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Psychology of Violence ® is a multidisciplinary research journal devoted to violence and extreme aggression, including identifying the causes of violence from a psychological framework, finding ways to prevent or reduce violence, and developing practical interventions and treatments.

As a multidisciplinary forum, Psychology of Violence recognizes that all forms of violence and aggression are interconnected and require cross-cutting work that incorporates research from psychology, public health, neuroscience, sociology, medicine, and other related behavioral and social sciences.

Research areas of interest include:

  • sexual violence
  • youth violence
  • child maltreatment
  • bullying
  • children's exposure to violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • suicide
  • homicide
  • workplace violence
  • international violence
  • prevention efforts
Psychology of Violence® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Sherry Hamby
Appalachian Center for Resilience Research, Sewanee, Tennessee

Associate Editors

John Grych
Marquette University

Rebecca J. Macy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dominic J. Parrott
Georgia State University

Senior Consulting Editors

Kelly Cue Davis
University of Washington

Todd M. Moore
University of Tennessee–Knoxville

Consulting Editors

Antonia Abbey
Wayne State University

Etiony Aldarondo
University of Miami

Craig Anderson
Iowa State University

Victoria Banyard
University of New Hampshire

Delores Subia Bigfoot
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Kaj Björkqvist
Åbo Akademi University

Ernestine C. Briggs
Duke University School of Medicine

Delphine Collin-Vézina
McGill University

Carlos A. Cuevas
Northeastern University

Jacqueline De Puy
Centre Universitaire Romand de Médecine Légale, Lausanne, Switzerland

Felton Earls
Harvard University

Jeffrey L. Edleson
University of California, Berkeley

Dorothy Espelage
University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

Lisa A. Goodman
Boston College

Sandra A. Graham-Bermann
University of Michigan

Esther Jenkins
Chicago State University

Ernest N. Jouriles
Southern Methodist University

Alan E. Kazdin
Yale University

Martin Killias
University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Mary P. Koss
University of Arizona

Linda C. Mayes
Yale University

Maureen C. McHugh
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Melissa T. Merrick
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Joel Milner
Northern Illinois University

Kimberly J. Mitchell
University of New Hampshire

K. Daniel O'Leary
Stony Brook University

Julia Perilla
Georgia State University

Lorraine Radford
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom

Callie M. Rennison
University of Colorado, Denver

Lorelai Simpson Rowe
Southern Methodist University

David Sugarman
Rhode Island College

Tami P. Sullivan
Yale University

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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

Sherry Hamby, PhD
Research Professor
Department of Psychology
Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN 37383

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, 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.

Also, please be sure to provide names and contact information for each of your co-authors. Most authors include this information in the cover letter.

Keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.

If you encounter difficulties with submission, please email the Manuscript Coordinator, Allie Robertson.

Submission Policies

Authors should verify in their cover letter that manuscripts submitted to Psychology of Violence® have not been published previously and are not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The cover letter should also describe how the manuscript relates to other publications, if any, based on the same dataset.

Authors of accepted articles will be required to complete APA's Publication Rights form and Full Disclosure of Interests form. All studies involving human participants or animal subjects must also adhere to the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association. Authors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest with their research or certify that they have none. All publication forms, as well as information about which forms are required for your particular manuscript, are available on the Forms for Journals Publication page.

Masked Review Policy

In order to facilitate masked review, all manuscripts should have identifying information removed prior to submission. The manuscript portal provides a place to provide all author contact information separate from the manuscript file, or this can be included in the cover letter.

Authors' names should not appear on the manuscript. Authors are strongly encouraged to remove self-references and substitute "author citation" for the purposes of review. This is particularly important when numerous self citations are made, as these can sometimes inadvertently reveal the identity of the authors to the reviewers. Authors' notes or other sources of identifying information should also be removed from the copy submitted for peer review. These may be added later, if the paper is accepted.

Manuscript Types

Psychology of Violence primarily publishes full-length reports of original research. Manuscripts should normally be no more than 30 double-spaced manuscript pages, inclusive of front matter, references, tables, and figures. Both quantitative and qualitative research will be considered. The journal also publishes review articles, including meta-analyses, and theoretical pieces. Psychology of Violence does not accept brief reports.

Other Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

As also described in Instructions for All Authors, Psychology of Violence manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010). Be careful to follow APA guidelines on the use of inclusive, nonbiased language.

Please note that Psychology of Violence has several style requirements, in order to facilitate the accessibility of information both within and across manuscripts. All manuscripts that remain under consideration at Psychology of Violence will be asked to include the following:

  • The abstract is the most important paragraph in any paper. Psychology of Violence uses structured abstracts divided into the following sections, with headings: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusions. The Objective should clearly communicate the novel contribution of the manuscript. In the Conclusion, please identify at least one specific implication and avoid boilerplate language such as "Implications will be discussed." Target length is no more than 250 words.
  • A statement that clearly describes the study's purpose at the end of the 1st paragraph.
  • 4 to 5 keywords for all manuscripts.
  • The Introduction needs to end with numbered statements of hypotheses or research purposes, and these need to be explicitly revisited in the Results and Discussion.
  • Number of items, response categories, alpha, and scoring need to be presented for all measures. Validity should be addressed.
  • The Discussion needs formal sections for Limitations, Research Implications, and Clinical and Policy Implications.

Per APA policy, authors presenting the results of randomized trials should rely on CONSORT guidelines.


Prospective authors are welcome to direct inquiries regarding these instructions, potential paper topics, journal policy, or manuscript preparation to the Editor, Sherry Hamby.

Instructions for All Authors

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

Psychology of Violence uses structured abstracts divided into the following sections, with headings: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusions. The Objective should clearly communicate the novel contribution of this manuscript. The Conclusions should identify at least one specific implication and avoid boilerplate language such as "Implications will be discussed." Target length is no more than 250 words.

Each manuscript needs five keywords for indexing. Please consider keywords that are common synonyms for the forms of violence addressed in your manuscript. For example, if your study is on "intimate partner violence," it may help some readers find your work if you list "domestic violence" as a keyword.


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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • 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
  • Protective Factors, Resilience, and Violence

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Violence, Vol. 5, No. 4, October 2015. The articles showcase new ways of measuring aspects of resilient outcomes and protective factors, explore resilience in relation to a variety of forms of violence across the life span, and illustrate prevention and intervention efforts that promote resilience and may lead both to violence prevention as well as to effective intervention to promote recovery among victims.

  • The Measurement of Violence and Victimization

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Violence, Vol. 4, No. 4, October 2014. The articles include both conceptual and empirical studies and examine a range of methodological issues in researching violence, organized around three key challenges: defining constructs precisely, accurately capturing disclosures of violence, and diversifying measurement strategies.

  • Adolescents and Violence

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Violence, Vol. 3, No. 4, October 2013. In helping to fill gaps in knowledge about the nature and processes by which violence develops, and how violence experiences affect adolescents, these articles as a group also offer direction for future research.

  • Technology and Violence

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Violence, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2013. Includes articles about cyber-aggression, victimization, and social information processing; perceived distress; differentiating cyberbullying from non-physical bullying; intimate partner violence; and stereotypes.

  • Interconnections Among Different Types of Violence

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Violence, Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2012. Articles examine links between sexual and physical abuse, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, community violence, and violent media.

  • Theories of Violence

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Violence, Vol. 1, No. 3, July 2011. Articles discuss interpersonal violence conceptualization, theoretical integration, modeling, and prevention and intervention.