Psychology and Aging ® publishes original articles on adult development and aging. Such original articles include reports of research that may be applied, biobehavioral, clinical, educational, experimental (laboratory, field, or naturalistic studies), methodological, or psychosocial.

Although the emphasis is on original research investigations, occasional theoretical analyses of research issues, practical clinical problems, or policy may appear, as well as critical reviews of a content area in adult development and aging. Clinical case studies that have theoretical significance are also appropriate. Brief reports are acceptable with the author's agreement not to submit a full report to another journal.

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


Ulrich Mayr
University of Oregon

Associate Editors

Paul Duberstein
University of Rochester Medical Center

Alexandra M. Freund
University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Denis Gerstorf
Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Derek M. Isaacowitz
Northeastern University

Cindy Lustig
University of Michigan

Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Consulting Editors

Philip A. Allen
University of Akron

James C. Bartlett
University of Texas at Dallas

Cynthia A. Berg
University of Utah

George A. Bonanno
Teachers College, Columbia University

Wandi Bruine de Bruin
University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, and Carnegie Mellon University

Alan D. Castel
University of California, Los Angeles

Benjamin P. Chapman
University of Rochester Medical Center

Susan Turk Charles
University of California, Irvine

Neil H. Charness
Florida State University

Alison L. Chasteen
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sheung-Tak Cheng
Hong Kong Institute of Education, Tai Po, China

Fergus I. M. Craik
Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Manfred Diehl
Colorado State University

Katinka Dijkstra
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Gilles O. Einstein
Furman University

Myra A. Fernandes
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Joseph E. Gaugler
University of Minnesota

Cheryl L. Grady
Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Angela H. Gutchess
Brandeis University

William E. Haley
University of South Florida

Lynn Hasher
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Denise Head
Washington University in St. Louis

Christopher Hertzog
Georgia Institute of Technology

Thomas M. Hess
North Carolina State University

Karen Hooker
Oregon State University

Mary Lee Hummert
University of Kansas

Arthur F. Kramer
Beckman Institute, University of Illinois

Ralf Th. Krampe
University of Leuven, Belgium

Ute Kunzmann
Leipzig University, Germany

Frieder R. Lang
Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Becca R. Levy
Yale University

Leah L. Light
Pitzer College

Ulman Lindenberger
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

Corinna E. Löckenhoff
Cornell University

David J. Madden
Duke University Medical Center

Lynn M. Martire
The Pennsylvania State University

Mara Mather
University of Southern California

Elizabeth A. Maylor
University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

Edward McAuley
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa M. Soederberg Miller
University of California, Davis

Moshe Naveh-Benjamin
University of Missouri

Jana Nikitin
University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Barton W. Palmer
University of California, San Diego

Martin Pinquart
Phillipps University, Marburg, Germany

Jay Pratt
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nilam Ram
Pennsylvania State University

Naftali Raz
Wayne State University

Harry T. Reis
University of Rochester

Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz
University of Michigan

Michaela Riediger
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

David L. Roth
Johns Hopkins University

Florian Schmiedek
German Institute for International Educational Research, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Martin J. Sliwinski
Pennsylvania State University

Brent J. Small
University of South Florida

Julia Spaniol
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Daniel H. Spieler
Georgia Institute of Technology

Ursula M. Staudinger
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Mary Ann Parris Stephens
Kent State University

Elliot M. Tucker-Drob
University of Texas at Austin

Alexander Weiss
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Joshua A. Weller
Idaho State University

Robert West
Iowa State University

Robert S. Wilson
Rush University Medical Center

Carsten Wrosch
Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Rose T. Zacks
Michigan State University (Retired)

Editorial Assistant

Catherine Blackwell

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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, .doc, or .pdf files).

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Ulrich Mayr
Department of Psychology
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

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

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply email addresses and fax numbers, if available, for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

Psychology and Aging® is now using a software system to screen submitted content for similarity with other published content. The system compares the initial version of each submitted manuscript against a database of 40+ million scholarly documents, as well as content appearing on the open web. This allows APA to check submissions for potential overlap with material previously published in scholarly journals (e.g., lifted or republished material).

Masked Review Policy

Masked reviews are optional, and authors who wish masked reviews must specifically request them at submission. Authors requesting masked review should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities. Authors' names, affiliations, and contact information should be included only in the cover letter.

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


Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words (approximately 27 double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman font). Shorter manuscripts are equally welcomed.

The word count does not include references, tables, and figures. If you feel that you need extra space, please contact the editor. For example, you may have a complex methodology or statistical approach or a new theoretical framework that requires more text.

Please include the word count for the main text below the keywords.

Brief Reports

The Brief Report format is designated for particularly "crisp," theoretically noteworthy contributions that meet highest methodological standards. Use 12-point Times New Roman type and 1-inch (2.54-cm) margins; include an abstract of 75–100 words; do not exceed 265 lines of text, not including references; and typically include no more than two tables or figures.

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.

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