Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being

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Edited By: Ralf Schwarzer and Aleksandra Luszczynska

Impact Factor: 2.722

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 15/80 (Psychology Applied)

Online ISSN: 1758-0854

Associated Title(s): Applied Psychology

Author Guidelines

Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being is one of the two official journals of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), the oldest worldwide association of scholars and practitioners of the discipline of psychology (founded in 1920).

Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being is a peer-reviewed outlet for the scholarly dissemination of scientific findings and practical applications in the domains of health and well-being. Articles are encouraged from all areas of applied psychology including clinical, health, counseling educational, sport, cross-cultural and environmental psychology. The mission of the journal is to provide readers with outstanding articles that present the latest data and best practices in the application of psychology to the promotion of well-being and optimal functioning.

Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being publishes empirical work, theoretical papers, model intervention programs, case studies, debates, and reviews. Of particular interest are intervention studies (e.g., randomized  controlled trials) and meta-analytic reviews.

Special Sections are occasionally published. These are composed by guest editors who invite contributions with a particular thematic or regional focus for the section.

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.

All papers published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

All articles should comply with the following guidelines:

Submission: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

• Quick and easy submission
• Administration centralised and reduced
• Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact  Ralf Schwarzer

Manuscripts should not ordinarily exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the format prescribed by the American Psychological Association. For details see the Publication Manual of the APA.

The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript 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.

Anonymous reviews: All manuscripts will be refereed anonymously.

Authors' professional and ethical responsibilities

Submission of a paper to APHW will be held to imply that it represents an original contribution not previously published (except in the form of an abstract or preliminary report); that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and that, if accepted by the Journal, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the Editors.

Ethics Authors are reminded that the Journal adheres to the ethics of scientific publication as detailed in the Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (American Psychological Association, 2002, These principles also imply that the piecemeal, or fragmented publication of small amounts of data from the same study is not acceptable.

Note to NIH Grantees Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see

Informed consent Authors must ensure that all research meets the ethical guidelines, including adherence to the legal requirements of the study country. Within the Methods section, authors should indicate that 'informed consent' has been appropriately obtained. When submitting a manuscript, the manuscript page number where the statement appears should be given.

Conflict of interest All submissions to APHW require a declaration of interest. This should list fees and grants from, employment by, consultancy for, shared ownership in, or any close relationship with, an organisation whose interests, financial or otherwise, may be affected by the publication of the paper. This pertains to all authors, and all conflict of interest should be noted on page 1 of the submitted manuscript. Where there is no conflict of interest, this should also be stated.Title: The title should be concise and should be supplied on a separate sheet together with the author's name(s), title, current address, telephone and fax numbers and email address.  A short title of no more than 40 characters (including spaces) should also be supplied.  

Abstract: The title must be included again, on the same page and immediately before the abstract.  An abstract of 150-200 words in English should precede the article.  The abstract should be structured in the following way with bold marked heading: Background; Methods; Results; Conclusions; Keywords; Abbreviations (for example, for test).

If appropriate, you may also include a further 3 bullet points, in addition to the abstract, with the heading 'practitioner points'. These should very briefly outline the relevance of your research to professional practice.

Headings: There should be no more than three (clearly marked) levels of subheadings used in the text of the article.

Acknowledgements: These should be supplied, as briefly as possible, on a separate page.

Statistics: Results of statistical tests should be given in the following form: F(1,9) = 23.35, p

Keywords: All articles should contain keywords. No more than 6 keywords should be submitted.

References: The APA style of referencing is used (author's name and date of publication parenthesised in the text) and all works cited should be listed alphabetically by author after the main body of the text, to the journal style as follows:

Authored Book:Bandura, A. J. (1977). Social learning theory. Englewood Cliffs, NF: Prentice Hall.

Chapter in edited book:Baker, F. M., & Lightfoot, O. B. (1993). Psychiatric care of ethnic elders. In A. C. Gaw (Ed.), Culture ethnicity, and mental illness (pp. 517-552). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.

Journal article: Klimoski, R., & Palmer, S. (1993). The ADA and the hiring process in organizations. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 45(2), 10-36.

References in Articles
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:

Tables and artwork: All tables and artwork should be supplied on separate sheets, not included within the text, but have their intended position clearly indicated in the manuscript. Figures should be supplied as high quality, original artwork and any lettering or line work should be able to sustain reduction to the final size of reproduction. Tints or complex shading should be avoided and color should not be used.

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: