1. AIMS AND SCOPE
Acta Psychologica Sinica is a scholarly journal sponsored by the Chinese
Psychological Society and the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of
Sciences, and published monthly by the Science Press. It is the flagship
journal of the Chinese Psychological Society that publishes peer-reviewed original
empirical studies and theoretical articles spanning the entire spectrum of
scientific psychology. Acta Psychologica
Sinica publishes high-quality research that investigates the fundamental mechanisms
of mind and behavior and aims to deliver scientific knowledge to enhance our understanding
of culture and society. It welcomes submissions of manuscripts
reporting research that is up-to-date, scientifically excellent, and of broad
interest and significance. Manuscripts attempting to open new areas of inquiry
or proposing unique and innovative perspectives are particularly encouraged. Meanwhile,
manuscripts that address only technical but not scientifically meaningful problems
are often rejected without review.
2. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
We accept submissions in either English or Chinese. For Chinese
manuscripts, English titles and abstracts are required (please refer to our
Chinese website under “Note for Preparing an English Abstract” for details). Authors
for whom English is a second language may solicit assistance from a native speaker
or opt to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission.
Style, Structure, and Content
Please prepare manuscripts according to the Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition),
except for where the journal sets its own style. Once you have prepared your
submission in accordance with the guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted
Title: The title should be short
and informative. Chinese titles are limited to 20 characters.
abstract must be structured and state the purpose, methods, results, and
conclusion of the reported research. Chinese abstracts are limited to 200
characters, and English abstracts must have a minimum of 500 words.
Keywords: Three to
five keywords should be supplied below the abstract.
Main text: Sections
should be organized by Arabic numeral subheadings. Not more than three levels
of subheadings are allowed.
should be presented in a three-line format, with dependent variables in columns
and independent variables in rows.
should be concise but comprehensible.
should be prepared in style according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th
edition). A complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the
end of the manuscript. All citations mentioned in the abstract, main text, footnotes,
tables, and figures must be included in the reference list.
The content of an accepted Chinese manuscript should
be presented in the following order.
(1) Title (Chinese)
(2) Authors (Chinese)
(3) Author affiliations and addresses (Chinese)
(4) Abstract (Chinese)
(5) Keywords (Chinese)
(6) Literature category index number
(7) Funding information
(8) Main text
(10) Reference list
(11) Title (English)
(12) Authors (English)
(13) Author affiliations and addresses (English)
(14) Abstract (English)
(15) Keywords (English)
Research Design and Statistics
Many previously published studies have the problem of inadequate
statistical power. To alleviate this problem, authors must explain why their
sample sizes are appropriate. For quantitative studies, the effect sizes,
expected power, and software used to calculate sample sizes must be specified,
and the rationales underlying these estimates must be provided. For more
detailed reasons and procedures of sample size planning, please refer to this website for more information.
Cross-sectional studies with self-reports of convenience samples are
relatively easy to conduct but have several serious limitations. Therefore, manuscripts
with only such studies may be rejected without review. Manuscripts in
organizational, clinical, personality, and social psychology areas that rely
solely on self-report questionnaire methods need to control the common method
bias by using procedural and statistical remedies. Please refer to this document for more information in this respect.
Authors must report the effect sizes of their main results (e.g., t score,
Cohen’s d, η2 or partial η2for ANOVA, and standardized
regression coefficients) and 95% confidence intervals instead of, or in
addition to, standard deviations and standard errors of the mean (e.g., 95%CI
of a difference or that of a correlation or regression coefficient). For calculation
and plotting of 95%CI, please refer to this website for more information.
To ensure data integrity, authors must confirm that the total number of
excluded observations and the reasons for these exclusions (if any) have been
reported in the Methods section. Authors must also ensure that all dependent
variables or measures analyzed for their study’s intended research question(s)
have been reported in the Methods section.
3. EDITORIAL POLICY
Review and Acceptance
The acceptance criteria for all manuscripts
are the quality and originality of the research, its relevance and significance
to our readership, and the fulfillment of the aims and scope of the journal.
Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two
reviewers in double-blind fashion and the Editor. The final acceptance or
rejection of a manuscript is decided by the Editorial Board.
Acta Psychologica Sinica recognizes the numerous benefits of archiving data
and research instruments for scientific progress. The journal expects that
where possible, all data supporting the results of published papers should be archived
in an appropriate public archive that offers open access and guarantees preservation.
The archived data must allow each result in the published paper to be recreated
and the analyses reported in the paper to be replicated in full to support the
Acta Psychologica Sinica will consider reviewing manuscripts
previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv,
engrXiv, ChinaXiv, PsyChinaXiv, etc. The journal will not reject
manuscripts due to their high similarities with the preprint versions of the
4. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Human and/or Animal Studies
Where applicable, manuscripts must contain a statement
to the effect that all reported human and/or animal studies were reviewed by an
appropriate ethics committee and conducted in accordance with appropriate
ethical standards, such as those specified in the APA Publication Manual (Section
8.04, 6th Edition). The authors should also state clearly in the main text that
all participants had given their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the
study. Details that may disclose participants’ identities should be omitted.
Acta Psychologica Sinica requires that clinical trials submitted for the journal’s consideration must
be pre-registered in a publicly accessible database. Other basic and applied
research is also encouraged to be pre-registered before data collection.
Pre-registration shall include Introduction, Methods (including proposed
analyses), and Pilot Data (where applicable). This practice is designed to
minimize publication bias and other biases in hypothesis-driven research. A
recommended website for pre-registration is https://osf.io/. Pre-registration will significantly increase the
likelihood of acceptance.
Conflict of Interest
Authors must declare any potential conflicts of
interest relevant to the publication of the manuscript by disclosing financial
interests or connections, whether direct or indirect, and other situations that
might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions,
implications, or opinions stated. These items may include commercial or other
sources of funding, personal relationships, or direct academic competition. Such
information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will
not influence the editorial decision. If the article is accepted for
publication, the Editor will usually discuss with the authors the manner in
which such information is to be communicated to the readers.
Authors should note that a submission implies that (i) the
content has not been published previously in any language or venue, except as an
abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium; (ii) the
manuscript is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere; and
(iii) the corresponding author should ensure that there is
a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper
and its submission for publication.
Acta Psychologica Sinica follows the code of conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
and COPE’s guidelines when a misconduct is suspected or alleged. The following
issues are highlighted.
Originality and plagiarism: The authors should ensure
that their work is original, and if the authors have used the work and/or words
of others, then this must be appropriately cited or quoted.
Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to
provide raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be
prepared to provide public access to such data.
Multiple, redundant, or concurrent publication: An
author should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research
in more than one journal or primary publication.
Please note that Acta
Psychologica Sinica uses the Academic Literature Misconduct Check system of
the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure to screen manuscripts for plagiarism risks. By
submitting your manuscript to Acta
Psychologica Sinica, you are agreeing to any originality checks your
manuscript may undergo during the peer-review and production processes.
Reproduction of Copyright Material
If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third
parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. It is also the
author’s responsibility to obtain written permissions for reproduction from the