Author Guidelines


1. Submission
2. Aims and Scope
3. Preparing the Submission
4. Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations
5. Author Licensing
6. Publication Process After Acceptance
7. Post Publication
8. Editorial Office Contact Details


Authors should kindly note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Summary of submission requirements


• The submission system will prompt you to use an ORCiD (a unique author identifier) to help distinguish your work from that of other researchers. Click here to find out more.

• A cover letter should be included in the ‘Cover Letter Field’ of the ScholarOne system. The text can be entered directly into the field or uploaded as a file.

• Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest in the ‘Conflict of Interest’ field in the ScholarOne System. All authors must have agreed to the content of the statement.

• Two Word-files need to be included upon submission: A title page file and a main text file that includes all parts of the text in the sequence indicated in the section 'Parts of the manuscript'.

• The main text file should be prepared using Microsoft Word with 1.5 line spacing.

• Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low-resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 d.p.i.) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. Digital images supplied only as low-resolution files cannot be used.

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For queries about submissions, please contact [email protected]


Australian Journal of Psychology is the premier scientific journal of the Australian Psychological Society. It covers the entire spectrum of psychological research and receives articles on all topics within the broad scope of the discipline. The journal publishes high quality peer-reviewed articles with reviewers and associate editors providing detailed assistance to authors to reach publication. The journal publishes reports of experimental and survey studies, including reports of qualitative investigations, on pure and applied topics in the field of psychology. Articles on clinical psychology or on the professional concerns of applied psychology should be submitted to our sister journals, Australian Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist. The journal publishes occasional reviews of specific topics, theoretical pieces and commentaries on methodological issues. Annual special issues devoted to a single topic, and guest edited by a specialist editor, are published. The journal regards itself as international in vision and will accept submissions from psychologists in all countries.


Manuscript Format and Style

APA Style. Manuscripts should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), except in regards to spelling. The APA website includes a range of resources for authors learning to write in APA style, including an overview of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition; free tutorials on APA Style basics and an APA Style Blog. Your word-processor may have an APA style-template. If so, we encourage you to use it.

Spelling. The journal uses Australian spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of The Macquarie Dictionary (3rd ed. Rev.).

Word length. The normal length for each article should be no more than 6000 words including abstract, references, and tables. Please state the number of words in your manuscript on its front page.

Abbreviations. In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially, use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter, use the abbreviation only

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures. Appendices and supporting information should be supplied as separate files if relevant.

Title page file

The title page should contain:
i. A short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice Search Engine Optimisation tips);
ii. The full names of the authors;
iii. The author's institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out, with a footnote for the author's present address if different from where the word was conducted;
iv. Acknowledgements.


Please refer to the journal's Authorship policy in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section for details on aligibility for author listing.


The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks are not appropriate.

Main text file

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors. The main text of the manuscript should be presented in the following order:
i. Abstract and key words;
ii. Key points;
iii. Text;
iv. References;
v. Endnotes;
vi. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes); and
vii. Figure legends.

Figures, Appendices and Supporting Information should be supplied as separate files. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

Abstract and key words

All articles must have a structured abstract that states in 200-250 words the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract must include the following sections: Objective, Method, Results and Conclusions. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references.

Six key words (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.

Key points

Authors are required to provide 3 key points each for “what is already known about this topic” and “what this topic adds” as part of the manuscript submission. The key points should be written with a practitioner audience in mind.

Main Text

The text should be organised into an introductory section, conveying the background and purpose of the report, and then into sections identified with subheadings.

Main Text of Empirical and Qualitative Reports

The main text of Empirical and Qualitative Reports should follow the structure set out below.

Introduction: For manuscripts that support their conceptual and theoretical positions with data or previous research, authors should:

• outline the importance of the problem and theoretical and practical implications;
• provide a comprehensive, up-to-date literature review, and critique using the best available forms of evidence;
• state how the present research is different to previous research and addresses an important gap in the literature;
• specify research aims, hypotheses, or research questions;
• describe how theory was used to derive hypotheses or research questions and how the research design and hypotheses relate.

Method: The method section of quantitative and qualitative reports must contain a sufficiently detailed account of the measures and procedures to ensure reader understanding and replication. Specifically, the method should describe:

• the participant characteristics and any inclusion/exclusion criteria;
• demographic variables and any topic-specific characteristics;
• sampling procedures used for selecting participants, including information regarding the sampling method;
• percentage of sample approached that participated;
• where the data were collected (e.g., within the workplace, clinic, private practice, at an off-site setting such as an independent office, via post, etc.);
• any conditional requirements for participation such as payment of participants, agreement to provide study results, entry into a prize raffle;
• informed consent; ethical approval statement;
• intended and actual sample size and power analyses used to determine sample size;
• all study instruments used, including those that are not being reported within the present study;
• interview transcripts, where relevant;
• whether parts of the database have been previously published or are being published separately;
• psychometric or biometric information on measures, where relevant;
• assignment method;
• and statistical analyses employed.

Results: For quantitative studies, the journal requires the adequate reporting of statistical significance of results consistent with an open science approach.

This section should include participant flow (i.e., total number of participants, and flow of participants through each stage of the study), using the CONSORT diagram ( for randomized controlled trials, i.e., recruitment, dates of the recruitment period, and any repeated measures of follow-up assessments.

Authors should provide all information regarding statistical analyses, including any problems with assumptions or distributions that could affect the validity of findings, any missing data (including percentages or frequencies, any theories regarding the cause of missing data and whether it is missing at random, and the methods used to address missing data.

Authors should report for all continuous study variables:

• means;
• standard deviations;
• confidence intervals (with 95% confidence intervals);
• effect sizes for the primary study findings (if effect sizes are not available within analyses used, authors should detail this within a cover letter during submission). Authors should also report confidence intervals for any effect sizes involving principal outcomes;
• information regarding cases deleted from any primary or secondary analysis;
• subgroup or cell sample sizes;
• information regarding the error rate adopted for inferential statistics and the direction, magnitude, degrees of freedom, and exact p level;
• variance-covariance matrix or matrices associated with multivariate analytic systems;
• estimation problems;
• the statistical software program that was employed;
• any information surrounding other analyses (e.g., exploratory analyses) and a discussion of implication of ancillary analyses for statistical error rates.

The journal also refers to the detailed guidelines on statistical analysis from the International Journal of Eating Disorders, available here. Although these are guidelines and not requirements, authors should attend carefully to them and be aware that reviewers will be considering these principles when reviewing submissions to the journal. If the study involves qualitative data, authors need to include a statement about sample size in relation to theme saturation. We recommend that authors review the BMJ checklist for studies involving qualitative methods and conduct and report their analyses accordingly.

Discussion: For quantitative reports, this section should include:

• a statement describing support or non-support for all hypotheses and how these were assessed (i.e., primary or secondary analyses, or post hoc explanations);
• similarities or differences between results and those found in previous research;
• an interpretation of results accounting for any sources of bias and threats to validity, the imprecision of measures, the overall number of tests, and the overlap among tests;
• any limitations or weaknesses of the study;
• generalizability of the findings accounting for the target population, including the diversity of the study sample, and any contextual issues;
• implications for future research, programs, or policies;
• a concluding paragraph.


All referencing, endnotes, tables and figures must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Please note APA referencing style requires that a DOI be provided for all references where available.


Endnotes should be placed as a list at the end of the paper only, not at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep endnotes brief; they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as Standard Deviation (SD) or Standard Error of the Mean (SEM) should be identified in the headings.

Figure legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


Although authors are encouraged to send the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes, a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions are accepted.

Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.

Colour figures: Figures submitted in colour may be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (e.g. graphs and charts) are supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white. If you wish to have figures printed in colour in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged by the Publisher.


Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.

Supporting Information

Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but that provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online, and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Note, if data, scripts or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.

Wiley Author Resources

Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence. Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript. In particular, authors may benefit from referring to Wiley’s best practice tips on Writing for Search Engine Optimization.


Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the editor. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the editor and the publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the editorial board, which reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Suggestions for Reviewers

Contributors to the Australian Journal of Psychology are asked to provide the names, affiliations, email addresses, and country of origin of at least two possible reviewers of their paper. They may also provide a sentence as to why they have nominated a particular reviewer. Possible reviewers should not be from the authors’ own institutions, or persons they have worked or published with in the last five years. Avoid ‘famous’ names because they will be too busy to review. Likewise, do not include people who are on the Editorial Board of the journal. Authors should not approach possible reviewers. The Australian Journal of Psychology employs blind peer review and it is important that people should be unaware of whether or not they are nominated reviewers.

Ethical Considerations

Human Studies and Subjects

For manuscripts reporting medical studies involving human participants, we require a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study, and that the study conforms to recognized standards, for example: Declaration of Helsinki; US Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects; or European Medicines Agency Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice. Images and information from individual participants will only be published where the authors have obtained the individual's free prior informed consent. Non-essential identifying details should be omitted.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Data policy

The journal encourages authors to share the data and other artefacts supporting the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper.

By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication, including, when necessary, sharing with the publisher (Wiley) and partners for production and publication. The publication and the publisher recognize the importance of protecting the personal information collected from users in the operation of these services, and have practices in place to ensure that steps are taken to maintain the security, integrity, and privacy of the personal data collected and processed. You can learn more at

Authorship and Acknowledgements

The author submitting a manuscript must ensure that all authors listed are eligible for authorship. Each author should take responsibility for substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work AND drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content AND final approval of the version to be published AND agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support).

Publication Ethics

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Note this journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read our Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors here. Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines can be found at


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be required to complete a copyright license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or OnlineOpen under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

General information regarding licensing and copyright is available here. To review the Creative Commons License options offered under OnlineOpen, please click here. (Note that certain funders mandate that a particular type of CC license has to be used; to check this please click here.)

Self-Archiving definitions and policies. Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions. Please click here for more detailed information about self-archiving definitions and policies.

Open Access fees: If you choose to publish using OnlineOpen you will be charged a fee. A list of Article Publication Charges for Wiley journals is available here.

Funder Open Access: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access Policies.

UK authors: Note that all papers published in the journal are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).


Accepted article received in production

When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production production team, you (corresponding authors) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication licence at this point.


Once your paper is typeset you will receive emaile notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


Article Promotion Support

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Access and sharing

When your article is published online:
• You receive an email alert (if requested).
• You can share your published article through social media.
• As the author, you retain free access (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, you can view your article).
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to your article.

You can now order print copies of your article (instructions are sent at proofing stage).

Now is the time to start promoting your article. Find out how to do that here.

Measuring the impact of your work

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For submission queries, please contact

[email protected]

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to:

Emeritus Professor Nigel W. Bond
Australian Journal of Psychology
University of Western Sydney, Australia
Email: [email protected]

Author Guidelines updated 11 December 2017