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Psychological Reports

Psychological Reports

eISSN: 1558691X | ISSN: 00332941 | Current volume: 126 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-monthly
Psychological Reports (PR) is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal that publishes original and creative contributions to the field of general psychology. The journal carries experimental, theoretical, and speculative articles and comments in all areas of psychology. Preference is given to papers that are deemed to be of interest across specialties of psychology that are written in a way to be read by a wide range of people interested in the field of psychology.

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

Psychological Reports (PR) is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal that publishes original and creative contributions to the field of general psychology. The journal carries experimental, theoretical, and speculative articles and comments in all areas of psychology. Preference is given to papers that are deemed to be of interest across specialties of psychology that are written in a way to be read by a wide range of people interested in the field of psychology.

Cory Scherer Penn State Schuylkill, USA
Associate Editors
Michela Balsamo G. d'Annunzio University, Italy
Paul T. Barrett University of Auckland, New Zealand
Evan Bradley Pennsylvania State University, USA
Farimah Dokoushkani Research Group of Environment and Human Studies
John Edlund Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Nathan Greenauer Pennsylvania State University, USA
Jeremy Heider Southeast Missouri State University, USA
Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College, USA
Feng Kong Shaanxi Normal University, China
Charlie Law Florida Southern College, USA
Meredith McGinley University of Wisconsin, USA
Simone Migliore IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, Italy
Amy Overman Elon University, USA
Dr. Jiaxi Peng Chengdu University
Raymond Russ University of Maine, USA
Joseph Stephens North Carolina A&T University, USA
Dr. Wei Xu Beijing Normal University
Akiko Yamasaki Kyoto University, Japan
Dr. Jianfeng Yang JiangXi University of Finance and Economics, China
Assistant Editors
Melanie Fowler Florida Southern College, USA
Richard Harnish Penn State New Kensington, US
Shahid Khan Central Queensland University, Brisbane Australia
Pablo U. Supervía University of Zaragoza, Spain
Editorial Review Board
Teoh K. Ban SENTRAL College Penang, Malaysia
Elaine S. Barry Pennsylvania State University, USA
Stuart Beattie Bangor University, UK
Preston Bost Wabash College, USA
Belinda Bury Flinders University, Australia
Humberto Carvalho University of Coimbra, Portugal
Antonello Chirumbolo Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Xiao Dong Yue City University of Hong Kong, China
Benjamin Farmer Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, USA
Dr. Fozia Fatima National University of Modern Languages, Pakistan
Miguel Fernandes Instituto Politecnico da Guarda; Guarda, Portugal
Ronald Goldsmith Florida State University, USA
William Grove University of Minnesota, USA
Pauline Guerin Pennsylvania State University, USA
Erica Harris Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, USA
Jessica Hartnett Gannon University, USA
Veronica Hsu Pennsylvania State University, USA
Kathryn Klement Northern Illinois University, USA
Ellen Lee Northern Illinois University, USA
Heng Li College of International Studies, Southwest University; Chongqing, China
Douglas MacDonald University of Detroit - Mercy, USA
Karin Machluf Pennsylvania State University, USA
Randy McCarthy Northern Illinois University, USA
Aliki Michou Bilkent University, Turkey
Athanasios Mouratidis National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Peter Mudrack Kansas State University, USA
Helmut Niederhofer Bayreuth Regional Hospital, Germany
Stephen Owen Radford University, USA
Terry Pettijohn II Coastal Carolina University, USA
Amber Reinhart University of Missouri at St. Louis, USA
Manisha Sawhney Manisha Sawhney University of Mary – Bismarck, ND USA
Douglas Sellers Pennsylvania State University, USA
John J. Skowronski Northern Illinois University, USA
Kamden Strunk Oklahoma State University, USA
Martin Voracek University of Vienna, Austria
Cynthia Whissell Laurentian University, Canada
Yi-Feng Yang Shu-Te University, Taiwan
Founding Editors
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Psychological Reports

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Psychological Reports will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in Psychological Reports and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. Article types
    Psychological Reports accepts experimental, theoretical, and speculative articles in the field of general psychology, as well as comments and special reviews.

    2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy

    SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    •  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors

    •  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper

    •  The author has recommended the reviewer

    •  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution). 

    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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements
    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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    It is the policy of Psychological Reports 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 ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    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
    Psychological Reports 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.

    3.2 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.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving
    Psychological Reports offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

    3.4 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.

    4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. 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. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 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.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material
    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images, etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal layout
    Psychological Reports conforms to the SAGE house style. View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines.

    4.5 Reference style
    Psychological Reports adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file [OR] the SAGE Vancouver EndNote output file.

    4.6 English language editing services
    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 How to submit your manuscript
    Psychological Reports is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. 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.

    5.3 Title, keywords and abstracts
    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. 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 the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.4 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.

    6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article
    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication
    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet.

    7. Further information
    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Psychological Reports editorial office as follows:
    Cory Scherer


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