Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Cover image for Vol. 17 Issue 2

Edited By: Professor Fanny Cheung

Impact Factor: 0.544

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 52/60 (Psychology Social)

Online ISSN: 1467-839X

Author Guidelines

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 so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. They 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. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

Asian Journal of Social Psychology uses ScholarOne Manuscripts for online submission and peer review, and it also employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting started
1. Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or Safari 1.2.4) and go to the ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage.
2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of Manuscript Central.
3. If you are creating a new account:
• After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and email information and click “Next”. Your email information is very important.
• Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”
• Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your email address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.
4. If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” on the Asian Journal of Social Psychology ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage and enter your email address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and password reminder.
5. Log in and select “Corresponding Author Center.”

Submitting your manuscript
6. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
7. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.
8. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
9. You are required to upload your files:
• Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
• Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
• When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.
10. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation email. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts at any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by email once a decision has been made.

In your submission, please state 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.

Please note that all reviews are double blind.

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.

• Submissions should be double-spaced.
• All margins should be at least 30 mm.
• All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top righthand corner, beginning with the title page.
• Use a tab, not spaces, to separate data points in tables. If you use a table editor function, ensure that each data point is contained within a unique cell (i.e. do not use carriage returns within cells).

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 d.p.i.) 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.

Covering letter
Papers are accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be stated in the covering letter.

The covering 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 must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest.

Getting help with your submission
Each page of the ScholarOne Manuscripts website has a ‘Get Help Now’ icon connecting directly to the online support system at Telephone support is available 5 days a week through the US ScholarOne Support Office on: 1 434 817 2040, ext 167.

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 available at

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.

Authors should declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest. Such declarations should appear in the Covering Letters and in the manuscript under Acknowledgements.

Manuscripts should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). The normal length for Short Notes and Regular Articles is 4000 words and 8000 words respectively, including references, tables and figures. Please state the number of words in your manuscript on its front page. Each manuscript must contain an abstract of approximately 200-250 words.

All articles published by the Journal will be in English. Authors may NO LONGER submit their manuscripts in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

Spelling. The Journal uses UK spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

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, (v) references, (vi) endnotes, (vii) appendices, (viii) figure legends, (ix) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (x) figures. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors and (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) 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.

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.

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.

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

The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

In-text citations of references with two authors should include both authors’ names for every citation. 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. 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, p. 107. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Journal article
Braver, T., Cohen, J., Nystrom, L., Jonides, J., Smith, E. & Noll, D. (1997). A parametric study of prefrontal cortex involvement in human working memory. Neuroimage, 5, 49–62.

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.

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.

These 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, and 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.

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. For more information on digital graphics standards visit the Wiley pages: and

Figure legends. Type figure legends on a separate page. Legends should 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.

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 article online and choose to receive automated emails at key stages of production so they do not need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources, including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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 will be sent for checking via email, and should be returned to the Publisher. It is essential that these files are checked carefully. Full instructions on how to correct and return the file will be attached to the email.

e-page proofs. Notification of the URL from where to download a Portable Document Format (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.

A free PDF offprint will be supplied to the corresponding author. A minimum of 50 additional paper offprints will be provided upon request, at the author's expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields. If you have queries about offprints please email

Early View
Asian Journal of Social Psychology uses Wiley's Early View publication 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


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.

In signing the form it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material. Any previously published material which appears in the article must be credited appropriately, and permission must be granted by the copyright holder to reproduce any images and tables. Permission must have been granted in writing for the use of all published tests. Permission may be given by the author if the test is unpublished or purchased from the test publisher if the test is published. Please be aware that in the case of purchased tests, you may be required to complete a test purchaser qualifications form prior to being granted copyright permission. Authors are directed to Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines for more details. All authors must read and agree to the conditions outlined in the form. Articles cannot be published until a signed form has been received.

FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard copyright transfer agreements (CTA) in place for the journal can be viewed here: CTA Terms and Conditions FAQs

OnlineOpen – ‘Gold’ 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.

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.

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