Culture & Psychology

Culture & Psychology

2016 Impact Factor: 0.828
2016 Ranking: 85/128 in Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Jaan Valsiner Aalborg University, Denmark

Other Titles in:
Cultural Psychology | Psychology

eISSN: 14617056 | ISSN: 1354067X | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

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Culture & Psychology is a leading international peer reviewed journal of scholarly contributions, integrating various aspects of the general notion of culture with scientific psychology.

Culture in its various forms—semiotic mediation, situated activity, dialogical nature of the self and its environment, social representing of human living—is present in each and every moment in our human lives. The science of cultural psychology unites psychology, anthropology, sociology, and history into a general science of cultural being. Its focus is on basic understanding of the psychology of human beings: their identity, social conduct, intra- and intersubjective experiences, emotions, and everyday creativity. The goal of Culture & Psychology is to lead the international scholarly community towards new general theoretical approaches in psychology that include culture. It is not an outlet for purely empirical papers of comparison of people from different ethnic groups. Empirical work is published if demonstrated to be relevant for theory, and adequacy of the data to the phenomena is carefully scrutinized.

"Culture & Psychology exhibit[s] a range of thought still fresh enough to remain open to the varieties of experience... [The] high degree of organization not only gives a remarkable coherence to the issues, it also exhibits the cross-disciplinary excitement that arises when psychologists begin to claim culture as a relevant aspect of human psychology" Times Literary Supplement

"A much-needed addition to the field, in line with the growing recognition that all development, all thinking, acting or feeling takes place in a cultural context" Jacqueline Goodnow

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Culture & Psychology addresses the centrality of culture necessary for a basic understanding of the psychology of human beings: their identity, social conduct, intra- and intersubjective experiences, emotions and semiotic creativity.

By drawing on diverse theoretical backgrounds, the editorial aim is to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for scholarly investigations and discussions that will advance our basic knowledge of the self in its historical and cultural contexts. The orientation of the journal is towards formulating new conceptualizations of culture in psychology, together with theoretically relevant empirical investigations. Contributions from anthropology, sociology, education, ethnography, cultural history, linguistics, communication studies and philosophy will further enhance the journal's commitment to interdisciplinary psychology.

Associate Editors
Nandita Chaudhary Lady Irwin College, New Delhi
Carlos Cornejo PUC, Chile
Ivana Markova University of Stirling
Giuseppina Marsico University of Salerno, Italy
Yasuko Minoura University of Tokyo, Japan
Fathali M. Moghaddam Georgetown University, USA
Ana B. Smolka Universidade Estadula de Campinas, Brazil
Wolfgang Wagner Universität Linz, Austria
Brady Wagoner Aalborg University, Denmark
Tania Zittoun University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Editorial Associate for Social Media
Rebekka Mai Eckerdal Niels Bohr Professorship Centre, Aalborg University, Denmark
Editorial Director
Kevin Carriere Georgetown University, USA
Editorial Board
Jytte Bang University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ana Cecilia Bastos Universidade Federal Da Bahia, Brazil
Svend Brinkmann Aalborg University, Denmark
Kenneth R. Cabell Clark University, USA
Gilberto Pérez Campos Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico
Mario Carretero FLACSO - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Argentina
Michael Cole University of California, San Diego, USA
Carla Cunha ISMAI, Portugal
Vera M R deVasoconcellos Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rainer Diriwächter Clark University, USA
Mark Freeman College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, USA
Alex Gillespie University of Cambridge, UK
Cliff Goddard University of New England, Australia
Marcio Goldman Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Danilo Silva Guimaraes University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aydan Gulerce Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
Rom Harre University of Oxford & Georgetown University, Washington
Helen Haste University of Bath, UK
Hubert J M Hermans University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
David Ho University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Helena Hurme Åbo Academy, Vaasa, Finland
Alejandro Iborra-Cuéllar Universidad de Alcala, Spain
Robert E. Innis University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Gustav Jahoda University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Irini Kadianaki University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Shagufa Kapadia The M.S. University of Baroda, India
Hroar Klempe NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Olga Lehmann NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Jean Lességue Laboratoire Lattice-CNRS, France
Cynthia Lightfoot Pennsylvania State University, USA
Hazel R Markus Stanford University, USA
Mariann Martsin Queensland Institute of Technology, Australia
Stuart McNaughton University of Auckland, New Zealand
David Middleton Loughborough University
Kyoko Murakami University of Bath, England
Alexander Poddiakov State University-Higher School of Economics, Russia
Jonathan Potter Loughborough University, UK
Rebecca Puche-Navarro Universidad de la Valle, Cali, Colombia
Susan Rasmussen University of Houston, USA
Alberto Rosa Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Joao Salgado Instituto Superior da Maia, Portugal
Sergio Salvatore University of Salento, Italy
Gordon Sammut University of Malta
Tatsuya Sato Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Richard Shweder University of Chicago, USA (anthropology; cultural psychology)
Thomas Slunecko University of Vienna, Austria
Henderikus J Stam University of Calgary, Canada
Jürgen Straub Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Sarah L. Strout Clark University, USA
Toshio Sugiman Kyoto University
Aaro Toomela Tallinn University, Estonia
Claire Tourmen Agricultural University of Dijon, France
Peeter Tulviste University of Tartu, Estonia
René van der Veer University of Leiden, Netherlands
Meike Watzlawik TU Braunschweig, Germany
James V Wertsch Washington University, USA
L Terrence Winegar Randolph-Macon-College, Ashland, USA
Shi-Xu Zhejiang University, China
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
    12. Further information

    Culture & Psychology is a leading international peer reviewed journal of scholarly contributions, integrating various aspects of the general notion of culture with scientific psychology.  It emphasizes theoretical breakthroughs in the area, and encourages interdisciplinary dialogue oriented towards the future of the field.

    1. Article types

    Culture & Psychology publishes original articles of theoretical relevance for linking the notions of culture and psychology.  It is the flagship journal on cultural psychology.  The inclusion of empirical evidence in the papers is encouraged if that evidence has relevance for theoretical advancements in cultural psychology. Since the nature of psychological phenomena is qualitative in their nature, empirical evidence that is included in theoretically relevant manuscripts is expected to be using qualitative methods.  If quantitative methods use is necessary the authors are expected to prove in the manuscript that quantification of the phenomena under study is warranted. Culture & Psychology publishes commentaries on the articles published, and book review essays that outline specific theoretical values of the books under consideration.  Review articles on theoretical advances in any sub-fields of cultural psychology may be considered, but reviews of empirical literature are not published in the Journal.

    Full papers are generally restricted to a maximum of 6,000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc). Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut anyway should make the required deletions before submitting. A Review Essay can be about a single book (which must be very significant to warrant this much attention), about several books, or ‘state-of-the-art’ articles (usually up to 2,000 words).

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    2. Editorial Policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editor and one Associate Editor within the first 6 weeks after submission. All submissions are via the journal's web-based review system at Only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors should expect to have reviewers' comments within approximately 10 weeks after the manuscript is sent for full review. The peer review process is interdisciplinary and international with special care taken by the Editorial Office not to include reviewers from only one country, and one discipline. In general, Editors will seek advice from two or more expert reviewers about the scientific content and presentation of submitted articles. As a rule, the reviewing process is open, but both authors and reviewers can request that their anonymity be respected. Given the central role of commentaries that are to appear with published articles, the publication time may be around 1 year after the final acceptance of the manuscripts.


    The journal publishes exclusively in English. Papers must be original and not currently under review elsewhere. We will, from now on, strictly limit the length of articles to 6,000 words, and of commentaries to 2,000.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication Ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Culture and Psychology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Culture & Psychologyis hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.  Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Culture & Psychology does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Culture & Psychology additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit:

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.  Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.

    10.2 Journal Style

    Culture & Psychology conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    10.3 Reference Style

    Culture & Psychology adheres to the APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    10.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    For numbers less than one, a nought should be inserted before the decimal point. Use spaces (not commas) within numbers (e.g. 10 000, 0.125 275).

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit for further information.

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    11. After acceptance           

    11.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    11.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Culture & Psychology with SAGE. 

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows -  or

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