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Personality and Social Psychology Review

Personality and Social Psychology Review

eISSN: 15327957 | ISSN: 10888683 | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly


Personality and Social Psychology Review is an official journal of SPSP, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. It is the premiere outlet for original theoretical papers and conceptual review articles in all areas of personality and social psychology. In the pages of PSPR, you will find stimulating conceptual pieces that identify exciting new directions for research on the psychological underpinnings of human individuality and social functioning, as well as comprehensive review papers that provide new, integrative frameworks for existing theory and research programs. Some of the topics covered by the journal include (but are not limited to):

Attitudes and Social Cognition -- research examining the inner workings of the human mind as it strives to understand, evaluate, and respond to the social environment.

Interpersonal and Group Processes -- research examining the patterns of interaction and interdependence that characterize everyday human functioning.

Intergroup Relations -- research examining the determinants of prejudice and conflict, as well as cooperative and harmonious relationships between members of different social groups.

Personality and Individual Differences -- research examining the causes, assessment, structures, and processes that characterize and give rise to human variation

Biological and Cultural Influences -- research examining the biological and cultural mediation of social psychological and personality processes.

Occasionally PSPR publishes other pieces of particular interest to members of the Society, such as special topical issues, selected symposia, and invited addresses. All papers are reviewed with respect to their scholarly merit.

Manuscript Submissions

To submit manuscript for editorial consideration, please visit

Then create an account or login if you already have one, click on "Author Center," and follow the online instructions.

For additional assistance, see ScholarOne Manuscript Central or email the Editor, Professor Heejung Kim at and Professor David Sherman at

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Heejung Kim University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
David Sherman University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Associate Editors
Kentaro Fujita The Ohio State University, USA
Richard W. Robins University of California, Davis, USA
Jacqueline Vorauer University of Manitoba, Canada
Editorial Board
Ozlem Ayduk University of California, Berkeley, USA
Emily Balcetis New York University, USA
B. Ann Bettencourt University of Missouri, USA
Monica Biernat University of Kansas, USA
Jeremy Biesanz University of British Columbia, Canada
Galen Bodenhausen Northwestern University, USA
Niall Bolger Columbia University, USA
Dan Cervone University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Tanya Chartrand Duke University, USA
William J. Chopik Michigan State University, USA
Olivier Corneille Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Jennifer Crocker The Ohio State University, USA
Susan Cross Iowa State University, USA
Nilanjana Dasgupta Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts, USA
Jan De Houwer Ghent University, Belgium
Roland Deutsch University of Würzburg, Germany
Patricia G. Devine University of Wisconsin, USA
Amanda Diekman Miami University, USA
David Dunning University of Michigan, USA
Alice Eagly Northwestern University, USA
Andrew Elliot University of Rochester, USA
Nicholas Epley University of Chicago, USA
Klaus Fiedler Universität Heidelberg, Germany
David Funder University of California, Riverside, USA
Wendi Gardner Northwestern University, USA
Bertram Gawronski The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Michelle Gelfand University of Maryland, USA
Vladas Griskevicius University of Minnesota, USA
Eddie Harmon-Jones The University of New South Wales, Australia
Steve Heine University of British Columbia, Canada
Michael Inzlicht University of Toronto, Canada
Cheryl Kaiser University of Washington, USA
Yoshihisa Kashima University of Melbourne, Australia
Eric Knowles New York University, USA
Zlatan Krizan Iowa State University, USA
Kristin Laurin University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Colin Leach University of Connecticut, USA
John Levine University of Pittsburgh, USA
Nira Liberman Tel Aviv University, Israel
John Lydon McGill University, Canada
Bertram F. Malle Brown University, USA
Tony Manstead Cardiff University, Wales, UK
David Matsumoto San Francisco State University, USA
Matthias Mehl University of Arizona, USA
Batja Mesquita University of Leuven, Belgium
Margo J. Monteith Purdue University, USA
Sandra L. Murray State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Thomas Mussweiler London Business School, UK
Steve Neuberg Arizona State University, USA
Sabine Otten University of Groningen, Netherlands
Bernadette Park University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Emily Pronin Princeton University, USA
Harry Reis University of Rochester, USA
Janet Ruscher Tulane University, USA
Mark Schaller University of British Columbia, Canada
Linda Skitka The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Eliot R. Smith Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Zakary Tormala Stanford University, USA
Kees van den Bos Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
Gregory Webster University of Florida, USA
Wendy Wood University of Southern California, USA
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    Personality and Social Psychology Review (PSPR) publishes original theoretical papers and conceptual review articles in personality and social psychology. As an official publication of SPSP, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, PSPR (a) supports the society’s objectives of the scientific advancement of personality and social psychology and the advancement of human welfare, (b) provides an outlet for important conceptual and empirical developments and emerging trends in the fields of personality and social psychology worldwide, and (c) presents a versatile outlet for substantive work that does not readily fit the existing publication molds. Our readership includes social, personality, and organizational psychologists and sociologists.

    PSPR is intended as a forum for conceptual pieces that initiate new lines of research and theory or provide a coherent framework for existing theory and programs of research. The journal emphasizes theory-based reviews of empirical contributions to a substantive area of research and offers integrative theoretical formulations concerning work in a given area of personality and/or social psychology. The journal does not publish methodological papers or critiques unless they make a direct and substantial contribution to theory. Occasionally PSPR publishes other pieces of particular interest to members of the Society, such as special topical issues, selected symposia, and invited addresses. All papers are reviewed with respect to their scholarly merit.

    Manuscript Preparation:

    Compliance with these policies is verified upon submission of manuscripts. Failure to comply with the policies will prevent submission and review of manuscripts.

    SPSP recommends that authors read "Improving the Dependability of Research in Personality and Social Psychology" and APA's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct Standard 8 before submitting manuscripts to PSPR.

    Use a word processor to prepare manuscript. Files in Word or rich text format are preferred. All components of the manuscript should be double-spaced and should conform to the formatting and style conventions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    Title Page. On page 1, include (a) the article title no longer than 50 words, and (b) a running head containing no more than 45 characters and spaces.

    Abstract. On page 2, type an abstract no more than 150 words long. Longer abstracts will be rejected by the manuscript submission website.

    Tables. Refer to APA Publication Manual for table format; double spaced. Provide each table with an explanatory title that is intelligible without reference to the text. Provide an appropriate heading for each column in the table. Clearly indicate any units of measurement in the table. If the table is reprinted or adapted from another source, include a credit line in the table caption. Consecutively number all tables.

    Figures and Figure Captions. Figure captions should appear at the end of the manuscript and should be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals; make captions intelligible without reference to the text. If a figure is reprinted or adapted from another source, include a credit line in the caption. Each figure should be prepared and saved in a separate, clearly identified file, which will be uploaded to the manuscript submission website at the same time as the main body of the manuscript. Figures should be prepared in high-resolution format such with a minimal resolution of 300 dots per inch for grayscale images.

    Methodology reporting (for empirical papers). In addition to the text, authors are required to submit in a separate file any relevant stimulus materials or coding materials, including the verbatim wording (translated if necessary) of all independent and dependent measures. If the article is published, this appendix will be made available on-line.

    Results reporting (for empirical papers). Data-based submissions must report effect sizes and 95% confidence intervals for primary findings in each study, and address issues of sample size and consequent issues of power in each study or, in the case of multiple-study articles, in the context of evaluating the overall case for the reliability of the primary findings. Meta-analyses should follow the Meta-Analysis Reporting Standards (MARS) recommended by the APA (

    Masked review. The standard review process is to mask manuscript authorship and reviewer identities. Therefore, author names, institutions, and other identifying information should be removed from the title page and elsewhere in the manuscript.

    Ethical Practices verification. Corresponding authors of submitted papers must verify that:

    • the same or substantially similar manuscript has not been simultaneously submitted for consideration by another journal
    • the same or substantially similar manuscript has not already been published in whole or part

    For empirical papers:

    • data collection complied with current APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
    • the raw data and related coding information underlying all findings of empirically-based publications will be shared consistent with SPSP’s (2013) Data Sharing Policy

    Cover Letter and Permissions. Only original manuscripts will be considered for publication. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission to reprint or adapt a copyrighted work. Authors should write to the original author(s) and original publisher to request nonexclusive world rights in all languages to use the material in the article and in future editions. Include copies of all permissions and credit lines with the manuscript (see the APA Publication Manual for sample credit lines).

    Manuscript Submission. Submit manuscripts to the Editor by going to the journal’s website at:

    Logging in. If you already have an account, enter your ID and password to access the website. If you are uncertain of your password, enter your email address in the “Password Help” section. If you do not already have an account, select “Create Account” and follow the instructions.

    Author Center. Once logged in, select “Author Center” and follow the link for manuscript submission. The website will guide you through the necessary steps to upload your submission. You will be required to provide at least 3 keywords for your submission. You will have the opportunity to upload a cover letter with your submission, and you will be asked to confirm that the manuscript is an original work that is not concurrently under editorial consideration at another journal and that conforms to the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Submitting authors may suggest preferred and non-preferred reviewers, although the editors retain final discretion in the selection of reviewers. If you have questions, use the “Get Help Now” link.

    Manuscript Review and Acceptance. Submitted manuscripts are screened by the editors to determine their general suitability and match to the journal’s mission. Manuscripts that fall within the journal’s purview are then peer reviewed.

    Authors of accepted manuscript must complete a copyright transfer form found in the Author Center. It is the responsibility of the submitting author to ascertain that all co-authors approve the accepted version of the manuscript and concur with its publication in the journal. Authors’ files are copyedited and typeset into page proofs. Authors read the proofs to correct errors and answer editors’ queries.

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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