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Manuscript Submission Guidelines

The Psychological Record publishes theoretical and experimental articles and commentary on recent and historical developments in psychology.

Articles submitted to The Psychological Record should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition, 2009).

Upon receipt of a manuscript, the opinions of at least two reviewers will be obtained. The substantive criticisms and comments of the reviewers will be forwarded to the author(s) along with the publication decision of the editor. Normally, the time elapsed between receipt of a manuscript and a decision is approximately 2 months.

Manuscripts can be submitted electronically by e-mail. Manuscripts should be sent as Word documents (.doc, not .docx) with the figures and text included in the same document, placed at the end of the file. Please ensure that corresponding author information is included on the title page of your manuscript, including an e-mail address, and that the filename for your manuscript includes the last name of the corresponding author.

Starting Out

Cover Letter

All submissions to TPR must be accompanied by a cover letter stating: (a) that the manuscript is not under review, and has not been published, in whole or in part, elsewhere and (b) that its submission is approved by all authors and by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out.


Conflict of Interest Form

Corresponding authors are required to confirm whether they or their co-authors have any conflicts of interest to declare, and to provide details of these. The Corresponding author should submit a completed Conflict of Interest Form at the time of manuscript submission.


Conflicts of Interest

All submissions to TPR 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 organization whose interests, financial or otherwise, may be affected by the publication of the article. This pertains to all authors, and all conflicts of interest should be noted in the cover letter of the submitted manuscript. Where there is no conflict of interest, this should also be stated.

At the point of submission, corresponding authors are required to confirm whether they or their co-authors have any conflicts of interest to declare, and to provide details of these. If the corresponding author is unable to confirm this information on behalf of all co-authors, the authors in question will then be required to submit a completed Conflict of Interest Formto the Editor.

2011 TPR Editorial Board Conflicts of Interest Statement: Click HERE. The TPR Editorial Board Conflicts of Interest Statement is published annually in the Winter Issue of each volume.

Informed Consent

Authors must ensure that all research adheres to relevant ethical guidelines (e.g., EthicalPrinciples of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, 2002), including adherence to the

legal requirements of the study country. Within the Method 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 (in the cover letter).

Human and Non-human Animal Rights

When reporting research with non-human animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. Authors of accepted manuscripts that report research with non-human animals will be requested to submit a letter to the Editor confirming that the research was conducted in accordance with the Guidelines laid down by the National Institutes of Health in the United States, or in accordance with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC), or with other published Guidelines (e.g., Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2001, 54B, 81-91) regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures, or with equivalent legislation in the country where the research was conducted.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors' Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts

TPR fully complies with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (Updated, April 2010). See for further details: http://www.icmje.org/urm_main.html

Manuscript Preparation

Arrange the manuscript into clearly labeled headings and sub-headings (please refer to the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition, for further details).

Title Page

Titles should be concise and informative because they are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations.

Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate (with telephone and fax numbers, plus e-mail address and the complete postal address) who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication.

Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a "Present address" (or "Permanent address") may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.


The Abstract should be a maximum of 150 words and should be understandable without reference to the manuscript.

Introduction (unlabeled)


Typical sub-headings are: Participants, Apparatus, and Procedure. In the Participants sub-section, authors should indicate that 'informed consent' has been appropriately obtained. When reporting research with non-human animals, authors should state whether institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.




Begin the References on a separate page; all entries should conform to APA (6th edition) format. Include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) where available.


Manuscript Checklist

Cover Letter

Conflict of Interest Form


Table(s) - where relevant.

Figures(s) – where relevant.

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