Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy

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Edited By: Heather Bullock

Impact Factor: 1.641

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 7/39 (Social Issues); 22/60 (Psychology Social)

Online ISSN: 1530-2415

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Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP): Information for contributors

To submit an article: The online submission portal for the journal may be found at (or

Content of submissions: ASAP will consider scholarly manuscripts in any area related to the goals of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). This scope is broad; recent articles have applied the methods of the social and behavioral sciences to the study of economic and social justice including ageism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, status quo bias and other forms of discrimination, social problems such as climate change, extremism, homelessness, inter-group conflict, natural disasters, poverty, and terrorism, and social ideals such as democracy, empowerment, equality, health, and trust. Regardless of topic, submissions will be evaluated in terms of scholarly excellence, clarity of exposition, and relevance to the psychological and behavioral study of social problems, social action and policy.

Types of submissions: Articles in a range of formats are considered. The modal ASAP article is a freestanding piece, typically empirical, of less than 15000 words. The Journal also includes book reviews, thematic collections, and other material of interest to the readership. Beginning with the 2010 volume, prospective authors have the option of inviting continuing commentary. Submissions in this category will be subject to the standard peer review process, then, if published, will be flagged online with the heading ‘continuing commentary invited.’ Subsequently, peer-reviewed comments and rebuttals will be presented with the original paper in an online virtual issue as well as in the annual print editions. Commentary Guidelines may be found on the SPSSI Website.

ASAP now provides authors of selected manuscripts with the possibility of streamlined review. That is, for papers that have been previously denied publication at other selective journals, authors may submit the prior editorial correspondence (including reviews, decision letters, and a list of
revisions) together with their manuscripts, with the aim of expediting the review process.

Manuscripts should conform to American Psychological Association (APA) style. Beyond this, authors are encouraged to write in clear and thoughtful prose, to summarize results in tables that are largely self-explanatory, to use figures that are conceived and scaled in a way that reveals rather than obscures, and, perhaps most of all, to remember that their potential audience is busy, often skeptical, incompletely versed in the particulars of the research at hand, and, above all, intelligent. Editorial policies are described more fully in the brief article that appears at the beginning of the 2010 volume of the Journal. All manuscripts should be electronically submitted on the web. Questions concerning journal policies and the suitability of manuscripts may be sent directly to the editor:

To submit an invited book review: The online submission portal for the journal may be found at (or

The ASAP book review section includes reviews of recently published books and other media which are likely to be of interest to SPSSI members and the broader community of behavioral and social scientists concerned with policy issues. Reviews include thematic essays, typically incorporating discussion of several books, as well as reviews of single volumes.

Though all reviews are written by invitation, readers interested in reviewing books on particular topics are encouraged to contact the book review editor, preferably via email, Joel T. Nadler,

Guidelines for Book Reviews

Reviews should include a description of the goals of the work(s) under review and an assessment of the adequacy with which those goals have been met. The intended audience and, if different, the appropriate audience, should be noted. The review should pay particular attention to the relevance of the work(s) to the SPSSI membership.

Reviewers are encouraged to be frank, recognizing limitations as well as strengths of the works under review. Reviews should stand on their own as informative essays, should avoid technical jargon and acronyms, and should be intelligible and coherent to the broad base of psychologists, social scientists, and policy makers that make up ASAP's intended readership. Finally, reviews should be timely.

The typical review of a single work (book, monograph, etc.) will be between 400 and 1,000 words. Thematic reviews of multiple works may be substantially longer.

Reviews should be preceded by the appropriate bibliographic information, i.e., author(s), title, publisher, year, ISBN and retail price. Following the review, authors should include a self-description, typically no more than 30 words in length. Authors must also include an email address to be published with the review.

Publishers should submit copies of books for review consideration to:

Joel T. Nadler, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Box 1121
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1121
(618) 650-3347