"Theory and Psychology has brought the study of theory within psychology out of the cold. It is a hugely important journal for anyone with a serious interest in theoretcial developments in psychology. It is always packed with interesting and important articles and should be required reading for all psychologists." Valerie Walkerdine, Professor of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK
"Outstandingly good. Each issue makes one realise how much we need a journal exactly like this, to argue over Psychology's many unresolved confusions, mistakes and mysteries - and to plot the way out of them." Charles Antaki, Professor of Language and Social Psychology, Loughborough University, England"Outstandingly good. Each issue makes one realise how much we need a journal exactly like this, to argue over Psychology's many unresolved confusions, mistakes and mysteries - and to plot the way out of them."
Theory & Psychology is a fully peer reviewed forum for theoretical and meta-theoretical analysis in psychology. It focuses on the emergent themes at the centre of contemporary psychological debate. Its principal aim is to foster theoretical dialogue and innovation within the discipline, serving an integrative role for a wide psychological audience.
Theory & Psychology publishes scholarly and expository papers which explore significant theoretical developments within and across such specific sub-areas as: cognitive, social, personality, developmental, clinical, perceptual or biological psychology. It also publishes, and particularly encourages, work with a broader meta-theoretical intent, examining such issues as the conceptual frameworks and foundations of psychology, its historical underpinnings, its relation to other human sciences, its methodological commitments, its ideological assumptions and its political and institutional contexts. Interdisciplinary analyses addressing psychological topics are welcomed. These may include (but are not limited to) the philosophy of science and psychology, cognition and intentionality, forms of explanation in psychology, criteria of theory evaluation, the social basis of psychological knowledge, the history of psychological theories and methods, the utilization of psychological knowledge, critical theory and methods in psychology, feminist theory and methods in psychology, and rhetoric and argumentation in psychological theory.
Theory & Psychology addresses a wide range of psychologists and interested scholars from other disciplines. Articles are clearly written, for a general audience, without excessive use of specialized terminology. Articles also adhere to the APA's "Guidelines to Reduce Bias in Language'" (Publication Manual, 5th edn).
Theory & Psychology operates a strictly anonymous 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.
|Kenneth Gergen||Swarthmore College|
|Gerd Gigerenzer||Max-Planck Institute für Bildungsforschung, Berlin, Germany|
|Jonathan Potter||Loughborough University, UK|
|Huib Looren de Jong||Free University, Amsterdam|
|Kareen Ror Malone||University of West Georgia, USA|
|Kieran O'Doherty||University of Guelph, Canada|
|Geoff Bunn||Manchester Metropolitan University, UK|
|Christopher Peet||The Kings University College, Canada|
|Michael Pettit||York University, Canada|
|Michael A. Tissaw||SUNY Potsdam, USA|
|Clifford van Ommen||Massey University, New Zealand|
|Peter Ayton||City University, UK|
|Benjamin S. Bradley||James Cook University|
|Ian Burkitt||University of Bradford|
|Erica Burman||The University of Manchester, UK|
|Alan Costall||Portsmouth University, UK|
|Jeff Coulter||Boston University, USA|
|Kurt Danziger||York University, Toronto|
|Trudy Dehue||Groningen University, The Netherlands|
|Maarten Derksen||University of Groningen, The Netherlands|
|Ole Dreier||University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Mark Freeman||College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, USA|
|Amedeo Giorgi||Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, USA|
|Rom Harre||University of Oxford & Georgetown University, Washington|
|Barbara S. Held||Bowdoin College|
|Alexa Hepburn||Loughborough University|
|Hubert J M Hermans||University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands|
|Fiona J Hibberd||The University of Sydney, Australia|
|Arnd Hofmeister||University of Magdeburg-Stendal, Germany|
|Derek Hook||Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development, Minneapolis, MN|
|Suzanne R. Kirschner||College of the Holy Cross, USA|
|Clare MacMartin||University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada|
|Joseph Margolis||Temple University, Philadelphia, USA|
|Ivana Markova||University of Stirling|
|Jack Martin||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Dan P. McAdams||Northwestern University, USA|
|Jill G. Morawski||Wesleyan University, USA|
|Leendert P Mos||University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada|
|Lisa M. Osbeck||University of West Georgia, USA|
|Peter Raggatt||James Cook University, Australia|
|Frank C. Richardson||University of Texas, USA|
|Daniel N. Robinson||Oxford University, UK|
|Louis A Sass||Rutgers University, Piscataway, USA|
|Janet Sayers||University of Kent, UK|
|John Shotter||University of New Hampshire|
|Lívia Mathias Simão||Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil|
|William E. Smythe||University of Regina, Canada|
|Niamh Stevenson||University of Western Sydney, Australia|
|Gerhard Strube||University of Freiburg, Germany|
|Ryan D Tweney||Bowling Green State University, USA|
|Jaan Valsiner||Aalborg University, Denmark|
|Rene van Hezewijk||Open Universiteit, The Netherlands|
|Valerie Walkerdine||University of Cardiff, Wales, UK|
|Barbara Zielke||Universtitat Erlangen, Germany|
|Susan Sanford Blades||University of Calgary, Canada|
- Article types
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication ethics
- How to submit your manuscript
- Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
- Statements and conventions
- Manuscript style
8.1 File types
8.2 Journal style
8.3 Reference style
8.4 Manuscript preparation
8.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
8.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
8.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
8.4.5 English language editing services
- After acceptance
9.3 SAGE production
9.4 OnlineFirst publication
- Further information
Theory & Psychology is a bi-monthly journal devoted to scholarship with a broad meta-theoretical intent. It examines such issues as the conceptual frameworks and foundations of psychology, its historical underpinnings, its relation to other human sciences, its methodological commitments, its ideological assumptions and its political and institutional contexts. It fosters dialogue among psychologists and other social scientists interested in psychological analyses.
Theory & Psychology publishes exclusively in English. Papers must be original and not currently under review elsewhere. Normally articles are 5000-8000 words, but may be as long as 10,000 words (including abstract, footnotes and references) depending on the subject matter. Papers that are longer than 10,000 word are returned to authors for trimming. Notes or comments should not exceed 2500 words. For Book Reviews see below.
For information on proposing and editing special issues please visit the journal’s website: http://psych.ucalgary.ca/thpsyc/Special_Issues.html
Book Reviews: Theory & Psychology publishes two types of book reviews: Regular Book Reviews (approximately 1,000 words) and Review Essays (full length articles reviewing multiple books on a related topic). The journal reviews newly released monographs broadly relevant to theory in psychology and attempts to cover a diverse range of topics in the review section. Books chosen for review are deemed important or ground-breaking in some way. Moreover, specialists are asked to review in depth rather than describe contents superficially. Book reviews are typically solicited although we do invite suggestions for books to be reviewed as well as self-nominations of reviewers.
Theory & Psychology operates a strictly anonymous 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 referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4-8 weeks of submission.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
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
Theory & 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.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
- drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
- approved the version to be published.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.
Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html.
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.
Theory & Psychology is 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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/thpsyc 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.
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.
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.
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.
7.2 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. It is the policy of Theory & Psychology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.
Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.
For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
7.3 Funding acknowledgement
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Theory & Psychology additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
7.4 Other statements and conventions
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.
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 and RTF. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.
Theory & Psychology conforms to the publication style of the American Psychological Association. Authors are encouraged to consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) and the journal’s style pages (http://psych.ucalgary.ca/thpsyc/Instructions.html)
Theory & Psychology adheres to the APA reference style. Guidelines are outlined in the Publication Manual (6th edition) published by the American Psychological Society. Click here to review a summary of the reference guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints.
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 Theory & Psychology with SAGE.
Theory & Psychology benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:
Henderikus J. Stam, Editor,
Theory & Psychology,
Department of Psychology,
University of Calgary,
Canada T2N 1N4.