Australian Journal of Psychology

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Edited By: Graham Tyson, PhD

Impact Factor: 0.941

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 63/126 (Psychology Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1742-9536

Associated Title(s): Australian Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist



Author Guidelines


AIMS AND SCOPE

Australian Journal of Psychology is the premier scientific journal of the Australian Psychological Society. It covers the entire spectrum of psychological research and receives articles on all topics within the broad scope of the discipline. The journal publishes high quality peer-reviewed articles with reviewers and associate editors providing detailed assistance to authors to reach publication.

The journal publishes reports of experimental and survey studies, including reports of qualitative investigations, on pure and applied topics in the field of psychology. Articles on clinical psychology or on the professional concerns of applied psychology should be submitted to our sister journals, Australian Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist. The journal publishes occasional reviews of specific topics, theoretical pieces and commentaries on methodological issues. There are also solicited book reviews and comments.

Annual special issues devoted to a single topic, and guest edited by a specialist editor, are published. The journal regards itself as international in vision and will accept submissions from psychologists in all countries.

EDITORIAL 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 double-blind 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 in a clear, concise, direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of 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.

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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at http://www.wiley.co.jp/journals/editcontribute.html. 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.

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tajp. Authors must supply an email address as all correspondence will be by email. At least two files should be supplied: the title page and the manuscript (in Word or rich text format (.rtf)). Authors may also choose to upload additional figures files. The title page should be uploaded as a file not for review in keeping with the double-blind review process. All submissions should be prepared with every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors’ identities.

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.

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 except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

This must be stated in a covering letter that must also acknowledge that all authors have contributed significantly, and are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

Conflict of interest statement

Authors must indicate whether there is a conflict of interest when lodging their submission via the ScholarOne Manuscript submission website. If there is a conflict of interest, the author must clearly identify the conflict in their covering letter that declares any grants or other sources of funding that support reported research, as well as any relevant industrial links or affiliations that the author may have. Any potential conflicts of interest will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision but, if the article is accepted for publication, the Editor will consider with the authors whether such information needs to be communicated to the reader.

If tables or figures have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher), stating authorization to reproduce the material, must be attached to the covering letter.

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 Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy and electronic material two months after publication.

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Research Ethics: Authors must state that the protocol for the research pro- ject 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 http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/17c.pdf. Australian Journal of Psychology retains the right to reject any manuscript on the basis of unethical conduct of either human or animal studies.

Publication Ethics: This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

COPYRIGHT, LICENSING and ONLINE OPEN

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.

Deposit of Accepted Version - ‘Green’ open access
Some authors will be required by their funders/employers to deposit the accepted version of the article in a repository. The following terms are offered as part of the journals’ standard Copyright Transfer Agreement.
Funder arrangements: Certain funders require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement. Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.
Institutions: Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement

STYLE OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Manuscripts should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), except in regards to spelling. The journal uses Australian spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of The Macquarie Dictionary (3rd ed. Rev.). The normal length for each article should be no more than 6000 words including abstract, references, and tables. Please state the number of words in your manuscript on its front page. Each manuscript must contain an abstract of approximately 200 words or fewer. All articles published by the journal will be in English.

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.

PARTS OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text with footnotes, (iv) acknowledgments, (v) references, (vi) appendices, (vii) endnotes, (viii) appendices, (ix) figure legends, (x) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (xi) figures. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

Title page

As articles are double-blind reviewed, material that might identify authorship of the paper should be placed on a title page; this will be detached before the paper is sent to referees.

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.

Abstract and key words

All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 200 words or fewer the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references.

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

Text

The text should be organised into an introductory section, conveying the background and purpose of the report, and then into sections identified with subheadings.

Acknowledgements

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 are not appropriate.

References

All referencing, footnotes, tables and figures must be according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Please note APA referencing style requires that a DOI be provided for all references where available.

Footnotes

Footnotes 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 footnotes brief: they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper and should not include references.

Appendices

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

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but 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.

Figures

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Figures should be sized to fit within the column (84.67 mm), intermediate (117.12 mm) or the full text width (175.68 mm). Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration.

More information about figures is available via Wiley Blackwell’s web pages for submission guidelines and digital graphics standards at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/journal.asp and http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp.

Line figures should be sharp, black and white graphs or diagrams, drawn professionally or with a computer graphics package. Lettering must be included and should be sized to be no larger than the journal text.

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.

ONLINE RESOURCES: AUTHOR SERVICES

Author Services is a Wiley Blackwell service that provides useful information for authors, enables authors to track accepted articles through the production process, enables authors to gain free access to their published articles and nominate up to 10 colleagues to be provided with free access to their published articles.

Prior to submission, we encourage you to browse the ‘Author Resources’ section of our ‘Author Services’ website: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/author.asp for information on such topics as copyright matters, ethics, English-language editing, electronic artwork guidelines, and how to optimise articles for search engines.

PROOFS

It is essential that corresponding authors supply an email address to which correspondence can be emailed while their article is in production. 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 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. It is essential that these files are checked carefully, as the cost of changes made at a later stage may be charged to the author.

Acrobat Reader will be required to read the PDF. This software can be downloaded free of charge from the following website: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. 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.

EARLY VIEW

The journal offers rapid speed to publication using Wiley Blackwell’s Early View 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 http://www.doi.org/faq.html.

OFFPRINTS

A minimum of 50 additional offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit http://offprint.cosprinters.com, 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 offprint@cosprinters.com.

EDITORIAL OFFICE ADDRESS

For submission queries, please contact tajp.eo@wiley.com.

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to: Graham Tyson, Australian Journal of Psychology, School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia. Email: GTyson@csu.edu.au; Tel/Fax: +61 2 6338 4297.

Information about the Australian Psychological Society

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing nearly 19,000 members.

The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives, through improving scientific knowledge and community wellbeing.

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