Journal of Community Psychology

Cover image for Vol. 44 Issue 4

Edited By: Raymond P. Lorion

Impact Factor: 0.667

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 24/40 (Social Work); 85/129 (Psychology Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1520-6629

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Instructions to Authors

The Journal of Community Psychology is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to research, evaluation, assessment, and intervention. Although review articles that deal with human behavior in community settings are occasionally accepted, the journal’s primary emphasis is on empirical work that is based in or informs studies to understand community factors that influence, positively and negatively, human development, interaction, and functioning. Articles of interest include descriptions and evaluations of service programs and projects; studies of youth, parenting, and family development; methodological studies for the identification and systematic alteration of risks; and protective factors for emotional and behavioral disorders and for positive development. The journal also publishes the results of projects that inform processes relevant to the design of community-based interventions including strategies for gaining entry, engaging a community in participatory action research, and creating sustainable interventions that remain after project development and empirical work are completed.


Authors are required to follow the APA Publication Guidelines.  Authors must state explicitly that appropriate ethical guidelines on human and animal (where applicable) have been followed and that the work was reviewed and approved by an institutional Review Board (IRB) according to NIH regulations relating to research involving human subjects.  Authors must also identify any actual or perceived conflicts of interest in their conduct of the research reported in their submission.


Types of manuscripts: Three types of contributions are considered for publication: full-length articles, brief reports of preliminary and pilot studies that have particular heuristic importance and, occasionally, commentaries on conceptual or practical issues related to the discipline’s theoretical and methodological foundations. Typically, empirical articles are approximately 30 pages including tables, references, etc.; brief reports cannot exceed 12 pages; and commentaries should not, in general, exceed 20 pages. All material submitted will be acknowledged on receipt, assigned a manuscript number, and subject to peer review. Copies of the referees’ comments will be forwarded to the author along with the editor’s decision. The review process ranges from 12 to 16 weeks, and the journal makes every effort to publish accepted material within 12 months.


Manuscript submission: The Journal of Community Psychology has adopted an online submission process, available at


Format of submitted material: All copy, including references and captions, must be typed double-spaced. An abstract of 150 words or less is required for articles and brief reports.


Style: Authors should follow the stylistic guidelines detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, available from the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. References should also follow APA style.


Title Page: The title page should contain the complete title of the manuscript, names and affiliations of all authors, institution(s) at which the work was performed, and name, address (including e-mail address), telephone and telefax numbers of the author responsible for correspondence. Authors should also provide a short title of not more than 45 characters (including spaces), and five to ten key words, that will highlight the subject matter of the article. Please submit the title page as a separate document within the attachment to facilitate the anonymous peer review process.


Figures: Figures should be professionally prepared and submitted in electronic TIFF or EPS format (if possible) along with high-quality printed hard copies. Good glossy black and white photographs are required for halftone reproduction. Figures should appear at the end of the manuscript, after the text.


Reprints: Reprints of articles may be ordered form the publisher when the corrected proofs are returned. Authors should return the Reprint Order Forms with the proofs.


Guidelines for Electronic Submission


Software and format: Microsoft Word is preferred. Refrain from complex formatting; the Publisher will style your manuscript according to the Journal design specifications. Do not use desktop publishing software such as Adobe PageMaker or Quark XPress. If you prepared your manuscript with one of these programs, export the text to a word processing format. Please make sure your word processing program's "fast save" feature is turned off. Please do not deliver files that contain hidden text: for example, do not use your word processor's automated features to create footnotes or reference lists.


Illustrations: All print reproduction requires files for full color images to be in a CMYK color space. If possible, ICC or ColorSync profiles of your output device should accompany all digital image submissions.

Software and format: All illustration files should be in TIFF or EPS (with preview) formats. Do not submit native application formats.


Resolution: Journal quality reproduction will require greyscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 300 dpi. Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600-1200 dpi. These resolutions refer to the output size of the file; if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly.


File names: Illustration files should be given the 2- or 3-letter extension that identifies the file format used (i.e., .tif, .eps).