Journal of Personality

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Edited By: Howard Tennen

Impact Factor: 3.657

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 6/62 (Psychology Social)

Online ISSN: 1467-6494

Author Guidelines

The Journal is devoted to scientific investigations in the field of personality. We welcome studies of personality and behavior dynamics, personality development, and individual differences in the cognitive, affective, and interpersonal domains. The scope of the Journal is not fixed, however, and it is intended to reflect all areas of significant current research. Articles ought to make a substantial empirical contribution. Literature reviews, theoretical papers, and articles concerned exclusively with test construction or validation will ordinarily not be considered. In style, particularly in respect to citations, form of bibliographies, preparation of tables and figures, etc., manuscripts submitted should conform to the conventions adopted for periodicals published by the American Psychological Association (see the Publication Manual, sixth edition).

All papers published in Journal of Personality are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Manuscripts typically should not exceed 36 pages (including cover page, abstract, text, conflict of interest and funding statements, references, tables, and figures), in APA (6th ed.) style, with 1 inch margins on all sides and a standard 12 point font. The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced. Submissions that exceed 36 pages must be accompanied by a justification (e.g., multiple experiments; multifaceted longitudinal studies; studies that are unusually complex in terms of methods and/or analytic strategy), which will be evaluated by the editor.  In no case should the manuscript exceed 46 pages. Papers that do not follow these requirements will be returned without review.

An abstract of up to 200 words must include the following sections and headings: Objective: a brief statement of the purpose of the study; Method: a summary of study participants (sample size, age, gender, ethnicity), and descriptions of the study design and procedures; Results: a summary of the primary findings; Conclusions: a statement regarding the implications of the findings for personality psychology. Below the abstract, supply up to five keywords or short phrases.

Authors are now required to include a declaration of conflicting interests and a statement of funding for the research described in the manuscript. Both the declaration of conflicting interests and the funding statement should appear on a separate page just before References. Under the heading “Declaration of Conflicting Interests,” specify any potential conflicting interests. If there is no conflicting interest, include the following text: The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. Directly following the Declaration of Conflicting Interests, authors must list, under the heading “Funding,” all funding sources. If the research was funded, the statement should read:

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Preparation of this manuscript was supported by Grant xxxxxx from xxxxxx.

If the work described in the manuscript received no financial support, include the statement: The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Other sources of support should be clearly identified in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript. For example, these might include funding for open access publication, or funding for writing or editorial assistance, or provision of experimental materials.

Authors should submit manuscripts online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (+1 434 817 2040 ext. 167), or at If you cannot submit online, please contact the editorial office.

Journal of Personality is covered by the following Wiley Blackwell Publishing services:

Accepted Articles
Accepted Articles that have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only (without the accompanying full-text HTML) and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity. More information about DOIs can be found online at Given that Accepted Articles are not considered to be final, please note that changes will be made to an article after Accepted Article online publication, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record. The Accepted Articles service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance. Accepted articles will be indexed by PubMed; therefore the submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript, as it will not be possible to alter these once a paper is made available online in Accepted Article format. Subsequently the final copyedited and proofed articles will appear either as Early View articles in a matter of weeks or in an issue on Wiley Online Library.

Early View
Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue.  Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue.  Early View articles are complete and final.  They have been fully reviewed, revised, and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated.  Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication.  The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue, or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way.  They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite an access the article.

Instructions for ordering offprints from the printer will be provided with page proofs.

Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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 via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

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 certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Wiley's Self-Archiving Policy
Authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period. Use the following link for more information, and to view the policy for Journal of Personality: