Scandinavian Journal of Psychology

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Edited By: Jerker Rönnberg

Impact Factor: 1.364

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 52/129 (Psychology Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1467-9450

Author Guidelines

Scandinavian Journal of Psychology is organized into four standing subsections and is published in six issues per annum.

Cognition and Neurosciences
Papers in this section are concerned with any area within cognitive and clinical neuroscience.  The section welcomes papers on a wide range of topics, from basic cognition to clinical neuropsychology. 

Development and Aging
This section deals with all aspects of psychological development, normal or abnormal. Papers published in this section address any part of the life span from infancy to old age.  Of interest are empirical and theoretical contributions and clinical reviews on the roles of biological, social and cultural factors in development. 

Personality and Social Psychology
This section publishes original papers in all areas of personality and social sciences.  Topics include personality processes and individual differences, social cognition and attitudes, social interaction and group processes. 

Health and Disability
Papers in this section reflect research in the psychology of health and disability. A wide range of topics is welcome, focusing on psychological factors in the causes, development and consequences of health, disease and disability. 

Please note: Papers on tests or questionnaires should primarily concern development and data of new tests or new questionnaires. Data on already established tests (e.g., adaptation into a specific language) will only be considered if representing major theoretical or methodological advancements.

On the other hand, well conducted and high quality replication studies as well as papers reporting null findings are welcomed.

Submission and arrangement of manuscripts

Articles which have already appeared in a periodical or serial publication of international circulation, covered by Psychological Abstracts, are not accepted; neither are manuscripts simultaneously submitted to other journals.

Scandinavian Journal of Psychology prefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically using ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central). 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 Scandinavian Journal of Psychology ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage (
2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts.
3. If you are creating a new account:
• After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail 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 e-mail 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 Scandinavian Journal of 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 “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. The title page and main document need to be uploaded as separate files to ensure author anonymity. The title page should contain manuscript title, names and affiliations of all authors.
• 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.
Please note: submissions will be returned if author details are included in the manuscript. All manuscripts must be made anonymous before submission.

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 e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

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 Queries can also be e-mailed to and telephone support is available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week through the US ScholarOne support office on: +1 434 817 2040, ext 167. If you do not have Internet access or cannot submit online, the Editorial Office will help with online submissions. Please contact the Editorial Office, by e-mail,, or

Authors will be notified as soon as possible (normally within 90 days) of the editors' decision.

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All material in the manuscript should conform to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, Washington, DC). Manuscripts must meet the requirements of effective scientific communication as to logic, clarity, and conciseness of exposition, being as brief as their contents will permit. It is essential that the language be irreproachable, consistent with either British or American conventions. Authors are therefore recommended to have their papers revised by a language editor.

The author is responsible for obtaining permission, when necessary, to quote excerpts from any previously published material.

The manuscript should be in its final form when submitted. Hence, it must be so prepared as to conform to the conventions of form and style adopted by this journal.

We recommend manuscripts not to exceed 6 000 words (excluding abstract, tables, figures, references and appendixes). Shorter papers are welcomed. For reviews or comprehensive theoretical contributions the recommended word limit of 6 000 words may be exceeded. The number of words should be stated on the first page of the manuscript.

The manuscript must be submitted with double spacing throughout (also tables) and have an ample left margin (4 cm). The author(s) may suggest up to three names as possible reviewers, and may also indicate a preferred editor; this should be the appropriate section editor or, if in doubt, the Editor-in Chief.

Submissions will be blind reviewed; the name of the author should therefore not appear on the first page of the main document or be disclosed anywhere in the manuscript.

Attempts should be made to avoid footnotes and appendices. It is preferred that their contents are incorporated in the text.

References should be listed alphabetically and should follow the standards of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (APA, Washington, DC). Examples are given below:

Emmorey, K. (2003). The neural systems underlying sign language. In M. Marschark & P. Spencer (Eds.), Oxford handbook of deaf studies, language and education (pp. 361–378). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hugdahl, K., Rund, B. R., Lund A., Asbjornsen, A., Egeland, J., Ersland, L., Landro, N. I., Roness, A., Stordal, K. I., Sundet, K. & Thomsen, T. (2004). Brain activation measured with fMRI during a mental arithmetic task in schizophrenia and major depression. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161(2), 286–293.

Each table should be typed on a separate sheet. Legends for tables and illustrations should be self-explanatory. Tables and illustrations should be numbered with arabic numerals.

Legends for illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet. Any illustrations should be submitted electronically, wherever possible. For information about suitable formats please visit

Cost of major alterations in the proofs against the manuscript will be defrayed by the author. First-named contributors will receive a PDF file for their article, and they should undertake to forward copies of the PDF file to their co-authors. Additional offprints may be purchased using the form provided when returning proofs.

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell’s 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.

 Pre-submission 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. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

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 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:

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