Review of General Psychology®

ISSN: 1089-2680
eISSN: 1939-1552
Published: quarterly, beginning in March
ISI Impact Factor: 1.984
Psychology - Multidisciplinary : 32 of 127
This journal is a publication of APA Division 1 (Society for General Psychology)

Review of General Psychology ® seeks to publish innovative theoretical, conceptual, or methodological articles that cross-cut the traditional subdisciplines of psychology.

The journal contains articles that advance theory, evaluate and integrate research literatures, provide a new historical analysis, or discuss new methodological developments in psychology as a whole.

Review of General Psychology is especially interested in narrative and meta-analytic reviews that bridge gaps between subdisciplines in psychology as well as related fields or that focus on topics that transcend traditional subdisciplinary boundaries. Authors are encouraged to write their manuscripts from the perspective of more than one subdiscipline and to review literature that spans at least two subdisciplines.

Manuscripts are of particular interest to Review of General Psychology when they provide a provocative challenge to customary or prevailing views; intellectual risk-taking is encouraged.

Authors preparing articles for submission may find the following resource helpful.

Baumeister, R. F. & Leary, M. R. (1997). Writing narrative literature reviews. Review of General Psychology, 1 (3), 311-320.

Comments and replies: Commentaries are not encouraged but considered when the constructive response advances the journal mission. Comments are rejected without review at a higher rate.

Other articles: Articles devoted primarily to reporting new empirical findings are generally not appropriate for the journal. Articles reporting the development of new measures that advance interdisciplinary theory and research are considered but rejected without review at a higher rate.

Review of General Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Gerianne M. Alexander, PhD
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Consulting Editors

Roy F. Baumeister, PhD
Florida State University, FL

Simon Boag, PhD
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Larry Cahill, PhD
University of California, Irvine, CA

Zhansheng Chen, PhD
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Marcia Collaer, PhD
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD
Stetson University, DeLand, FL

Marc A. Fournier, PhD
University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON Canada

Nick Haslam, PhD
University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Carl N. Johnson, PhD
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Deborah Kelemen, PhD
Boston University, Boston, MA

Neil Lutsky, PhD
Carleton College, Northfield, MN

John D. Mayer, PhD
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Annemie Ploeger, PhD
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Catherine Salmon, PhD
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

Stephanie A. Shields, PhD
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Dean Keith Simonton, PhD
University of California, Davis, CA

Ramadhar Singh, PhD
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India

Norman E. Spear, PhD
Binghamton University - SUNY, Binghamton, NY

Michael Wertheimer, PhD
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Assistant Managing Editor

Svetlana Efremova

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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 (.rtf, PDF, or .doc) through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

The Editor will only review manuscripts of 50 pages or less.

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

Review of General Psychology® currently has an average editorial lag (time from submission to first decision) of 30 days.

Masked Review Policy

Review of General Psychology will not use a masked review unless so requested by the author in a cover letter. Authors requesting masked review are asked to include with each copy of the manuscript a cover sheet that shows the title of the manuscript, the authors' names and institutional affiliations, and the date the manuscript is submitted.

The first page of the manuscript should omit authors' names and affiliations but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted. Footnotes containing information pertaining to the authors' identity or affiliation should be removed. Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to authors' identity.

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

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.
  • 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.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Unifying Approaches to Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2013. Includes articles about information integration; natural science of behavior; epistemology and phenomenology; cognitive science; disciplinary coherence; applied psychology; ecological approach; folk psychology and radical enactivism; relational developmental systems perspective; developmental evolutionary framework; perceptual control; personality framework; developmental psychobiology; situational realism; comparative psychology; hermeneutic realism; and unifying cognition and environment.

  • Human Nature and Pop Culture

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2012. Articles discuss popular culture; new mass media; celebrity culture and fandom; evolutionary motivations behind tattoos and body piercings; sexual behavior; comedy; music; television; fiction; and social networks.

  • Video Games

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2010. Includes articles about violent video games; spatial cognition; educational game design; video games in health care and psychotherapy; video game use in youth with developmental disabilities; and large multiplayer online games.

  • Methodological Problems in Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 13, No. 2, June 2009. Articles discuss methodological issues in experimental replication; meta-analysis; literature review; effect size comparisons between psychology and medicine; methodological foundations of closed-loop psychology; and the impact of human intuition.

  • From the Brain to Human Culture

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 12, No. 2, June 2008. Includes articles about moral psychology; cognitive science and hermeneutics; neuroesthetics and art; neuroscience, food, and music; and genes and language.

  • Emotion and Decision Making

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2007. Includes articles about deciding versus reacting; human sympathy and caring; emotional, motivational, and cognitive aspects of being exploited by others; affect and the motivational foundations of social capital; emotion and rationality; affective influence on judgments and decisions; and impelling and inhibiting forces in the perpetration of intimate partner violence.

  • The Psychology of Science

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 10, No. 2, June 2006. Articles discuss the past and future of the psychology of science; empirical analyses of the potential impact of theory; scientific and technological thinking; relations between the life and work of individual psychologists; and how development and personality influence scientific thought, interest, and achievement.

  • Positive Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 2, June 2005. Includes articles about pursuing happiness; experientialism and materialism; sociality, spirituality, and meaning making; conscientiousness and health; and leadership.

  • Gossip

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 2, June 2004. Includes articles about gossip, specifically research taxonomy, methods, and future directions; evolutionary perspectives; cultural learning; and a social comparison account of gossip.

  • Autobiographical Memory

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 5, No. 2, June 2001. Includes articles about autobiographical memory, autobiographical reasoning, narrative processing, and life stories.

  • Adult Attachment

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2000. Includes articles on the interplay between attachment, caregiving, and sexual behavior; attachment functions in adult relationships; evolutionary processes; the operation of internal working models; and continuity in attachment across the life span.

  • New Directions in Research on Emotion

    Special issue of the APA journal General Review of Psychology, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 1998. Includes articles about levels of analysis and the organization of affect; the emerging field of emotion regulation; positive emotions; and emotion, social function, and psychopathology.

  • Constructing the Self With Others

    Special issue of the APA journal Review of General Psychology, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1997. Articles discuss relational schemas in self-inference procedures; reality negotiation; mental representations in personality development, psychopathology, and the therapeutic process; social–cognitive construction of psychotherapeutic change; and structural dynamism in the concept of self.