- Online Submissions: The Journal of research in psychopathology (JRP) accepts submission of manuscripts online at:
- Article Formats: Three article formats are accepted for consideration by JRP. Regular articles (30 pages maximum) include research studies, quantitative systematic reviews, and theoretical articles. In extraordinary circumstances, the editors may consider longer manuscripts that describe highly complex designs or statistical procedures but authors should seek approval prior to submitting manuscripts longer than 30 pages. Brief reports (18 pages maximum) are appropriate for pilot studies or uncontrolled trials of an intervention, preliminary data on a new problem or population, condensed findings from a study that does not merit a full article or methodologically oriented papers that replicate findings in new populations or report preliminary data on new instruments. Commentaries (1,000 words or less) involve responses to previously published articles or, occasionally, invited essays on a professional or scientific topic of general interest. Response commentaries, submitted no later than 10 weeks after the original article is published, must be content-directed and use tactful language.
- Publication Style: JRP follows the style recommendations of the 2010 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA; 6th edition) and submitted manuscripts must conform to these for matting guidelines. Manuscripts must be formatted using letter or A4 page size, with 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins on all sides, Times New Roman 12 point font (except for figures, which should be in 12 point Arial font), and double-spacing for text, tables, references, and figures. Submit your manuscript in .doc or .docx format.
For assistance with APA style, in addition to consulting the manual itself, please note these helpful online sources that are freely available: http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx and https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/ .
- APA and JRP Style Pointers: In addition to consulting the APA 6th edition Publication Manual, the resources indexed above, and the JTS Style Sheet posted online, please consider these pointers when formatting each section of the manuscript, in other words, the manuscript should be include the following sections:
- Abstract: The Main Document of the manuscript should begin with an abstract no longer than 250 words, placed on the first page.
- Introduction:State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background about issue, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
- Methods: Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described. This section should be include the following subsections
c.1. Participants: Please include in this subsection of the Method section information on sample characteristics, subsample comparisons, and analyses that describe the sample but are not focused on testing the hypotheses that are the aims of your manuscript.
c.2. Measures: In addition to providing citations, psychometric, and validation data for each measure administered, please provide coefficient alpha from your data for each measure for which this is appropriate.
c.3. Procedure: Please describe the procedure in sufficient detail so that it could be comprehended and replicated by another investigator. Identify by name the IRB or ethics committee (edited out for blind review in the submitted manuscript) that approved the research, and the manner in which consent was obtained.
c.4. Data Analysis: Include a separate subsection with this header in the Method section in which you describe the analyses performed, the software program(s) used, and make an explicit statement about missing data in your data set. If there are no missing data, so state; otherwise describe the extent of missing data and how they were handled in the data analyses.
d. Results: Present percentages to 1 decimal place, means and SDs to 2 decimal places, and exact p values to 3 decimal places except for any < .001. Include leading zeros (e.g., 0.92) when reporting any statistic that can be greater than 1.00 (or less than -1.00). For example, there is no leading zero used when reporting correlations, coefficient alphas, standardized betas, p values, or fit indices (e.g., r = .47, not 0.47). Report effect sizes for analyses conducted wherever possible and appropriate. Results should be clear and concise.
e. Discussion: this should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
- f. References: Format the references using APA 6th edition style: (a) begin the reference list on a new page following the text, (b) double-space, (c) use hanging indent format, (d) italicize the journal name or book title, and (e) list alphabetically by last name of first author. Do not include journal issue numbers unless each volume begins with page 1. If a reference has a Digital Object Identifier (doi), it must be included as the last element of the reference.
(1) Journal Article:
Kraemer, H. C. (2009). Events per person-time (incidence rate): A misleading statistic? Statistics in Medicine, 28, 1028–1039. doi: 10.1002/sim.3525
Cohen, J. (1988). Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences (2nd ed.). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
(3) Book Chapter:
Meehl, P. E. (2006). The power of quantitative thinking. In N. G. Waller, L. J. Yonce, W. M. Grove, D. Faust, & M. F. Lenzenweger (Eds.), Essays on the practice of scientific psychology (pp. 433–444). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Tables: Tablesshould be formatted in APA 6th edition style and should be placed after the references in the body of the manuscript. Please use Word’s Table function to construct tables, not tabs and spacing. Tables should be numbered (with Arabic numerals) and referred to by number in the text. Each table should begin on a separate page. Please make tables double-spaced, decimal align all numeric columns, and use sentence case for labels. Each datum should appear in its own cell (e.g., do not include SDs in parentheses following Ms but instead create a separate column for SDs). When reporting a table of intercorrelations, fill the rows first and then the columns such that any empty cells are in the lower left-hand quadrant of the table; use dashes in any redundant cells indicating the correlation of a variable with itself. Report exact p values to three decimal places (e.g., p = .043) wherever possible; however, if doing so would make the table unruly (e.g., in a table of intercorrelations), it is permissible to use asterisks to indicate p values at the traditional cut-off points (e.g., * p < .05. ** p < .01. p < .001).
Color in tables: Color can be included in the online version of a manuscript at no charge; however use of color in the print version of the journal will incur additional charges (currently $600 per figure or table). If you wish to include color in only the online version, please ensure that each table will be legible in greyscale when it is published in the print version; for example, lines of different colors may be discriminable from one another when viewed in color but may not appear to be different from one another in greyscale.
- Figures: All figures (graphs, photographs, drawings, and charts) should be numbered (with Arabic numerals) and referred to by number in the text. Each figure should begin on a separate page. Place figures captions at the bottom of the figure itself, not on a separate page. Include a separate legend to explain symbols if needed. Please use Arial font throughout except for the caption, which should remain as Times New Roman. Use sentence case for titles and labels. Figures should be in Word, TIF, or EPS format.
Color in figures: Color can be included in the online version of a manuscript at no charge; however use of color in the print version of the journal will incur additional charges (currently $600 per figure or table). If you wish to include color in only the online version, please ensure that each figure will be legible in greyscale when it is published in the print version; for example, lines of different colors may be discriminable from one another when viewed in color but may not appear to be different from one another in greyscale.
- g. Uploading Files: After the separate Title Page has been uploaded as a Word file (.doc or .docx), the remaining text (abstract, main body of the manuscript, references, and tables) should be uploaded as a separate single Word file (.doc or .docx) designated as “Main Document.”