Translational Issues in Psychological Science

ISSN: 2332-2136
eISSN: 2332-2179
Published: quarterly, beginning in March

Translational Issues in Psychological Science (TPS) is a critical issues translational journal, with each issue on a different topic representing multiple viewpoints on psychological science.

Each issue of TPS concentrates on a single important, timely, and/or potentially controversial theme in translational science that is of broad interest to scientists, practitioners, and the general public. Each article covers a body of basic scientific research and concludes with an application section.

The format of TPS has four characteristics that make the journal unique:

  • Each issue is based on a different theme within psychological science, broadly defined, that is edited by a different special issue editor.
  • Each issue has a different guest editor working with a team of associate editors who are advanced predoctoral or early postdoctoral scholars.
  • Each article will have at least one senior scientist author and one student author.
  • Each article will focus on extending findings in psychological science to a broader audience including, but not limited to, public interest, practitioners, and scientific scholars.
Editorial Board


Mary Beth Kenkel
Florida Institute of Technology

Special Issue Editors

Gareth R. Dutton
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Elizabeth J. Marsh
Duke University

Margo J. Monteith
Purdue University

Hawley Montgomery-Downs
West Virginia University

Special Issue Associate Editors

Amanda Leigh McBean
Stanford University School of Medicine/VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Katie Arnold
Duke University

Alison Blodorn
University of California, Santa Barbara

Adam D. Bramoweth
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Evelyn R. Carter
Indiana University

Ashley A. Martin
University of Bristol

Lisa M. Nackers
Rush University Medical Center

Teresa Yeong-Yi Pan
University of Kansas

Laura Ruth M. Parker
Purdue University

Michael Scullin
Baylor University

Megan A. Smith
Utah State University, Eastern

Sara L. Stromeyer
Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, La Rabida Children's Hospital

Editorial Board

Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury
American Psychological Association

Amanda Kraha
Indiana University East

Alexa A. Lopez
Virginia Commonwealth University

R. Ross MacLean
Pennsylvania State University

Ali Mattu
Columbia University Medical Center

Audrey E. Parrish
Georgia State University

Michael Scullin
Baylor University

Megan A. Smith
Utah State University, Eastern

Science Committee (APAGS)

(Chair) Alexa Lopez
Virginia Commonwealth University

Steven R. Boomhower
Auburn University

Jacklynn Fitzgerald
University of Illinois at Chicago

Erika Fountain
Georgetown University

Stephen J. Gray
University of Chicago

Ian A. Gutierrez
University of Connecticut

Bruna Suemi Martins
University of Southern California

Muhammad A. J. Qadri
Tufts University

Ishabel Vicaria
Northeastern University

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Translational Issues in Psychological Science

  • PsycINFO
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.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD
Florida Institute of Technology
College of Psychology and Liberal Arts
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975

Manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis of both style and content. Authors must take responsibility for clarity, conciseness, and felicity of expression. Please review Writing for Translational Issues in Psychological Science for more details.

Manuscript Details and Length

Manuscripts submitted to TPS should be:

  • Critical. Manuscripts are intended to be clear and concise, brief overviews of an area fitting to the special issue topic. Authors should focus on a small area of research with broad applications. Manuscripts should be no longer than 18–22 pages, including references.
  • Translational. Each manuscript should address the practical implications of the research reviewed. Practical implications include (but are not limited to) those that apply to therapy, prevention, policy, the classroom, and the general public.
  • Co-authored by a psychologist in training. Each manuscript needs to be co-authored by a psychologist in training, which is either a student or a postdoctoral scholar, in any order of authorship. We take this to mean the psychologist in training is meaningfully engaged in the writing process, and if applicable, revision process.

Masked Review

This journal has adopted a policy of masked review for all submissions. The cover letter and separate title page should include all authors' names and institutional affiliations and full contact information for the corresponding author. The manuscript should omit author information but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted.

Make sure 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.

Cover Letter

The cover letter should include a statement that the findings reported in the manuscript have not been previously published and that the manuscript is not being simultaneously submitted elsewhere. The cover letter should also indicate that original research procedures were consistent with the principles of research ethics, published by APA, except as may be detailed in the manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts submitted to TPS should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (2010).

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
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    Special issue of the APA journal Translational Issues in Psychological Science, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2015. Includes articles about sleep and its interaction with and impact on mental and physical health problems; employee behavior and productivity; education; and memory and cognition.