The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology® is devoted to fostering discussion at the interface of psychology, philosophy, and metatheory. The journal addresses ontological, epistemological, ethical, and critical issues in psychological theory and inquiry as well as the implications of psychological theory and inquiry for philosophical issues.

In keeping with the journal's interdisciplinary mission, both psychology and philosophy are construed broadly to encompass a diversity of forms of inquiry such as conceptual, speculative, theoretical, empirical, clinical, historical, literary, and cultural research.

The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology encourages and facilitates the informed, innovative, and critical exploration and discussion of psychological ideas and practices in both their scientific and philosophical dimensions and interrelationships.

The journal welcomes original articles, essays, and commentaries with philosophical or metatheoretical import from all disciplines concerned with human psychology.

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Editorial Board


Brent Slife
Brigham Young University

Assistant to the Editor

Shannon Starks
Brigham Young University

Associate Editors

Sunil Bhatia
Connecticut College

Josh Clegg
John Jay College, City University of New York

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

Mary Beth Morrissey
Fordham University

Christopher H. Ramey
University of Kansas

Frank Richardson
University of Texas, Austin

Kate Slaney
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

Louise Sundararajan
Rochester Psychiatric Center, Rochester, New York

Book Review Editor

Edwin Gantt
Brigham Young University

Research News and Notes Editor

Amy Fisher Smith
University of Dallas

Student Review Editor

Joseph Ostenson
University of Tennessee at Martin

Consulting Editors

Louise Antony
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Robert Bishop
Wheaton College

Adrian C. Brock
University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

David Chalmers
New York University

John Chambers Christopher
Dartmouth College

Phillip Cushman
Antioch University, Seattle

Ole Dreier
University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Rachel Joffe Falmagne
Clark University

James Faulconer
Brigham Young University

Blaine Fowers
University of Miami

Mark Freeman
College of the Holy Cross

Kenneth Gergen
Swarthmore College

Christopher D. Green
York University, Toronto, Canada

Charles Guignon
University of South Florida

Barbara Held
Bowdoin College

Fiona J. Hibberd
University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Sarah Hickinbottom
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, Canada

Suzanne Kirschner
College of the Holy Cross

James Lamiell
Georgetown University

Kareen Malone
University of West Georgia

Jack Martin
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

Ronald B. Miller
Saint Michael's College

Dominic Murphy
Washington University, St. Louis

Lisa Osbeck
University of West Georgia

Martin Packer
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Donald E. Polkinghorne
University of Southern California

Jeffrey Reber
Brigham Young University

Daniel N. Robinson
Georgetown University and University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

John Z. Sadler
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Louis A. Sass
Rutgers University

Henderikus J. Stam
University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Paul Stenner
The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Jeff Sugarman
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

Thomas Teo
York University, Toronto, Canada

Michael Tissaw
State University of New York at Potsdam

Vasi van Deventer
University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Michael A. Westerman
New York University

Fred Wertz
Fordham University

Robert L. Woolfolk
Rutgers University and Princeton University

Honorary Board of Advisors

Aaron T. Beck
University of Pennsylvania

Scott Churchill
University of Dallas

Kurt Danziger
York University, Toronto, Canada

John M. Darley
Princeton University

Constance T. Fischer
Duquesne University

Daniel Fishman
Rutgers University

Adelbert Jenkins
New York University

Martha Nussbaum
University of Chicago

Joseph F. Rychlak
Loyola University

Theodore Sarbin
University of California, Santa Cruz

Robert Sternberg
Cornell University

Stephen Stich
Rutgers University

Charles Taylor
McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and Northwestern University

Michael Wertheimer
University of Colorado, Boulder

Editorial Coordinator

Mare Meadows
American Psychological Association

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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.


Normally articles are 25–35 manuscript pages, but may be as long as 40 pages depending on the topic. We do not consider manuscripts longer than 40 pages.

Submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal (.rtf, .doc, or .pdf files).

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Brent Slife, PhD
Department of Psychology
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

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

Please supply email addresses and fax numbers for use by the editorial office and later by the production office. Most 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.

Keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.

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.

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

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
  • Ethics in Psychology

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 35, No. 2, May 2015. The purpose of the four position papers and the three commentaries on them is to discuss some relatively undeveloped historical, philosophical, and social–contextual issues that the authors discern in the APA and Canadian Psychological Association codes of ethics.

  • Psychology and Social Justice

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 1, February 2014. Major themes include the relationship between the individual and the community, psychology's role in the development of more equitable social and political institutions, and the way that different forms of universalism inform the struggle for social justice.

  • Post/Coloniality and Subjectivity

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 33, No. 3, August 2013. The collection of several in-depth essays looks at various aspects of the relation between colonialism and its psychic legacies, culture and society in the postcolonial era - and psychology and psychoanalysis.

  • Psychology & The Other

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 4, November 2012. Includes articles about aesthetics, ethics, and erotics; difference, dialogue, and context:; futurity in empathy; and hermeneutics and language.

  • Eudaimonia and Virtue in Psychology

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 1, February 2012. Articles discuss virtue, human good, ethics, and subjectivity in psychology.

  • Conceptualizing Psychological Concepts

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 31, No. 2, May 2011. The issue presents a target article about using concepts in psychology, followed by several commentaries on the target article and a response by the authors of the target article.

  • Is There a Pervasive Implicit Bias Against Theism in Psychology?

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 29, No. 2, Fall 2009. Includes articles and comments about theism in psychology; prejudice against prejudice; the burden of proof; prejudice in plural worlds; psychology, religion, and world loyalty; and naturalism.