Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
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Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

2015 Impact Factor: 1.459
2015 Ranking: 18/79 in Communication | 32/62 in Psychology, Social | 18/43 in Family Studies
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor
Geoff MacDonald University of Toronto, Canada
Social Media Editor
Bjarne Holmes Champlain College, Vermont, USA


eISSN: 14603608| ISSN: 02654075|Current volume: 33|Current issue: 6 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

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The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (JSPR) is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research on social and personal relationships. JSPR is the leading journal in the field, publishing empirical and theoretical papers on social and personal relationships. It is multidisciplinary in scope, drawing material from the fields of social psychology, clinical psychology, communication, developmental psychology, and sociology.

"This is the outstanding journal in personal relationships, clearly the most highly cited journal for articles on relationships and the one you most naturally pick up when you are researching a relational topic" Clyde Hendrick Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA

Book Review Section

The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships often includes reviews of the most recently published books in the field, to help readers determine which publications will be of most use to them in their teaching and research.

Electronic access:

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://spr.sagepub.com

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editorial Assistant
Jessica Maxwell University of Toronto, Canada
Editor
Geoff MacDonald University of Toronto, Canada
Founding Editor
Steve Duck University of Iowa, USA
Associate Editors
Kari Adamsons University of Connecticut, USA
Susan Dianne Boon University of Calgary, Canada
Katherine Carnelley University of Southampton, UK
Melissa Curran University of Arizona, USA
René Dailey The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Lara Kammrath Wake Forest University, USA
Jody Kellas University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Brent Mattingly Ursinus College, USA
Matthew Montoya University of Dayton, USA
Jennifer Theiss Rutgers University, USA
Advisory Editorial Board
Katarzyna Adamczyk Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Rebecca Adams University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Tamara D Afifi University of Iowa
Christopher Agnew Purdue University, USA
Patricia Amason University of Arkansas, USA
Susan Andersen New York University, USA
Arthur Aron State University of New York, USA
Ximena Arriaga Purdue University, USA
Jennifer Bevan Chapman University, USA
Gurit E. Birnbaum Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel
Rosemary Blieszner Virginia Tech, USA
Guy Bodenmann University of Zurich, Switzerland
Graham Bodie Louisiana State University, USA
Niall Bolger Columbia University, USA
Guy Bosmans Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Tricia Burke Texas State University, USA
Emily Butler University of Arizona, USA
Abraham P Buunk University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Jessica Cameron University of Manitoba, Canada
Daniel J. Canary University of Utah, USA
John P. Caughlin University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Eddie Clark Saint Louis University, USA
Margaret Clark Yale University, USA
Ming Cui Florida State University, USA
Michael Cunningham University of Louisville, USA
Anita DeLongis University of British Columbia, Canada
Jaye L. Derrick University of Buffalo, USA
Megan Dillow West Virginia University, USA
Paul Eastwick University of Texas at Austin, USA
Bev Fehr University of Winnipeg, Canada
Bo Feng University of California Davis, USA
Frank D. Fincham Florida State University, USA
Catrin Finkenauer Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Katherine Fiori Adelphi University, USA
R. Chris Fraley University of Illinois, USA
Stanley O. Gaines Brunel University, UK, UK
Stephen Haas University of Cincinnati, USA
Kim Halford University of Queensland, Australia
Jeffrey Hall University of Kansas, USA
Tina Harris University of Georgia, USA
Amanda J. Holmstrom Michigan State University, USA
Sean M. Horan Texas State University, USA
Emily A. Impett University of Toronto, Canada
Samantha Joel University of Texas at Austin, USA
Konstantinos Kafetsios University of Crete, Greece
Claire M. Kamp Dush Ohio State University, USA
Gery Karantzas Deakin University, Australia
Deborah A. Kashy Michigan State University, USA
Leanne K. Knobloch University of Illinois, USA
Ascan F. Koerner University of Minnesota, USA
Madoka Kumashiro Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Pamela Lannutti La Salle University, USA
Benjamin Le Haverford College, USA
Andrew M. Ledbetter Texas Christian University, USA
Justin Lehmiller Ball State University, USA
Edward Lemay University of New Hampshire, USA
Norman Li Singapore Management University, Singapore
Timothy Loving University of Texas at Austin, USA
Michelle Luke University of Sussex, UK
Tara K. MacDonald Queen's University, Canada
Tara Marshall Brunel University, UK
Jim McNulty Florida State University, USA
Mario Mikulincer Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel
Avidan Milevsky Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, USA
Paul A Mongeau Arizona State University
Lisa Neff University of Texas at Austin, USA
John B Nezlek College of William and Mary, USA
M. Minda Oriña St. Olaf College, USA
Ramona Faith Oswald University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Nickola Overall University of Auckland, New Zealand
Johanna Peetz Carleton University, Canada
Rebecca Pinkus University of Western Sydney, Australia
Sally Planalp University of Utah, USA
Eshkol Rafaeli Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Amy Rauer Auburn University, USA
Pamela Regan California State University, Los Angeles
Harry T. Reis University of Rochester
Francesca Righetti Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Linda J. Roberts University of Wisconsin, USA
Kelly Rossetto Boise State University, USA
Angela Rowe University of Bristol, UK
David Sbarra University of Arizona, USA
Chris Segrin University of Arizona, USA
Dylan Selterman University of Maryland, USA
Phillip Shaver University of California, USA
Jeffry A. Simpson University of Minnesota, USA
Richard Slatcher Wayne State University, USA
Stephanie Spielmann Wayne State University, USA
Susan Sprecher Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
Catherine Surra Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, USA
Jennifer Tomlinson Colgate University, USA
Laura VanderDrift Syracuse University, USA
Anita L Vangelisti University of Texas at Austin, USA
Sarah W. Whitton University of Cincinnati, USA
Joanne Wood University of Waterloo, Canada
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      1. Peer review policy
      2. Article types
      3. How to submit your manuscript
      4. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
          4.1 SAGE Choice
      5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
      6. Other conventions
      7. Acknowledgments
      8. Permissions
      9. Manuscript style
          9.1 File types
          9.2 Journal style
          9.3  Reference style
          9.4 Manuscript preparation
            9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
            9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
            9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
            9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
            9.4.5 English language editing services
      10. After acceptance
          10.1 Proofs
          10.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
          10.3 SAGE Production
      11. Further information

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships is an international and interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research on social and personal relationships.

    1. Peer review policy

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two (and generally three) referees. Papers from graduate students or recent PhDs are especially welcomed and will, if the authors explicitly request it, receive extra attention (i.e. one additional reviewer). All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 3-4 months of submission.
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    2. Article types

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (JSPR) is an international and interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that publishes empirical and theoretical papers on social and personal relationships. It is multidisciplinary in scope, drawing materials from, among others, the fields of social psychology, clinical psychology, communication, developmental psychology, family studies and sociology. The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:

    1. Research Reports, describing new empirical findings;
    (a) Full papers
    (b) Short reports requiring rapid dissemination

    2. Review Articles. The Editor wishes to encourage the following types of review, but request that authors contact them in advance:
    (a)    general reviews that provide a synthesis of an area of social and personal relationships;
    (b)    critiques - focused and provocative reviews that are followed by a number of invited commentaries, with a concluding reply from the main author;
    (c)    Viewpoint article - a research-based commentary, preferably on a currently relevant issue, targeting either the research community, the political agenda or both. The emphasis is on policy recommendations, but the article should be based on a succinct and balanced summary of existing research on the issue.

    3. Meta-analyses
    Full papers and review articles are generally restricted to a maximum of 9,000 words including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). Short reports are generally restricted to 3,000 words including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.).  We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut anyway should make the required deletions before submitting.

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    3. 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.

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships is hosted on SAGEtrack a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jspr  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 it is likely that you already have an account.  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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    4. 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.

    4.1 SAGE Choice

    If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer reviewing procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. For further information, please visit SAGE Choice.

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    5. 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. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Authors will be asked to provide details on funding when uploading their manuscript to SAGEtrack. As Journal of Social and Personal Relationships is double blind, authors will be asked to remove the funding information from the manuscript text. Please follow the instructions on the SAGEtrack site.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit: http://www.rin.ac.uk/funders-acknowledgement

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    8. 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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    9. Manuscript Style

    9.1 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 below.

    9.2 Journal style

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships conforms to APA style; guidelines are outlined in the Publication Manual (6th ed.) published by the American Psychological Society.

    9.3 Reference style

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships operates an APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4 Manuscript preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Your title, keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article 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.

    9.4.2 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.

    9.4.3 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.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.5 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 http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 Proofs

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

    10.2 E-prints and complimentary copies

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.  We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears (up to a maximum of 5 copies for distribution to co-authors).

    10.3 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 (http://online.sagepub.com/). 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 Journal of Social and Personal Relationships with SAGE.  

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    11. Further information

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

    The Editor
    Geoff MacDonald
    Department of Psychology
    University of Toronto
    100 St George Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5S 3G3

                              
    email: gmacdonald@psych.utoronto.ca
    phone: 416 978 3840

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