Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

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Edited By: Sharon Clarke

Impact Factor: 2.059

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 21/79 (Psychology Applied); 62/192 (Management)

Online ISSN: 2044-8325

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology publishes empirical and conceptual papers which aim to increase understanding of people and organizations at work. Its domain is broad, covering industrial, organizational, engineering, vocational and personnel psychology, as well as behavioural and cognitive aspects of industrial relations, ergonomics, human factors and industrial sociology. Innovative or interdisciplinary approaches with a psychological emphasis are particularly welcome. So are papers which develop the links between occupational/organizational psychology and other areas of the discipline, such as social and cognitive psychology.

We welcome the following varieties of paper:

• empirical research papers, containing new quantitative or qualitative data which address significant theoretical and/or practical concerns;

• papers which offer new theory and conceptualisation, perhaps accompanied by a critique of existing approaches;

• narrative and/or quantitative reviews of existing research which lead to new conclusions or insights into a field of research and/or practice;

• prescriptive articles advocating changes in research paradigms, methods, or data analytic techniques;

• analyses of practice in occupational and organizational psychology, where such analyses are driven by theory and/or sound data.

All papers published in The Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

1. Circulation

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

2. Length

The word limit for papers submitted for consideration to JOOP is 8000 words and any papers that are over this word limit will be returned to the authors. The word limit does not include abstract, references, figures, and tables. Appendices however are included in the word limit. 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 (e.g., a new theory or a new method). The authors should contact the Editor first in such a case.

In order to supplement innovative research produced in full paper format, the journal provides access to a wider range of investigation through the publication of research in Short Research Note format. Papers submitted as Short Research Notes will be subject to the normal double-blind review process. Short Research Notes should be largely empirical studies. Typically, they will do one of the following:

• replicate existing findings in a new context;
• develop new measures and report on their reliability and validity;
• report contradictory findings that sharpen the interpretation of existing research;
• present new applications of an existing measure;
• report descriptive findings or case studies that will significantly develop professional practice;
• offer an informed and focused challenge to key elements of an existing study, theory or measure.

Papers submitted as Short Research Notes should not exceed 2000 words, including the abstract but not including references or tables. It is normally expected that any tables will take up no more than two printed pages, and there should be no more than about 15 references. With the exception of the items of a new or substantially revised measure, appendices are discouraged.

A paper submitted as a Short Research Note will not necessarily receive positive reviews simply because it falls into one of the categories listed above. Papers need to be located in a conceptual/theoretical context, with rigorous method and appropriate reporting. The issues they raise and/or the findings they report must be deemed to be contributing significantly to the knowledge and understanding of academics and/or practitioners in occupational and organizational psychology. Short Research Notes are not a facility for publishing on the basis of weak data and/or weak conceptual underpinning. In the majority of cases, authors will have submitted the paper in the Short Research Note format. In some instances, however, the Editors may feel that a full paper is best reviewed in a Short Research Note format, or the referees may only recommend publication under this format. All articles in this format will be officially designated and published with the preface 'Short Research Note:' These are placed towards the back of the journal. Acceptance for publication on this basis will be indicated in writing to the authors by the Editor or Associate Editor if the original submission was in full paper format.

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.

• All articles must include Practitioner Points – these are 2-4 bullet points, following the abstract, with the heading ‘Practitioner Points’. These should briefly and clearly outline the relevance of your research to professional practice. (Please include the 'Practitioner Points' in your main document but do not submit them to Editorial Manager with your abstract.)

• 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.

• All articles should contain a clear statement of where and when any data were collected.

• 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 example:

Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (1995). Title of book. City, Country: Publisher.
Author, A. (2013). Title of journal article. Name of journal, 1, 1-16. doi: 10.1111/bjep.12031

• 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.

• 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. Cross-sectional self-report data

Studies conducted using only cross-sectional self-report data will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. For example; if the sample is exceptionally large, representative or multiple. In all other cases, cross-sectional self-report data should form part of a wider selection of data, including other measures such as longitudinal or experimental elements, corroborating or comparison data, third party records or psycho-physiological data.

For more details on the use of cross-sectional self-report data please see the December 2011 Editorial.

6. Non-working Populations

Papers based entirely on non-working populations (e.g. student samples) will only be considered in rather unusual circumstances. The Editor retains discretion to publish this kind of data, for instance where it is clearly demonstrated that the data obtained can be generalised to working populations.

7. 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 appendices, additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. Please indicate clearly on submission which material is for online only publication. 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 in Author Services.

8. 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 in 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.

9. 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.

10. 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 Licencing 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. The Later Stages

The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. 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 the following 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.

14. Early View

The Journal of Occupational and Organizational 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.