Author Guidelines

Innovation in Psychologypublishes peer-reviewed original articles, reviews and correspondence on all aspects of Psychology. Innovation in Psychology is a platform for high-quality, relevant research for students, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to support knowledge mobilization and exchange in the field of Psychology.

Manuscripts will be considered for publication with the understanding that the work has not already been reported in a published paper or accepted for publication elsewhere in print or in electronic media.

All original contributions are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief and sent to two or more external reviewers as part of a double-blind peer review process. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to make editorial changes in all matter published in the Journal.

Our style requirements follow those of the American Psychological Association. These can be found at www.apastyle.org.

Submission Type

Quantitative Research

  1. Maximum word length: 5,000 words, not including abstract, tables/figures, references
  2. Structured abstract: 250 words, with the headings Objectives, Method(s), Results, Conclusion and Implication
  3. Maximum number of references: 30

Qualitative Research

  1. Maximum word length: 5,000 words, not including abstract, tables/figures, references
  2. Structured abstract: 250 words, with the headings Objectives, Method(s), Results, Conclusion and Implication
  3. Maximum number of references: 30

Commentary

  1. Maximum word length: 1,500 words, not including abstract, tables/figures, references
  2. Text abstract: 200 words
  3. Maximum number of references: 15
  4. Maximum combined number of tables and figures: 3

Review

  1. Maximum word length: 7,000 words, not including abstract, tables/figures, references
  2. Structured abstract: 250 words, with the headings Objectives, Method(s), Results, Conclusion and Implication
  3. Maximum number of references: 50, with links if required to lists of retrieved and excluded articles

Letter to the Editor

  1. Maximum word length: 500 words
  2. No abstract
  3. Maximum number of references: 10

Brief Reports

  1. Maximum word length: 1,500 words, not including abstract, tables/figures, references
  2. Text abstract: 200 words
  3. Maximum number of references: 15
  4. Maximum combined number of tables and figures: 5

Ethical Guidelines

Conflict of Interest

Informed Consent

For studies with human subjects, please include the following statement before the References section:

Funding Sources

Each author must indicate whether or not they have a financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research. For each source of funds, both the research funder and the grant number should be given.

Manuscript Preparation

Please refer to the reviewer criteria for original research articles, reviews, commentaries, brief reports or letters to the editor. These can be found at:

WEBLINK 

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer review for submissions to Innovation in Psychology, please ensure that all identifying information is removed (i.e., authors/affiliations, header/footer, properties, and acknowledgements section). Please check to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text.
  2. To remove author identification when using Microsoft Office documents, go to "File" in Word and click on the following: File > Save As > Tools (or "Options" if using a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from the file properties > Save.
  3. To remove author identification when using PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under "File" on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

The manuscript must be double-spaced and pages must be numbered consecutively starting at “1” (i.e., not “0” for title page), including abstract, text, references, tables and figures. Please submit your manuscript with line numbers.

Title Page

The title page of the blinded version of the submission should include:

  1. Type of submission;
  2. Title;
  3. Short running title of no more than 50 characters including letters and spaces
  4. Word count of abstract;
  5. Word count of body of the text (i.e., not including references, tables, figures).

Once an article has been accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be asked to provide a fully-identified version of the manuscript.

Text

Divide the text into sections headed Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Implications.
Approval should be obtained from a recognized ethics approval board for studies involving human subjects. This approval should be indicated in the Methods section.

References

The style for references is based on APA style. See examples that follow at:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Tables

Tables should be double-spaced and numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals, and included in the original blinded Word document. Supply a brief title for each table.

Example of style:

Table 1. Demographic Characteristics of Survey Participants

Give each column and row a brief or abbreviated heading. Do not use vertical or horizontal rules in the body of tables. Cite each table in the text in consecutive numerical order.
Place explanatory matter in footnotes, using the following symbols, in this sequence:
*, †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, **, ††, ‡‡, etc.

Figures

In the original submission for blinded peer review, figures should be included within the submitted manuscript.
In the final submission, after the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be asked to upload the figures as high resolution (at least 300 dpi) files in .tif, or .pdf format.

Number figures consecutively in Arabic numerals and supply a brief title for each.

Example of style:

Figure 1. Distribution of the total number of depression cases in New Mexico, U.S. between April 2000 and July 2011

Place explanatory matter in footnotes, using the following symbols, in this sequence:

*, †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, **, ††, ‡‡, etc.