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Submissions should be in the current version of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Publication Manual, which is currently in its fifth edition. Articles covering the Law and Psychology may use the current version of Blue Book if the author can argue its necessity. WPE is an online journal, and has some differences from print.

  • a) The title page should include the date of submission.
  • b) Make sure the paper includes a running head.
  • c) Make sure the abstract is informative and includes a section of keywords. Remember that the search engine will only search the abstract and these keywords, not the full text. Be as inclusive as you can, or readers will miss your article during their searches.
  • d) Except as noted, make paper Times 12, linespacing 1-1/2 lines.
  • e) Place footnotes at bottom of page, single spaced, font as Times 10.
  • f) Long quotes should be indented 5 spaces and single spaced.
  • g) First page footer contains Author's address and acknowledgements with font as Times 10.
  • h) First page header contains correct cite, font is Times 10.
  • i) No "insert table here".
  • j) Do not mention degrees.

Prior to submission, give the article to two other people for proofing of both content and style. Typos, misspellings, awkward grammar, mislabeled tables, inadequately reported statistics, and dense, obtuse writing detract from your credibility and message.

Nonpsychologist Authors:
Some authors are still students, or have backgrounds in other fields of endeavor. WPE does not exclude such authors, but the process of adding to the psychological literature is complex, with many rules and traditions. WPE encourages nonpsychologist authors to invite a psychologist to serve as junior author. If one is unavailable to you, please use the mailing list to find one willing to help.

WPE's articles are in English. If English is not your native language, please find a native speaker to review your manuscript prior to submission. If one is unavailable to you, please use the WPE's mailing list to find assistance. Don't forget to add an acknowledgement to this assistant.

WPE is an online journal. If the article contains links to publications available on the web, please include the link in the text or bibliography.

Submission Procedure:
Prior to submission, review APA's Publication Manual (5th Ed.), especially Appendices A-C. An article should be sent via email attachment to Submit@WPE.info. The file should be in .rtf format. The submitted article will be reviewed for obvious adherence to APA style. The email message accompanying the attachment should certify that:

  • a) The research was conducted according to APA's ethics code.
  • b) The manuscript is in accordance to APA style, or arguing for Blue Book.
  • c) The article has not been published elsewhere.
  • d) The research's data is available in accessible electronic form (i.e., in a tab-delimited text file) for inspection. If the data cannot be put in electronic form, explain why. If the data cannot be shared due to such things a proprietary rights, use the Reprints Available feature.
  • e) The necessary copyright permissions have been obtained. Paper copies of such permissions should be sent immediately via mail.
  • f) All authors have agreed upon the authorship order, the content, and the submission to WPE.
  • g) One or more of the authors (usually the senior author) will remain available via email to answer questions, reply to reviews, defend the research, make data available for inspection, and write necessary updates. If you don't have the time to defend your work, don't submit to WPE.
    Upon receipt and review, the file will be converted to pdf format. It will be posted to the website as soon as one or more of the authors have subscribed to the mailing list.

Peer Review:
WPE does NOT use the system of anonymous, prepublication peer review used by print journals for the last three centuries. Instead, authors are expected to send notice of the article's publication to many knowledgeable scientists working in the same field, asking them to submit reviews of the research to WPE for publication (see the Postpublication Review section for details). Such requests should be made to scientists expected to be critical as well as neutral or welcoming. Carefully consider whether or not such an alternate system of peer review meets your institutional needs.

Prior Peer Review:
Some authors will submit to WPE after being rejected, perhaps repeatedly, by print journals. Such authors will be convinced that the reviews should not prevent publication. WPE welcomes such submissions, with four caveats.

  • a) You should consider the advice of the reviewers in asking for changes.
  • b) You are expected to include the prior reviews, as written, in a separate file, with the note that prior versions of the paper were submitted to specific journals (please name them) and yielded the posted, prepublication, anonymous reviews.
  • c) You are expected to include the text of the print journal's rejection letter, naming the editor, the journal, and including the date.
  • d) You are expected to reply to these reviews and defend your work in any ensuing debate.
    Remember that the anonymous reviewers and editor may decide to join the debate in public.

Postpublication Reviews of Specific Articles: Knowledgeable scientists are invited to consider a posted article and respond to it. For short questions or rapid debate, the archived mailing list can be used. Longer, more considered reviews can be posted with links to the article and the author(s)' replies and updates. Submission of such reviews follows the same guidelines and process as original articles. The review's title should use the form: Article review: Running head (date of article). For an essay on reviews, CLICK HERE.

When article reviews are posted, the article's author(s) are expected to reply. Such replies are submitted using the above guidelines. The reply's title should take the form: Author's reply to [reviewing authors]: Running head (date of article).

Science Marches On. Published research should be replicated, extended, refuted. Authors are expected to keep this page up-to-date. This is a good place to add finished email debates, and summaries of later relevant research, particularly of failures to replicate. Update titles use the form: Update (date of most recent addition): Running head (date of article).

Email Debates:
Sometimes, scientists engage in lively, informative debates on public email mailing lists. Authors are encouraged to collect the postings, eliminate unnecessary headers and chatter, and add the debate to the articles' Update. If all of the postings' authors agree, the email debate can be submitted as an article or review.

Revisions: Sometimes, reviews or later inspection of the data mandate revisions. Such revisions follow the above guidelines. The title of the revision is the same as the first paper, but with a different date of submission.

Sometimes, reviews or later inspection of the data, mandate the withdrawal of a published article and its linked abstracts and updates. In such a rare case, the title link will be changed to reflect the withdrawal and date. Reviews will not be withdrawn unless the authors of the reviews agree.

Authors retain copyright. They may allow reprints in print sources, but are expected to note the prior publication in WPE, lest formal ethical code protests be made.

Print Journals:
WPE is an online journal. Print journals are unlikely to consider research already reported in WPE. If a print journal requests to reprint a WPE article, the author retains copyright, and is expected to note the prior publication in WPE, lest formal ethical code protests be made.

Literature Reviews:
For an essay on reviews, CLICK HERE.

Style Peer Review Email Debates
Proofreading Prior Peer Review Revisions
Non-Psychologist Authors Postpublication Reviews
of Specific Articles
Language "Copyright
Links Replies Print Journals
Submission Procedures Updates Literature Reviews
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