ISSN: 1528-3542
eISSN: 1931-1516
Published: bi-monthly, beginning in February
ISI Impact Factor: 3.371
Psychology - Experimental : 13 of 83

Emotion ® publishes significant contributions to the study of emotion from a wide range of theoretical traditions and research domains. The journal includes articles that advance knowledge and theory about all aspects of emotional processes, including reports of substantial empirical studies, scholarly reviews, and major theoretical articles.

Submissions from all domains of emotion research are encouraged, including studies focusing on cultural, social, temperament and personality, cognitive, developmental, health, or biological variables that affect or are affected by emotional functioning. Both laboratory and field studies are appropriate for the journal, as are neuroimaging studies of emotional processes. Studies of psychopathology contributing to the understanding of the role of emotional processes in affective and behavioral disorders are also welcome. Reports of work at the animal and molecular levels will be considered if they help to elucidate fundamental mechanisms of emotion.

Most of the articles published in Emotion will be reports of original research, but other types of articles are acceptable.

  • Case studies from either a clinical setting or a laboratory will be considered if they raise or illustrate important questions that go beyond the single case and have heuristic value.
  • Articles that present or discuss theoretical formulations of emotion and related affective phenomena, or that evaluate competing theoretical perspectives on the basis of published data, may also be accepted.
  • Comprehensive reviews of the empirical literature in an area of study are acceptable if they contain a meta-analysis and/or present novel theoretical or methodological perspectives.
  • Comments on articles published in the journal will be considered.
Emotion® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


David DeSteno
Northeastern University

Associate Editors

Reginald Adams
The Pennsylvania State University

Emily A. Butler
University of Arizona

Dana Carney
University of California, Berkeley

James Coan
University of Virginia

Stéphane Coté
University of Toronto

Eddie Harmon-Jones
University of New South Wales

Elizabeth Kensigner
Boston College

Seung-Lark Lim
Indiana University

Steven Most
University of New South Wales

Koraly Pérez-Edgar
Pennsylvania State University

Gal Sheppes
Tel Aviv University

Michelle “Lani” Shiota
Arizona State University

Jessica L. Tracy
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Lisa Williams
University of New South Wales

Consulting Editors

Sara Algoe
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Hillel Aviezer
Hebrew University

Lisa Feldman Barrett
Northeastern University

Seger M. Breugelmans
Tilburg University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Charles S. Carver
University of Miami

Susan T. Charles
University of California, Irvine

Yulia E. Chentsova-Dutton
Georgetown University

Rebecca Compton
Haverford College

Nathan S. Consedine
The University of Auckland

William A. Cunningham
University of Toronto

Colin G. DeYoung
University of Minnesota

Dan Dillon
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Beate Ditzen
University of Zurich

Robin S. Edelstein
University of Michigan

Hillary Anger Elfenbein
Washington University in St. Louis

Mark J. Fenske
University of Guelph

Agneta H. Fischer
Universiteit van Amsterdam

Elaine Fox
University of Oxford

Philip Gable
The University of Alabama

Shelly Gable
University of California, Santa Barbara

Daniel Gilbert
Harvard University

Steven M. Graham
New College of Florida

James Gross
Stanford University

June Gruber
Yale University

Megan R. Gunnar
University of Minnesota

Amanda E. Guyer, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis

Greg Hajcak
Stony Brook University

Jamin B Halberstadt
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Judith Hall
Northeastern University

Heather A Henderson
University of Miami

Ursula Hess
Humboldt University

Ivona Hideg
Wilfrid Laurier University

Thomas Hollenstein
Queen’s University

Tiffany Ito
University of Colorado at Boulder

Jeremy Jamieson
University of Rochester

Dana Joseph
University of Central Florida

Dacher Keltner
University of California, Berkeley

Ute Kunzmann
University of Leipzig

Ernst Koster
Ghent University

Peter Kuppens
University of Leuven

Kristin H. Lagattuta
University of California, Davis

Christine L. Larson
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Heather Lench
Texas A&M University

Linda J. Levine
University of California, Irvine

Kristen Lindquist
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Vanessa LoBue
Rutgers University

David Matsumoto
San Francisco State University

Iris B. Mauss
University of California, Berkeley

Peter McGraw
University of Colorado, Boulder

Brian P. Meier
Gettysburg College

Jochen Menges
University of Cambridge

Batja Mesquita
University of Leuven

Derek G.V. Mitchell
The University of Western Ontario

Andrei Miu
Babes-Bolyai University

Joan K. Monin
Yale School of Public Health

Jason Moser
Michigan State University

Carey Morewedge
Carnegie Mellon University

Cat Norris
Dartmouth College

Chris Oveis
University of California, San Diego

Mirtes G. Pereira
Fluminense Federal University

Paula Pietromonaco
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

David A. Pizarro
Cornell University

Seth D. Pollak
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Stephanie Preston
University of Michigan

Jane Raymond
University of Birmingham

Carien van Reekum
University of Reading Earley Gate

Nicole A. Roberts
Arizona State University

Michiko Sakaki
University of Reading

David Sander
University of Geneva

Disa Sauter
University of Amsterdam

Dave Sbarra
University of Arizona

Ulrich Schimmack
University of Toronto, Mississauga

Brandon J. Schmeichel
Texas A&M University

Alexander Shackman
University of Maryland

Phillip R. Shaver, PhD
University of California, Davis

Stephanie Shields
The Pennsylvania State University

Tania Singer
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Jose Soto
The Pennsylvania State University

Renee Thompson
Washington University in St. Louis

Rebecca Todd
University of British Columbia

Alexander Todorov
Princeton University

Eddie M. W. Tong
National University of Singapore

Nim Tottenham
University of California, Los Angeles

Jeanne L. Tsai
Stanford University

Piercarlo Valdesolo
Claremont McKenna College

Daniel Västfjäll
Linköping University Research Scientist, Decision Research, Eugene, OR

Tor Wager
University of Colorado, Boulder

Max Weisbuch
University of Denver

Stacey Wood
Scripps College

Jamil Zaki
Stanford University

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc).

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

All tables and figures should be included in the manuscript file.

David DeSteno
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

Masked Review Policy

Masked reviews are optional, and authors who wish masked reviews must specifically request them when they submit their manuscripts.

For masked reviews, the manuscript must include a separate title page with the authors' names and affiliations, and these ought not to appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Footnotes that identify the authors must be typed on a separate page. Authors are to make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, authors should supply email addresses and fax numbers for use by the editorial office and later by the production office. The majority of correspondence between the editorial office and authors is handled by email, so a valid email address is important to the timely flow of communication during the editorial process.

Authors should provide email addresses in their cover letters and should keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss. Manuscripts are not returned.

Manuscripts for Emotion® can vary in length; typically they will range from 10 to 40 double-spaced manuscript pages. Manuscripts should be of sufficient length to ensure theoretical and methodological competence.

Most of the articles published in Emotion will be reports of original research, but other types of articles are acceptable.

  • Case studies from either a clinical setting or a laboratory will be considered if they raise or illustrate important questions that go beyond the single case and have heuristic value.
  • Articles that present or discuss theoretical formulations of emotion and related affective phenomena that evaluate competing theoretical perspectives, or that offer innovative commentary or analysis on timely topics of inquiry may also be accepted.
  • Comprehensive reviews of the empirical literature in an area of study are acceptable if they contain a meta-analysis and/or present novel theoretical or methodological perspectives.
  • Comments on articles published in the journal will be considered.

To facilitate a more complete understanding of the reported results, submissions based on empirical findings must report effect sizes and 95% confidence intervals for the primary findings in each study.

Brief Reports

Emotion also publishes brief reports. Manuscripts submitted as Brief Reports should not exceed 2,500 words, exclusive of references and figure captions. There should be no more than 2 figures or tables and no more than 30 references.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

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