Aims and scope

Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) is an open-access quarterly journal that publishes original empirical research, theoretical review papers, scientific debates, and methodological contributions in the field of basic and applied social psychology. The SPB Editorial team actively promotes standards of open-science, supports an integrative approach to all aspects of social psychological science and is committed to discussing timely social issues of high importance. SPB has a specific vision of how we should be sharing the results of scientific studies. Our values are described below as a specific FOCI: we want to create an outlet which is Focused on people, Open, Committed and Integrative.

Focused on People

We care about the people behind the ideas! Feedback from double-blind peer-review is often negative and discouraging. Editors should constructively and critically inspect/review/debate authors’ claims if there is data to support them. We believe that reviewers should be helpful in suggesting ways to improve the logic and/or coherence of the paper. SPB’s editors and reviewers should strive to be fair, critical and encouraging regarding the progress of collecting the best possible data to refute authors’ claims. We promise to keep a rigorous yet transparent (handling editor will be named once the paper is published) and supportive peer-review process in a friendly fashion. Furthermore, we want the review process to be quick – for short research reports (<4k words), we will aim to reach the first decision within 5-7 weeks from submission. We also want to support young authors in the early stages of their careers - researchers within 3 years of receiving their Ph.D., who publish their work in SPB, will be automatically eligible for the annual Solomon Asch Award (500 €).


We should not put a price-tag on ideas and public knowledge! SPB is a fully open-access outlet (no charges for accessing the papers as well as there will be no fees whatsoever for authors publishing their results with SPB). All papers in SPB will be published under a Creative Commons (CC) license, meaning that authors will retain their copyright while allowing others to distribute and credit their work. ZPID will also enable us to use their open repository, PsychArchives, to make materials available which will supplement articles published in SPB (authors are asked/expected to openly share their data, code, or other materials). We will also support open-science practices e.g. pre-registration, sample size analyses which should ultimately lead to full implementation of the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines (Open Science Collaboration, 2015). We aim to provide a broad perspective on social-psychological research by encouraging submissions of novel pre-registered research ideas as well as replications of previous work. We plan to implement the format of Registered Reports (Nosek & Lakens, 2014) by the end of 2018. In this format peer review is done in two phases – the first phase reviews the rationale and the detailed protocol of the study prior to data collection. Then articles can be provisionally accepted pending that the researchers will follow their pre-registered methodology. This way of handling feedback from peer-review will focus on merits of theory and tested hypothesis itself. The results will reduce the publication bias as it will be published regardless of the actual outcome of the registered study.

(Socially) Committed

We believe that social psychological research has the power to change not only people’s beliefs but also social practices! As it integrates an individual and societal level of analysis, social psychology has a huge potential to impact common policies. SPB is not only committed to socially responsible research practices but also to focusing on socially relevant issues, of interest to a broader area of social sciences. SPB encourages submissions of timely, cutting-edge research on social problems of real concern for broader audiences, with special attention to articles suggesting possible amendments and solutions in the current policies. Amongst the many possible topics, examples include discrimination, social inequalities, social and political conflicts, diversity, reconciliation, social change, etc. SPB is rooted in a certain cultural and geographical context (Poland and Central Europe); therefore, topics that refer to this local context, respecting its specificity but also revealing more universal underpinnings of the observed socio-psychological processes would be of special interest to our readers. Importantly, SPB is committed to supporting cultural and social diversity, in terms of gender equality and the diversity of ethnic backgrounds of our contributors.


Various theoretical perspectives and methodologies are welcome! SPB encourages submissions of theoretical contributions, debates, and research that aim to present and possibly integrate various approaches within the field of social psychology. SPB also welcomes submissions from a broad scope of perspectives, not only strictly related to social psychology but open to cross-disciplinary approaches, presenting innovative theoretical ideas and research on social psychological phenomena. SPB welcomes high-quality research that can be placed on the intersection of social, humanistic and life sciences, and can provide a comprehensive theoretical integration.


Guidelines for authors

How to submit?

To submit your manuscript using the spb.psychopen.eu submission panel please follow the instructions in our manual.

  • Detailed author guidelines are provided here: psychopen.eu/author_guidelines/
  • All texts should respect rules described in the 6th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (sample paper conforming to APA style can be accessed here)
  • All manuscripts submitted to Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) should be both in PDF and Word (.doc & .docx) format
  • A separate cover letter should specify the type of article and list the highlights of the submitted contribution (with a maximum of five short sentences, preferably bullet points). Affiliations and email contact details of the corresponding author and all of the co-authors should be listed only in cover letter
  • The cover letter should also declare specific contributions of all co-authors to the paper. Once the paper is accepted by a Journal’s Editor, the author’s affiliations, their contribution, and the highlight points will be moved from the cover letter to the article’s main body
  • Within the submission panel, authors are asked to manually fill in the form by entering (copy and paste) the title, abstract and keywords of their submission. Please make sure that these details are also included in the main file
  • Each paper is sent to at least three reviewers (experts in the field), the decision is made on the basis of at least two reviews. We employ the double-blind reviewing process. The authors should not reveal their identities in the main body of the manuscript. The main file should contain no identifying author information. Next, the paper will be sent to the Editor-in-Chief who will appoint an Action Editor who will appoint Reviewers. The author may follow the status of the paper throughout the whole process by separate e-mails or by logging into the system as an author. The decision (accept, minor revision, revise and resubmit, or reject) will be communicated electronically together with the reviews. 

Author instruction

  • Submitted work should be original, meaning it should not be submitted for consideration to another journal nor should it have been published in whole or in part in another journal. Yet, as we support and encourage authors to seek pre-publication reviews, we will be accepting manuscripts that have been previously distributed as online pre-prints. Also, just after your work will appear in SPB, the signed license agreement will not stop you from sharing your article with whomever you wish, to communicate your findings to a broader audience (i.e. using alternative channels: press releases, university bulletins, social media platforms such as FB, Twitter, ResearchGate etc.). This way we can celebrate the genuine open-access to knowledge initiative and enhance research transparency.
  • We encourage authors not to structure the narrative of their articles on accepting or rejecting hypotheses, but rather on discussing the quality of evidence supporting/opposing their theoretical claims (as Jerzy Neyman’s legacy that "statistics should never be used mechanically"; cf. Gigerenzer, 2004)
  • We encourage authors to make a good use of the generous word limit on the abstract length (up to 200 words), which should allow authors to describe their results/conclusion in fair detail.
  • We encourage the use of tables (with the appropriate inferential (CI and size of the effect) and descriptive (N, M, SD) statistics) while we discourage the use of figures except for unusually complicated diagrams (e.g., theoretical or SEM models).
  • Authors are asked to report the exact level of significance (e.g., = 0.055 or p = 0.045)

Gigerenzer, G. (2004). Mindless statistics. The Journal of Socio-Economics, 33, 587–606. 

Accepted formats

    Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) accepts submissions in the following forms:

    Type of articleWord countMax number of figures/ tables allowed
    Short research reports - main body of the article should report empirical results. To discuss more nuanced findings please make good use of the space reserved for supplementary materials4.0003
    Research and review articles - empirical or theoretical papers10.0005
    Target articles - if accepted will be accompanied by invited commentaries from specialists in the field10.0005
    Methodological articles - presentations of psychological methods and instruments8.0005
    Registered Reports - research articles in which methods and proposed analyses are pre-registered and peer-reviewed prior to research being conducted. Once the protocol is accepted and the study is completed the authors are invited to submit the article including results and discussion sections. This format is open to replications as well as original research.8.0005


    Please note that the word count excludes: title page, references, footnotes, and abstract (which has a separate limit of 200 words). The supplementary materials do not have a word count nor figure/table/references limit.

    Data and materials sharing

    • We strongly encourage authors to make their data and their materials available using our submission panel (next it will be distributed using a permanent data repository). Data files should be anonymized and contain or be accompanied by a codebook describing the variables and the responses (cf. Meyer, 2018).
    • We also encourage the fair use of supplementary materials (in a separate file). These materials should provide additional information to the reader (e.g., additional analyses or the exact materials and stimuli used). Supplementary materials must be non-reduntant and essential for the full understanding of the main paper. These materials will be processed within the same peer-review procedures as the main article. 


    Meyer, M. N. (2018). Practical Tips for Ethical Data Sharing. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 2515245917747656. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245917747656

    Quick turnaround

    • Usually, we give our reviewers 21 days to prepare the review. The authors will get 30-60 days to prepare the revision of their paper. The revision must be accompanied by a detailed cover letter describing all the changes that have been made.
    • We encourage our authors to submit short research reports (up to 4000 words) - the process of peer-review on these reports will include less detailed reviews but the turnaround time is to be effective up to 5-7 weeks until the first decision.

    Guidelines for reviewers

    We all realise that quality of a journal, and thus its prestige, depends on the quality of published material, which in turn, largely depends on the feedback that authors obtain from reviewers. Therefore no journal can be good without the dedicated work of reviewers. We all want to publish in good journals. We all want to shorten the time between submission and publication of our papers. All of this depends on reviewers. We are both potential authors and potential reviewers. If we want to obtain fast and useful feedback on our own papers, we should also provide the same type of feedback on other authors’ papers.

    Papers submitted to SPB are sent to three anonymous reviewers - the decision is made by the handling editor on the basis of at least two reviews. Reviewers may be scholars with, at a minimum, a doctoral degree, who are involved in research in social psychology and related domains. A request for a review is sent to the potential reviewer by the action editor electronically - we ask to confirm in the panel within 5 days whether one is willing or not to prepare the review.

    The editorial team of SPB pays great attention to the quality of reviews. Most of us probably have had not only good but also bad experiences with reviews of our own papers. The most problematic are: 

    • reviews that are evaluative without any informative content;
    • opinionated and unkind reviews that affront the author;
    • reviews whose contents suggest that the reviewer has not read the paper.

    If you recommend publication, can you suggest passages that need revision, deletion or expansion?

    Suggestions for improvement

    Detailed suggestions for improvement are very welcome! The more specific questions, that may help to construct the review, are:

    Concerning the introduction:

    • Is the reference made to the current literature adequate?
    • Is adequate reference made to existing theory/ies?
    • Are proposed hypotheses plausible? Are the aims and hypotheses of the study clearly stated? Can the hypotheses be derived from theoretical introduction?
    • Is the overall structure of the report clear and appropriate? Is it in line with APA style?
    • Is the language of sufficient quality?

    Concerning the methodology:

    • Are the technical details of the method and analyses clearly represented? Does the clarity and degree of methodological detail would be sufficient to replicate exactly the proposed experimental procedures and analysis?
    • Do authors declare they have pre-registered the hypothesis and methods to test it? Are they disclosing all methodological decisions that have a bearing on the reported findings including the handling of missing data and outliers (perhaps in supplemental materials)?
    • Are the methods used in the article congruent with the current state of the art?
    • Are descriptive statistics for the main variables (raw and transformed) reported and presented appropriately for the full sample (e.g., N, means, standard deviations, standard errors, confidence intervals, first-order correlations, frequencies)?
    • Are the tables, figures, and photos or illustrations informative? Would you recommend any additional ones or recommend any of them to be removed or moved to supplementary materials?
    • Are effect sizes reported (not always required, but very desirable in most empirical studies)? Are significance levels reported using precise p-values rather than cutoffs (such as <0.01 and <0.05)?
    • Are the total number of excluded observations and the reasons for making these exclusions reported in the Method section?
    • Are all independent variables or manipulations, whether successful or failed, reported in the Method section?
    • Are all dependent variables or measures that were analyzed for this article’s target research question reported in the Methods section?
    • Is how sample size was determined reported in the Method section?
    • Does the analysis support the hypotheses?

      Concerning the results' discussion section:
    • How well are the paper's original objectives achieved?
    • Are conclusions supported by the data presented?
    • Are the implications of the findings for the hypotheses and theory clearly indicated and appropriately discussed?
    • What is the nature and magnitude of the contribution made by the report to the field?

    Solomon Asch Award

    The prize for the best paper by a young researcher

    The Solomon Asch Prize is annually awarded to young researchers who have published their papers in Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) before or after completion of Ph.D. (however, no later than 3 years after completion of the Ph.D.).

    Only papers which were published in the year previous to the year of competition announcement will be taken into consideration. The candidate for the award should be either the only author or the first co-author of the article. The winner of Asch Award is selected by the SPB Editorial Board on the basis of critical assessment of all qualified papers. The announcement of the winner and prize ceremony is taking place during the General Assembly of the Polish Society of Social Psychology in September. The monetary value of the prize is 500 Euro.

    Past winners:

    2017 - Julia Zając (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences)
    2016 – Katarzyna Szczucka (SWSP University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw)
    2015 – Kamil Imbir (Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw)
    2014 – Barnaba Danieluk (University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin)
    2013 – Marta Roczniewska (SWSP University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Sopot)
    2012 – Two ex-eaquo awards: Malwina Szpitalak (Jagiellonian University) & Anna Czarna (Wroclaw University)
    2011 – Marta Snarska (Warsaw University); honorable mention: Barnaba Danieluk (University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin)
    2010 – Julita Koszur (SWSP University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw)
    2009 – Two ex-eaquo awards: Monika Wróbel (Łódź University) & Katarzyna Jaśko (Jagiellonian University)
    2008 – Two ex-eaquo awards: Michał Bilewicz (Warsaw University) & dr Marcin Bukowski (Jagiellonian University)


    Starting from 2018 Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna), ISSN 2569-653X, is being published by PsychOpen GOLD operated by Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID), Trier, Germany. The title's owner is Polish Society for Social Psychology (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Psychologii Społecznej, PSPS).

    Psychologia Społeczna, ISSN 1896–1800, was previously published (between 2006-2017) by Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar.


    Authors pay nothing!

    With the help of our publisher (ZPID), our sponsors and title's owner - Polish Society of Social Psychology (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Psychologii Społecznej, PSPS) we are able to offer to publish your results within Open Access framework at no cost! We will pay for all of the technical costs in producing your final article. Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) is proudly sponsored by the following academic institutions:

    The SPB is also partly financed from membership fees of the Polish Society of Social Psychology (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Psychologii Społecznej)

    Abstracting and indexing

    Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) is indexed in: 

    • EBSCO
    • Google Scholar
    • European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
    • The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (CEJSH)
    • Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL)

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