Submission Guidelines

Please Read Carefully Before Submitting Any Manuscript

Perspectives on Psychological Science seeks to advance the field of psychological science, broadly construed, by publishing high-quality research that meets the following criteria:

(a) important: the article advances psychological science in important ways and is relevant to a wide range of readers;

(b) original: the contribution is novel; it is not just a rewriting of already-published research;

(c) readable: the article is engaging and accessible to psychologists across subdisciplines; and

(d) rigorous: the article is logical, sophisticated, and complete.

Perspectives accepts submissions from all areas of psychology, as well as from related behavioral and social sciences and neuroscience. It publishes unsolicited manuscripts, manuscripts responding to Calls for Papers on specific topics, and manuscripts invited by the Editorial Board.

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Types of Articles Published

Stand-alone articles:

  • Standard and meta-analytic reviews of the literature
  • Thought and opinion pieces
  • Proposals of important new ideas
  • Theoretical statements with supportive evidence
  • Broad overviews of distinguished research programs, offering important conclusions and including findings from other laboratories as needed
  • Adversarial collaborations
  • “File Drawer” and “Tale of Two Literatures” manuscripts (see Editorial, January 2010, p. 1)

Registered Replication Reports:

  • This new article type consists of multi-lab, high-quality replications of important experiments in psychological science along with comments by the authors of the original studies.

Grouped Articles:

  • Target articles accompanied by commentaries or articles with complementary findings
  • Sets of interrelated articles that focus on a common topic from different viewpoints or subdisciplines


  • Biographies and autobiographies
  • Timely and brief book reviews
  • Humorous pieces of very high quality

The journal publishes an eclectic mix that is enjoyable to read and thought provoking, and at the same time presents the latest important advances in psychology.  Creative and insightful articles that currently do not meet the format of existing journals are often published as chapters in scattered books, and one function of Perspectives is to make the most important of these types of articles more readily available to a broad audience. Although lengthy articles will sometimes be published, authors are reminded that lean articles are often most frequently read. Perspectives on Psychological Science does not compete with other journals of the Association for Psychological Science, and therefore will not publish reports of single studies (these should be submitted to Psychological Science) or short overviews of a research area (these are appropriate for Current Directions in Psychological Science).

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Preparation and Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted to the Perspectives editorial website at

Before submitting a manuscript, authors may wish to submit an article proposal for feedback to that website. This process will allow the author to obtain an initial idea of the suitability of the article for Perspectives. When a proposal or manuscript is submitted, it will be appraised by members of the Editorial Board for suitability for the journal and for whether it surpasses the extremely high threshold for publication. In many cases, an article or proposal will be judged to be unsuitable, and the author will be notified quickly. If an article is judged to be appropriate and of very high quality, it will be sent to outside reviewers, including members of the Editorial Board and scholars suggested by the author.

Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted in the style of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; however, authors may improve readability for the reviewers (e.g., put figure captions on the pages with figures). All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 200 words. When original data are included in the submission, the author should include in the cover letter a statement that the data were collected in accordance with ethical guidelines pertaining to the use of animal or human subjects. Permission from the copyright owner should be included for use of any material previously published elsewhere.

All authors listed on a manuscript must have agreed to be authors and approved the submitted manuscript.

Reviewers are instructed to weigh heavily the degree to which an article advances science, rather than obsessing over small shortcomings of the article. Reviews most often will be short and will not analyze the article in detail, focusing instead on the large issues. Reviewers inform the Editor of the strengths and weaknesses of a submission, as well as of their view of the overall contribution of the article. It is the Editor’s responsibility to make ‘‘accept’’ and ‘‘reject’’ decisions. Such decisions are not based on a vote by reviewers, and at times the judgment of the Editor will diverge from the evaluations of a majority of reviewers.

Authors may submit a list of preferred (and non-preferred) reviewers. Authors often are familiar with experts in their area of research, and editors appreciate the suggestions. Keep in mind that editors will consider these requests but cannot guarantee that they will be honored. All reviews are anonymous. Scholars who submit manuscripts to the journal are expected to be willing to occasionally review for the journal, because the scientific enterprise requires reviews from the best scientists in the field.

Ethical Considerations
Authors reporting research involving human subjects should indicate whether the protocol was approved by an institutional review board or similar committee and whether it was carried out in accordance with the provisions of the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (available here). Authors reporting research involving nonhuman animal subjects should indicate whether institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.

Identifying information of participants will not be published unless the information is necessary and written, informed consent is obtained.

Any potential conflicts of interest should be reported in the online submission process and in the article. The Declaration of Conflicting Interests section that appears in every article will state any reported conflicts; if there are no conflicts, the Declaration will read “The author(s) declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship or the publication of this article.”

Manuscripts should conform to the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, which can be found in full at In particular, authors should reference the following sections:

  • II.A. Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors
  • II.B. Author Responsibilities—Conflicts of Interest
  • I.E. Protection of Research Participants
  • III.B. Scientific Misconduct, Expressions of Concern, and Retraction
  • III.K. Clinical Trial Registration (if applicable).

The APS journals follow the code of conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and follow COPE guidelines when misconduct is suspected or alleged.

Other Considerations
Manuscripts under review at another journal cannot be simultaneously submitted to Perspectives. The article cannot have been published elsewhere, and authors are obligated to inform the Editor of similar articles they have published. If a submission has a history at another journal, the author should submit the reviews and editorial letter when submitting the manuscript, as this information has the potential to accelerate the decision process.

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Notes Regarding Accepted Manuscripts

When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors will receive information on how to prepare the text and figures for publication.  Accepted manuscripts are edited to improve readability and effectiveness of communication. Note that authors who wish to publish figures in color must pay those additional costs themselves.

Authors are free to disseminate to colleagues and media outlets information about a forthcoming article that they have contributed to Perspectives as soon as the manuscript has been accepted and they have completed the Contributor Publishing Agreement form.

Additionally, it is anticipated that media releases will be written for some articles published in Perspectives. Such releases generally benefit the field of psychology, and the author as well. Authors who do not want a press release about their article should notify the Editor of this when their manuscript is accepted. Media or press office inquiries should be directed to APS’s Public Affairs Coordinator, Anna Mikulak, at

The APS journals offer both green and gold open-access options that enable authors to comply with mandates from funders such as the National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, and RCUK.

APS and SAGE can help fulfill many funders’ mandates to archive your accepted manuscript by making your article open access and depositing your manuscript files in PubMed Central. Authors who wish to pay to make an article/manuscript publicly available immediately upon publication in order to comply with NIH or similar requirements may use the SAGE Choice option (gold open access).

Note that authors who do not choose to participate in SAGE Choice must choose a 12-month embargo for manuscripts submitted to PubMed Central.

Authors may share the version of their manuscript that was submitted to the journal at any time. Upon acceptance, authors may post the final, accepted version of the article on their personal or their departmental Web site(s) or in their departmental or institutional repository(ies) (green open access). One year after publication, authors may make the final, accepted version available in other repositories. Authors may not post the final published PDF anywhere without permission.

For more information on open-access options and compliance at SAGE, including author self-archiving deposits (green open access) or SAGE Choice (gold open access), visit SAGE Publishing Policies on the Journal Author Gateway.

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