An Internet Journal devoted to the Psychology of Personal Constructs

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Instructions and suggestions for authors

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Manuscripts should be sent as email attachments to the first editor, joern.scheer@joern-scheer.de
Papers submitted for review must be original works on the part of the authors, must not have been published previously, and must not be under review with another publication at any time during the review process. Authors may only have one paper in the review process at a time.

Manuscripts submitted under multiple authorship are reviewed under the assumption that each quoted author has contributed substantially to the work in terms of planning, research, statistical analysis, writing of the article or final approval of the article, concurs with the submission and has approved the final version of the manuscript. The first-named author must guarantee to be responsible for the content.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.
All manuscripts will be – anonymously  peer-reviewed.


Manuscripts must conform to the following guidelines:
  • Manuscript should, as a rule, not exceed 5000 words.
  • Include an abstract of 100 words and 3-6 keywords.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted in English. Non-native speakers are requested to have their manuscripts checked by a native speaker of English.
  • Submissions should be formatted in MS-Word, preferably using Times Roman fond
Page lay-out
  • Set up the page size for A4 paper size (in "portrait" layout, not in "landscape"), preferably with 1-inch margins.
  • Do not use page breaks or section breaks to format the manuscript (i.e., let the pages break naturally).
Paragraph formats
  • Single space.
  • Include blank lines between paragraphs, between references in the REFERENCE section, and before and after subheadings, etc.
  • Left justify copy including title, authors’ names, headings and subheadings; no first line indents.
  • Use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS for first level headings. Capitalise the initial letters of words in (second level) Subheadings. Third level headings should be in italics.
  • Left justify references in the reference section (not "hanging").
  • Avoid the use of symbols and other special characters (they do not reproduce consistently across different systems).
  • Use double quotation marks ("...") for quotations, single ('...') for special terms ('best friend').
  • In presentation of statistical results, refer to test statistics and parameters by spelling out the term (e.g., "alpha" instead of the character). 
  • When describing repertory grids, use single quotation marks for elements (e.g. 'best friend'), and italics for constructs (e.g. outgoing vs. reserved)

  • Avoid endnotes/footnotes. When they are necessary, an endnote should be used.
  • Enter endnotes manually (do not use the endnote/footnote function in MS-Word).
  • The endnote number should be entered in the text in brackets (e.g., [1]) and should not be superscripted. The endnote is then entered in a section "ENDNOTES" at the end of the paper. 
  • Embed tables in the text at the appropriate point. Large tables (especially when in 'landscape' format) should also be sent as separate files.
  • Create tables with the MS-Word table editor (i.e., do not use tabs and spaces to create tables).
  • Tables must not exceed a width of 16 cm and a height of 20 cm and use at least 11 pt fond.
  • Figures (prepared as GIFs) should be sent as separate attachments with the paper.
  • Figures must not exceed a width of 16 cm and a height of 20 cm and use at least 11 pt fond when including text.
Citations and References
  • Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed alphabetically in the reference section.
  • References should be cited in text as in the following examples:
    - The results replicated those of a previous study (Miller & Mair, 1991), or
    - The procedure was a modification of Adams and Webber's (1989) and Warren et al.'s (1977) ….
    - Multiple references should be cited in alphabetical order: Earlier investigations (Button, 1993; Mancuso & Mascolo, 1988; Winter, 1992)  ...
  • The following examples illustrate the style to be used for (1) a journal article, (2) a book, and (3) a chapter in a book, respectively:

    (1)  Bell, R. C. (2001). Some new measures of the dispersion of dependency in a situation-resource grid. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 14, 227-234.

    (2)  Bannister, D. & Fransella, F. (1986). Inquiring man: the psychology of personal constructs (3rd ed.). London: Croom Helm

    (3)  Feixas, G. (1995). Personal constructs in systemic practice. In R. A. Neim
    eyer & M. J. Mahoney (Eds.), Constructivism in psychotherapy (pp. 305-337). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Important: Please note page numbers for book chapters!
Disclosure of commercial interests
  • Any source of support for the presented research must be acknowledged in the paper, together with the disclosure of any financial involvement that might present an appearance of conflict of interests.
Ethics approval
  • Ethical and legal considerations mandate that participants’ (subjects, patients) anonymity be preserved. If pertinent, the authors have to state that procedures involving experiments on human subjects have been approved by an ethics committee.
  • Acknowledgements may be included as a note. Use the title "AUTHOR'S NOTE" or "AUTHORS' NOTE" immediately before the AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES (see below).
Author Biographies
  • Include an ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) section after the references. Provide a few sentences of biographical information including the email address of each author. 
  • A photographic portrait of the author(s) would be welcome (preferably in jpg format but others are accepted, too).

Empirical research papers

For papers reporting results of empirical research it is suggested to consult the following websit. It is also helpful in the early stages of planning a study.
  • Daniel B. Wright (2003). Making friends with your data: Improving how statistics are conducted and reported. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 73, 123 – 136. Available at this address

ISSN 1613-5091
Last update: 1 January 2016