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Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

PSPB receives manuscript submissions through a web-based system called SageTrack. Authors should register with SageTrack and will be issued a login ID and password to access the system (including future manuscript submissions). Manuscripts can then be uploaded through an easy, step-by-step process. The SageTrack system also serves as the center for editorial staff to communicate with authors, editors, and reviewers electronically throughout the review process. If you need assistance, you can contact the editorial assistant at SagePublications for further instructions.

SPSP recommends that authors read "Improving the Dependability of Research in Personality and Social Psychology" before submitting manuscripts to PSPB.

Beginning March 1, 2017, PSPB will require double-blind submissions.

Compliance with these policies is verified upon submission of manuscripts: 

  • Style: All manuscripts should follow the style guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, 2009. 
  • Length:  Manuscripts must not exceed 10,000 words in length, including the abstract, references, and notes.  The word count must appear on the title page. Rare exceptions to this policy can be requested as part of the submission process (justified by the nature, number, or complexity of studies or methods reported, for example).  Even in such cases, authors should strive to come as close as possible to 10,000 words.
  • Abstract and keywords: The page following the title page must include an abstract of no more than 150 words, and below the abstract, 4-5 keywords.
  • Methods reporting: In addition to the manuscript text, authors are required to submit in a separate file stimulus materials, including the verbatim wording of all independent and dependent variable instructions, manipulations, and measures. [If the research was conducted in a language other than English, the stimulus file can use the original language, as long as the manuscript itself provides sufficient detail for reviewers and readers to evaluate the presented research.]  If the article is published, this appendix will be made available on-line.       
  • Result reporting: Data-based submissions must a)   report effect sizes and 95% confidence intervals for primary findings in each study and b)   address issues of sample size and consequent issues of power in each study or, in the case of multiple-study articles, in the context of evaluating the overall case for the reliability of the primary findings.
  • Ethical Practices verification: Corresponding authors of submitted papers must verify that a)  the same or substantially similar manuscript has not been simultaneously submitted for consideration by another journal; b)   the same or substantially similar manuscript has not already been published in whole or part ; c)  data collection complied with current APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct; and d)   the raw data and related coding information underlying all findings of empirically-based publications will be shared consistent with SPSP’s  (2013) Data Sharing Policy.

Subscription Information

PSPB is sent free of charge to all members of SPSP. PSPB is published monthly by Sage Publications.
Information about electronic and print subscriptions to PSPB for both institutions and individuals can be found here