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Empirical Research Submission Examples

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, May 13, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 19, 2019


Submitting to a peer-reviewed journal can be a complicated process. There is much to consider with regard to APA writing style, communicating your methodology and results, navigating the submission portal, addressing reviewer feedback, etc. Therefore, as an educational journal dedicated to providing a supportive environment for new and seasoned researchers, Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research took it upon itself to create submission examples for the four primary documents needed to publish your work.

These four example materials will be extremely helpful to authors submitting to Psi Chi Journal or to any other academic, peer-reviewed publication. Be sure to save copies of these documents somewhere that you will see them often. Each of these is sure to come in handy for you in the classroom or beyond.




Masked Manuscript Example

After reviewing more than 1,000 empirical manuscript submissions submitted by students and faculty alike, Psi Chi Journal’s APA Style reviewer set out to create a masked manuscript example, which includes approximately 25 concise pointers to help authors avoid the most frequent APA Style mistakes seen in Psi Chi Journal submissions. You’ll definitely want to glance through these pointers anytime you are about to submit your research to an academic journal! In particular, this PDF shows an example of how to mask a manuscript and format the pages (Times New Roman, size 12, doubled spaced), as well as advice for using numbers and various details that authors sometimes forget to include (e.g., participant race/ethnicity, study limitations, effect sizes). Since this document was released in Winter 2018, the APA Style reviewer has already noticed a great improvement in APA Style of new articles submitted!

Cover Letter Example

There has always been a brief bulleted list of requirements for your cover letter on the Psi Chi Journal submission guidelines. However, the addition of this brand new example includes additional information to consider. Also, it spares submitters from having to spend time research the formatting and header information of the letters, which the submission guidelines page naturally could not include.

Unmasked Cover Page Example

Authors sometimes get confused when submitting their cover page, by either mistakenly masking it or even confusing it with the separate cover letter file and thus failing to do it altogether! The new unmasked cover page example lets submitters see exactly what is expected of them. Further, it includes a specific example of how to write the Author Note information on the cover page.

Sponsor Statement Example

Manuscripts submitted to Psi Chi Journal that have an undergraduate first author are required to also submit a sponsor statement that is hand-signed by a faculty mentor. Although a bulleted list of requirements for this statement has existed for many years, we felt that providing an example sponsor statement would be a much appreciated way to save our faculty mentors' a little of their precious time. Faculty mentors are invited to copy this example statement and modify it as appropriate. We are happy to report that more than three-quarters of new undergraduate submissions are now using this sample statement!

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