., Nelson, L. D., & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-positive psychology: Undisclosed flexibility in data collection and analysis allows presenting anything as significant. Psychological Science, 22, 1359–1366.

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Commentaries respond to articles that have been accepted for publication, or comment on current issues or books relevant to the journal's profile. Commentaries can be specifically invited by the Editorial Team in response to selected articles that have been accepted for publication, or can be submitted unsolicited in response to published articles. They form an integral part of JSPP's ambition to provide a platform for controversy and debate and to create impetuses for academic scholarship and applications in education, policymaking, professional practice, and/or advocacy and social action. Commentaries should be concise and specific in their contribution. They can provide theoretical, methodological, or empirically based critiques or elaborations; offer alternative perspectives; embed the article in a broader context; point to interdisciplinary links; or discuss ethical issues and implications for applications (e.g., in education, policymaking, professional practice, social action).

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Action Teaching Reports

Action Teaching Reports describe innovations in teaching about social and political psychology, in line with the journal's profile. JSPP publishes teaching reports based on the belief that social and political psychology education can play an important role in the betterment of society and the promotion of social justice. This belief is exemplified by the concept of action teaching – teaching that contributes to peace, social justice, and sustainable living at the same time as it educates students (Plous, 2012). JSPP provides a platform to disseminate innovative and effective teaching techniques along these lines.

Plous, S. (2012). Action teaching. In D. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of peace psychology (pp. 1–5). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

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Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The Journal of Social and Political Psychology also charges no author fee for submission or publication of papers.

Preprint Policy

As part of JSPP's submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted (or will be submitted while under consideration at JSPP). However, prior to submitting their article and prior to acceptance and publication in JSPP, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites. "A preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers" (SHERPA. (n.d.). Glossary of open access abbreviations, acronyms and terms. Retrieved from Published conference presentations, posters etc. are considered preprints, provided they do not appear in a peer-reviewed, published conference proceeding. After a manuscript has been published in JSPP we suggest to link to the final article version, using the assigned article DOI in this way:, e.g.

Permanency of Content

In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing JSPP does not alter articles after publication: "Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible" (STM, 2006. Preservation of the objective record of science). In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct JSPP publishes corrections, expressions of concern and retractions (see below).

JSPP participates in the CrossMark scheme, a multi-publisher initiative that has developed a standard way for readers to locate the current version of an article. By applying the CrossMark policies, JSPP is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur. Clicking on the CrossMark logo (at the top of an JSPP article or the article landing page) will give you the current status of an article and direct you to the latest published version; it may also give you additional information such as new peer review reports.

In order to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record, the following policies will be applied when published content needs to be corrected.

In cases of serious errors that affect the article in a material way (but do not fully invalidate its results) or significantly impair the reader's understanding or evaluation of the article JSPP publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.
Retractions (Expressions of Concern)
In accordance with the "Retraction Guidelines" by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) JSPP will retract a published article if
  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation),
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication),
  • it constitutes plagiarism,
  • it reports unethical research.
An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. JSPP will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such. If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article JSPP may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) agree to the following terms:

Creative Commons License Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Under the CC BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in JSPP in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of JSPP are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, JSPP as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available).

Authors may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium but any such subsequent publication must include a notice that the manuscript was initially published by JSPP.

Authors grant JSPP the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.

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