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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 has it been submitted to another publisher for consideration. 
  • The text does not exceed the standard word limit of 10,000 words for Articles (for the main text, excluding Abstract and References) or 1,000 words for Commentaries.
  • Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.

Author Guidelines

Before final acceptance, authors are required to check off their manuscript's compliance with the following requirements. A manuscript that does not adhere to the author guidelines may be returned to authors. Following the author guidelines is not mandatory for an initial submission.

Manuscripts submitted for consideration in Acta Theoretica Psychologica must be original work and should not be simultaneously under review for publication in another journal or any other publication outlets.

All manuscripts should be in American or British English (but not a mixture of both) and submitted online. Articles should not exceed 10,000 words (main text, excluding the Abstract and References) and should be language reviewed. Commentaries should not exceed 1,000 words and should also be language reviewed.

The authors are requested to provide 3 to 6 potential reviewers along with their submission in order to speed up the review process. It is important that the reviewers are independent judges of your manuscript, so direct collaborators and friends should not be suggested.

The title page should provide a title without abbreviations (as short as possible), a running head (no longer than 50 characters with spaces), the author(s) name(s) and institutional affiliation(s). All the pages of the manuscript should be numbered, the title page included.

The abstract should be concise, clear, and informative and contain between 150 and 250 words. The abstract does not contain references.

Up to five keywords, separated by commas, can be added on a new line below the abstract.

In-text citations should be ordered alphabetically and then chronologically. Different authors should be separated by a semicolon, while several citations of the same author should be separated by a comma.

  • One author: (Boyer, 2001; Dennett, 1987, 2017).
  • Two authors: (Kacelnik & Bateson, 1996).
  • Three or more authors: (Gilbert et al., 2001).
  • Other: Pinker (1997) argued that…, Somers and Bennett (2010) noted that “this problem has no solution” (p. 57).
  • Several references to the same author(s) for the same date should be distinguished by a lowercase letter after the date: (Miller, 1999a, 1999b).

Acknowledgements (optional) must be headed and in a separate paragraph, placed after the main text but before the reference list.

The reference list should be ordered alphabetically and then chronologically.

  • Journal article: Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (Date). Title of article. Journal name, Volume: first-last pages.
  • Book: Author, A. & Author, B. (Date). Title of book. Publisher location: Publisher name.
  • Book chapter: Author, A. (Date). Title of article. In B. Author & C. Author (Eds.), Title of book (pp. first-last pages). Publisher location: Publisher name.
  • Website: Author, A. (Year). Title of article. Retrieved from URL… or, if there is no author: Title of article. (Year). Retrieved from URL...

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