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Japanese Psychological Research

Cover image for Vol. 58 Issue 3

Edited By: Professor Makoto Miyatani

Impact Factor: 0.71

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 84/129 (Psychology Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1468-5884

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Japanese Psychological Research. Please read the full Author Guidelines prior to submitting your paper, in particular please familiarize yourself with the copyright terms offered by the journal.


Japanese Psychological Research accepts three kinds of manuscripts: Original Articles, Brief Report, and Reviews.

1. Original Article: in principle, an original article should present research results, theoretical discussion, and a clear conclusion based on the description of problems, experiments, surveys, and case studies. It should also include new methods, skills, and data that are useful for conducting research, such as the development of new experimentation equipment and analysis programs, the creation of new psychological measurement scales, as well as database construction. The length should be kept to a maximum of 12 pages on the published version.

2. Brief Reports: contain the following contents: (a) an additional examination of an already published report, (b) the discovery of a new fact, (c) a new important observation, (d) a report of a few cases, (e) results to be published quickly or (f) a report based on exploratory ideas. The length should be kept to a maximum of 8 pages on the published version.

3. Reviews: a review should focus on recent major themes in psychology, explain primary research status, main achievements and problems, and discuss the significance of current and future studies. “Invited Review” articles are written by request of the Editorial Board. The length should be kept to a maximum of 24 pages on the published version.

Selection procedure
Original Articles, Brief Reports, and Reviews are reviewed by reviewers and the final decision regarding acceptance is made by the Editorial Board. Manuscripts may be returned for revision.

Ethical Considerations
The journal is committed to integrity in scientific research and recognizes the importance of maintaining the highest ethical standards.

• Plagiarism Detection. The journal 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.

• Committee on Publication Ethics. The journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


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.

General style and format

1. The manuscript should be written in English. The manuscript should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010, 6th ed.) and should be printed on A4 size white paper in the vertical direction. Each page should contain at least a 3 cm margin on all four sides. A popular, easily readable text font with a font size of at least 10.5 point should be used, and the texts should be double-spaced. The total number of lines per page should be approximately between 20 and 23, although this will vary with text font and size. All pages should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript.

2. Word lengths. Original Articles should be no longer than 8,400 words , Brief Report should be no longer than 5,600, and Reviews no longer than 16,800 words, inclusive of the title, name of the author and his/her affiliated institution, English abstract, keywords, main text, list of references, footnotes, figures, tables, appendices and all other elements.

3. Each manuscript must be accompanied by an abstract of 100-175 words, a list of 3-5 English key words listed in order of importance, and a running head (short title) of not more than 50 characters (including spaces), typed on a separate page.

4. The SI (Système International d'Unités) system should be used for units of measurement.

5. References should be cited in the text, each with the last name of the author followed by the publication date enclosed within parentheses. All references should be listed alphabetically by last name, in the bibliography at the end of the article. Journal titles should be spelled out in full. Examples follow:

Underwood, B. J. (1976). Recognition memory for pairs of words as a function of associative context.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning and Memory, 2, 404-412.

Gibson, E. J. (1969). Principles of perceptual learning and development. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.

Sugiura, Y.(2013). The dual effects of critical thinking disposition on worry. PLoS ONE, 8(11), e79714.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079714

6. Tables and figures should be on separate pages and numbered with Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at Authors must supply an email address as all correspondence will be by email. Manuscripts should be uploaded in PDF format, including the title, abstract, key words, main text, references, footnote, tables and figures.
Please refer to for a guide on contributing papers to the Journal.


It is condition of publication that authors must transfer copyright of their articles to the Japanese Psychological Association. Authors will be asked to complete and sign a Transfer of Copyright form and return it to the Association following acceptance of their articles.

When article proofs are ready, the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a website from which the proof can be downloaded as a PDF. There are two options for providing proof corrections to the Production Editor: i) using e-annotation with your PDF reader, or ii) marking up a hard copy print-out of the proofs.

i) Using PDF e-annotation your downloaded PDF proofs. Authors will need to ensure that they have Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or above, or Acrobat Professional in order to use the annotation functionality. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the Adobe website. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and any corrections to be added in electronically using the annotation toolbar. Electronic annotations can be used to cross out, replace or insert text, and even insert an attachment (such as a new abstract or figure). Detailed instructions and links to the Adobe website will be sent with the proof.

ii) Marking up hardcopy proofs. This method can be used if you are not able to use e-annotation with your PDF reader. Authors will need to download the PDF, review the article, and either send a list of corrections set out in an email, or mark the corrections in pen direction on to a print out before scanning and sending to the Production Editor via email.

Early View
The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed 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. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Twenty printed offprints will be sent free of charge to the corresponding author of each article after publication of the journal if the offprint order form supplied at the proof stage is returned. Extra offprints may be ordered using the form.

Author material archive policy
Authors who require the return of any submitted material that is accepted for publication should inform the Editorial Office after acceptance. If no indication is given that author material should be returned, Wiley will dispose of all hardcopy and electronic material two months after publication.

Guidelines updated on December 28, 2015