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Evolutionary Psychology publishes original, empirical research addressing human psychology guided by an evolutionary perspective. The journal aspires to attract as readers faculty, students, and researchers from across the social, behavioral, and life sciences who have an interest in applying evolutionary perspectives to psychology and behavior.
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Evolutionary Psychology accepts Original Research Articles.
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When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search
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Psychology utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’
names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as
possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and
recommendations to the Editor who then makes the final decision.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no
involvement in the decision-making process.
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breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our
authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally,
we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be
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the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum
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