All texts should respect the rules described in the 7th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (see sample papers conforming to the APA style). Submissions should also comply with the PsychOpen Author Guidelines.

  • 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.
  • Manuscripts should be assembled in the following order: Running head, Title, Abstract, Keywords, Word count, Main body with tables and figures embedded in the text, References (APA style), Appendices (if any). Please note, this is an exemption of an APA style guide - please put the tables and figures in the text. This way we are making it easier for reviewers to examine the results.
  • 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.
  • 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, once your work appears in SPB, the CC-BY-4.0 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 a genuine open-access to knowledge and enhance research transparency.
  • All submissions are subject to stat-check and plagiarism screening (read more on PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics).
  • 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 good use of the generous word limit on the abstract length (up to 250 words), which should allow authors to describe their results/conclusion in fair detail. Authors are asked to report the exact level of significance (e.g., p = .055 or p = .045).
  • We encourage the use of tables for summarizing the results (with the appropriate inferential (including CI and size of the effect) and descriptive (N, M, SD) statistics).
  • For diagrams we encourage authors to use the color in their figures (using a palette that would be friendly for both printing and reading by people with color vision deficiency - you may want to consult ColorBrewer tool to determine which hues to choose that would be readable both online and when printed out/read on a black & white display e.g. e-book).

Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors as it delays the reviewing and layout editing process.

  • Each submitted paper will be initially sent to the Editor-in-Chief's office who will appoint an Action Editor (if all authors' guidelines are met), who will seek and invite appropriate Reviewers. Each paper is sent to at least three Reviewers (experts in the field), and the decision is made on the basis of at least two reviews. The authors may follow the status of the paper throughout the whole process by logging into the system. The decision (accept, minor revision, revise and resubmit, or reject) will be communicated electronically (via e-mail) together with the reviews and letter from the Action Editor.

Data and Materials Sharing

  • We require authors to upload their data and their materials along with their manuscript using our submission panel. There are many benefits to sharing your data and materials openly with the scientific community (i.e. preserving your data, allowing meta-analysis, increasing citations, collaboration, and data re-use; see McKiernan, et al., 2016; Tennant, et al., 2016). If you cannot share your data and materials please provide a valid explanation in the cover letter.
  • Data files should be anonymized and should contain (or be accompanied by) a codebook describing the labels of variables and the responses in English.
  • Data files and materials provided will be reviewed and distributed along with the accepted article using a permanent data repository (PsychArchives).


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

McKiernan, E. C., Bourne, P. E., Brown, C. T., Buck, S., Kenall, A., Lin, J., … Yarkoni, T. (2016). How open science helps researchers succeed. ELife, 5, e16800.

Meyer, M. N. (2018). Practical tips for ethical data sharing. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(1), 131–144.

Tennant, J., Waldner, F., Jacques, D., Masuzzo, P., Collister, L., & Hartgerink, C. (2016). The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: An evidence-based review [version 3; referees: 4 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. F1000Research, 5(632).