Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 4

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.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published in any language 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.


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.


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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.

Preparing Figures: Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions. Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.

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.


Peer 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.

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.

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.

Research involving human studies and subjects

For manuscripts reporting medical studies involving human participants, we require a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study, and that the study conforms to recognized standards, for example: Declaration of Helsinki; US Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects; or European Medicines Agency Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice. Images and information from individual participants will only be published where the authors have obtained the individual's free prior informed consent. Non-essential identifying details should be omitted.

Research involving animal studies

A statement indicating that the protocol and procedures employed were ethically reviewed and approved, and the name of the body giving approval, must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript. We encourage authors to adhere to animal research reporting standards, for example the ARRIVE reporting guidelines for reporting study design and statistical analysis; experimental procedures; experimental animals and housing and husbandry. Authors should also state whether experiments were performed in accordance with relevant institutional and national guidelines and regulations for the care and use of laboratory animals:

US authors should cite compliance with the US National Research Council's Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the US Public Health Service's Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

UK authors should conform to UK legislation under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations (SI 2012/3039).

European authors outside the UK should conform to Directive 2010/63/EU.

Publishing Ethics

This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found at Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts.


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 article received in production

When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production production team, you (corresponding authors) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication licence at this point.


Once your paper is typeset you will receive emaile notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

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).

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Measuring the impact of your work

Wiley also helps you measure the impact of your research through our specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.


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Author Guidelines updated 29 September 2016