Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 3

Edited By: Susumu Yamaguchi

Impact Factor: 1.261

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 42/62 (Psychology Social)

Online ISSN: 1467-839X

Author Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Asian Journal of Social Psychology. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

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We look forward to your submission.


Aims and Scope
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.

Editorial Review and Acceptance
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. 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.


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.

Conflict of Interest Declaration. 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.

Principles for Publication of Research Involving Human Subjects

Manuscripts must contain a statement to the effect that all human studies have been reviewed by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in an appropriate version of the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Brazil 2013), available at It should also state clearly in the text that all persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study. Details that might disclose the identity of the subjects under the study should be omitted.

Use of Animals in Research

Reports of animal experiments must state that the ‘Principles of Laboratory Animal Care’ (NIH Publication Vol 25, No. 28 revised 1996; were followed, as well as specific national laws (e.g. the current version of the German Law on the Protection of Animals) where applicable.


Author Services

Prior to submission, we encourage you to browse the ‘Author Resources’ section of the Wiley ‘Author Services’ website: This site includes useful information covering such topics as copyright matters, ethics and electronic artwork guidelines.

Pre-acceptance 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. Visit our site 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.

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.


APA Style. Manuscripts should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), except in regards to spelling. The APA website includes a range of resources for authors learning to write in APA style, including An overview of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition; free tutorials on APA Style basics and an APA Style Blog. Please note APA referencing style requires that a DOI be provided for all references where available.

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.


The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.

Title page

The title page should contain:
(i) a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations
(ii) the full names of the authors
(iii) the addresses of the author’s affiliated institutions at which the work was carried out
(iv) a short running title (no more than 40 characters)
(v) the full postal and email address, plus telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent
(vi) word count, excluding title page, abstract, references, figures and tables

The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Main text

The Main text file should be prepared with every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors’ identities.

The main text file should be presented in the following order: (i) title, (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. Figures and Supporting information should be supplied as separate files. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

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.

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.

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.

Figures: All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text.Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar in the illustration.

Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. For submission, low resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files can be uploaded for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, however, high-resolution figures (at least 300 dpi) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. Digital images only available as low-resolution files cannot be used.

Further information about preparing electronic figures can be obtained at Wiley’s Guidelines for the Preparation of Figures.

Supporting Information

Supporting information is not essential to the article but provides greater depth and background and may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. This material can be submitted with your manuscript, and will appear online, without editing or typesetting. Guidelines on how to prepare this material and which formats and files sizes are acceptable can be found at:

Please note that the provision of supporting information is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.


In addition to the manuscript, authors must also include a cover letter. The cover letter must include the following:

(i) A statement confirming that the article has not been published in any language before and is not being considered concurrently for publication elsewhere;
(ii) A statement confirming that the research reported in the manuscript was conducted in accordance with general ethical guidelines in psychology;
(iii) An acknowledgement that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript;
(iv) A declaration of any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest for any of the authors (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 letter and also on the title page under Acknowledgements and Funding.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at

In addition to the cover letter, two word should be supplied: the title page and the manuscript (in Word or rich text format (.rtf)).The title page should be uploaded as a file not for review in keeping with the double-blind review process.

Authors may also choose to upload additional figures files.

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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
OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons licence. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication. With OnlineOpen the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access, known as ‘gold road’ open access.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND).

For more information about the OnlineOpen license terms and conditions click here.

UK authors: Note that all papers published in the journal are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).


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. More details on the copyright and licencing options for the journal appear in section 6 above.

Wiley’s Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article 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 corresponding author will receive 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.

Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; the responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


Access and sharing
When your article is published online:
• You receive an email alert (if requested)
• You can share your published article through social media
• As the author, you retain free access (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, you can view your article)
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to your article.

You can now order print copies of your article (instructions are sent at proofing stage or email

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Measuring the Impact of your Work

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Author Guidelines updated 8 July 2016.