Psychology & Society
Psychology & Society

Information for contributors

The journal invites submissions from students, post-docs, and academics studying psychological phenomena in wider social context. Though our scope is broad, we are particularly interested in theoretical or empirical work that looks at the interface of psychology and societal processes (e.g., history, ideology, culture, institutions, political and economic structures).

Papers must be original and not published or currently under consideration in any other journal. Papers may be empirical (quantitative or qualitative), or centre on theory development, methodological critique, or literature review. There is no restriction on the type of methodological enquiry or data analysis.

The word limit is flexible, but should normally be not more than 6,000, including abstract, notes, and references.

Since the journal is open access and run solely by academics, authors are asked to assist with copy editing by submitting papers in the correct, publish-ready format. Guidelines for how to do this are given below, and there is an example paper for reference.

How to submit:

1. Submit papers in Word format (.doc or .docx) via email to the editors at

2. Include a cover sheet giving the names, affiliation(s), and status (e.g. Lecturer, PhD student) of each author, along with full contact details of the first or corresponding author. If you wish, you may also include a list of researchers with the knowledge and experience to act as reviewers on the topic of your manuscript.

3. As we operate a double-blind, peer review process, it is important that the manuscript itself does not contain author names or identifying information.

4. In addition to the abstract, please include with the title page/cover sheet a short (max. 70 words) summary of the paper to orientate readers to its content. This is to be included with the title on the contents page, and need not detail the results or findings.

Special Issues

In addition to standard individual papers, we invite suggestions for special issues in which a whole issue can be devoted to a particular theme or event. Special issues may bring together a series of papers and commentaries on a particular topic or theme, or may be centered around an event such as a postgraduate conference. Normally the person proposing the special issue will take on the role of handling editor and will undertake the call for papers and review process. If you wish to propose a special issue please contact the editors.



All papers are to be written in English and formatted according to the APA publication manual (6th Edition).

Please use Cambria font for all text. Cambria has been specially designed for on-screen reading and is available with Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Office 2008 for Macs. If you do not have Cambria, use Times New Roman.

All text, except title, authors, and reference list, is single spaced, justified, and 12 point Cambria font.

Title, authors, and reference list are left-aligned.

Title is in 18 font, bold, and Title Case

Author affiliation(s) in title case below authors.

Use separate lines

Use a horizontal line to separate Title and author(s) as shown above.

Abstract (~150 words) is justified and 11 font. Start the abstract three single line breaks after the (last) author line.

Start main text three single line breaks after the abstract. No ‘Introduction’ heading is required.

Separate paragraphs by a single blank line. Do not indent first line.

“Long quotes are in italics and parentheses”, and separated from main text by single line breaks above and below quote. Short quotes are embedded in text, within parentheses, and not italicised. Quote citations must include page number(s).

Citations, statistics, tables, figures, etc. all follow APA (6th) format.

Do not use colours in figures as they may not reproduce well in print. For bar graphs, use black and white, or shades of grey in the case of clusters of more than 2 bars. For line graphs, use solid and dashed/dotted lines in black. Increase line thickness from default to ensure clarity.

FIRST LEVEL HEADINGS are in 12 font, upper case, bold, left aligned.

Second Level Headings are in 12 font, Title Case, bold, left aligned.

Third level headings are in 12 font, Lower case, bold, italics, left aligned.

Footnotes are inserted using Word’s footnote function, and are indexed numerically. Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the relevant page.

References are single spaced with no line break. Second and subsequent lines of
     a reference are indented.

If an appendix is to be included, it comes after the reference list.

Include a short author biography for each author at the end of the paper. State affiliation, status, research interests, and contact email.

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