Author Guidelines

Article Types

We accept empirical studies and reviews/meta-analyses. To foster open discourse in the field, commentaries are also welcome.

  • Regular article.
    • There is no word limit for regular articles, though authors are encouraged to be concise where possible.
  • Brief report.
    • 2500 word limit (excluding the title, abstract, end-text references, tables, and figures). Maximum of 3 tables/figures.
  • Commentaries.
    • There is no word limit for commentaries, though authors are encouraged to be concise where possible.

Preparing and Submitting your Manuscript

Submitted articles should be formatted according to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7th Edition.

Abstracts should be 200 words or less. Please also provide 4-6 keywords below the abstract.

The following documents should be submitted via the submission portal:

  • A cover letter. Mentioning the type of manuscript you are submitting (regular article, brief report, commentary), and briefly why you believe it is a good fit for the journal. Please also list 4 suggested reviewers for your manuscript.
  • A title page. Including author details, affiliations, contact details for the corresponding author, a conflict of interest statement, a declaration of funding statement, and acknowledgements.
  • A masked manuscript file (i.e., author identities masked for review). Containing the abstract, manuscript, references, tables, and figures. Tables and Figures should be placed within the text, rather than at the end of the document.
  • If relevant, supplementary materials can be submitted as separate files (e.g., data, code, additional tables/figures).


Submitted manuscripts must adhere to the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles on Research and Publication. Authors should include within the manuscript a statement about the research receiving ethics approval.


In line with an open science philosophy, we publish manuscripts under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Authors retain the copyright for their work.

Use of Third-Party Material

If you are using third-party material in your manuscript (i.e., you do not own the copyright), you must obtain permission from the copyright holder for use of this material prior to submitting to the journal. In such instances, we require that you notify us and provide proof that the copyright holder has given this permission.