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Collabra: Psychology is a peer-reviewed, broad scope, international, open access, online publication, which publishes article types from the following scholarly disciplines using their broadest definitions:
Please note that Collabra: Psychology has an important Transparency and Openness policy for its articles—please read this policy in full and acknowledge your understanding of it in your cover letter.
Please note that Collabra: Psychology only publishes any of the following items if they have been invited for a specific scenario or purpose or have been pre-agreed with a Senior Editor:
(Please note that, for Registered Reports, you should refer to Registered Reports Detailed Guidelines.)
Submissions to Collabra: Psychology consist of the below components. :
Please write an approximately one-page cover letter that:
We do not have arbitrary restrictions on manuscript length. However we do not accept monographs, and we do ask you to employ a clear and concise writing style. Please note that a request to be more concise is legitimate feedback during the review process, despite no arbitrary restrictions being in place. If you believe your manuscript would benefit from professional editing, we encourage you to utilize a copyediting service—or ask a colleague whose native language is English for assistance. Copyediting services can be found on the Internet using search terms as “scientific editing service” or “manuscript editing service.”
All submissions should begin with the following sections:
All submissions should end with the following sections:
Please note that figures and supplemental material should always be submitted separately as individual files, although please also embed figures in your manuscript to help with readability during the review process.
We have no explicit requirements for section organization between these beginning and ending sections, but we remind you that the Methods and Results sections must adhere to our Transparency and Openness policy, and we generally recommend the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (with the exception that figures and tables should also be embedded within the main text near to where they are discussed, to help the readability during the review process).
Please note that, for Registered Reports, you should refer to Registered Reports Detailed Guidelines.
The APA Guide for New Authors is a helpful resource for information on manuscript preparation.
Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined upon first use in the text. Non-standard abbreviations should not be used unless they appear at least three times in the text.
The full title must be 250 characters or fewer. It should be specific, descriptive, concise, and comprehensible to readers outside the subject field. Avoid abbreviations if possible.
All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author must have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Those who contributed to the work but do not qualify for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments.
When a large group or center has conducted the work, the author list should include the individuals whose contributions meet the criteria defined above, as well as the group name.
One author should be designated (with an asterisk) as the corresponding author, and his or her email address should be included on the manuscript cover page. This information will be published with the article, if accepted.
All author names should be listed in the following order:
Each author should list an associated department, university, or organizational affiliation and its location, including city, state/province (if applicable), and country. If the article has been submitted on behalf of a consortium, all author names and affiliations should be listed.Abstract
The abstract should provide a clear description of the main objective(s) of the submission, explain how the study was done (as applicable), and summarize the article’s most important conclusions and their significance. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and should not include sub-headings.
Please do not include citations in your abstract and avoid the use of abbreviations, if possible.
We have no explicit requirements for section organization between these beginning and ending sections, but we remind you that the Methods and Results sections must adhere to our Transparency and Openness policy, and we recommend the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (with the exception that figures and tables should also be embedded within the main text near to where they are discussed, to help the readability during the review process).References
Published works, works accepted for publication, and citable datasets, code, and materials, should appear in the reference list. Mentions of unpublished work should be cited parenthetically within the main text of the article as personal communications.
The style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, must be followed with respect to handling of references.Contributions
Please indicate author contributions as clearly as possible, according to the following criteria:
Contributed to conception and design: KDM, Y-LC
Contributed to acquisition of data: KDM
Contributed to analysis and interpretation of data: KDM, Y-LC
Drafted and/or revised the article: KDM, Y-LC
Approved the submitted version for publication: KDM, Y-LC
People who contributed to the work but do not fit our author criteria should be listed in the acknowledgments, along with their contributions. You must ensure that anyone named in the acknowledgments agrees to being so named.
Funding sources should not be included in the acknowledgments, but in the section below.Funding information
Please provide a list of the sources of funding, as well as the relevant grant numbers, where possible. List the authors associated with specific funding sources. You will also enter this information in a form during the submission process, but it must be repeated here.Competing interests
In order to provide readers of articles with information about interests and relationships that might influence, or might be perceived to influence, the interpretation of articles published in Collabra: Psychology, all individuals involved with a submission (authors, editors, external reviewers) are required to declare all competing interests. Corresponding authors must provide a statement of competing interests on behalf of all authors, and, if no competing interests exist, state this specifically.
Authors who are also editors at Collabra: Psychology play no role during the review process of their specific paper, and this is ensured by the publisher. However, authors who are also editors should still declare this (and corresponding authors should be aware of this on behalf of other authors who are also editors).
Erring on the side of full disclosure is best. For guidance, we encourage authors and editors to consult the thoughtful guidelines provided by PLoS One.Supplemental material
Although we do not limit the number or type of supplemental material items authors may include, we do require that they provide a relevant and useful expansion of the article, and that they be as well described as are figures and tables included within the body of the article. Good metadata of this material are key to discoverability and usefulness. Examples of supplemental material include appendices, very large tables, audios, videos, three-dimensional visualizations, interactive graphics, and so on. All supplemental material should include the following:
We require that authors include a “data accessibility statement” (DAS) with their submission. This should list the database(s) and, if appropriate, the respective accession numbers and DOIs for all data from the manuscript that has been made publicly available.
All the stimuli, presentation materials, participant data, and analysis scripts can be found on this paper’s project page on the [Appropriate repository. Supply link.]
The following datasets were generated:
Figures should be cited in ascending numeric order upon first appearance. Each figure caption should be inserted immediately after the first paragraph in which it is cited in the article file, and not as part of the figure files themselves.
You may submit your manuscript files in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Open Office, LaTeX (as .pdf), or RTF format. Only RTF and .doc/.dox files can be used during the production process. Word files must not be protected.
LaTeX submissions. Articles prepared in LaTeX must be submitted in PDF format for use during the review process. The PDF file is both necessary and sufficient for the review process. After acceptance, however, .tex files and formatting information will be required as a zipped file.
Submissions with Equations
Microsoft Word Submissions with Equations. Editable versions of equations are required for production. If using a version older than Word 2010, please format equations using MathType. Do not insert your equations as Graphic Objects and do not use of Symbol font.
Figures should be included in the manuscript file, inserted immediately after the first paragraph in which it is cited in the article file, to help with readability during the review process. However, they must be also uploaded as separate files to our manuscript submission system.
Tables should be cited in ascending numeric order upon first appearance. Each table should be inserted immediately after the first paragraph in which it is cited in the article file. All tables should have a concise title. Table footnotes can be used to explain abbreviations. Citations should be indicated using the same style as outlined above. Tables occupying more than one printed page should be avoided, if possible. Larger tables can be published as supplemental material.
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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.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
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