Guidelines for Authors

The Online Readings in Psychology and Culture publishes papers that aim to review and summarize current knowledge in a field in cultural and/or cross-cultural psychology. The paper may give an overview of important topics in a specific field, may emphasize a theoretical perspective that is rather new to the field, or just summarizes the bibliography of a research area (see acculturation example in Unit 8). The format of the paper will be rather essay style. As the publication is online and freely accessible, we urge new authors to take advantage of this outlet by enriching their text with features specifically available for online publications. The format is less constrained compared to journal articles and new forms of presenting relevant scientific information in the field can be explored. Authors are also invited to submit a proposal in a first step. Authors who are hesitant whether the particular manuscript is appropriate should contact the .

Proposal Submission

Submissions of a proposal for a publication in the Online Readings in Psychology and Culture to the editor are welcome. The proposal (about 500 words) should describe the main ideas and outline of the potential manuscript. It will typically consist of 1 or 2 pages. Proposal submissions will be read by the editorial board (at least two members) and feedback about acceptance will be given within 1 month.

Manuscript Preparation

Text length should normally be between 20000 and 30000 characters (with spaces) (about 3000 to 4000 words). The abstract should not be longer than 250 words. The list of references is not included as well as tables and figures. Longer papers will be considered and published if they meet the above criteria. The American Psychological Association's Publication Manual (7th ed.) should be followed regarding citation and references.

Due to the online format and use for teaching purposes, we strongly advise authors to include links to other relevant material, e.g., exercises, video clips, relevant articles, questions to the text).

Manuscripts are submitted to a blind peer-review and the assigned editor will make an informed decision regarding the status of the paper (acceptance with minor or major revisions or rejection of the paper). Allow up to 3 months for a publication decision and about 6 months for publication.

Manuscript Submission

After proposal acceptance, create an account and submit manuscripts for publication in the Online Readings of Psychology and Culture by clicking on the “Submit Article” link. The author should specify the unit under which the article would best fit in the note to editor field. The creation of new units can also be suggested.

Plagiarism Statement

Plagiarism hurts us all. Every article submitted for publication in ORPC will be checked for instances of plagiarism before the work is published. If verbatim copying, self-plagiarism, or improper paraphrasing is detected, the author will be notified and asked to rewrite or clearly cite the text in question. If the plagiarism is extensive, the article will be rejected and the author's institution or employer may be notified. Plagiarism can be difficult to quantify; as such, whether or not an instance of plagiarism is 'extensive' will be determined by the Editor in consultation with the editorial board. For further information about plagiarism, see also the APA Manual 7th ed.

Copyright Policy

Content in Online Readings in Psychology and Culture is intended to be free and instantly available to anyone who is interested in it for educational purposes. Author(s) work will be done by invitation and will be entered into in the spirit of non-remunerative scholarship for the benefit of all who may read the work. To that end, the author(s) will extend to IACCP the license to use the work for an indefinite period by agreeing to the Author Agreement during the submission process. (In cases of co- or multiple-authorship, it is understood that the senior author represents all in their work.)

The author must verify that his or her work does not infringe on any copyright, violate any property rights, or contain any scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter, and that the author agrees to hold IACCP harmless against any claims that may be incurred.

The author must agree that once the work is made available on-line through the IACCP website it will be considered to be in the public domain and therefore capable of being copied by other persons. The intent and spirit of this project is to make the work of all authors free to all interested scholars, while making it both unethical and illegal for anyone to copy it for any form of monetary compensations. Both IACCP and the author reserve the right to take legal action against any party involved for violation of copyright.

The editor, under the supervision of the IACCP Communication and Publications Committee, will have the right to make editorial changes and revisions to the work (including titles) for clarity, brevity, and conformity to style. The author will have the right of approval of major changes made by IACCP. Such changes will normally be mediated by e-mail correspondence either before or after making the work available on the IACCP website.

The author will have the right to revise his or her work at any time and request that such revision replace the old work at the earliest convenience to IACCP. The author has the right to request that IACCP withdraw his or her work. Although not anticipated, IACCP has the right to remove the work if it no longer fits within the scope of Online Readings in Psychology and Culture.

The complete Author Agreement can be found here.