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Journal Name (with link to the journal site)Broad Scope
Abbreviation
5-yr Impact Factor
Description
Empirical submissions
Theoretical submissions
Review submissions
Brief reports
Published
Open Access
Notes
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Acta PsychologicaGeneral2.258
Acta Psychologica publishes research studies, review articles and special issues in any area of experimental psychology. Research studies should be focused on increasing our understanding of human behaviour and cognition. The majority of the articles deal with perception, attention, language, memory, cognitive and/or affective control, numerical and motor cognition. However, more clinical, social, computational, neuropsychological and neuroscientific papers will also be considered as long as the study focuses on a specific aspect of human information processing and is of interest to one of the above-mentioned research communities.
Yes?YesNo9/per year
Options available for a fee
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Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science
Methods & Practices
AMPPSn/a
Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science (AMPPS) is the home for innovative developments in research methods, practices, and conduct across the full range of areas and topics within psychological science. AMPPS publishes new types of empirical work and articles and tutorials that reflect the various approaches to research across the field. The journal’s editorial scope encompasses the breadth of psychological science, with editors, reviewers, and articles representing a balance among diverse disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches. AMPPS encourages integration of methodological and analytical questions across multiple branches of psychological science and brings the latest methodological advances to non-methodology experts across all areas of the field.
YesNo
General articles and tutorials on any topic related to methods and practices.
No; Commentaries with prior approval
QuaterlyNo
Open science focus
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Affective ScienceGeneraln/a
Coming soon in 2020!

An official journal of the Society for Affective Science
Covers affective science and emotion research across different disciplines and biological and behavioral domains
Provides a forum for basic or applied research, and may feature normal or clinical populations
Affective Science, an official journal of the Society for Affective Science, covers the field of affective science in a broad manner, encompassing different disciplines, biological and behavioral methodologies, human and non-human animal models, and normal and clinical populations.
YesYesYesYes?
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American PsychologistGeneral7.224
American Psychologist ®, established in 1946, is the official peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the American Psychological Association. As such, American Psychologist publishes current and timely high-impact papers of broad interest, including empirical reports, meta-analyses, and scholarly reviews covering science, practice, education, and policy. Contributions often address national and international policy issues. Articles published are written in a style that is accessible to all psychologists and the public.

American Psychologist welcomes submissions. Please refer to the Manuscript Submission section for details on types of submissions and editorial requirements.
Yes?Yes?9/ per yearNo
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Basic and Applied Social Psychology
Social & Personality
BASP1.818
Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP)
emphasizes the publication of outstanding research articles, but also considers literature reviews, criticism, and methodological or theoretical statements spanning the entire range of social psychological issues. The journal will publish basic work in areas of social psychology that can be applied to societal problems, as well as direct application of social psychology to such problems. The journal provides a venue for a broad range of specialty areas, including research on legal and political issues, environmental influences on behavior, organizations, aging, medical and health-related outcomes, sexuality, education and learning, the effects of mass media, gender issues, and population problems. This research should have important implications for basic social processes and often is some of the most exciting work in the field of social psychology. BASP aims to provide a forum for a rich mixture of experiments, non-experimental methods, field studies, and welcomes innovative design and analysis strategies. The journal aims to serve both as a resource for investigators interested in the application of complex human experimentation to various problems of health, environment, and society and to social psychologists committed to the advancement of theory and the understanding of basic social and social-cognitive processes.
YesYesYesNo6/ per yearNo
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Behavioral and Brain SciencesNeuroscienceBBS15.07
BBS is the internationally renowned journal with the innovative format known as Open Peer Commentary. Particularly significant and controversial pieces of work are published from researchers in any area of psychology, neuroscience, behavioral biology or cognitive science, together with 20-40 commentaries on each article from specialists within and across these disciplines, plus the author's response to them. The result is a fascinating and unique forum for the communication, criticism, stimulation, and particularly the unification of research in behavioral and brain sciences from molecular neurobiology to artificial intelligence and the philosophy of the mind.
yesyesyesNo6/ per yearNo
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British Journal of Developmental PsychologyDevelopmentalBJDP
1.571(year 2011)
The British Journal of Developmental Psychology publishes full-length, empirical, conceptual, review and discussion papers, as well as brief reports. The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The Journals of the British Psychological Society form an essential part of the Society's mission to advance and disseminate psychological knowledge. With a publishing history spanning over 100 years, our journals portfolio is at the forefront of the psychology community with international contributions and readership.
YesYesYesYes4/ per yearNo
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British Journal of Social Psychology
Social & Personality
BJSP1.775
The British Journal of Social Psychology publishes work from scholars based in all parts of the world, and manuscripts that present data on a wide range of populations inside and outside the UK. It publishes original papers in all areas of social psychology including:
• social cognition
• attitudes
• group processes
• social influence
• intergroup relations
• self and identity
• nonverbal communication
• social psychological aspects of personality, affect and emotion
• language and discourse
YesYesYes?4/ per yearNo
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Child DevelopmentDevelopmentalCD3.78(year 2018)
As the flagship journal of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Child Development has published articles, essays, reviews, and tutorials on various topics in the field of child development since 1930. Spanning many disciplines, the journal provides the latest research, not only for researchers and theoreticians, but also for child psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers, specialists in early childhood education, educational psychologists, special education teachers, and other researchers. In addition to six issues per year of Child Development,
yesyesyesyes6/ per yearNo
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CognitionCognitive4.207
Cognition is an international journal that publishes theoretical and experimental papers on the study of the mind. It covers a wide variety of subjects concerning all the different aspects of cognition, ranging from biological and experimental studies to formal analysis. Contributions from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, mathematics, ethology and philosophy are welcome in this journal provided that they have some bearing on the functioning of the mind. In addition, the journal serves as a forum for discussion of social and political aspects of cognitive science.
YesYesYesYes12/ per year
Some options available
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Collabra: PsychologyGeneraln/a
Collabra: Psychology, the official journal of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, is a mission-driven Open Access (OA) journal from the University of California Press that shares not only the research it publishes, but also the value created by the psychology community during the peer-review process. Collabra: Psychology has 7 sections representing the broad field of psychology, and a highlighted focus area of “Methodology and Research Practice.”
Yes?Yes??Yes
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Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology
Social & Personality
CRSPn/a
Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology is devoted to publishing social psychological research using the registered report format where a plan for the research is submitted for initial review. The journal aims to foster empirical debate, testing of theories, scientific discovery, and replications, all under the auspices of open scientific communication and exchange.
YesNoNoNo3/yearNo
Open science focus, "The cornerstone of the articles published in CRSP is that everything but the results and discussion will be reviewed prior to data collection."
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Current Directions Psychological ScienceGeneralCDPS7.726
Current Directions in Psychological Science publishes reviews by leading experts covering all of scientific psychology and its applications. Each issue of Current Directions features a diverse mix of reports on various topics such as language, memory and cognition, development, the neural basis of behavior and emotions, various aspects of psychopathology, and theory of mind. These articles allow readers to stay apprised of important developments across subfields beyond their areas of expertise and bodies of research they might not otherwise be aware of. The articles in Current Directions are also written to be accessible to non-experts, making them ideally suited for use in the classroom as teaching supplements.
Yes?YesNo6/ per year
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Developmental PsychologyDevelopmentalDP4.525
Developmental Psychology ® publishes articles that significantly advance knowledge and theory about development across the life span. The journal focuses on seminal empirical contributions. The journal occasionally publishes exceptionally strong scholarly reviews and theoretical or methodological articles. Studies of any aspect of psychological development are appropriate, as are studies of the biological, social, and cultural factors that affect development.
yes
yes (exceptionally strong )
yes (exceptionally strong )
yesmonthly
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Developmental ScienceDevelopmentalDS4.08(year 2018)
Developmental Science aims to represent the very best of contemporary scientific developmental psychology and developmental cognitive neuroscience, both in the presentation of theory and in reporting new data. Developmental Science includes: comparative and biological perspectives, connectionist and computational perspectives, and developmental disorders. Developmental Science publishes work that bridges levels of explanation, such as from brain development to cognitive or social change, or work that specifically attempts to elucidate mechanisms of developmental change at one level. We do not consider submissions on aging, although studies on the effects of early experience on later development (especially those from a biological perspective) are welcome. Manuscripts judged to fall outside this remit may be rejected without full refereeing.
Yes??No6/ per year
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Emotion
Social & Personality
4.244
Emotion publishes significant contributions to the study of emotion from a wide range of theoretical traditions and research domains. The journal includes articles that advance knowledge and theory about all aspects of emotional processes, including reports of substantial empirical studies, scholarly reviews, and major theoretical articles.
YesYesYesYes6/ per year
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European Journal of Personality
Social & Personality
EJP3.494 (2018)
The European Journal of Personality is the official bimonthly academic journal of the European Association of Personality Psychology covering research on personality, published by Wiley in the United States. EJP publishes papers that advance personality science in its broadest sense. We consider all research fields relevant to the understanding of personality (including but not restricted to personality structure, processes, expressions in social context, causes, development, and consequences) and across levels of personality (including motives and goals, temperament, character, self-concept, identity, life narratives, reputations, intelligence and other abilities such as creativity or emotional competencies, interpersonal styles, values, attitudes, stereotypes and prejudice, and vocational as well as leisure interests).
yesyesyes
yes (any length)
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European Journal of Social Psychology
Social & Personality
EJSP2.048 (one year)
The European Journal of Social Psychology is a truly international forum for high quality, peer reviewed, original research in all areas of social psychology and from all parts of the world. Our diverse editorial team encourages submissions that provide a significant contribution to the understanding of social psychological phenomena and are based on empirical, meta-analytical or theoretical research. Methodological contributions to social psychology are also welcome.
YesYesyes
Yes (4,000 words)
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European Review of Social Psychology
Social & Personality
ERSP1.389 (2016)
The European Review of Social Psychology (ERSP) is an international open-submission review journal, published under the auspices of the European Association of Social Psychology. It provides an outlet for substantial, theory-based reviews of empirical work addressing the full range of topics covered by the field of social psychology. Potential authorship is international, and papers are edited with the help of distinguished, international editorial board.
Articles published in ERSP typically review a programme of the author’s own research, as evidenced by the author's own papers published in leading peer-reviewed journals. The journal welcomes theoretical contributions that are underpinned by a substantial body of empirical research, which locate the research programme within a wider body of published research in that area, and provide an integration that is greater than the sum of the published articles. ERSP also publishes conventional reviews and meta-analyses. The journal does not publish original empirical studies.
NoNoYesNoOnce per year
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Evolution and Human Behavior
Social & Personality
EHB3.629
Evolution and Human Behavior is an interdisciplinary journal, presenting research reports and theory in which evolutionary perspectives are brought to bear on the study of human behavior. It is primarily a scientific journal, but submissions from scholars in the humanities are also encouraged. Papers reporting on theoretical and empirical work on other species will be welcome if their relevance to the human animal is apparent.

YesYesYesNo6/ per year
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Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
Social & Personality
GPIR2.237(2017)
Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (GPIR) is a scientific social psychology journal dedicated to research on social psychological processes within and between groups. It provides a forum for and is aimed at researchers and students in social psychology and related disciples (e.g., organizational and management sciences, political science, sociology, language and communication, cross cultural psychology, international relations) that have a scientific interest in the social psychology of human groups. The journal has an extensive editorial team that includes many of the leading scholars in social psychology of group processes and intergroup relations from around the world.
YesYesYes?8/ per year
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Health PsychologyHealthHP4.12
Health Psychology is the official scientific journal of the Society for Health Psychology (Division 38 of the American Psychological Association). Its mission is to advance the science and practice of evidence-based health psychology and behavioral medicine. It publishes peer-reviewed articles on psychological, biobehavioral, social, and environmental factors in physical health and medical illness, and other issues in health psychology.
yesyesyesyesmonthly
Gold Open Access option applies to all APA journals
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Journal of Applied PsychologyGeneralJAP7.121
The Journal of Applied Psychology® emphasizes the publication of original investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to fields of applied psychology (other than clinical and applied experimental or human factors, which are more appropriate for other APA journals).

The journal primarily considers empirical and theoretical investigations that enhance understanding of cognitive, motivational, affective, and behavioral psychological phenomena in work and organizational settings, broadly defined.

Those psychological phenomena can be

at one or multiple levels — individuals, groups, organizations, or cultures;
in work settings such as business, education, training, health, service, government, or military institutions; and
in the public or private sector, for-profit or nonprofit organizations.
The journal publishes several types of articles, including:

Theoretically driven and rigorously conducted empirical investigations that extend conceptual understanding (original investigations or meta-analyses);
Theory development articles as well as integrative conceptual reviews that synthesize literature and create new theory of psychological phenomena that will stimulate novel research;The journal accepts work that is conducted in the field or in the laboratory, where the data (quantitative or qualitative) are analyzed with elegant or simple statistics, so long as the data or theoretical synthesis advances understanding of psychological phenomena and human behavior that have practical implications.

A nonexhaustive sampling of topics appropriate for the Journal of Applied Psychology includes

individual differences in abilities, personality, and other characteristics;
testing and personnel selection;
Yesyesyesmonthly
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Journal of Applied Research in Memory and CognitionCognitiveJARMC3.158
The Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (JARMAC) publishes a mix of empirical reports, review articles, and target papers with invited peer commentary. The goal of this unique journal is to reach both psychological scientists working in this field and related areas but also professionals and practitioners who seek to understand and apply research on memory and cognition. In pursuit of these aims, we encourage brevity and crisp, lively prose that appeals to a wide audience. Each paper also includes a General Audience Summary, clearly describing the paper and its practical implications in language accessible to non-specialists.

Empirical reports should convey significant experimental findings. For single-study reports, the combined number of words in the introduction and discussion sections should not normally exceed 2,200 words (3,000 words for multiple studies). These are upper bounds, and authors are strongly encouraged to keep the report as succinct as possible. This limit is not set for the entire manuscript because the journal seeks to encourage a detailed description of method and a results section that reports outcomes from all tasks.
yesnoYes
Yes (2,200 words)
Quarterly
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Social & Personality
JASP1.439 (one year)
Published since 1971, Journal of Applied Social Psychology is a monthly publication devoted to applications of experimental behavioral science research to problems of society (e.g., organizational and leadership psychology, safety, health, and gender issues; perceptions of war and natural hazards; jury deliberation; performance, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, exercise, and sports).
YesnononoTwelve no. a yearOptional
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Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Social & Personality
JCASP1.13
The Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology will review and report concepts methods and experience relating to individual and social behaviour in the context of community problems. The journal will be international in scope reflecting the common concerns of community practitioners and researchers in Europe and worldwide. Emphasis will be given to: Innovative concepts and interventions Evaluation of methods and experience The promotion of well being and social justice Dialogue between researchers practitioners and lay members of the community. The content of the journal will include: Research papers which report quantitative and qualitative studies (or applications of case study methods) Review articles which survey theoretical developments or topics of major interest Innovations in practice brief reports by practitioners which describe interesting new developments and interventions Communications and commentary or informal accounts of new ideas initiatives or interventions in progress and commentaries on social legal medical educational or administrative developments from the community psychology perspective.
yesyesyesYes Six no. a year
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Journal of Educational PsychologyEducationalJEP6.197
The main purpose of the Journal of Educational Psychology® is to publish original, primary psychological research pertaining to education across all ages and educational levels. A secondary purpose of the Journal is the occasional publication of exceptionally important theoretical and review articles that are pertinent to educational psychology. Please note, the Journal does not typically publish reliability and validity studies of specific tests or assessment instruments.
noyesyesno8 times/year
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Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition
Experimental
JEP: Animal Learning and Cognition
1.726
The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition® publishes experimental and theoretical studies concerning all aspects of animal behavior processes. Studies of associative, nonassociative, cognitive, perceptual, and motivational processes are welcome.
YesYes
Yes (under special circumstances)
Yes (single experiment)
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Journal of Experimental Psychology: AppliedExperimentalJEP: Applied2.84
The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied® publishes original empirical investigations in experimental psychology that bridge practical problems and psychological theory. Review articles may be considered for publication if they contribute significantly to important topics within applied experimental psychology, but the primary focus is on original experimental investigations conducted in laboratory or field settings.

While articles on applied questions in perception, memory, decision making, learning, attention, and human performance have traditionally been more prevalent, research from any area of applied experimental psychology is very much welcomed and may include investigations from fields as diverse as abnormal, cognitive, developmental, educational, forensic, health, human factors, social, organizational or sport psychology.

Articles may range from reports of multiple experiments to briefer reports of single studies, but should report decisive results and offer theoretical and applied insights.
YesNoYesYes
Gold Open Access option applies to all APA journals
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Journal of Experimental Psychology: GeneralExperimentalJEP: General5.786
The Journal of Experimental Psychology: General® publishes articles describing empirical work that is of broad interest or bridges the traditional interests of two or more communities of psychology.

The work may touch on issues dealt with in JEP: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, JEP: Human Perception and Performance, JEP: Animal Behavior Processes, or JEP: Applied, but may also concern issues in other subdisciplines of psychology, including social processes, developmental processes, psychopathology, neuroscience, or computational modeling.

Articles in JEP: General may be longer than the usual journal publication if necessary.
YesNoNo
Yes (3,000 words)
Gold Open Access option applies to all APA journals
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Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Experimental
JEP: Human perception and Performance
2.855
The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance® publishes studies on perception, control of action, perceptual aspects of language processing, and related cognitive processes. All sensory modalities and motor systems are within its purview.

The journal also encourages studies with a neuroscientific perspective that contribute to the functional understanding of perception and performance. Authors are encouraged to consider and discuss the relevance and implications of their work for other areas of psychology, including those that are not typically featured in the journal.
Yes
Occassionally (called commentaries)
No
Yes (2,500 words)
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Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Experimental
JEP: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
3.019
The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition® publishes original experimental and theoretical research on human cognition, with a special emphasis on learning, memory, language, and higher cognition.

The journal publishes impactful articles of any length, including literature reviews, meta-analyses, replications, theoretical notes, and commentaries on previously published works in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

The journal places a high emphasis on methodological soundness and analytic rigor, as well as on the reproducibility and replicability of research.
YesYesYes
Yes (any length)
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Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Social & Personality
JESP3.805
The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (JESP) aims to publish articles that extend or create conceptual advances in social psychology. As the title of the journal indicates, we are focused on publishing primary reports of research in social psychology that use experimental or quasi-experimental methods, although not every study in an article needs to be experimental. We also would like to encourage submissions explaining methodological or statistical considerations that are relevant to the kind of research published here, and that are usable by the typical person who carries out and evaluates social psychology research. Finally, we encourage authors to submit reports of replication studies in experimental social psychology that meet the high standards at JESP (for guidance, see Brandt, IJzerman et al., 2014).
yesyesnonoBimonthlyOptional
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Journal of Personality
Social & Personality
JofP3.483 (2018)
Journal of Personality publishes scientific investigations in the field of personality. It focuses particularly on personality and behavior dynamics, personality development, and individual differences in the cognitive, affective, and interpersonal domains. The journal reflects and stimulates interest in the growth of new theoretical and methodological approaches in personality psychology.
yesnonono
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Journal of Personality and Social Psycholog - Attitudes and Social Cognition Section
Social & Personality
JPSP7.388
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology publishes original papers in all areas of personality and social
psychology and emphasizes empirical reports, but may include specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers. The journal is divided into three independently edited sections: Attitudes and Social Cognition, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and Personality Processes and Individual Differences
YesYesYesyesOptional
Submissions are distinct for each section of JPSP
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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology - Personality Processes and Individual Differences Section
Social & Personality
JPSP7.388
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology publishes original papers in all areas of personality and social
psychology and emphasizes empirical reports, but may include specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers. The journal is divided into three independently edited sections: Attitudes and Social Cognition, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and Personality Processes and Individual Differences
YesYesYesyesOptional
Submissions are distinct for each section of JPSP
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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology - Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes Section
Social & Personality
JPSP7.388
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology publishes original papers in all areas of personality and social
psychology and emphasizes empirical reports, but may include specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers. The journal is divided into three independently edited sections: Attitudes and Social Cognition, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and Personality Processes and Individual Differences
YesYesYesyesOptional
Submissions are distinct for each section of JPSP
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Journal of Social Issues
Social & Personality
JSI2.225
The Journal of Social Issues (JSI) brings behavioral and social science theory, empirical evidence, and practice to bear on human and social problems. Each issue of the journal focuses on a single topic.
YesYesyesyes
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Journal of Social Psychology
Social & Personality
JSP1.203
The Journal of Social Psychology has published original empirical research in all areas of basic and applied social psychology. Most articles report laboratory or field research in core areas of social and organizational psychology including the self and social identity, person perception and social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, social influence, consumer behavior, decision making, groups and teams, stereotypes and discrimination, interpersonal attraction and relationships, prosocial behavior, aggression, organizational behavior, leadership, and cultural psychology.
yesyesyesyes
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Motivation ScienceGeneralMS1.837
Motivation Science is a multi-disciplinary journal that publishes significant contributions to the study of motivation, broadly conceived.

The journal publishes papers on diverse aspects of, and approaches to, the science of motivation, including work carried out in all subfields of psychology, cognitive science, economics, sociology, management science, organizational science, neuroscience and political science.

Primarily, Motivation Science features empirical papers on motivational topics, although theoretical papers and reviews of the literature will also be considered.
YesYesYesnoquarterly
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NeuropsychologiaNeuroscienceNLM3.325
Neuropsychologia is an international interdisciplinary journal devoted to experimental and theoretical contributions that advance understanding of human cognition and behavior from a neuroscience perspective. The journal will consider for publication studies that directly link brain function with cognitive processes, including perception, attention and consciousness, action and motor control, executive functions and cognitive control, memory, language, and emotion and social cognition. Submission of papers using methodologies such as functional and structural neuroimaging, cognitive electrophysiology, and brain stimulation to significantly advance cognitive and psychological theory is strongly encouraged.
YesyesYesnoOptional
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Personal RelationshipsInterdisciplinaryPR0.906
Personal Relationships is an international, interdisciplinary journal that promotes scholarship in the field of personal relationships using a wide variety of methodologies and throughout a broad range of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, communication studies, anthropology, family studies, child development, social work, and gerontology.
YesYesYes?quarterly
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Personality and Individual Differences
Social & Personality
PID2.39
Personality and Individual Differences is primarily devoted to the publication of articles (experimental, correlational, theoretical, expository/review) which enhance our understanding of the structure of personality and other forms of individual differences, the processes which cause these individual differences to emerge, and their practical applications
Yes (5,000 words single-study articles, 10,000 words multiple-study articles)
Yes (10,000 words)
Yes (5,000-10,000 words)
Yes (2,500 words)
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Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Social & Personality
PSPB3.67
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB), published monthly, is an official journal for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. PSPBoffers an international forum for the rapid dissemination of original empirical papers in all areas of personality and social psychology.This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
YesNoNoNo12/ per yearSAGE Choice
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Personality and Social Psychology Review
Social & Personality
Pers Soc Psychol Rev
11.264
Personality and Social Psychology Review (PSPR) is the premiere outlet for original theoretical papers and conceptual review articles in all areas of personality and social psychology. PSPR offers stimulating conceptual pieces that identify exciting new directions for research on the psychological underpinnings of human individuality and social functioning, as well as comprehensive review papers that provide new, integrative frameworks for existing theory and research programs. This journal is a member of COPE.
noyesyesno4/ per yearSAGE Choice
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Perspectives on Psychological ScienceGeneral
Perspect Psychol Sci
12.114
Perspectives on Psychological Science seeks to advance the field of psychological science, broadly construed, by publishing high-quality research that meets the following criteria: (a) important; (b) original; (c) readable; (d) rigorous.
NoYesYes Nobimonthly
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Plos OneGeneralPlos One3.352
The world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE’s broad scope provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.
yesnoyes?monthly
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences GeneralPNAS10.359PNAS is one of the world's most-cited and comprehensive
multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,200
research papers annually. Submissions are accepted from all researchers;
authors do not need to have a connection to an NAS member to publish in PNAS.

Established in 1914, PNAS publishes cutting-edge research, science
news, Commentaries, Perspectives, Colloquium Papers, Reviews, and
actions of the NAS. PNAS is available by subscription and all content is free after 6 months.

The journal's content spans the biological, physical, and social
sciences and is global in scope. Nearly half of all accepted papers come
from authors outside the United States.

PNAS strives to publish only the highest quality
scientific research, and papers undergo rigorous peer review and
approval by an NAS member before publication.
yesyes yesyes26/ per year
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Psychological InquiryGeneralPsychol Inq18.862
Psychological Inquiry is an international journal devoted to advancing theory in psychology. Each issue includes a lengthy target article followed by peer commentaries and a response from the target author(s). Manuscripts for the target articles can be invited or submitted and should present new, broad, provocative theories, primarily in the areas of personality and social psychology. We discourage submission of purely empirical, applied, or review articles. Manuscripts for the commentaries are always invited. Authors for the commentaries are chosen by the editor with input from the target authors.
noyesnono4/ per year
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Psychological ReviewGeneral
Psychol. Rev.
8.572
Psychological Review publishes articles that make important theoretical contributions to any area of scientific psychology, including systematic evaluation of alternative theories. Papers mainly focused on surveys of
the literature, problems of method and design, or reports of empirical findings are not appropriate.
NoYes (25,000 words)
Yes (25,000 words)
No6/ per year
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Psychological ScienceGeneralPsychol. Sci.7.37
Psychological Science, the flagship journal of the Association for Psychological Science, is the leading peer-reviewed journal publishing empirical research spanning the entire spectrum of the science of psychology. The journal publishes cutting-edge research articles, short reports, and research reports of general theoretical significance and broad interest across the field. Psychological Science is the source for the latest findings on topics from cognitive, social, developmental, and health psychology to behavioral neuroscience and biopsychology. The journal routinely features studies employing novel research methodologies and the newest, most innovative techniques of analysis. Articles are published in OnlineFirst before they are assigned to an issue. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
yesyesnoyes12/ per year
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Psychology and AgingDevelopmental
Psychol. Aging
3.534
Psychology and Aging® publishes original articles that significantly advance knowledge about adult development and aging. The primary focus of the journal is on reports of novel empirical findings that inform theories related to the psychological science of aging and adult development. Exceptionally strong articles that present theoretical analyses, systematic reviews, methodological critiques or new methodological approaches, or policy recommendations grounded in psychological science are also welcome. Studies of basic principles of adult development and aging and their application are appropriate, as are studies about psychological phenomena and processes of special relevance during adulthood and old age. The journal represents the diversity of topical areas in the psychological science of adult development and aging, including but not limited to, biological bases of behavior, clinical psychology, cognition, cultural and social influences on development, educational psychology, emotion, health psychology, human factors, medical psychology, motivation, neuroscience, personality, and self-regulation.The journal welcomes rigorous studies regardless of methodological approach (e.g., laboratory-based or field experiments, clinical trials, field studies, naturalistic studies, mixed methods, meta-analyses, or secondary analyses of large datasets). We especially seek submissions in new areas of inquiry and those that address contradictory findings or controversies in the field, as well as the generalizability of developmental principles to new populations.
?yesyesno8/ per year
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Psycho­neuro­endocrinologyInterdisciplinaryn/a5.522
Psychoneuroendocrinology publishes papers dealing with the interrelated disciplines of psychology, neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, neurology, and psychiatry, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary studies aiming at integrating these disciplines in terms of either basic research or clinical implications. One of the main goals is to understand how a variety of psychobiological factors interact in the expression of the stress response as it relates to the development and/or maintenance of neuropsychiatric illnesses. The journal is international and comprises original research papers, reviews of an area of the literature, or at an appropriate stage in the development of the author's own work, commentaries in areas of current interest, short communications and book reviews. Although reviews, editorials and commentaries are usually by invitation, interested authors can contact one of the Co-Editors-in-Chief to discuss the suitability of topics for either category of manuscripts.
YesYesYesYes12/ per yearOptional
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Self and Identity
Social & Personality
n/a1.985
Self and Identity is devoted to the study of social and psychological processes of the self, including both its agentic aspects, as well as the perceived and construed aspects as reflected in its mental representations. Work on self and identity has a special place in the study of human nature, as self-concerns are arguably at the center of individuals’ striving for well-being and for making sense of one’s life. Life goals develop and are influenced by one’s view of what one is like, the way one would ideally like to be (or would like to avoid being), as well as one’s perceptions of what is feasible. Furthermore, conceptions of self and the world affect how one’s progress towards these goals is monitored, evaluated, redirected, re-evaluated, and pursued again. Thus, the "self" as a construct has far-reaching implications for behavior, self-esteem, motivation, experience of emotions and the world more broadly, and hence for interpersonal relationships, society, and culture.
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Sex RolesGeneraln/a2.742
Exceptionally strong articles that present theoretical analyses, systematic reviews, methodological critiques or new methodological approaches, or policy recommendations grounded in psychological science are also welcome.
yesyesyesno6 Issues per year
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Social Cognition
Social & Personality
Soc. Cogn.1.819
Social Cognition seeks to advance understanding of the role of cognitive processes in social psychology
and behavior. The journal emphasizes three broad concerns: the processes underlying the perception,
judgment, and memory of social stimuli; the effects of social and affective factors on the processing of
information; and the behavioral and interpersonal consequences of cognitive processes. Within these
broad concerns, the journal does not specify appropriate topics for publication. Rather, the journal seeks
to publish significant work from any domain that is relevant to the themes described above. Thus,
research on intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup processes all are welcome. Moreover,
Social Cognition seeks research conducted with a broad range of methodologies, including, but not
limited to, behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroscientific approaches. It is anticipated that most
published manuscripts will report original empirical research. However, other types of papers, such as
theoretical analyses, literature reviews (see below), and methodological comments are welcome if they
further an understanding of the cognitive processes underlying social psychology and behavior.
yesyesyesno6/ per year
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Social Psychological and Personality Science
Social & Personality
SPPS3.124
Studies of basic principles of adult development and aging and their application are appropriate, as are studies about psychological phenomena and processes of special relevance during adulthood and old age.
YesYesNoYes (all)6/ per yearSAGE Choice
According to the website, inquiries regarding manuscript submission may be directed to the editorial office at amanda.Bockman@sagepub.com
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Social Psychology
Social & Personality
Soc. Psychol.
2.157
Social Psychology publishes innovative and methodologically sound research and serves as an international forum for scientific discussion and debate in the field of social psychology. Topics include all basic social psychological research themes, methodological advances in social psychology, as well as research in applied fields of social psychology. The journal focuses on original empirical contributions to social psychological research, but is open to theoretical articles, critical reviews, and replications of published research.
YesYesYesno4/ per year
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Social Psychology Quarterly
Social & Personality
Soc. Psychol. Q.
2.87
Social Psychology Quarterly (SPQ) publishes theoretical and empirical papers on the link between the individual and society. This includes the study of the relations of individuals to one another, as well as to groups, collectivities, and institutions. It also includes the study of intra-individual processes as they substantially influence, or are influenced by, social structure and process.SPQ is genuinely interdisciplinary and publishes works by both sociologists and psychologists.
yesyesnono4/ per year
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Journal of Youth and AdolescenceDevelopmental
J. Youth Adolesc.
4.169
Journal of Youth and Adolescence provides a single, high-level medium of communication for psychologists, psychiatrists, biologists, criminologists, educators, and researchers in many other allied disciplines who address the subject of youth and adolescence. The journal publishes quantitative analyses, theoretical papers, and comprehensive review articles. The journal especially welcomes empirically rigorous papers that take policy implications seriously. Research need not have been designed to address policy needs, but manuscripts must address implications for the manner society formally (e.g., through laws, policies or regulations) or informally (e.g., through parents, peers, and social institutions) responds to the period of youth and adolescence.
noyesyesno12/ per year
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Social DevelopmentDevelopmentalSoc. Dev.2.597
Social Development is a major international journal dealing with all aspects of children's social development as seen from a psychological stance. It provides an outlet for empirical reports, debates and comments on theoretical and empirical issues, literature reviews and in-depth book reviews.The main focus of Social Development is on development in childhood with lifespan, cross-species and cross-cultural perspectives enhancing our understanding of human development also explored. Coverage includes a wide range of topics such as social cognition, peer relationships, social interaction, attachment formation, emotional development and children's theories of mind. It is essential reading for developmental psychologists, social psychologists and all those concerned with teaching or research in the field of social development.
yesyesyesno4/ per year
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Journal of Cross-Cultural PsychologyGeneral
J. Cross-Cult. Psychol.
2.229
Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology publishes papers that focus on the interrelations between culture and psychological processes. Submitted manuscripts may report results from either cross-cultural comparative research or single culture studies. Research that concerns the ways in which culture, and related concepts such as ethnicity, affects the thinking and behavior of individuals, as well as how individual thought and behavior define and reflect aspects of culture are appropriate for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
yesyesyesno8/ per yearSAGE Choice
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Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Social & Personality
J. Soc. Pers. Relatsh.
2.167
The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (JSPR) is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research on social and personal relationships. JSPR is the leading journal in the field, publishing empirical and theoretical papers on social and personal relationships. It is multidisciplinary in scope, drawing material from the fields of social psychology, clinical psychology, communication, developmental psychology, and sociology.
yesyes?no8/ per year
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Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Social & Personality
J. Health Soc. Behav.
4.114
Journal of Health and Social Behavior is a medical sociology journal that publishes empirical and theoretical articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health and illness and the organization of medicine and health care. Its editorial policy favors manuscripts that are grounded in important theoretical issues in medical sociology or the sociology of mental health and that advance theoretical understanding of the processes by which social factors and human health are inter-related.
yesyesno
commentaries (3000 word max)
4/ per year
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Journal of Language and Social Psychology
Social & Personality
J. Lang. Soc. Psychol.
1.594
The social psychology of language is a unique and valued subdiscipline in the language and communication sciences. Journal of Language and Social Psychology is the only major journal worldwide devoted to this area of study, attracting an international authorship with data bases frequently being derived from languages other than English. The journal provides complete and balanced coverage of the latest research and theory at the cross-roads of language, mind and society. Features include original full-length articles, short research notes and book reviews.
yesnoyesyes4/ per year
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Small Group ResearchGeneral
Small Group Res
1.669
Small Group Research is an international and interdisciplinary journal presenting research, theoretical advancements, and empirically supported applications with respect to all types of small groups. Through advancing the systematic study of small groups, this journal seeks to increase communication among all who are professionally interested in group phenomena.
yesyesnono6/ per year
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Current Directions in Psychological Science General
Curr. Dir. Psychol.
7.726
Current Directions in Psychological Science publishes reviews by leading experts covering all of scientific psychology and its applications. Each issue of Current Directions features a diverse mix of reports on various topics such as language, memory and cognition, development, the neural basis of behavior and emotions, various aspects of psychopathology, and theory of mind. These articles allow readers to stay apprised of important developments across subfields beyond their areas of expertise and bodies of research they might not otherwise be aware of. The articles in Current Directions are also written to be accessible to non-experts, making them ideally suited for use in the classroom as teaching supplements.
yesyesyesno6 per year
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Psychological Science in the Public Interest General
Psychol. Sci. Public Interest
33.059
Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI) is a unique journal featuring comprehensive and compelling reviews of issues that are of direct relevance to the general public. These reviews are written by blue ribbon teams of specialists representing a range of viewpoints, and are intended to assess the current state-of-the-science with regard to the topic. Among other things, PSPI reports have challenged the validity of the Rorschach and other projective tests; have explored how to keep the aging brain sharp; and have documented problems with the current state of clinical psychology. PSPI reports are regularly featured in Scientific American Mind and are typically covered in a variety of other major media outlets.
nonoyesno3/ per year
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Personality and Social Psychology Review General
Pers. Soc. Psychol. Rev.
11.264
Personality and Social Psychology Review (PSPR) is the premiere outlet for original theoretical papers and conceptual review articles in all areas of personality and social psychology. PSPR offers stimulating conceptual pieces that identify exciting new directions for research on the psychological underpinnings of human individuality and social functioning, as well as comprehensive review papers that provide new, integrative frameworks for existing theory and research programs.
noyesyesno4/ per year
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Culture & Psychology General
Cult. Psychol.
1.349
Culture & Psychology addresses the centrality of culture necessary for a basic understanding of the psychology of human beings: their identity, social conduct, intra- and intersubjective experiences, emotions and semiotic creativity. By drawing on diverse theoretical backgrounds, the editorial aim is to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for scholarly investigations and discussions that will advance our basic knowledge of the self in its historical and cultural contexts. The orientation of the journal is towards formulating new conceptualizations of culture in psychology, together with theoretically relevant empirical investigations. Contributions from anthropology, sociology, education, ethnography, cultural history, linguistics, communication studies and philosophy will further enhance the journal's commitment to interdisciplinary psychology.
yesyesnono4/ per year
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The Neuroscientist Neuroscience7.873
Aimed at basic neuroscientists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists in research, academic, and clinical settings, The Neuroscientist reviews and updates the most important new and emerging basic and clinical neuroscience research, focusing on original and innovative topics
nonoyesno6/ per year
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Social NeuroscienceNeuroscience3.182
Social Neuroscience features original empirical Research Papers as well as targeted Reviews, Commentaries and Fast Track Brief Reports that examine how the brain mediates social behavior, social cognition, social interactions and relationships, group social dynamics, and related topics that deal with social/interpersonal psychology and neurobiology. Multi-paper symposia and special topic issues are organized and presented regularly as well.
yesnoyesyes6/ per yearNo
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Social Cognitive and Affective NeuroscienceNeuroscienceSCAN4.941
SCAN will consider research that uses neuroimaging (fMRI, MRI, PET, EEG, MEG), neuropsychological patient studies, animal lesion studies, single-cell recording, pharmacological perturbation, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. SCAN will also consider submissions that examine the mediational role of neural processes in linking social phenomena to physiological, neuroendocrine, immunological, developmental, and genetic processes. Additionally, SCAN will publish papers that address issues of mental and physical health as they relate to social and affective processes (e.g., autism, anxiety disorders, depression, stress, effects of child rearing) as long as cognitive neuroscience methods are used.
yes?Yes
Empirical articles limited to 5,000 words
Monthly
Yes, full open access
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Journal of Pediatric PsychologyDevelopmentalJPP3.23
The Journal of Pediatric Psychology (ISSN 0146-8693) is published ten times a year by Oxford University Press for the Society of Pediatric Psychology, PO Box 170231, Atlanta, GA 30317. The journal is the scientific publication of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP), Division 54 of the American Psychological Association, whose mission is to promote the health and psychological well being of children, youth and their families through science and an evidence-based approach to practice, education, training, advocacy, and consultation. As such, the journal publishes articles related to theory, research, and professional practice in pediatric psychology.
yes?YesNo10/ per year
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Journal of Diversity in Higher EducationEducationaln/a2.179
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education largely publishes empirical research focused on issues related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in post-secondary environments. Our manuscripts address the experiences and outcomes of individuals from underrepresented and underserved communities, focusing on institutional barriers and challenges, patterns of access and achievement, and the impact of engaging with diverse students, faculty, and administrators. We are also interested in work that explores issues related to teaching and learning, policy development and implementation, and leadership and organizational change in diverse learning environments. We are committed to publishing work that supports efforts to transform institutions, inspire colleagues, engage campus, governmental, and private sector leaders, and articulate culturally competent outcomes.
yesnononoquarterly
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NeuropsychologyNeurosciencen/a3.41
Neuropsychology® publishes original, empirical research; systematic reviews and meta-analyses; and theoretical articles on the relation between brain and human cognitive, emotional, and behavioral function. All submissions with implications for neuropsychological research, theory, and practice are welcome. Articles that increase understanding of neuropsychological functions in both healthy and disordered states and across the lifespan are encouraged. Articles that adopt an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach that reflects the multiple levels of analysis needed to understand brain-behavior relationships are especially welcome. Case studies will be considered if they raise or illustrate important questions about brain-behavior relationships and neuropsychological function that go beyond the single case.
yesyesyesno8/ per year
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