Psychology Learning & Teaching
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Psychology Learning & Teaching


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Birgit Spinath Heidelberg University, Germany

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eISSN: 14757257 | ISSN: 14757257 | Current volume: 15 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year
Psychology Learning and Teaching (PLAT) is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to enhancing knowledge of how to improve learning and teaching of psychology. To this purpose, PLAT publishes research articles, reviews, target articles and corresponding comments as well as reports on good and innovative learning, teaching and assessment practices. Through PLAT, it is hoped to establish a culture of scholarship in relation to teaching and learning in psychology and related areas.

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

Psychology Learning and Teaching (PLAT) is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to enhancing knowledge of how to improve learning and teaching of psychology. To this purpose, PLAT publishes research articles, reviews, target articles and corresponding comments as well as reports on good and innovative learning, teaching and assessment practices. Through PLAT, it is hoped to establish a culture of scholarship in relation to teaching and learning in psychology and related areas.

Managing Editor
Eva Seifried Heidelberg University, Germany
Associate Editors
Dana Dunn Moravian College, USA
Rajiv Jhangiani Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada
Regina Jucks University of Münster, Germany
Susanne Narciss University of Dresden, Germany
Susan Nolan Seton Hall University, USA
Jörg Zumbach University of Salzburg, Austria
Editorial Board
Suzanne C. Baker James Madison University, USA
Douglas A. Bernstein University of South Florida, USA
Rainer Bromme University of Münster, Germany
Roland Brünken Saarland University, Germany
Steve Charlton Douglas College, Canada
Jacquelyn Cranney University of New South Wales, Australia
Stephan Dutke University of Münster, Germany
Sandra Goss-Lucas University of Illinois, USA
Teresa Guasch Open University of Catalunya, Spain
Regan Gurung University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, WI
Jane S. Halonen University of West Florida, USA
Martin Hänze University of Kassel, Germany
James Hartley Keele University, UK
Robert W. Hendersen Grand Valley State University, USA
Silke Hertel Heidelberg University, Germany
Nigel Holt Aberystwyth University, UK
Siobhan MacAndrew University of Abertay, UK
Frances Martin University of Newcastle, Australia
Matthias Nückles University of Freiburg, Germany
Steve Provost Southern Cross University, Australia
Bryan K. Saville James Madison University, USA
Sally Wiggins Linköping University, Sweden
Lucy Zinkiewicz Deakin University, Australia
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  • Psychology Learning and Teaching (PLAT) is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to enhancing knowledge of how to improve learning and teaching of psychology. To this purpose, PLAT publishes research articles, reviews, target articles and corresponding comments as well as reports on good and innovative learning, teaching and assessment practices. Through PLAT, it is hoped to establish a culture of scholarship in relation to teaching and learning in psychology and related areas.

    Submissions should contribute to one or more of the following:

    • enhancement of theoretical and practical knowledge about learning and teaching of psychology,
    • theoretical debate relevant to psychology learning and teaching,
    • recommendations for good practice and policy relating to psychology teaching, learning or assessment.

    We invite contributions provided they meet our guidelines. Please read the following information carefully before submitting a document to PLAT.

    Those wishing to suggest or guest-edit special issues of the journal can find the Instructions for Special Issues here.

    Manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with the general conventions of the APA guidelines, whose style rules and guidelines can be found here. If a paper is not suitable for publication in PLAT, we will inform the authors as soon as possible (usually within about 1 week after their submission). If the paper is generally suitable for PLAT, we aim to provide an editor’s report based on two sets of reviewers’ comments within 12 weeks after their submission. PLAT is published three times per year and authors should not expect their paper to appear in the forthcoming issue subsequent to their submission being received.

    Publishing Policies

    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

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

    Plagiarism

    Psychology Learning and Teaching 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    Peer Review Policy

    PLAT adheres to a double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. 
    Peer Review Process: Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 90 days of submission

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and 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.

    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.

    Declaration of conflicting interests

    Psychology Learning and Teaching encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    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.

    Manuscripts should be submitted online via SAGE Track:

    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/platjournal

    If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Online Help' button at the top right of every screen.

    Article Types

    Of particular interest are topics such as teaching and learning methods, student and teacher characteristics and their relation to educational outcomes, prediction of student academic performance, assessment and evaluation, competence-based teaching and assessment, quality management for teaching in higher education, teaching psychology in different contexts and to different professions, teacher education, recruitment and admission, retention, attrition and transfer, educational policy, political and social developments affecting psychology teaching and learning.

    PLAT accepts submissions of the following kinds:

    Articles report empirical studies that are grounded in a sound conceptual or theoretical rationale and use adequate methods that ensure robust findings (no longer than 5,000 words excluding tables, references and appendices).

    Reviews cover the literature on a topic of special relevance to the learning and teaching of psychology. A review assembles and systemizes literature in the field and points out future directions (no longer than 5,000 words excluding tables, references and appendices).

    Target Articles represent topics of high relevance that can be viewed from different perspectives and, thus, are debatable. Target articles should be written in a way that inspires comments from different peers (no longer than 5,000 words excluding tables, references and appendices). The peer commentaries might be followed by a response from the target author.

    Reports are shorter pieces that report on innovative or especially effective current practice, developments and techniques. A report should inspire readers and give them new ideas for their teaching practice. Empirical evidence should be provided where appropriate. A fairly typical example of a report might be the description of a novel teaching method with a relatively small-scale evaluation (generally limited to 3,000 words excluding tables, references and appendices).

    Book Reviews can be written in a more personalized style than scientific texts, but they should follow some basic guidelines:

    • Begin by stating the aims and scope of the book according to the authors (e.g., to whom is the book addressed? Is it written for certain purposes?).
    • Describe the structure of the book (number and content of chapters). The review should discuss and evaluate the contents alongside the structure of the book.
    • End with a summarizing, evaluative statement. Evaluate the book according to aims and scope given by the authors (Does it meet the expectations raised by the authors?). Are there other aspects you think are important for the evaluation of the book?

    Remember that readers want to be informed about the book. Provide this information in a concise way (typically 1,000 words in length and not more than 2 manuscript pages). Describe your personal thoughts and feelings when reading the book only to the extent that you think they are informative for potential readers.

    If you want to review a new psychology book for PLAT, please contact the journal manager (plat@uni-heidelberg.de) to suggest your preferred book. If we think that a review of the book might be of interest for our readers, we will organize that you receive a review copy from the respective publisher.

    Each issue of the journal can include sections of the submission types mentioned above as well as reviews of books, software and other resources relevant to the learning and teaching of psychology and abstracts of articles from related journals. Guidance for reviewers and publishers can be found here.

    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.

    Psychology Learning and Teaching 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 with 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 the 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.

    Technical Requirements
    Authors can deposit their original/personal (accepted version) manuscript files in their institution's archive or on their personal website (ideally with a link to the final version of the article as it appears on the journal's website) but the journal asks that authors do not deposit this version on other repositories until two years after formal publication. Please note that all articles published within Psychology Learning and Teaching automatically become free-access three years after publication, so authors are asked to respect that embargo period.

    Manuscripts should be submitted below in RTF (Rich Text Format) or MS Word format. The author(s) names and affiliations should appear at the beginning of the paper, together with full postal and email addresses. This should be followed by a short description of their current positions and research/teaching interests.

    It is essential that an Abstract (100-200 words) is provided for each paper.

    Figures and tables should have their positions marked clearly and be provided on separate pages.

    To join the Refereeing Panel for paper submissions or the Reviewing Panel for books and software submissions, please email plat@uni-heidelberg.de, providing the following information: Panel name you wish to join; your name; affiliation/institution; email address; address and areas of interest/specialism.

    Should you have any queries regarding how to contribute to PLAT Journal please email
    plat@uni-heidelberg.de

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