Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Europe’s Journal of Psychology is a free online quarterly peer-reviewed journal publishing original studies, research, critical contributions, interviews and book reviews written by and intended for psychologists worldwide.

EJOP is meant to facilitate communication between psychologists, and to give them access to high-quality professional information, thus fostering the scientific psychological community in Europe and worldwide. Although primarily targeted at a European public, EJOP gladly hosts contributions from psychologists irrespective of their geographical location.

EJOP’s main objectives are to expand, on the one hand, the publication space offered to psychologists and, on the other hand, to increase the number of psychology journals that take a more generalist and eclectic approach on psychology issues given the current tendency to produce rather highly specialized works.

Therefore, the journal was conceived in such a manner as to be accessible to both young researchers and established professionals and also to a very large area of scientific psychological ‘genres’ and schools. Its structure gives room to a very diverse, eclectic and multidisciplinary range of psychology studies and research:

  • Editorial – Editorials are usually invited and they showcase the views of either distinguished scholars or young researchers about topical issues for the psychological community in Europe and worldwide, covering themes from different branches of psychology and encouraging interdisciplinary syntheses.
  • Research Reports – empirical studies, independent of orientation or school within psychology. We welcome research using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods that makes a clear contribution to knowledge and/or practice. Replications and refinements are appropriate, including research reporting non-significant findings, as long as the study is well grounded in and contributes to the existing literature. Purely psychometric studies focused on adapting or validating a scale are not typically accepted however unless they help to refine a concept or propose a methodological innovation.
  • Theoretical Contributions – articles relying on original and creative approaches to a wide range of psychology themes, having at their core the proposal of new concepts, theories or models. Interdisciplinary works are most encouraged.
  • Literature Reviews – critical analysis of existing scientific psychology literature offering an original perspective on already validated and accepted theories, concepts or models. We prioritise systematic reviews on a clearly defined topic but accept selective reviews as long as the choice of literature is clearly and convincingly justified.
  • Interview – well known personalities or young scholars in the field of psychology and related areas are interviewed regarding a wide range of contemporary psychology issues and the latest developments in their area of expertise. Members outside of the editorial team are also invited to submit interviews for publication. Click here for example of previously published interviews.
  • Book Reviews – this column includes reviews of recent books on any topic within psychology (and related fields). Members outside of the editorial team are also invited to submit book reviews for publication. Click here for example of previously published reviews.
  • You are therefore invited to submit an article following the instructions and requirements presented in the section Author’s Guidelines.

    We welcome any suggestion or recommendation that you think could help us improve either the structure or the content of EJOP. We also encourage you to comment on specific articles and offer us feedback on the issues they address. In order to post your comments please send them by email to psy.journal@gmail.com in case they are larger than 250 words. The editor’s decision is final.


Section Policies


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Research Reports

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Theoretical Contributions

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Literature Reviews

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Book Reviews

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Corrected Versions of Articles

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Peer Review Process

After submission there is an initial screening of the paper by EJOP's editors, whereby editors decide whether the submission is appropriate to be send to review or not ('desk reject'). Occasionally, editors may recommend a revision before sending the submission to review. This initial screening usually needs less than one week.

Submissions that pass the initial screening will be assigned to at least two reviewers (double-blind peer review). Based on the reviews editors will make a first editor decision. There are four possible editor decisions:

  • accept submission without revisions;
  • accept submission after minor changes have been made (no additional round of review);
  • resubmit submission after significant changes have been made (new round of review starts);
  • decline submission, the submission will not be published in EJOP.
Usually, the time span from submission to the first editor decision averages 7-8 weeks.

The time to reach a final decision (accept/decline submission) depends on the number of review rounds, authors' responsiveness etc. Usually, the time span from submission to final decision averages 4 month.

The total turnaround time for publishing a manuscript depends (additionally to the factors mentioned above) on the submission date, the journal's publication schedule, authors' adherence to the publication guidelines etc. Reviewed and accepted submissions are published with EJOP after 7-8 month on average.


Publication Frequency

Europe’s Journal of Psychology is published four times a year (February, May, August and November). Articles can be submitted at any time.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Europe's Journal of Psychology also charges no author fee for submission or publication of papers.



This journal ensures the long-term availability of its contents by partnering with CLOCKSS.

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.


Preprint Policy

Prior to acceptance and publication in EJOP, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites. "A preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers" (SHERPA. (n.d.). Glossary of open access abbreviations, acronyms and terms. Retrieved from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/glossary.html). As part of EJOP's submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted (or will be submitted while under consideration at EJOP). After a manuscript has been published in EJOP we suggest that the link to the article on EJOP's website is used when the article is shared on personal or public websites.


Publication Ethics

Responsibilities of EJOP's editors, reviewers, and authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.


Plagiarism Screening

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EJOP uses Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked.

Read more at Crossresf's Similarity Check & Reseachers page.


Corrections and Retractions

In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing EJOP does not alter articles after publication:

“Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible” (STM, 2006. Preservation of the objective record of science).

In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct EJOP publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).


In cases of serious errors that affect the article in a material way (but do not fully invalidate its results) or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article EJOP publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.

Retractions (Expressions of Concern)

In accordance with the “Retraction Guidelines” by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) EJOP will retract a published article if

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation),
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication),
  • it constitutes plagiarism,
  • it reports unethical research.

An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. EJOP will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.

If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article EJOP may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.