British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology

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Edited By: Matthias von Davier

Impact Factor: 3.51

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 2/13 (Psychology Mathematical); 4/124 (Statistics & Probability); 4/100 (Mathematics Interdisciplinary Applications); 9/84 (Psychology Experimental)

Online ISSN: 2044-8317

Author Guidelines

The British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology publishes articles, review articles and expert tutorials.
All papers published in The British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Articles are papers in which mathematical or statistical models are used to explore psychological phenomena. BJMSP will also publish papers which have a greater mathematical or statistical or other formal aspect of their argument than is usual in other journals. Nevertheless, it is important that all submissions that have a clear reference to substantive psychological issues or to quantitative techniques used in psychology and related disciplines. New models for psychological processes, new approaches to existing data, critiques of existing models and improved algorithms for estimating the parameters of a model, are examples of articles which are encouraged. The journal may also publish innovative applications of mathematics or statistics that establish a substantive theoretical or methodological contribution over alternative methods.

In the introduction of Review Articles, our purpose is to provide a forum for experts in the field of mathematical and statistical psychology to reflect on the history, development and future of important topics in the field at greater length. Previous articles that might have fit into this category include:

Keselman, H. J., Algina, J., & Kowalchuk, R. K. (2001). The analysis of repeated measures designs: A review. British Journal of Mathematical & Statistical Psychology, 54, 1-20. doi: 10.1348/000711001159357

Sheynin, O. (2004). Fechner as a statistician. British Journal of Mathematical & Statistical Psychology, 57, 53-73. doi: 10.1348/000711004849196

Steinley, D. (2006). K-means clustering: A half-century synthesis. British Journal of Mathematical & Statistical Psychology, 59, 1-35. doi: 10.1348/000711005X48266

Although we expect that areas such as the analysis of response times, eye-tracking, or brain imaging data - topics of broad interest in psychology but whose analysis and interpretation is contingent upon mathematical and statistical techniques - may also be covered.

Expert Tutorials aim to provide a resource for mathematical and statistical psychologists to share their expertise, knowledge and skills for teaching and research. These articles should be aimed at doctorate level researchers in psychology or related disciplines with a good grounding in quantitative methods, but who are not yet expert in the topic of the tutorial. The criteria for publication of Expert Tutorials will include the clarity with which advanced techniques are conveyed to a non-specialist audience and the extent to which they address a perceived need for the dissemination of innovations in mathematical and statistical psychology.

Prior to submitting a Review Article or Expert Tutorial contributors are advised to submit an abstract to the Editor. From time to time the editors will also invite experts in the field to submit Review Articles or Expert Tutorials on topical or important issues. All Review Article or Expert Tutorial submissions will undergo the normal process of anonymous peer review.

The following series of questions are used in relation to those papers submitted for review:

• Is a psychological or substantive context identified?

• Is the relevance and importance of the work to psychology or related disciplines sufficiently clear?

• Is relevant previous work referred to?

• Is the problem well identified?

• Are alternative solutions considered?

• Are the mathematical or statistical arguments competent and correct?

• Is an example necessary? If given, is the example trivial?

• Is the abstract adequate?

In particular, it is policy to reject without review articles that do not set out the psychological relevance of the paper sufficiently clearly or which fail to meet minimum standards of clarity and presentation.

1. Circulation

The circulation of the Journal is worldwide. Papers are invited and encouraged from authors throughout the world.

2. Length

Papers should normally be no more than 5000 words (6000 for Review Articles and 4000 for Expert Tutorials) and excludes the abstract, reference list, tables and figures. The Editor retains discretion to publish papers beyond this length in cases where the clear and concise expression of the scientific content requires greater length.

3. Submission and reviewing

All manuscripts must be submitted via Editorial Manager. The Journal operates a policy of anonymous (double blind) peer review. We also operate a triage process in which submissions that are out of scope or otherwise inappropriate will be rejected by the editors without external peer review to avoid unnecessary delays. Before submitting, please read the terms and conditions of submission and the declaration of competing interests. You may also like to use the Submission Checklist to help you prepare your paper.

4. Manuscript requirements

• Contributions must be typed in double spacing with wide margins. All sheets must be numbered.

• Manuscripts should be preceded by a title page which includes a full list of authors and their affiliations, as well as the corresponding author's contact details. You may like to use this template. When entering the author names into Editorial Manager, the corresponding author will be asked to provide a CRediT contributor role to classify the role that each author played in creating the manuscript. Please see the Project CRediT website for a list of roles.

• All articles should be preceded by an Abstract of between 100 and 200 words, giving a concise statement of the intention, results or conclusions of the article. The abstract should not include any sub-headings.

• The main document must be anonymous. Please do not mention the authors’ names or affiliations (including in the Method section) and always refer to any previous work in the third person.

• Tables should be typed in double spacing, each on a separate page with a self-explanatory title. Tables should be comprehensible without reference to the text. They should be placed at the end of the manuscript but they must be mentioned in the text.

• Figures can be included at the end of the document or attached as separate files, carefully labelled with symbols in a form consistent with text use. Unnecessary background patterns, lines and shading should be avoided. Captions should be listed on a separate sheet. The resolution of digital images must be at least 300 dpi. All figures must be mentioned in the text.

• For reference citations, please use APA style. Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Give all journal titles in full and provide doi numbers where possible for journal articles. For examples of the required format, see the references above.

• SI units must be used for all measurements, rounded off to practical values if appropriate, with the imperial equivalent in parentheses.

• In normal circumstances, effect size should be incorporated.

• If you have software code/syntax to enable editors and reviewers to run the models you discuss in your article, please submit them with your paper.

• Authors are requested to avoid the use of sexist language.

• Authors are responsible for acquiring written permission to publish lengthy quotations, illustrations, etc. for which they do not own copyright.

For guidelines on editorial style, please consult the APA Publication Manual published by the American Psychological Association.

If you need more information about submitting your manuscript for publication, please email Hannah Wakley, Managing Editor ( or phone +44 (0) 116 252 9504.

5. Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include software code, additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Software code/syntax for widely available or open source software that enables researchers to use new procedures is particularly welcome and is likely to enhance the impact of your paper. When you are submitting your manuscript to Editorial Manager, please upload any files intended only for publication online as ‘Supporting Information’ and refer to it in your paper. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit the Supporting Information page on Author Services.

6. OnlineOpen

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. A full list of terms and conditions is available on Wiley Online Library.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

7. 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. You can then access Kudos through Author Services, which will help you to increase the impact of your research. Visit Author Services for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

8. Copyright and licences

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 licence 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 .

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons Licence Open Access Agreements (OAA):

- Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence (CC-BY-NC)
- Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs Licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs and you may also like to visit the Wiley Open Access Copyright and Licence page.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY licence supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit our Funder Policy page.

9. Colour illustrations

Colour illustrations can be accepted for publication online. These would be reproduced in greyscale in the print version. If authors would like these figures to be reproduced in colour in print at their expense they should request this by completing a Colour Work Agreement form upon acceptance of the paper.

10. 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 in Author Services. 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.

11. The Later Stages

The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from Adobe's web site. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and annotated direct in the PDF. Corrections can also be supplied by hard copy if preferred. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

12. Early View

The British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology is covered by the Early View service on Wiley Online Library. 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 they cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are cited using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) with no volume and issue or pagination information. Eg Jones, A.B. (2010). Human rights Issues. Journal of Human Rights. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2010.00300.x

Further information about the process of peer review and production can be found in this document. What happens to my paper? Appeals are handled according to the procedure recommended by COPE.