Psi Chi Journal - Submissions
The Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research encourages all Psi Chi
members—including undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty—to
submit manuscripts for publication. Submissions are accepted for review
throughout the year. Although manuscripts are limited to empirical
research, they may cover any topical area in the psychological sciences.
Please send ALL submissions and inquiries through our portal (see link at
the bottom of this page). Manuscripts are
peer reviewed and the process lasts approximately 10–12 weeks. Authors’ work
is judged in comparison to others at their developmental level. Once the work is
peer reviewed, the primary author will receive email notification for (a)
acceptance with minor revisions, (b) revise and resubmit, or (c) reject.
Accepted manuscripts are published according to submission dates, revision turnaround time, and at the discretion of the Editor. If you have any questions about the submission process, e-mail the Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructions for Contributors
Prior to submission, check:
- Is the primary author a Psi Chi member?
- The first author of a submitted manuscript must be a member of Psi Chi at the time of submission.
- Additional authors may include nonPsi Chi members.
- Is the manuscript empirical?
- Empirical articles include original data collection, secondary data analysis, or meta-analysis.
- Is the contribution original?
- Only original manuscripts (not published or accepted for publication elsewhere) will be accepted.
- How are papers judged by reviewers?
- Reviewers will be prompted to evaluate your paper based on the level of work expected of undergraduate students, graduate students, or faculty.
- Authors who completed their research as an undergraduate student may submit it after graduation; however, if those students are enrolled in a graduate program, the work will be compared to that of graduate students rather than other undergraduates.
- Is the research timely?
- The Editor reserves the right not to review projects completed more than one year before submission.
- For faculty authors, is a student coauthor included?
- Faculty must have at least one student coauthor. All authors who submit work they completed as an undergraduate must have a faculty mentor who has reviewed the manuscript and affirmed the work was primarily that of the student(s).
- Has the manuscript been written according to APA Style?
- All manuscripts must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).
- Refer to the “Checklist for Manuscript Submission” found on APA’s website to check the accuracy of your paper for APA style prior to submission.
What to Submit
- A cover letter that includes the following:
- identifying information for the primary author, including an electronic mailing address;
- the primary author’s Psi Chi membership ID number;
- a description of the primary author’s educational status (e.g., an estimated or actual date of graduation, or description of faculty appointment;
- a statement that the manuscript is original (not published or accepted for publication elsewhere); and
- a statement that the research was carried out with approval of an institutional review board and following proper procedures for the protection of human participants or animal subjects.
- Sponsoring statement (undergraduate first authors only)
- For undergraduate students, faculty mentors must provide a sponsoring statement that specifies:
- the research adhered to APA ethical standards;
- the mentor has read and critiqued the manuscript on content, method, APA style, grammar, and overall presentation and mentor, affirming that it is high-level, quality work; and
- the planning, execution, and writing of the manuscript represent primarily the work of the undergraduate student.
- Cover page
- Cover page in APA style (with manuscript title, authors’ names, institutional affiliations, and possibly an author note).
- A masked manuscript following these guidelines:
- All authors’ identifying information (e.g., name and school) is removed from all sections of the entire manuscript.
- The manuscript is in Microsoft Word.
- The manuscript includes figures, tables, and charts generated in either Microsoft Word or Excel.
- Scanned images or illustrations must have a resolution of at least 600 dpi resolution.
- Authors must check for APA style.
Click here to submit all electronic files to the Journal Editor.