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Submission Preparation Checklist

  • As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The manuscript will not be submitted to any other journal until official rejection or withdrawal from the present journal (unless an explanation has been provided in the ‘Comments to the Editor’ section and the request has been accepted by mutual agreement).
  • I certify that I and all co-authors have read and contributed to the manuscript and all have agreed on its submission to this journal.
  • Authors retain copyright and the article will be published under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0)
  • Make sure that the separate file "Titlepage" contains:
    • The complete title of the manuscript (up to 12 words)

    • Running head: a short title (one line) using no more than 50 characters including spaces

    • Names and affiliations of all authors: Institution, City, Country

    • Corresponding author's name and contact address: full postal and email address
  • A separate file "Cover letter" (mandatory) should contain:
    • Article type and the wordcount

    • Highlights of the submitted contribution (what is already known on this subject & what this paper adds). Please write a statement of the conclusions of your study in up to four sentences (with a maximum of 100 words). Please include interesting information about your paper and do not only rephrase the title

    • Suggestions for at least 2 potential referees for peer review with contact details

    • Funding: All sources of financial aid (if applicable) should be declared

    • Competing interests (if applicable): Financial and personal relationships of any author with SPB or any organizations related to the study matter should be declared

    • Data Availability: all empirical articles should contain datasets and codebooks as attachments to the submission (if it is not possible, please explain in detail)

    • Pre-registration statement: all empirical articles should contain a clear statement on study pre-registration
  • I am aware that the peer review in this journal is double blind, meaning that the manuscript, any supplementary materials and/or datafile that I submit do not contain any identifying information.
  • The main article body (with tables and figures embedded) should include:
    • The abstract (with no more than 250 words)

    • Keywords: 5 – 7 keywords or brief phrases separated by commas

    • Highlights from the paper (up to 4): These should be presented as bullet points of no more than 100 characters (incl. spaces) each and outline what the study adds

    • Manuscript (including running head)

    • All figures (including relevant captions) should be placed within the main article body (any small but readable versions of the figure)

    • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes) should be placed within the text body
  • References: References should follow APA style (6th Edition) with correct doi for each element 
  • Supplementary files:
    • All datasets and codebooks should be uploaded during submission and clearly described using the metadata

    • All figures should be separately submitted in the original, high-resolution version (ready for print)

    • Each supplementary material should be explicitly referenced (by the file name) within the body of the article, e.g., "See supplementary file 1: 'Protocol_of_Study1.gif'".

  • All figures will be uploaded separately in high-resolution. None of the files should exceed 20MB.
  • The text is provided as an editable file in either DOC, DOCX, or RTF format.
  • The text uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • I am aware that the text of my manuscript must be checked by an English native speaker or a professional English language editor before submission. Please note that manuscripts that do not comply with the above requirement might be returned to authors prior to peer review.
  • Author Guidelines

    Submission of manuscripts to this journal is possible only through the online submission module (if you need additional assistance, please watch the step-by-step manual on the process) We kindly request authors to consult the Focus and Scope and Accepted Formats section prior to submission (please make sure your submission is within the word limit). It is crucial that you read and follow the SPB guidelines prior to submitting your manuscript. Failure to do so may result in your manuscript being automatically returned, thus delaying the reviewing process of your submission.

    The manuscript submission process is separated into the following steps:

    • Step 1: Specifying the manuscript type and completing the submission checklist
    • Step 2: Uploading the submission file (title page, article) and the cover letter data and supplementary files (see below for details on how to prepare it) 
    • Step 3: Specifying the author(s) names, contact information, title, abstract, keywords, and other metadata
    • Step 4: Final verification of the submitted files and confirmation of your submission (please note this is the final step before sending out your submission to SPB Editorial Office)


    Organizing Your Submission

    Please make sure that your cover letter clearly describes your contribution within the journal's scope and is within the word limit of the chosen article format

    Before attempting an online submission, please consider preparing the following file types:

    1. Submission file

    Low-resolution figures and tables should be embedded (within the main text) in the main file - any image format that is readable and clear enough will be acceptable.

    1. Additional files

    Cover letter, and High-resolution figures must be submitted during the same submission process as additional files in one of the accepted file formats (see below). These may be compressed in order to reduce bandwidth during upload:

    • Text of the manuscript (DOC, DOCX, RTF, or ODT) with tables and figures embedded in the text,
    • Cover letter (DOC, DOCX, RTF or ODT) should cover: article type, word count, authors list with their e-mail addresses and affiliations (Institution, City, Country) as well as specific contributions of all co-authors to the paper. The letter should also list the highlights of the submitted contribution (what is already known on this subject & what this paper adds). Please note, that once the paper is accepted by the Handling Editor, the content of the cover letter (author names, affiliations, their contribution, and highlights) will be moved from the cover letter to the article’s main body,
    • Files of figures, graphs, photos etc. must be provided separately in high resolution. These will be used for the production of the final article and thus to precipitate the process you should upload them separately with your initial submission. Each figure should be uploaded as an individual file in one of the following image file formats: EPS, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, not larger than 20 MB each. 
    1. Supplementary files (appendices)

    We encourage the fair use of supplementary materials (prepared separately from the main article). These materials should provide additional information to the reader (e.g., additional analyses and/or the exact stimuli used). Supplementary materials must be non - redundant 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. (Supplementary materials will have its own DOI and be distributed using a permanent data repository PsychArchives. For more details see Supplementary Material Guidelines.) Online publishing allows authors to increase the impact of their submissions by providing interactive attachments to their papers, e.g., animated paradigms (.gif files), video files (.mov), syntax of their analysis (.R or .txt) or datasets (.csv). Please upload your supplementary files along with the main text during the initial submission. The supplementary files will be integrated into the article as viewable/downloadable files. All supplementary files should also be explicitly referenced (by the file name) within the body of the article, e.g., "See supplementary file 1: 'Protocol_of_Study1.gif' for an animated demonstration"

    Datasets & Codebooks

    Every dataset file for each separate study should be clearly titled & it should include a codebook (description of the content of the file; cf. Meyer, 2018). Codebooks for datasets should cover at least all of the variable names (& description) and possible values. When in doubt please comply with the Data Dictionary style guide on the Open Science Framework. Ideally, all the datasets should be viewable using free or widely available tools, e.g., suitable file formats for datasets are XLS (Excel spreadsheet) & CSV (Comma separated values). 

    Should you encounter any technical difficulties in submitting a manuscript to this journal, please contact the Editorial Office at