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Please read these guidelines in full prior to submitting an article to JEPS. Failure to comply with the submission requirements, which includes the formatting requirements, may result in delays of the editorial process, or your submission being rejected. We recommend using our Word template when preparing your submission.
The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface (Journal Management System). All papers must be submitted via the online system. To do so, log in to your account or register for one if you do not have one yet and follow the instructions.
If you are unsure about the submission process or how to comply with the submission guidelines, please consult our Manual for Authors.
Submissions must correspond to one of the following article types.
Research articles: Research articles are reports of research in which hypotheses are tested by analysing data. Reported research must follow the scientific method. Research articles may include quantitative or qualitative investigations. They should contain introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusion sections conforming to standard scientific reporting style.
Literature reviews: Literature reviews summarise critical points of current knowledge on a particular topic by evaluating previously published material. Literature reviews define a problem, summarise previous investigations and suggest next steps in solving the problem. Meta-analyses are a type of literature review.
Registered Reports: Registered Reports allow authors to lay out the planned methods and statistical analyses of their empirical work, prior to data collection. If there is sufficient merit to the planned study, the authors are guaranteed in-principle acceptance. The review process for Registered Reports is divided into two stages. In Stage 1, the study proposal is peer-reviewed prior to data collection. In Stage 2, the full study including results and interpretation of results and discussion is reviewed. Stage 1 manuscripts will include only an Introduction, Methods (including proposed analyses), and Pilot Data section (where applicable).
For special requirements for Registered Reports see here.
The formatting constraints imposed by JEPS enable the emphasis to be placed on the manuscript's content during the review process. The fact that all manuscripts submitted to JEPS share the same format allows the reviewers to concentrate on the content without being distracted by unfamiliar and irregular formatting and reporting styles.
Aside from adhering to the JEPS guidelines (see below), all manuscripts submitted to JEPS must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This writing format is often referred to as the APA style or APA format. If you do not have access to the APA Publication Manual, the following links can provide you with a good overview of the APA style: We suggest using our Word template when preparing your manuscript.
The following requirements are specific to JEPS and must be met:
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Incorrect grammar, language use, or syntax may distract readers from the content being communicated. Thus, we strongly encourage authors to have their manuscripts reviewed for clarity by (if possible native English) colleagues The JEPS Editorial Team reserves the right to decide whether the English is of sufficient proficiency for the manuscript to be considered for review.
Authors are required to follow the APA guidelines on scientific writing (e.g., tone, precision and clarity, unbiased language, adequate punctuation, adequate capitalisation, etc.).
For more help on writing your paper, please consult the JEPS Bulletin.
When registering their research, authors lay out the planned methods and statistical analyses of their empirical work, prior to data collection. If there is sufficient merit to the planned study, the authors are guaranteed in-principle acceptance. By enhancing transparency and improving reproducibility of science, pre-registration encourages scientists to conduct hypothesis-driven and responsible research.
The review process for Registered Reports is divided into two stages. In Stage 1, the study proposal is peer-reviewed prior to data collection. In Stage 2, the full study including results and interpretation of results / discussion is reviewed. Stage 1 manuscripts will include only an Introduction, Methods (including proposed analyses), and Pilot Data section (where applicable).
We strongly encourage authors to use our Word-template for Registered Reports. For replications, this can be found here, for original research, here. If you need help using this template, please let us know.
JEPS is committed to provide a swift first review to authors within 4 weeks of submission.Possible Outcomes of the Stage 1 Review
Submitting Registered Reports
When submitting Registered Reports, authors must note the following:
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover publications costs (€250). Many institutions are now making funds available to support open access publications by their staff. If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental/faculty administrators and institution library, as funds may be available to you.
If you do not have funds available to pay such fees then we can offer a discount or full waiver to authors whose institutions/funders will not cover the fee. Please contact us prior to submission should you need to discuss waiver options or the APC in general. Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC.
Once your article is published, you will receive an APC request email along with information on how payment can be arranged from Open Access Key (OAK). If you need to waive the APC, you will also have an opportunity to do it there.
If you do not have funds available to pay such fees then we may be able to offer a discount or full waiver to authors whose institutions/funders will not cover the fee. Please contact us prior to submission should you need to discuss waiver options or the APC in general. To be considered for a waiver you must provide evidence that you are not applicable to receive funding. Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC.