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Psi Chi Journal Submission Guidelines

JOURNAL SUBMISSIONS


Submissions to Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research are open year-round. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty are invited to pursue this unique opportunity to publish their research and gain invaluable research writing experience.

All submissions must be original empirical research, which may cover any topical area in the psychological sciences. Quantitative, qualitative, and replication studies are each welcome. And importantly, only the first author is required to be a member of Psi Chi at the time of submission. All coauthors may be nonmembers.

Submission Basics

  • Manuscripts are peer reviewed in our online portal, which takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks.
  • Once a work is peer reviewed, the primary author will receive e-mail notification (approximately three months after initial submission) for either (a) acceptance, (b) acceptance with minor revisions, (c) encouragement for major revisions and resubmission, or (d) rejection.
  • 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 psichijournal@psichi.org.

Scientific Integrity

  • As Psi Chi’s premiere research publication, it is our goal for all published articles to meet the methodological soundness and writing standards of other academic journals.
  • To achieve this, our journal's Editorial Board are dedicated to providing undergraduates with special direction as needed so that their work ultimately matches the quality of other submissions. Additionally, we will support faculty and graduate students throughout the publication process.
  • 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).

What to Submit

  1. A masked manuscript (view an example) following these guidelines:
    • The manuscript should be in Microsoft Word and fewer than 35 pages including all references, tables, figures, and appendices.
    • Remove all authors’ identifying information (e.g., name and school) from all sections of the manuscript file.
    • The manuscript must adhere to APA style. All articles submitted on or after January 1, 2020, should be written following the guidelines of the new Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts submitted before January 1 may be submitted following either the sixth or seventh editions.
    • All figures, tables, and charts should be generated in either black and white or grayscale. 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.
  2. A cover letter (view an example) 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.
    • To promote transparency in research, our Journal proudly awards Open Science Badges to authors who share their data, materials, conduct a replication study, and/or preregister their research (view an example). If you are interested in receiving any of these badges, include this info in your cover letter.
  3. A cover page (view an example) in APA style that includes the manuscript title, authors’ names, institutional affiliations, and an author note.
  4. A sponsor statement (view an example) that is hand-signed by a faculty mentor is only required if the first author listed is an undergraduate student. This statement should specify that the research adhered to APA ethical standards and that the mentor has read and critiqued the manuscript on
    • content and method;
    • APA style and grammar;
    • overall presentation; and
    • that the planning, execution, and writing of the manuscript represent primarily the work of the undergraduate student.

Author Checklist

Prior to submission, check:

  1. Is the article ready to be judged by reviewers?
    • 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.
  2. Is the contribution original?
    • Only original manuscripts (not published or accepted for publication elsewhere) will be accepted.
  3. Does the manuscript reference other Psi Chi Journal articles? (We encourage this!) Our Publication Search tool will help you find relevant articles.
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