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Author Guidelines


The journal PSYCHOLOGY publishes papers that fall into the main categories listed below.

Empirical research papers: They are the most common form of papers published in the journal PSYCHOLOGY. Empirical research papers, to be accepted for publication, must be original and contribute to the advancement of the field in which they are ascribed, having significant theoretical, applied, and / or multidisciplinary implications. Empirical papers may vary significantly in length, depending on the methodology or nature of the research results they present. However, their extent cannot exceed 8,000 words (including the abstract, tables and graphs, appendices, but excluding bibliography). In exceptional cases (e.g. reporting of results from multiple studies), a paper of up to 10,000 words may be accepted, upon a reasoned request to the Editor.

Brief empirical reports: This is an alternative way of publishing the results of empirical research. Brief reports present and discuss in a concise and comprehensive way the theoretical background, objectives, methodology, and results of a study. Like empirical research papers, they must be original and have significant theoretical, applied, and / or multidisciplinary implications. Their extent should not exceed 4,000 words (including abstract, tables and graphs, appendices, but excluding bibliography).

Theoretical syntheses / reviews: These papers focus on an important contemporary subject of psychological research and, based on findings from previous studies, review, analyze, and critically evaluate their findings. The theoretical reviews cannot exceed 8,000 words (including abstract, tables and charts, appendices, but excluding bibliography). In exceptional cases, work may be accepted up to 10,000 words upon a reasoned request to the Editor.

Special sections / issues: This is a form of joint publication of many papers - written by different authors - which focus on a common subject. These papers are published simultaneously in a special section of the journal.

The Editorial Committee of the journal may announce a call for papers on a specific topic in order to edit and issue a special tribute (see current announcements). The journal also accepts proposals from researchers who want to propose a specific subject, as well as to compile and edit, as guest editors, the papers of a special section/issue.

Each special section/issue must contain at least six (6) full papers, two commentaries of about ten (10) pages each, and an Introduction by the guest editor.

Researchers interested in editing a special section/issue of the journal PSYCHOLOGY should submit a proposal containing the following information: (1) Title of the Special Section, (2) Summary - Purpose, (3) guest editor(s) Name(s), (4) Authors names, (5) Title and abstract of each paper, (6) Names of two commentators, and (7) timetable for the implementation of the special issue.

Upon approval of the proposal by the Editorial Committee, the guest editor coordinates the peer-review process by external reviewers (through the eJournals platform of the Hellenic Documentation Centre) and submits all the peer-reviewed papers of the special section/issue to the Chief Εditor within the agreed deadline. Some papers of the special section could potentially be rejected by the Editorial Committee of the journal after the review process. The Editorial Committee makes the final decision on the publication of the special section/issue. In the event that a special issue is not approved for publication, the papers that have been positively evaluated may be published as individual papers.

Book reviews: These are short reviews of new books with particular theoretical importance. The extent of a book review cannot exceed 2,000 words (excluding bibliography).

Translations: In special cases, researchers may send to the Editorial Editor of the journal a proposal to publish a translation of a foreign-language work of particular importance and theoretical weight for one of the fields of psychology. Translations may be published after approval by the Editorial Board and assurance of relevant rights by the publisher / journal of the original foreign-language paper.


The journal PSYCHOLOGY has a Platinum Open-Access policy. The authors are not charged with any submission, processing, production, or publication costs. Their work can be openly accessed and shared immediately after publication (Read more concerning the journal open access policies).


The evaluation of each paper by independent reviewers is intended to ensure the quality, methodological adequacy and originality of the papers published in PSYCHOLOGY. The reviewers collaborating with the journal are distinguished scientists from Greece or abroad who cover all the scientific fields of psychology and related sciences. Their contribution to ensuring the quality of the work published in the journal is crucial.

The journal PSYCHOLOGY has adopted a "double blind" peer-review model, protecting thus the identity of both the authors of the paper and of its reviewers. Each submitted work is sent to at least two independent reviewers who evaluate the paper on its originality, integrity, consistency and, in general, its overall quality. Τhe Editorial team ensures that reviewers of each paper are specialists in the field and independent of the authors, i.e. not affiliated with the same institution, not collaborating in the same project.

Upon considering that a paper meets the scientific criteria for publication in the journal, the evaluators may request a review of the paper by sending their general and specific comments and suggestions for improvement to the authors. The review process may include one or more cycles of review until the manuscript reaches the necessary quality to be accepted for publication.

The final decision on the publication of the paper is taken by the Editor on the basis of the aforementioned reviews.


The maximum extent of each paper depends on its type (see, TYPES OF PAPERS above).

Authors must format their work in the relevant TEMPLATE provided by the journal and follow the style, formatting, and submission guidelines detailed in it.

Authors are also encouraged to upload, together with their manuscript, "Complementary files" (e.g., data, research instruments, additional methodological details, or results) which would enhance the recognition and dissemination of their work.  

Authors must remove any information that will lead to their identification (names, institutions, laboratories, bibliographic references, etc.) when submitting their work for evaluation. This information will be added in the final stage before the work is published.


A competing interest is anything that interferes with, or could reasonably be perceived as interfering with, the full and objective presentation, peer review, editorial decision-making, or publication of research or non-research articles submitted to the Journal PSYCHOLOGY.

Competing interests can be financial or non-financial, professional, or personal. Competing interests can arise in relation to an institution, organization, or another person.

Declaring all potential competing interests is a requirement at PSYCHOLOGY and is integral to the transparent reporting of research.

Failure to declare competing interests can result in immediate rejection of a manuscript. If an undisclosed competing interest comes to light after publication, PSYCHOLOGY will take action and issue a public notification to the community.


Plagiarism is when an author attempts to use/publish someone else’s work or part of it as his or her own. Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from getting an identical paper published in multiple journals, to adding small amounts of new data to a previous paper. 

Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work, in whole or in part without proper citation, represents a violation of intellectual property law and is not tolerated by the journal.

By submitting a manuscript to the journal it is understood and explicitly declared that it is an original manuscript and unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere.

Manuscripts submitted to the journal are checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software (TurnItIn) after submission and before starting review.

Plagiarism can appear in various forms.

  • Copying the exact content from other source. Using portions of another author's paper.
  • Copying elements of another author's paper, such as figures, tables, equations or illustrations, or copying or purposely using sentences without citing the source.
  • Copying or downloading figures, photographs, pictures or diagrams without properly acknowledging the sources.
  • In the case of a paper being submitted, that was originally published in another language, the title, date, and journal of the original publication must be identified by the authors, and the copyright must be obtained. The editor may accept such a translated publication to bring it to the attention of a wider audience.
  • In case the author wants to use material from another work then it is mandatory to cite the source in references. Else the author needs to change the language completely and use his/ her own language.

Handling of plagiarism

The manuscripts in which the plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of the plagiarism.

< 30% Plagiarism: The manuscript is sent back to the author(s) for content revision.

>30% Plagiarism: The manuscript is rejected without review.



To submit your paper online, go to the following link https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/psychology/author/submit/1 and fill in all necessary information following the steps as described. Please, make sure to add all requested metadata, including your ORCID id, in both languages for the correct indexing of your work.


Online submission guidelines:

Registration in the journal (if not already a registered user). You must register as an author to submit a paper

The following fields in your profile are mandatory (papers will not be assigned for review if the mandatory fields are not completed):

  1. Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Email
  4. Affiliation (Capacity, Institution, Department. Divide the three with semi-colons (;))
  5. ORCID ID This is an international researcher attribute that can be acquired at no cost at www.orcid.org. It is a very useful way to attribute work to authors and to connect information online. Some funders require this
  6. Country

If you have already registered, upgrade your profile by choosing the option “author” in the “Roles” field.

Providing information in two languages

All information and metadata should be provided in both languages of the journal: Greek and English. First fill in your information in the language that the article is written. Then provide in the second language. Choose the language from language form dropdown list and press "submit" to define the language. First fill in one language, then in the second and save at the end. Do not save in between the two languages. The process is the same for providing article metadata. 

Article submission: from your personal user page as an author or from the link provided above, choose to submit a new article.

  • Choose the section of the journal for submission (e.g. book reviews, research papers, theoretical reviews, etc)
  • Choose the main language in which the article is written from the dropdown list
  • Agree with the submission preparation checklist
  • Attach your paper
  • Fill in the article metadata first in the language that the article has been written, including author information for all authors (as described above). The following metadata fields are obligatory


Abstract (obligatory in English and Greek)

o Keywords (obligatory in both languages. Separate keywords with semi-colons (;))

Language (insert en for English, gr for Greek)

o References (copy and paste the bibliography of your article in this field. It should be in APA style. This allows the editors to provide direct links to those articles, if they exist online, to help readers of your article directly export bibliographies in various formats, and help track the usage of these references)

We recommend that you fill as many fields as possible in the ‘indexing’ section beyond the obligatory ones above. Indexing helps network your article and make it more visible in the web.

OpenAIRE metada. If your submission is the result of EC funding through Horizon 2020, this field is obligatory to fill with the grant agreement number of your research grant. This will allow for your publication to become visible in the European repository www.openaire.eu, which provides open access to all publications funded by the EC.

Supporting Institutions. We recommend that you fill this field if your article is the result of specific funding, for example by an FP7, Horizon 2020 project, by a private Foundation (by filling in e.g. European Commission or Wellcome Trust).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submitted paper is original, has not been published in the past and is not currently submitted for evaluation and publication elsewhere.
  2. The paper has been formatted on the template provided by the journal and follows the guidelines outlined in it (see, template).
  3. The submitted research does not violate in any way the ethical principles of scientific research (see, e.g., APA, 2009; ALLEA, 2017). The Editorial Committee maintains the right to ask for additional information concerning the ethics committee permission and the guidelines followed during the organisation and the implementation of the research.
  4. The submitted manuscript does not violate in any way the intellectual property rights of third parties. Where the reproduction of copyrighted content is required and where a psychometric instrument has been administered, the authors have requested and obtained the relevant permission from the legal copyright holders.

  5. All authors approve the submission of the paper for publication in the journal PSYCHOLOGY. They also approve the exact content and form of the submitted paper, as well as the exact order in which their names appear in the paper.

  6. The Authors provide the journal PSYCHOLOGY with the exclusive license to take all necessary actions, including the availability of the paper to a third party, so that it can be published or republished, on the Internet or in any other way.

  7. The Authors have registered for an ORCID ID. Author ORCIDs as well as all required metadata will be entered in the appropriate field during the submission process.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish their work to the journal PSYCHOLOGY should agree with the following terms:
  1. The journal adopts a Golden open-access policy. The authors are not charged with any submission, processing or publication costs. These costs are waived by the Hellenic Psychological Society. 
  2. Papers published in the journal PSYCHOLOGY are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ΝοDerivatives 4.0 International. The authors reserve the copyright of their work, while the journal gets the right of first publication. Third-party licensees are allowed to use the published paper immediately after publication as they wish, provided they retain the defined by the license copyright formalities, regarding the reference to its author(s) and its initial publication in the journal PSYCHOLOGY.
  3. Authors have the right to enter into different, additional contracts and agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of their work, as published in this journal (e.g. submission to an academic depository), provided that the first publication in the journal PSYCHOLOGY is recognized and properly cited.
  4. The journal permits and encourages authors to submit their work online (e.g. in an academic depository or on their personal websites) after it has been accepted for publication, as this can lead to a productive exchange of scientific findings and ideas, as well as to faster and greater dissemination and indexing of published work (See The Effect of Open Access). 



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