European Journal of Social Psychology

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Edited By: Radmila Prislin and Vivian L. Vignoles

Impact Factor: 1.712

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 26/62 (Psychology Social)

Online ISSN: 1099-0992

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

The European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP) is an official publication of the European Association of Social Psychology. It is an international forum for original articles in all areas of social psychology. Articles may be empirical, theoretical, meta-analytical or methodological contributions. Please click here for a statement by the incoming Editorial Team.

Types of submission

Depending on the length, submissions may be classed as Research Articles or Short Papers.

Research articles will not normally exceed a maximum of 10,000 words, including the abstract, main text and endnotes, but excluding references, tables and figures, and the word count should be listed on the cover page. Authors wishing to exceed this limit should contact the Editors before manuscript submission with a request and a justification for a greater length. Approval of such a request is at the Editors’ discretion. The Editors aim to provide feedback on all submitted research articles within 90 days of submission.

Short papers are similar to research articles in all respects except length. They must not exceed a maximum of 4,000 words. Although concise, short reports should provide complete, clear descriptions of the work reported. The Editors aim to provide feedback on all submitted short papers within 60 days of submission.

Article Preparation

Style: All articles should follow the style guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, 2009.

Title page: The title page should include the full title, the names and affiliations of all authors, and an author note.

Author note: Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs. Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s). All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal, or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. If there are none, then please include the following statement: “The authors declare that there are no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.”

Abstract and keywords: The page following the title page must include an abstract of no more than 150 words (120 words for Short Papers). Abstracts must end with a key message, emphasising the research outcome or contribution of the article. This will assist the reader community and promote the search engine ranking of your article. Four to five keywords should be listed below the abstract.

Language: The language of the journal is English. Either American or British usage is acceptable; however, it must be consistent throughout the manuscript.

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Research ethics: Manuscripts reporting empirical research should include consideration of any ethical issues arising from the research design (e.g., informed consent, right to withdraw, confidentiality/anonymity, deception, debriefing, and any potential risk to participants), and should mention ethical clearances that were obtained for the work.

Supporting information: EJSP is happy to accept articles with supporting information supplied for online only publication. This may include data, appendices, supplementary figures, sound files, video clips, etc. These will be posted on Wiley Online Library with the article. The print version will have a note indicating that extra material is available online. Please indicate clearly on submission which material is for online only publication. Please note that extra online only material is published as supplied by the author in the same file format and is not copyedited or typeset. Further information about this service can be found at

Reference style: EJSP uses the American Psychological Association (APA) system of citing sources as follows:

Journal Article

Gardikiotis, A., Martin, R., & Hewstone, M. (2004). The representation of majorities and minorities in the British press: A content analytic approach. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 637-646. doi:10.1002/ejsp.221


Paloutzian, R. F. (1996). Invitation to the psychology of religion (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Book with More than One Author

Natarajan, R., & Chaturvedi, R. (1983). Geology of the Indian Ocean. Hartford, CT: University of Hartford Press.

Hesen, J., Carpenter, K., Moriber, H., & Milsop, A. (1983). Computers in the business world. Hartford, CT: Capital Press.

and so on. The abbreviation et al. is not used in the reference list, regardless of the number of authors, although it can be used in the text citation of material with three to five authors (after the initial citation, when all are listed) and in all parenthetical citations of material with six or more authors.

Web Document on University Program or Department Web Site

Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials. Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Website:

Stand-alone Web Document (no date)

Nielsen, M. E. (n.d.). Notable people in psychology of religion. Retrieved August 3, 2001, from

Journal Article from Database

Hien, D., & Honeyman, T. (2000). A closer look at the drug abuse-maternal aggression link. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15, 503-522. Retrieved May 20, 2000, from ProQuest database.

Abstract from Secondary Database

Garrity, K., & Degelman, D. (1990). Effect of server introduction on restaurant tipping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20, 168-172. Abstract retrieved July 23, 2001, from PsycINFO database.

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Shea, J. D. (1992). Religion and sexual adjustment. In J. F. Schumaker (Ed.), Religion and mental health (pp. 70-84). New York: Oxford University Press.

All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the doi for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access.

Illustrations: Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures (e.g. 1a, b, c) should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc. - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in Excel the file should be uploaded separately. The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. Online only colour is free of charge. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either .tiff or .eps format, they may be used in the .pdf of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal.

Data archiving and sharing

EJSP recognises the many benefits of archiving study materials and data for scientific progress. Archived materials and data provide an indispensable resource for the scientific community, facilitating future replications, extensions, reviews, and secondary analyses, in addition to their importance for verifying the accountability and dependability of published research findings.

Hence, the corresponding author of every empirically-based article accepted for publication in EJSP is responsible for archiving electronic copies of the anonymised raw data, related coding information, and all materials used to collect data in their original wording/language. These files should be archived in a secure location (where feasible, an institutional or national data repository) for at least 10 years following publication of the article. We do not require that archived materials should be publicly accessible, although this is encouraged where feasible; the most important consideration is to ensure that materials and data are preserved safely in a location and format that firmly guarantees their continued availability into the future. Alternatively, the files may be uploaded as supplementary materials that will be published as online appendices together with your article.

The corresponding author should allow access to the anonymised raw data and related coding information underlying all findings reported in the paper to other competent professionals who request them, provided that (a) the confidentiality and informed consent of participants are not compromised, (b) legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release, and (c) professionals requesting data agree in writing in advance that shared data will be used exclusively for the purpose of verifying the substantive claims through reanalysis or for some other agreed-upon use.

The corresponding author also is responsible for providing all materials used in data collection to other competent professionals who request them, provided that (d) legal rights concerning proprietary materials do not preclude their release and (e) professionals requesting materials agree in writing in advance that shared materials will be used exclusively for the purpose of non-commercial scientific research or for some other agreed-upon use.

Authors are encouraged to contact the Editors if they have any questions or concerns about this policy.

Publication ethics

The Journal and editors adhere to and uphold the ethics of scientific publication as detailed in the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (American Psychological Association, 2010, and follow the code of conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, We ask authors to adhere to the APA code as well as their national ethics guidelines. Important principles for authors include: (a) Research was conducted ethically, responsibly, and legally. (b) Results are reported clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation. (c) New findings are presented in the context of previous research, which is accurately represented. (d) Researchers are willing to make their data available to the editor when requested. (e) Methods are described clearly and unambiguously. (f) Submitted work is original, not (self-)plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere. (g) Authorship accurately reflects individuals’ contributions. (h) Funding sources and conflicts of interest are disclosed. COPE guidelines are pursued where misconduct is suspected or alleged. For more information, see APA code and COPE’s international standards for authors.

Manuscript submission

EJSP operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to the EJSP online submission site. All papers must be submitted via the online system.

Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

File types

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls.

Copyright and Permissions

Copyright Transfer Agreement: If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services, where they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS).

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement: If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen: If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Permission grants: if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form.

Further Information

Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final .pdf offprint of your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article .pdf offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Offprints and copies of the journal issue may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.