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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The manuscript is uploaded in Open Office, Microsoft Work or RFT formats.
  • All the authors who contributed to the manuscript are indicated.
  • The manuscript has not been published or submitted elsewhere and is not under consideration by any other journal.

Author Guidelines

The Editorial Board of the journal Psichologija accepts empirical research, analytical surveys, brief reports, and theoretical articles on various topics, written in Lithuanian or English. In addition, the journal contains a section on Psychology for practice, where the works overviewing the scientific achievements and practical applications of some specialized field. This rubric might be replaced by academic reviews of significant works in psychology. Hence the Editorial Board encourages the authors to submit texts of this sort.

General requirements
Papers introducing empirical research must be written under the following structure: 1) abstract in English; 2) introduction, where the problem, goals and hypothesis of research are formulated; 3) methodology, consisting of descriptions of a) participants; b) tasks and methods of evaluation; c) research process; 4) results; 5) discussion of results; 6) list of references; 7) abstract in Lithuanian. Each part of the paper shall be titled and separated. Names of sub-sections of methodology should not be written in a separate line. The reference list is called References. If the paper is written in Lithuanian, the abstract in Lithuanian is written in the beginning, and the abstract in English is written at the end. The Editorial Board may assist in translating the abstract into Lithuanian at the request of the authors.

Analytical surveys and theoretical must provide an argumentative consideration of the state of a certain field of psychology. They should analyze and evaluate results of the research carried out by other authors, define major problems, substantiate their importance and novelty, discuss the directions of the development of the relevant field of psychology, presently important and novel trends of research, formulate the aims and hypotheses of the forthcoming empirical research, propose new concepts or theoretical model, etc.

Structure of the Text
Papers to be published in Lithuanian must be supplemented with an abstract not shorter than 600 characters in Lithuanian and an abstract not shorter than 2 200 characters in English. Papers to be published in English must be supplemented with an abstract not shorter than 600 characters in English and an abstract not shorter than 600 characters in Lithuanian.

Formal requirements for the text
If the proposed article is written in English, it should conform to all the requirements provided in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. If the proposed article is written in Lithuanian, the requirements of the above-mentioned manual apply with regard to statistical analysis, tables, pictures, quotations, and reference list. Submitting the article in Lithuanian, the present instruction and the general Lithuanian spelling rules shall be considered.

Descriptions of statistical analysis. Descriptions of statistical analysis must contain all the information necessary for the reader to understand what sort of analysis was carried out and what kind of results are presented (it is recommended to provide the test statistics, degrees of freedom, effect size, if needed – confidence intervals). It is also desirable that the text contains information (i.e., mean, standard deviation, correlations) that would allow readers interested or concerned with meta-analysis to verify the provided analysis or recalculate the effect sizes.

The notation of statistical criteria should meet the requirements of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (e.g., mean shall be designated as M or x̄). It is not necessary to provide a table for each analysis performed. Some results can only be included in the text.

Figures and tables (with numbers and titles) shall be submitted on separate sheets, and only their approximate location indicated within the text. The form and titles of the tables shall meet the requirements of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Where possible, it is suggested to use the forms of the tables recommended by APA, provided in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Examples of the table and a chart are provided below. Charts and tables should have a white background unless that is not possible. If the diagram has to contain columns representing the data of different sets, the maximum contrast shall be used: two sets of data shall be represented by black and white, and if more than three data sets shall be represented, it is suggested to use a table instead of a chart. If needed, comments may be provided below the table, first – general, then – specific.
References inside the text are handled according to the requirements of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The style of in-text citations is summarized in Table 2.

When citing different publications of the same author published in the same year, letters a, b, c, etc., should be added after the year of publication (e.g., Smith, 2003a, 2003b ). In case there are a few sources of more than two authors and the name of the first author and the year coincide, then citing that source for the second and subsequent times it is necessary to specify so many authors that it is possible to distinguish between these sources, followed by et al. (e.g., Brown, Jones et al., 2013, Brown, Smith et al., 2013). When an exact quotation of another author is cited, the source and page number shall be indicated (e.g., Smith, 2003, p. 22). When citing a secondary source, it shall also be indicated (e.g., “according to Allport (as cited in Nicholson, 2003)”). References can only be spelled using the Latin alphabet. The names are written in the text without initials, in original form. These instructions are provided only for the most common cases. When dealing with other types of references or quotes, please refer to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological  Association.

List of references. All sources mentioned or quoted in the article must be included in the reference list. The list must include only sources mentioned or quoted in the article. The list of sources shall be presented in alphabetical order and should not contain more than 50 positions. The reference list shall be constructed according to the requirements of the recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. If the paper has an assigned DOI, it has to be indicated.

The paper's total length should not exceed 40.000 characters (including spaces, abstracts, tables, bibliographic references, etc.). The minimum length – 10.000 characters. The manuscript must be printed one-sided on A4 size paper, with 1,5 line spacing, margins no less than 25 mm from each edge. Articles not complying with these requirements will not be considered and not reviewed.

The procedure of Submission and Peer-Review. The submissions are made online on the Psichologija Journal website. Please make sure that you provide all the required information.

Every paper is evaluated by two referees chosen by the Editorial Board. Referees receive versions without information about the author. Reviews are then presented to the authors (without revealing the names of the referees). If the reviews are favourable, the authors are expected to revise the papers according to the suggestions and provide a written explanation of how the suggestions were considered. The Editorial Board, having received the revised papers and written responses to reviews, if needed, may request the referees to evaluate the papers one more time before making the final decision to publish the paper.

Requirements for Brief Reports

Psichologija accepts brief empirical reports written in English only. However, we kindly ask you to provide the title, abstract and keywords in Lithuanian too. In case you need assistance, please contact Executive Secretary. Brief reports aim to stimulate further research in the field. Brief reports are relatively short and are useful for scientists with time-sensitive results (for example, those in highly competitive or quickly changing fields). Psichologija encourages original and significant empirical contributions, with a preference for work that impacts a certain psychology topic, demonstrates the results' reliability, represents preliminary findings, or is conducted in small samples.

The following types of studies usually are appropriate for a brief report:

  • Replication or extension of a previously published study. A replication is repeating the same method with a different sample. Replications may be direct, or they may be conceptual. The brief report could include single or multiple replications. Reproductions of results using the same data as it was already published are not acceptable.
  • Executive summary of a large study or group of studies (for example, multiple studies from a grant).
  • Research that has an original empirical contribution but is smaller or narrower in scope than a full article.

Brief study reports are reviewed in the usual way.

Length. Brief reports should be no longer than 3000 words, including abstract, tables, figure captions, references. In addition, they should have no more than 3‒4 tables and/or figures (data in the text should not be repeated extensively in tables or figures). If your brief report is longer, you will need to submit it as a Full Article.

The brief empirical report should follow a standard format:

Title. The title of the brief report should be less than 150‒300 characters, including spaces.
Abstract. Abstracts should be up to 150‒300 words long and provide a summary of the article, unstructured. Citations should not be used in the abstract. Abbreviations, if needed, should be spelt out.
Keywords. Authors should provide up to five relevant keywords that describe the subject of the report.
Introduction. Brief Introduction to the problem or issue under consideration (literature review). A context, objective, or background for the study should be provided while describing the study question or hypothesis. Only directly related references should be provided. There should be enough information for the general reader to understand the scope of the report.
Methods. Presentation of the methodological part of the research. The methods section should include information on methods, materials, and procedures in sufficient detail such that the study can be repeated and/or validated. Information about participants, instruments must be provided, and any technical information should be provided as well.
Results. Brief description of the results. Results must be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings. Do not repeat the data in the tables or illustrations in the text. In the case of replication or extension, a comparison of the results of the two studies (they may be related to the preliminary study with methodological information) should be included.
Discussion/Conclusions. A concise summary, but no wide-ranging discussion. The new and important aspects of the study should be emphasized and the conclusions that follow from them. It could have implications for policy and practice stated in bulleted format, if relevant.
References. 20 or less.

The average time from submission until the first decision is 45 days.

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