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Journal Submissions

The Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research encourages all Psi Chi members—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. Replication studies, which are vital for reinforcing the science of psychology, are also welcome.

Submission basics:

  • Please send ALL submissions and inquiries through our portal. Manuscripts are peer reviewed, which takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks.
  • The Journal's Editorial Board are dedicated to providing undergraduates with special direction when needed so that the quality of their manuscripts will ultimately match graduate and faculty submissions.
  • Once a work is peer reviewed, the primary author will receive e-mail notification (approximately three months after initial submission) for
    • acceptance;
    • acceptance with minor revisions;
    • the encouragement for major revisions and resubmission; or
    • rejection.
  • Psi Chi Journal is committed to scientific integrity.
    • All articles should include original data collection, secondary data analysis, or meta-analysis.
    • Manuscripts must follow a solid research design, use appropriate research analyses, and report all relevant statistical data including all effect sizes for p values and internal consistency coefficients. See Journal Article Reporting Standards to learn more.
    • Specific values (think =, not > or <) should always be provided regardless of statistical significance, unless the number is < .001.
    • Manuscripts with small sample sizes are required to justify their sample sizes (e.g., unique sample, power analyses, effect sizes).
  • Accepted manuscripts are generally published within a year after initial submission 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

What to Submit

  1. A cover letter that includes
    • identifying information for the primary author including an e-mail 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.
  2. For research papers with an undergraduate listed as the first author, submit a sponsoring statement (view an example) to specify that the research adhered to APA ethical standards and that the mentor has read and critiqued the manuscript on
    • content;
    • method;
    • APA style;
    • grammar;
    • overall presentation; and
    • that the planning, execution, and writing of the manuscript represent primarily the work of the undergraduate student.
  3. A cover page in APA style (with manuscript title, authors’ names, institutional affiliations, and an author note; view an example).
  4. A masked manuscript (view an example) 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 (in black and white or grayscale only).
    • Scanned images or illustrations (also in black and white or grayscale only) must have a resolution of at least 600 dpi, and authors must be able to show that they have permission to use all images/illustrations.
    • The manuscript must adhere to APA style.
  5. Optional: To promote transparency in research, our Journal proudly awards Open Science Badges to authors who share data, materials, and their research process.

Author Checklist

Prior to submission, check:

  1. 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 non-Psi Chi members.
  2. Is the contribution original?
    • Only original manuscripts (not published or accepted for publication elsewhere) will be accepted.
  3. Is this paper ready to be 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.
  4. Is the research timely?
    • The Editor reserves the right not to review projects completed more than one year before submission.
  5. If the first author was an undergraduate when the research was conducted, has a faculty mentor reviewed the manuscript and affirmed that the work was primarily that of the student(s)?
  6. Is the manuscript fewer than 35 pages including all references, tables, figures, and appendices.
  7. 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
  8. Does the manuscript reference other Psi Chi Journal articles? (We highly encourage this!) Our Publication Search tool will help you find interesting and relevant articles.




The purpose of the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research is to educate, support and promote professional development, and disseminate psychological science. Published manuscripts are original and empirical, making a contribution to psychological knowledge. Authors are Psi Chi members at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty level.

Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research is now indexed in PsycINFO, a database service of the American Psychological Association with over 3 million records of peer-reviewed scholarly literature. 

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