Editorial board of the journal Psichologija accepts for publication empirical research, analytical surveys and theoretical articles on various topics, written in Lithuanian or English. The journal contains a section of 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.
Papers introducing empirical research must be written in accordance with 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 the separate line. The reference list is called References. If the paper is written in Lithuanian, abstract in Lithuanian is written in the beginning, and abstract in English is written at the end. 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 taken into consideration.
Descriptions of statistical analysis. Descriptions of statistical analysis must contain all the information that is 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 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 spelt 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
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. List of sources shall be presented in alphabetical order, and should not contain more than 50 positions. 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 most common types of references are summarized in Table 3, in case of a different type please refer to the recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
The total length of the paper 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. All authors are requested to provide on a separate sheet the following personal data: full name, academic degree and title, name and address of the institution, phone number, fax number and e-mail address.
The manuscript must be submitted to the Editorial board by e-mail (file in MS Word format), also two printed versions must be submitted (with author data omitted). Address of the Editorial office: Psichologijos žurnalo redakcija, Universiteto g. 9/1, 01513 Vilnius. Authors of the paper should also indicate the date of submission.
Every paper is evaluated by to referees chose 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) and, if the reviews are favourable, the authors are expected to revise the papers according to the suggestions and to provide a written explanation of how the suggestions were taken into account. 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.
The manuscripts that are not properly prepared are not returned, and their authors are informed by mail or e-mail.
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