Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Cover image for Vol. 18 Issue 3

Edited By: Emiko Kashima

Impact Factor: 0.623

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 57/62 (Psychology Social)

Online ISSN: 1467-839X

Author Guidelines

The Asian Journal of Social Psychology publishes theoretical and empirical papers as well as major reviews of research on specific topics by Asian scholars and those interested in Asian cultures and societies. The journal positively encourages submissions with Asian content and/or Asian authors, but also welcomes high-quality submissions from any part of the world. Coverage includes all aspects of social processes such as development, cognition, personality, health, counselling, organisation and education. The journal encourages interdisciplinary integration with social sciences and humanities.

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, direct style so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of academic content, the Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

All articles submitted to the journal must comply with the following instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.


Committee on Publication Ethics. This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Originality of work. Authors warrant by submission that their manuscripts are original work, have not been published before and are not being considered for publication elsewhere either in printed or electronic form. Under rare circumstances, re-publication of a manuscript originally published in another language is acceptable, provided that there is full and prominent disclosure of its original source at the time of submission.

Plagiarism Detection. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

• Authors should declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest (e.g. where research into the psychometric properties of a test is funded by the commercial publishers of that test). Such declarations should appear in the Cover Letters and in the manuscript under Acknowledgements.

Authors must state that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken and that it conforms to the provisions of the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Brazil 2013) available at:

Authors for whom English is not the first language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Visit to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal, and all services are paid for and arranged by the author.

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard copyright transfer agreements (CTA) in place for the journal, including terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: CTA Terms and Conditions FAQs

OnlineOpen – ‘Gold road’ Open Access
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APA Style. Manuscripts should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

Word length. The normal length for Short Notes is 4000 words, and the normal length for Regular Articles is 8000 words. Word lengths include references, tables and figures.

Spelling. Only English language manuscripts are accepted by the journal. The journal publishes in British English; please refer to the latest edition of the Oxford Concise English Dictionary.

Abbreviations. In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.

Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgements and funding, (v) references, (vi) endnotes, (vii) appendices, (viii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes), (ix) figure legends, (x) figures, and (xi) supporting information if desired. Authors must also provide a cover letter to accompany their manuscript. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

Title page: The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the number of words in the manuscript (iii) the full names of the authors and (iv) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (v) the full postal and email address, plus facsimile and telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Title: The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. Do not use abbreviations in the title. A short running title (less than 40 characters) should also be provided.

Abstract: All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 200–250 words the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references.

Key words: Six keywords (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.

Acknowledgements and Funding: Authors are required to specify the source of institutional, private and corporate financial support for their research when submitting a paper, and a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations should be included. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

References: In-text citations of references with two authors should include both authors’ names for every citation. Please note APA referencing style requires that a DOI be provided for all references where available. For references with three to five authors, include all names in the first citation, but include the first author’s name followed by et al. for every subsequent citation. For references with six or more authors, only include the first author’s name followed by et al. for every citation.

In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are seven or fewer; when there are eight or more, include the first six authors’ names followed by an ellipsis (…) and the final author’s name. Do not use ibid. or op cit. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data). Article in a journal with continuous pagination does not require issue numbers in the references.

All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list in the following standard form:

Greenhalgh, P. (1988). Ephemeral Vistas: The Expositions Universelles, Great Exhibitions and World’s Fairs, 1851–1939. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Chapter within a book
Berntson, G. & Cacioppo, J. (2004). Multilevel analyses and reductionism: Why social psychologists should care about neuroscience and vice versa. In J. Cacioppo & G. Berntson (Eds.), Essays in Social Neuroscience (pp. 107-120). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Journal article
Sutherland, K., & Bryant, R. A. (2008). Social problem solving and autobiographical memory in posttraumatic stress disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 154–161. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2007.10.005

Online article
Baynes, D. (2008). China’s Hu opens Beijing Games to global audience of billions. [Cited 6 Jan 2010.] Available from URL:

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Reference management software. We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting. EndNote reference styles can be searched for here: Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Endnotes should be placed as a list at the end of the paper only, not at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep endnotes brief: they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper and should not include references.

Appendices should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

Figures: All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Figures should be sized to fit within the column (83 mm), intermediate (115 mm) or the full text width (174 mm). Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar in the illustration. Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (lineart) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible). Further information can be obtained at Wiley’s guidelines for figures: Check your electronic artwork before submitting it:

Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 dpi) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. Digital images supplied only as low-resolution files cannot be used. Further instructions are available at the submission site.

Figure legends should be typed on a separate page and be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Supporting information: Supporting information should always be provided in its final format, as it will not be copyedited or changed from its original format. It will not be available for review prior to publication. Supporting information may also be displayed on an author or institutional website. Such posting is not subject to the journal's embargo date as specified in the copyright agreement. In such cases, it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the supplied URL for the supporting information remains valid for the lifetime of the article.

Wiley does not provide technical support for the creation of supporting information.

All files should be clearly labeled as "Supporting Information" (e.g., use SuppInfo, Supp, in the filename; example - Figure_6_SuppInfo.pdf).

All supporting information must be supplied with a legend stating what it is, and what format it is. Please try to restrict individual file sizes to 10Mb maximum (zipped or unzipped). We recommend the following file types: gif, tif, eps, png, jpg, bmp, ps (postscript), quicktime, mpeg, avi, mp3, aac and wma. If a native dataset is supplied, the program and/or equipment used should be given.

• In addition to the manuscript, authors must include a cover letter stating that: (i) the article has not been published in any language before; (ii) it is not being considered concurrently for publication elsewhere; and (iii) the research reported in the manuscript was conducted in accordance with general ethical guidelines in psychology.

• The cover letter must also contain an acknowledgement that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

• Authors should declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest (e.g. where research into the psychometric properties of a test is funded by the commercial publishers of that test). Such declarations should appear in the Covering Letters and in the manuscript under Acknowledgements and Funding.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at Authors must supply an email address as all correspondence will be by email. At least two files should be supplied: the title page and the manuscript (in Word or rich text format (.rtf)). Authors may also choose to upload additional figures files. The title page should be uploaded as a file not for review in keeping with the double-blind review process.

All submissions should be prepared with every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors’ identities. All articles submitted to the journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so will result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.


Author Services
Once your paper has been accepted you will receive an email from the Journal Production team asking you to log in to Wiley’s Author Services site in order to sign a copyright or licencing agreement. The Author Services site also provides information for authors that may be useful as your prepare your submission; enables authors to track accepted articles through the production process; enables authors to gain free access to their published articles and nominate up to 10 colleagues to be provided with free access to their published articles. Visit the Author Services site at

• It is essential that corresponding authors supply an email address to which correspondence can be emailed while their article is in production.

• Word files of edited articles may be sent for checking via email prior to typesetting. It is essential that these files are checked carefully, as the cost of changes made at a later stage may be charged to the author. Full instructions on how to correct and return the file to the Publisher will be attached to the email.

e-page proofs: Notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof and further instructions will be sent by email to the corresponding author. The purpose of the PDF proof is a final check of the layout, and of tables and figures. Alterations other than the essential correction of errors are unacceptable at PDF proof stage. The proof should be checked, and approval to publish the article should be emailed to the Publisher by the date indicated, otherwise, it may be signed off on by the Editor or held over to the next issue. Acrobat Reader will be required to read the PDF. This software can be downloaded free of charge from the following website: Acrobat Reader will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof.

Early View
Asian Journal of Social Psychology is covered by Wiley Early View service. 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 and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article is available via Author Services. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: If you have queries about offprints please Single issues of the journal can be purchased from our customer services department.

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Author Guidelines updated July 2014.