History of Psychology ® features refereed articles addressing all aspects of psychology's past and of its interrelationship with the many contexts within which it has emerged and has been practiced.

It also publishes scholarly work in closely related areas, such as historical psychology (the history of consciousness and behavior), psychohistory, theory in psychology as it pertains to history, historiography, biography and autobiography, the teaching of the history of psychology, and data mining regarding the history of psychology.

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

Incoming (2016) Editorial Board

(handling all new submissions in 2015)

Incoming (2016) Editor

Nadine Weidman
Harvard University and Boston College

Incoming (2016) Consulting Editors

Ruud Abma
University of Utrecht

Roderick Buchanan
University Melbourne

John Carson
University Michigan

Guido Cimino
University of Rome

Hannah Decker
University of Houston

Regina Helena De Freitas Campos
University Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Ingrid Farreras
Hood College

Ellen Herman
University of Oregon

Andrew Jewett
Harvard University

Michiel Kompier
Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Susan Lanzoni

Katharine Milar
Earlham College

Javier Moscoso
Spanish National Research Council

Annette Mulberger
Autonomous University of Barcelona

Katherine Pandora
University of Oklahoma

Michael Pettit

Petteri Pietikainen
University Oulu

Csaba Pleh
Budapest University Tech and Econ

Hans Pols
University Sydney

Jon Roberts
Boston University

David Robinson
Truman State University

Anne C. Rose
Penn State University

Rachael Rosner
Private Practice Newton, MA

Irina Sirotkina
Institution for History of Science and Tech, Moscow

Roger Smith
Private Practice, Moscow, Russia

Mark Solovey
University Toronto

Paul Spector
University of South Florida

Laura Stark
Vanderbilt University

Miki Takasuna
Tokyo International University

Marga Vicedo
University Toronto

Fernando Vidal
Autonomous University of Barcelona

Andrew Winston
University of Guelph

Outgoing Editorial Board

(handling invited revisions only in 2015)

Outgoing Editor

Wade E. Pickren
Ithaca College, USA

Outgoing Consulting Editors

Saulo de Freitas Araujo
Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Mitchell G. Ash
University of Vienna, Austria

David B. Baker
The University of Akron, USA

Nicole B. Barenbaum
University of the South, USA

Betty M. Bayer
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, USA

Sunil Bhatia
Connecticut College, USA

Adrian C. Brock
University College Dublin, Ireland

Regina Helena de Freitas Campos
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Frances Cherry
Carleton University, Canada

Guido Cimino
University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

Alan F. Collins
Lancaster University, UK

Hannah S. Decker
University of Houston, USA

Trudy Dehue
University of Groningen, Netherlands

Dave Devonis
Graceland University, UAS

Donald A. Dewsbury
University of Florida, USA

Julia Grant
Michigan State University, USA

Peter Hegarty
University of Surrey, UK

John P. Jackson, Jr.
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Hugo Klappenbach
National University of San Luis and National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina

Frederick T. L. Leong
Michigan State University, USA

Cheryl Logan
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Luciano Mecacci
University of Florence, Italy

Girishwar Misra
University of Delhi, India

Jill G. Morawski
Wesleyan University, USA

Annette Mülberger
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Petteri Pietikainen
University of Oulu, Finland

Régine Plas
Université Paris Descartes, France

Alexandra Rutherford
York University, Canada

Elizabeth Scarborough
Indiana University South Bend, USA

Laurence D. Smith
University of Maine, USA

Roger Smith
Moscow, Russia

Irmingard Staeuble
Free University of Berlin, Germany

Sally Swartz
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Ryan D. Tweney
Bowling Green State University, USA

Jaan Valsiner
Clark University, USA

Fernando Vidal
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Germany

Andrew S. Winston
University of Guelph, Canada

Leila Zenderland
California State University, Fullerton, USA

Outgoing News Editor

Elissa Rodkey
York University

Outgoing Editorial Coordinator

Andrew Cantine

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of History of Psychology®

  • America: History and Life
  • Current Abstracts
  • Current Contents
  • F R A N C I S
  • Family Index
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Journals@Ovid
  • PsycINFO
  • PubMed
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • SwetsWise All Titles
Manuscript Submission

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 (.rtf, PDF, or .doc).

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

General correspondence may be directed to:

Nadine Weidman, PhD
Department of History of Science
Science Center 371
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138


Because History of Psychology® publishes manuscripts submitted by psychologists, by historians, and by other scholars, authors may choose for their manuscript style the form specified either in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) or in The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed., University of Chicago Press). If the latter style is chosen, reference lists should be eliminated or incorporated into endnotes.

Masked Review Policy

Manuscripts will receive a masked review. Please include with the manuscript a cover sheet, which 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 the authors' names and affiliations but should include the title of the manuscript and the submission date. Footnotes containing information pertaining to the authors' identity or affiliations should be on separate pages.

Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identity.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Essay Reviews

History of Psychology publishes essay reviews of thematically related sets of books and other media addressing issues important to an understanding of psychology's past.

Examples include

  • an assessment of implications for the understanding of experimental work in psychology of recent studies of other scientists' laboratory practice
  • a comparative analysis of two or three new biographies of a particular psychologist
  • a review of recent films and videotapes on significant psychological theorists.

Each submitted essay review should be written with the journal's readership in mind and will undergo the same peer-review procedures as all other articles submitted to the journal.

Potential authors of such essay reviews should discuss their ideas with the editor before beginning to write them.

The journal will inform the institutions of authors of all accepted reviews of the parity of such essay reviews with the other articles published in History of Psychology.

The journal will not publish reviews of single books except in highly unusual circumstances.

For further information, and to discuss possible topics for essay reviews, please contact the History of Psychology Editor.

Teaching the History of Psychology

The history of psychology can provide compelling examples of research and theory that are pedagogically useful in teaching current psychological concepts and constructs. This section on Teaching the History of Psychology will provide instructors with historical ideas that aid the teaching of varied courses in the psychology curriculum.

Submissions to the Teaching the History of Psychology section can vary in length but should be approximately 1,500–1,800 words. They should focus on a single topic and include five basic components:

  • a brief statement of the issue,
  • identification of the contemporary course or courses that relate to the manuscript,
  • useful pedagogical questions to aid instructors teaching the course,
  • the historical issues relating to the topic, and
  • potential answers to the pedagogical questions.

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
  • Feminism and/in/as Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal History of Psychology, Vol. 18, No. 3, August 2015. The collection of articles demonstrates how attending to feminism as a historical phenomenon can recast a host of interpretive issues at the core of the historiography of the social sciences, namely, questions of interdisciplinarity, the public, and expertise.

  • Mental Testing After 1905

    Special issue of the APA journal History of Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 3, August 2014. Includes articles about intelligence testing in the USSR, Barcelona, and Brazil in the 1920s, as well as mental test development in the early 1900s.

  • Psychology, Politics, and Public Policy

    Special issue of the APA journal History of Psychology, Vol. 14, No. 3, August 2011. Includes articles about psychology, politics, and public policy in terms of same-sex relationships; apartheid; crisis counseling and disaster relief; identity politics; and socialism and eugenics.

  • International Historiography of Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal History of Psychology, Vol. 13, No. 3, August 2010. Includes articles about the historiography of psychology in Italy, Brazil, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

  • Psychology, Religion, and Politics in National Contexts

    Special issue of the APA journal History of Psychology, Vol. 12, No. 3, August 2009. Includes articles about religion and politics in Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

  • Power Matters

    Special issue of the APA journal History of Psychology, Vol. 10, No. 2, May 2007. Includes articles about gender difference in the late 19th century; theories on the nature of the native mind in the former Dutch East Indies; Lewis Terman and the power of the norm; the lie detector's ambivalent powers; cross-cultural lessons from Japan; and the politics of evolution.

  • G. Stanley Hall's Adolescence

    Special issue of the APA journal History of Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 3, August 2006. Includes articles about the historical context of G. Stanley Hall's book "Adolescence"; the role of reading, speaking, and writing in his psychological work; sex-segregated schooling; and his contribution to science, practice and policy.

  • The Roles of Instruments in Psychological Research

    Special issue of the APA journal History of Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 1, February 2005. Articles discuss Babbage's analytical engine as a mechanical model of the mind; history of the chronoscope; tracing the psyche with the graphical method; and the impact of electroencephalography on experimental psychology.