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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. The maniscript does not include names of authors.

Author Guidelines

Registration and login for International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach are required to submit items online and to check the status of current submissions.

The authors are encouraged to submit original empirical as well as theoretical articles, with diverse methodology and methods of statistical analysis, which would expand the knowledge in the field of Psychology, and (or) have importance for practical psychologists. 

1. Manuscripts have to be prepared according to general international standards for publications in social sciences (recommended Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC, current edition).

2. Manuscripts are submitted in English. Writing should be concise and correct.

3. Manuscript should cover:

  • title (as brief as possible, but informative);
  • abstract (not exceeding 200-250 words) should reflect the structure of the manuscript (background, purpose, material and methods, results, conclusions);
  • 3-5 key words (they should not repeat the title of the manuscript, but be informative; e. g., they may be selected from MeSH catalogue); when keywords are presented, all efforts have to be paid to avoid the terms used in a title. Different terms in keywords and title increase the probability for publication to be easier found within the databases. Keywords, in comparison with the title, might represent the term in broader or more narrow understanding (if you title your manuscript as "The role of personality in risky driving of young drivers", you provide extraversion, neuroticism, impulsiveness, driving errors, traffic rule violations as keywords). If authors consider cultural context or geographical reference as the important factors to understand the presented data, related keywords could be introduced (e.g. young driver, Lithuania).
  • introduction (operationalization of problem and relevance of publication, object and aim of manuscript,  hypotheses or research questions, if necessary);
  • methods (if manuscript covers report of empirical data, research methods, procedures, and subjects have to be described precisely, if a manuscript presents theoretical article or overview of literature, logics of the analysis has to be presented);
  • analysis of the results or scientific problem (tables and pictures have to be clear, using comfortably readable text font; data in the tables and pictures only complements the text, but not duplicates); tables and (or) pictures should be placed in the appropriate place in the text (not at the end of the manuscript, and not in a separate file);
  • discussion of the results (results in relation with the  hypotheses, the interpretation and implication of results, results in relation with findings of previous studies, study limitations, if applicable);
  • reference list in an alphabetical order, not numbered, DOI included.
  • Manuscript should not include names of the authors or any information that could disclose identity of authors in the review process. Information about authors should be provided in a supplementary submission letter. 

4. Articles, which present empirical data, should not exceed 5,500 words. Theoretical articles or literature reviews may reach 8,000 words.

5. One electronic copy of the manuscript in Microsoft Windows Word format (text body -12 font size, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, margins: 2 cm top, bottom, and right, 3 cm left) has to be submitted to the Editorial Board using the online submission system. Author should store one copy and all required documents to guard against loss.

6. Use only black and white pictures and tables, grey scale colors have to contrast clearly. Scanned pictures are undesirable; exceptionally, upon agreement with the editors, pictures should be in.tiff format with resolution not less than 300 inch/dpi. When submitting the article, archive all files into a single ZIP archive.

7. If necessary, acknowledge people or institutions contributed to preparation of the manuscript. People, who consulted the authors, but have not been assigned as authors, might be acknowledged with their functions or level of contribution, e.g., scientific consultant, data collectors, participation in research, etc.

8.Authors are required to include the following in their submission letter:

  • first names and surnames of all authors, educational degrees of the authors, institution(s) to which the authors are affiliated, position, scientific interests, address, phone number, e-mail address;  corresponding author; 
  • a statement that the aim and the content of the article correspond to the scope of the journal;
  • a statement that the empirical data, description of the sample, and methods used in the article are compliant with ethical standards of psychological research (e. g., WMA Declaration of Helsinki; permission of bioethical committee, etc.);
  • a statement disclosing conflicts of interest between the author and Editorial Board of the Journal, between the author and research sponsor, between the author and the publisher, etc.;
  • a statement that all listed authors have contributed significantly to the manuscript and consent to their names on the manuscript; 
  • a statement that the manuscript or the data have not been published previously and they are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The whole document is signed by all authors.
  • suggestion of a reviewer (name, institution, e-mail) with expertise in publication topic, indicating the reason of selecting a particular reviewer. Editorial Board is not obliged to recruit the suggested person for the review.

9. Manuscripts go through a blind review procedure. After receiving a manuscript at least two reviewers - qualified scientists with expertise in relevant scientific areas and branches - are assigned by the editors. Reviewing process is based on the principles of objectiveness, professionalism and originality. Editorial Board does not take responsibility about precision and fairness of data, text, illustrations, etc. Position of the authors expressed in a publication might not be shared by the editors or publishers.

10.Manuscripts, which do not meet requirements, are returned to a corresponding author without any evaluation.

11.Copyright belongs to publishers.

12. Manuscript should be submitted electronically.

13. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. "International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach" uses the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. To find out more about CrossCheck visit http://www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html

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