We need a short break

Please note that between December 22nd and January 3rd we will not be processing any manuscripts due to reviewers' & editors' holiday season. Please keep in mind that our editors and reviewers are volunteers, and the SPB project requires a lot of their time and effort. Yet, we hope you'd agree, during this period their time could be spent otherwise. Since we cannot do anything without the help of our editorial and peer-review community, we will just take a break.

In the meantime please enjoy the holidays with your scientific and non-scientific friends and loved ones. We will resume our regular duties soon after this short break. Together we can make social psych science more accessible (resuming from Jan 3rd 2020).

Happy holidays everyone and thank to all the readers, reviewers and editors for your continuous support!

Michal Parzuchowski & Marcin Bukowski

Aims and scope

Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) is an open-access (free for both readers and authors) peer-reviewed quarterly journal that publishes original empirical research, theoretical review papers, scientific debates, and methodological contributions in the field of basic and applied social psychology. The SPB Editorial team actively promotes standards of open-science, supports an integrative approach to all aspects of social psychological science and is committed to discussing timely social issues of high importance. SPB has a specific vision of how we should be sharing the results of scientific studies. Our values are described below as a specific FOCI: we want to create an outlet which is Focused on people, Open, Committed and Integrative.

Focused on People

We care about the people behind the ideas! Feedback from double-blind peer-review is often negative and discouraging. Editors should constructively and critically inspect/review/debate authors’ claims if there is data to support them. We believe that reviewers should be helpful in suggesting ways to improve the logic and/or coherence of the paper. SPB’s editors and reviewers will strive to be fair, critical and encouraging regarding the progress of collecting the best possible data to refute authors’ claims. We promise to keep a rigorous yet transparent (handling editor will be named once the paper is published) and supportive peer-review process in a friendly fashion. Furthermore, we want the review process to be relatively quick – for short research reports (<4k words), we will aim to reach the first decision within 7 weeks from submission. We also want to support authors in the early stages of their careers - researchers within 3 years of receiving their Ph.D., who publish their work in SPB will be automatically eligible for the annual Solomon Asch Award (500 €).


We should not put a price-tag on ideas and public knowledge! SPB is a fully open-access outlet (no charges for accessing the papers as well as no fees whatsoever for authors publishing their results with SPB). All papers in SPB will be published under a Creative Commons (CC) 4.0 license, meaning that authors will retain their copyright while allowing others to distribute and credit their work. ZPID will also enable us to use their open repository, PsychArchives, to make materials available which will supplement articles published in SPB (authors are asked/expected to openly share their data, code, or other materials). We will also support open-science practices e.g. pre-registration, sample size analyses which should ultimately lead to full implementation of the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines (Open Science Collaboration, 2015). We aim to provide a broad perspective on social-psychological research by encouraging submissions of novel pre-registered research ideas as well as replications of previous work. We plan to implement the format of Registered Reports (Nosek & Lakens, 2014) by the end of 2018. In this format peer review is done in two phases – the first phase reviews the rationale and the detailed protocol of the study prior to data collection. Then articles can be provisionally accepted pending that the researchers follow their pre-registered methodology. This way of handling feedback from peer-review will focus on merits of theory and tested hypothesis itself. This procedure will reduce publication bias as it will be published regardless of the actual outcome of the registered study.

(Socially) Committed

We believe that social psychological research has the power to change not only people’s beliefs but also social practices! As it integrates an individual and societal level of analysis, social psychology has huge potential to impact common policies. SPB is not only committed to socially responsible research practices but also to focusing on socially relevant issues, of interest to a broader area of social sciences. SPB encourages submissions of timely, cutting-edge research on social problems of real concern for broader audiences, with special attention to articles suggesting possible amendments and solutions in current policies. Amongst the many possible topics, examples include discrimination, social inequalities, social and political conflicts, diversity, reconciliation, social change, etc. SPB is rooted in a certain cultural and geographical context (Poland and Central Europe); therefore, topics that refer to this local context, respecting its specificity but also revealing more universal underpinnings of the observed socio-psychological processes would be of special interest to our readers. Importantly, SPB is committed to supporting cultural and social diversity, in terms of gender equality and the diversity of ethnic backgrounds of our contributors.


Various theoretical perspectives and methodologies are welcome! SPB encourages submissions of theoretical contributions, debates, and research that aim to present and possibly integrate various approaches within the field of social psychology. SPB also welcomes submissions from a broad scope of perspectives, not only strictly related to social psychology but open to cross-disciplinary approaches, presenting innovative theoretical ideas and research on social psychological phenomena. SPB welcomes high-quality research that can be placed on the intersection of social, humanistic and life sciences, and can provide a comprehensive theoretical integration.


Guidelines for authors

Accepted formats

    Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) accepts submissions in the following forms:

    Type of articleWord countMax number of figures/ tables allowed
    Short research reports - main body of the article should report empirical results. To discuss more nuanced findings please make good use of the space reserved for supplementary materials4.0003
    Research and review articles - empirical or theoretical papers10.0005
    Target articles - if accepted will be accompanied by invited commentaries from specialists in the field10.0005
    Methodological articles - presentations of psychological methods and instruments8.0005
    Registered Reports - research articles in which methods and proposed analyses are pre-registered and peer-reviewed prior to research being conducted. Once the protocol is accepted and the study is completed the authors are invited to submit the article including results and discussion sections. This format is open to replications as well as original research.8.0005

    Please note that the word count excludes: title page, references, footnotes, and abstract (which has a separate limit of 250 words). The supplementary materials do not have a word count nor figure/table/references limit.

    Author Instructions

    All texts should respect the rules described in the 6th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (a sample paper conforming to the APA style can be accessed here). Submissions should also comply with the PsychOpen Author Guidelines.

    • We employ the double-blind reviewing process. The authors should not reveal their identities in the main body of the manuscript. The main file should contain no identifying author information.
    • Manuscripts should be assembled in the following order: Running head, Title, Abstract, Keywords, Word count, Main body with tables and figures embedded in the text, References (APA style), Appendices (if any). Please note, this is an exemption of an APA style guide - please put the tables and figures in the text. This way we are making it easier for reviewers to examine the results. 
    • Within the submission panel, authors are asked to manually fill in the form by entering (copy and paste) the title, abstract and keywords of their submission. Please make sure that these details are also included in the main file.
    • Submitted work should be original, meaning it should not be submitted for consideration to another journal nor should it have been published in whole or in part in another journal. Yet, as we support and encourage authors to seek pre-publication reviews, we will be accepting manuscripts that have been previously distributed as online pre-prints. Also, once your work appears in SPB, the CC-BY-4.0 license agreement will not stop you from sharing your article with whomever you wish, to communicate your findings to a broader audience (i.e. using alternative channels: press releases, university bulletins, social media platforms such as FB, Twitter, ResearchGate etc.). This way we can celebrate a genuine open-access to knowledge and enhance research transparency.
    • All submissions are subject to stat-check and plagiarism screening (read more on PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics).
    • We encourage authors not to structure the narrative of their articles on accepting or rejecting hypotheses, but rather on discussing the quality of evidence supporting/opposing their theoretical claims (as Jerzy Neyman’s legacy that "statistics should never be used mechanically"; cf. Gigerenzer, 2004).
    • We encourage authors to make good use of the generous word limit on the abstract length (up to 250 words), which should allow authors to describe their results/conclusion in fair detail.
    • Authors are asked to report the exact level of significance (e.g., = 0.055 or p = 0.045).
    • We encourage the use of tables for summarizing the results (with the appropriate inferential (including CI and size of the effect) and descriptive (N, M, SD) statistics).
    • For diagrams we encourage authors to use the color in their figures (using a palette that would be friendly for both printing and reading by people with color vision deficiency - you may want to consult ColorBrewer tool to determine which hues to choose that would be readable both online and when printed out/read on a black & white display e.g. e-book).   

    Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors as it delays the reviewing and layout editing process.  

    • Each submitted paper will be initially sent to the Editor-in-Chief's office who will appoint an Action Editor (if all authors' guidelines are met), who will seek and invite appropriate Reviewers. Each paper is sent to at least three Reviewers (experts in the field), and the decision is made on the basis of at least two reviews. The authors may follow the status of the paper throughout the whole process by logging into the system. The decision (accept, minor revision, revise and resubmit, or reject) will be communicated electronically (via e-mail) together with the reviews and letter from the Action Editor. 

    Data and materials sharing

    • We strongly encourage authors to upload their data and their materials along with their manuscript using our submission panel. There are many benefits to sharing your data and materials openly with the scientific community (i.e. preserving your data, allowing meta-analysis, increasing citations, collaboration, and data re-use; see McKiernan, et al., 2016; Tennant, et al., 2016). If you cannot share your data and materials please provide a valid explanation in the cover letter.
    • Data files should be anonymized and should contain (or be accompanied by) a codebook describing the labels of variables and the responses in English.
    • Data files and materials provided will be reviewed and distributed along the accepted article using a permanent data repository (PsychArchives).

    Materials and Methods

    In line with responsible and reproducible research, as well as FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) data principles, we highly recommend that authors describe in detail and deposit their science methods and laboratory protocols in the open access repository protocols.io.

    Once deposited on protocols.io, protocols and methods will be issued a unique digital object identifier (DOI), which could be then used to link a manuscript to the relevant deposited protocol. By doing this, authors could allow for editors and peers to access the protocol when reviewing the submission to significantly expedite the process.  

    Furthermore, an author could open up his/her protocol to the public at the click of a button as soon as their article is published.

    Stepwise instructions:

    1. Prepare a detailed protocol via protocols.io.

    2. Click Get DOI to assign a persistent identifier to your protocol.

    3. Add the DOI link to the Methods section of your manuscript prior to submitting it for peer review.

    4. Click Publish to make your protocol openly accessible as soon as your article is published (optional).

    5. Update your protocols anytime.

    Quick turnaround

    • We encourage authors to submit short research reports (up to 4000 words) as the turnaround time on these reports should be effective up to 7 weeks until the first decision.
    • Usually, we give our reviewers 21 days to prepare the review. The authors will have 30-60 days to prepare the revision of their paper. The revision must be accompanied by a detailed cover letter describing all the changes that have been made.

    Gigerenzer, G. (2004). Mindless statistics. The Journal of Socio-Economics, 33, 587–606. 

    McKiernan, E. C., Bourne, P. E., Brown, C. T., Buck, S., Kenall, A., Lin, J., … Yarkoni, T. (2016). How open science helps researchers succeed. ELife, 5, e16800. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.16800

    Meyer, M. N. (2018). Practical Tips for Ethical Data Sharing. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 2515245917747656. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245917747656

    Tennant, J., Waldner, F., Jacques, D., Masuzzo, P., Collister, L., & Hartgerink, C. (2016). The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review [version 3; referees: 4 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. F1000Research, 5(632). https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.8460.3

    Guidelines for reviewers

    We all realize that the quality of a journal, and thus its prestige, depends on the quality of the published material, which in turn, largely depends on the feedback that authors obtain from reviewers. Therefore, no journal can be good without the dedicated work of reviewers. We all want to publish in good journals. We all want to shorten the time between submission and publication of our papers. All of this depends on reviewers. We are both potential authors and potential reviewers. If we want to obtain fast and useful feedback on our own papers, we should also provide the same type of feedback on other authors’ papers.

    Manuscripts submitted to SPB are sent to three anonymous reviewers (double-blind peer-review) - the decision is made by the handling editor on the basis of at least two reviews. Reviewers may be scholars with, at a minimum, a doctoral degree, who are involved in research in social psychology and related domains. A request for a review is sent to the potential reviewer by the action editor via e-mail - we ask to confirm within 5 days whether one is willing or not to prepare the review.

    The editorial team of SPB pays great attention to the quality of reviews. We ask our reviewers if they can suggest passages that need revision, deletion or expansion?

    Most of us have probably had not only good but also bad experiences with reviews of our own papers. The most problematic are: 

    • reviews that are evaluative without any informative content,
    • opinionated and unkind reviews,
    • reviews whose contents suggest that the reviewer has not read the paper.

    In order to avoid those problems, we kindly ask our reviewers to follow specific questions below.

    Suggestions for improvement

    Detailed suggestions for improvement are very welcome! The more specific questions, that may help to construct the review, are:

    Concerning the introduction:

    • Is the reference made to the current literature adequate?
    • Is adequate reference made to existing theory/ies?
    • Are proposed hypotheses plausible? Are the aims and hypotheses of the study clearly stated? Can the hypotheses be derived from theoretical introduction?
    • Is the overall structure of the report clear and appropriate? Is it in line with APA style?
    • Is the language of sufficient quality?

    Concerning the methodology:

    • Are the technical details of the method and analyses clearly represented? Would the clarity and degree of methodological detail be sufficient to exactly replicate the proposed experimental procedures and analysis?
    • Do the authors declare that they have pre-registered the hypothesis and methods to test it? Are they disclosing all methodological decisions that have a bearing on the reported findings including the handling of missing data and outliers (perhaps in supplemental materials)?
    • Are the methods used in the article congruent with the current state of the art?
    • Are descriptive statistics for the main variables (raw and transformed) reported and presented appropriately for the full sample (e.g., N, means, standard deviations, standard errors, confidence intervals, first-order correlations, frequencies)?
    • Are the tables, figures, and photos or illustrations informative? Would you recommend any additional ones or recommend any of them to be removed or moved to supplementary materials?
    • Are effect sizes reported (not always required, but very desirable in most empirical studies)? Are significance levels reported using precise p-values rather than cutoffs (such as <0.01 and <0.05)?
    • Are the total number of excluded observations and the reasons for making these exclusions reported in the Method section?
    • Are all independent variables or manipulations, whether successful or failed, reported in the Method section?
    • Are all dependent variables or measures that were analyzed for this article’s target research question reported in the Methods section?
    • Is how sample size was determined reported in the Method section?
    • Does the analysis support the hypotheses?

      Concerning the results' discussion section:
    • How well are the paper's original objectives achieved?
    • Are conclusions supported by the data presented?
    • Are the implications of the findings for the hypotheses and theory clearly indicated and appropriately discussed?
    • What is the nature and magnitude of the contribution made by the report to the field?

    Submission Procedure

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    Registration and login are required to submit items online and to check the status of current submissions.

    In order to submit a manuscript to SPB, authors are required to register with the journal and/or to login . Once logged in, you will find the online submission system either by clicking the "Submit a manuscript" button on the right-hand top of the screen or under 'USER HOME' -> 'SPB - Author' -> 'Submit a New Manuscript'.

    Submission of manuscripts to this journal is possible only through the online submission module (if you need additional assistance, please read our step-by-step manual on the process) We kindly request authors to consult the Focus and Scope and Accepted Formats section prior to submission (please make sure your submission is within the word limit). It is crucial that you read and follow the SPB guidelines prior to submitting your manuscript. Failure to do so may result in your manuscript being automatically returned, thus delaying the reviewing process of your submission.

    The manuscript submission process is separated into the following steps:

    • Step 1: Specifying the manuscript type and completing the submission checklist

    • Step 2: Specifying the author(s) names, contact information, title, abstract, keywords, and other metadata (please make sure that you expand the classification tree and check all of the fitting sub-domains)

    • Step 3: Uploading the submission file (see below for details on how to prepare it)

    • Step 4: Uploading additional and supplementary files (see below for details) and associated metadata 

    • Step 5: Final verification of the submitted files and confirmation of your submission (please note this is the final step before sending out your submission to SPB Editorial Office)

    Organizing Your Submission

    Before starting your submission please make sure that your manuscript is formatted in accordance with the Author Guidelines. Please make sure that your paper clearly describes your contribution within the journal's scope and is within the word limit of the chosen article format

    Please note that the maximum file size that may be uploaded through our online submission system is 20 MB. Manuscripts submitted to this journal must be divided into separate files (not larger than 20 MB each) to allow their processing by our software. Before attempting an online submission, please consider preparing the following file types:

    1. Submission file

    Review version of the manuscript in PDF format, with all tables and figures embedded, total file size not larger than 20 MB. Low-resolution figures and tables should be embedded (within the main text) in the main file - any image format that is readable and clear enough will be acceptable.

    2. Additional files

    Original text file, Cover letter, and High-resolution figures must be submitted during the same submission process as additional files (Step 4) in one of the accepted file formats (see below). These may be compressed in order to reduce bandwidth during upload:

    • Text of the manuscript (DOC, DOCX, RTF, or ODT) with tables and figures embedded in the text,

    • Cover letter (DOC, DOCX, RTF or ODT) should cover: article type, word count, authors list with their e-mail addresses and affiliations (Institution, City, Country) as well as specific contributions of all co-authors to the paper. The letter should also list the highlights of the submitted contribution (what is already known on this subject & what this paper adds). Please note, that once the paper is accepted by the Handling Editor, the content of the cover letter (author names, affiliations, their contribution, and highlights) will be moved from the cover letter to the article’s main body,

    • Files of figures, graphs, photos etc. must be provided separately in high resolution. These will be used for the production of the final article and thus to precipitate the process you should upload them separately with your initial submission. Each figure should be uploaded as an individual file in one of the following image file formats: EPS, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, not larger than 20 MB each. 

    3. Supplementary files (appendices)

    We encourage the fair use of supplementary materials (prepared separately from the main article). These materials should provide additional information to the reader (e.g., additional analyses and/or the exact stimuli used). Supplementary materials must be non - redundant and essential for the full understanding of the main paper. These materials will be processed within the same peer-review procedures as the main article (supplementary materials will have its own DOI and be distributed using a permanent data repository PsychArchives). Online publishing allows authors to increase the impact of their submissions by providing interactive attachments to their papers, e.g., animated paradigms (.gif files), video files (.mov), syntax of their analysis (.R or .txt) or datasets (.csv). Please upload your supplementary files along with the main text during the initial submission. The supplementary files will be integrated into the article as viewable/downloadable files. All supplementary files should also be explicitly referenced (by the file name) within the body of the article, e.g., "See supplementary file 1: 'Protocol_of_Study1.gif' for an animated demonstration"

    Datasets & Codebooks

    Every dataset file for each separate study should be clearly titled & it should include a codebook (description of the content of the file; cf. Meyer, 2018). Codebooks for datasets should cover at least all of the variable names (& description) and possible values. When in doubt please comply with the Data Dictionary style guide on the Open Science Framework. Ideally, all the datasets should be viewable using free or widely available tools, e.g., suitable file formats for datasets are XLS (Excel spreadsheet) & CSV (Comma separated values). 

    Should you have any technical problems in submitting a manuscript to this journal, please contact the Editorial Office at spb@psychopen.eu

    We encourage authors to send an enquiry to the respective Subject Editor prior to submitting a manuscript. The purpose of the presubmission enquiry is to solicit rapid initial feedback on the suitability of the manuscript for publication in this journal. Presubmission enquiries may be sent also to the Editorial Office at spb@psychopen.eu

    Manuscript Submission Checklist

    1. Make sure that the separate file "Title page" contains:

    • The complete title of the manuscript (up to 12 words)
    • Running head: a short title (one line), no more than 50 characters including spaces
    • Names and affiliations of all authors: Institution, City, Country
    • Corresponding author's name and contact address: full postal and email address

    2. A separate file "Cover letter" (mandatory; should be included as an "additional file" during submission) contains:

    • Article type and the wordcount 
    • Highlights of the submitted contribution (what is already known on this subject & what this paper adds). Please write a statement of the conclusions of your study in up to four sentences (with a maximum of 100 words). Please include interesting information about your paper and do not only rephrase the title
    • Suggestions for at least 2 potential referees for peer review with contact details
    • Funding: All sources of financial aid (if applicable) should be declared
    • Competing interests (if applicable): Financial and personal relationships of any author with SPB or any organizations related to the study matter should be declared
    • Data Availability: all empirical articles should contain datasets and codebooks as attachments to the submission (if it is not possible, please explain in detail)
    • Pre-registration statement: all empirical articles should contain a clear statement on study pre-registration

    3. The main article body (with tables and figures embedded) should include:

    • The abstract (with no more than 250 words)
    • Keywords: 5 – 7 keywords or brief phrases separated by commas
    • Highlights from the paper (up to 4): These should be presented as bullet points of no more than 100 characters (incl. spaces) each and outline what the study adds
    • Manuscript (including running head)
    • All figures (including relevant captions) should be placed within the main article body (any small but readable versions of the figure)
    • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes) should be placed within the text body

    4. References: References should follow APA style (6th Edition) with correct doi for each element 

    5. Supplementary files (uploaded in step 4: Additional files):

    • All datasets and codebooks should be included as an "additional file" during submission and clearly described in the cover letter 
    • All figures should be separately submitted in the original, high-resolution version (ready for print)
    • Each supplementary material should be explicitly referenced (by the file name) within the body of the article, e.g., "See supplementary file 1: 'Protocol_of_Study1.gif'".

    Solomon Asch Award

    Solomon Asch Early Career Prize

    The Solomon Asch Prize is annually awarded to early career researchers who have published their papers in Social Psychological Bulletin before or up to 3 years after completion of their Ph.D. The candidate for the award should be either the only author or the first co-author of the article. The winner of Asch Award is selected by the SPB Editorial Board on the basis of critical assessment of all qualified papers. Only papers which were published in the previous year (to the year of competition announcement) will be taken into consideration.

    The announcement of the winner and prize ceremony takes place each year during the General Assembly of the Polish Social Psychological Society in September. The monetary value of the prize is 500 Euro.

    Past winners:

    2019 - Dominika Bulska (Warsaw University)
    2018 - Two ex-eaquo awards (shared authorship): Gabriela Czarnek & Piotr Dragon (Jagiellonian University)
    2017 - Julia Zając (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences)
    2016 - Katarzyna Szczucka (SWSP University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw)
    2015 - Kamil Imbir (Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw)
    2014 - Barnaba Danieluk (University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin)
    2013 - Marta Roczniewska (SWSP University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Sopot)
    2012 - Two ex-eaquo awards: Malwina Szpitalak (Jagiellonian University) & Anna Czarna (Wroclaw University)
    2011 - Marta Snarska (Warsaw University); honorable mention: Barnaba Danieluk (University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin)
    2010 - Julita Koszur (SWSP University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Wroclaw)
    2009 - Two ex-eaquo awards: Monika Wróbel (Łódź University) & Katarzyna Jaśko (Jagiellonian University)
    2008 - Two ex-eaquo awards: Michał Bilewicz (Warsaw University) & dr Marcin Bukowski (Jagiellonian University)

    Publication Ethics

    Responsibilities of SPB's editors, reviewers, and authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics which are based on COPE: Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).


    Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) is an official journal of the Polish Social Psychological Society (PSPS, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Psychologii Społecznej). Starting from 2018 SPB (PS) [ISSN 2569-653X], is being published by PsychOpen GOLD operated by Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID), Trier, Germany. 


    Psychologia Społeczna [ISSN 1896–1800] was previously published (between 2006-2017) by Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar. 


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    22nd of May, 2019: Call for Papers: "Capturing life and its fluctuations: Experience sampling and daily diary studies in studying within-person variability" Special Issue in Social Psychological Bulletin


    "Psychology needs to concern itself with life as it is lived." – said Gordon Allport back in 1942 (Bolger, Davis & Rafaeli, 2003).

    To follow this recommendation one needs to study people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in situ: exactly when and where those take place.


    Given recent technological advances (e.g. online surveys, smartphones, fitness trackers), the possibilities for studying experiential, physiological, and behavioral processes in the social sciences have become much easier (Dolinski, 2018). These advancements allow for multiple measurements on the individual level and a focus on within-person differences, rather than between-person differences. Such data contain a wealth of information about the dynamics and processes as they unfold over time. In other words, time is no longer a random noise, but a vital contributing factor.

    It is true that many phenomena fluctuate from day to day: a person’s affective states (Nawijn, Mitas, Lin, & Kerstetter, 2013) and even job performance (Binnewies, Sonnentag, & Mojza, 2009), for example. Thus, multiple measurements for the same person provide an opportunity to account for the importance of the context and the influence of a changing situation.

    These experiences and daily fluctuations of psychological phenomena can be studied using intensive longitudinal methods (Bolger & Laurenceau, 2013). The number of studies based on intensive longitudinal data, including experience sampling or daily diaries, has been substantially increasing in recent years (Hamaker & Wichers, 2017). This comes to demonstrate that these designs allow new research questions to be addressed, as well as old ones to be revisited.


    Special Issue

    At Social Psychological Bulletin, we believe that there is still much left to be learned from studying phenomena and social psychological findings from a within-person perspective. Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to recognise the importance of studying within-person variability in a wide range of contexts and also showcase the relevant methods.

    This time around, we invite papers from researchers representing various domains within social psychology, which apply intensive longitudinal methods to capture life and its fluctuations. We seek to answer the questions:

    • What can we learn about the established relationships when they are measured on a daily basis?
    • How do trait-level variables affect these daily relationships?
    • Do experience-sampling methods allow for a better understanding of life "as it is lived"?


    Submission guidelines

    We invite original empirical papers that use experience sampling or daily diary studies to analyse within-person variability. We would like to highlight that we accept null research findings, provided that authors present a strong theoretical rationale and methodological rigor of the methods. Invited are also simulation and background articles where methodological and statistical considerations important to those designs are outlined, and their limitations are discussed.

    Papers need to be submitted through the journal’s online system via https://spb.psychopen.eu/, and labeled as submissions for this Special Issue ("Special Issue on Within-Person Variability"). Further information on SPB requirements is available on the journal’s website.



    Manuscript submission deadline: September 30th, 2019.

    First round review completion: November 30th, 2019.

    Special Issue publication: first half of 2020.



    If you need further information on the Special Issue or would like to discuss article ideas, please feel welcome to contact any of our Guest editors:


    Social Psychological Bulletin (Psychologia Społeczna) is a journal owned by the Polish Social Psychological Society (PSPS) that has recently been turned into an English publication outlet and is published by the open-access platform, PsychOpen Gold (ZPID). Most importantly, SPB is truly OA - it publishes articles at no cost for either readers or authors, thanks to the sponsoring societies who generously cover the article processing charges. Furthermore, SPB actively supports open-science practices (e.g. pre-registration, open data/materials) and implements the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines (Open Science Collaboration, 2015). For further inquiries, please contact the Editorial Office at spb@psychopen.eu.

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    Binnewies, C., Sonnentag, S., & Mojza, E. J. (2009). Daily performance at work: Feeling recovered in the morning as a predictor of day‐level job performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior: The International Journal of Industrial, Occupational and Organizational Psychology and Behavior, 30(1), 67-93.

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    28th of Feb, 2019: Call for Special Issue or Forum Paper proposals

    Social Psychological Bulletin invites researchers to submit a Special Issue (Section) or Forum Paper proposal.

    • A Special Issue (Section) proposal would require suggesting a collection of articles (5-10 papers) on a specific emerging topic (see the latest SPB’s special issue on evaluative conditioning by Balas & Bar-Anan (2018) here: https://spb.psychopen.eu/issue/1338/).

    • A Forum Paper would require proposing a challenging idea for a target article that others from various sub-disciplines would be eager to discuss. An excellent example are the eight commentaries published along Dolinski’s target article (2018) on the lack of behavioral measurements in social psychology (see the issue at: https://spb.psychopen.eu/issue/1339/).

    The purpose of the Special Issue / Forum Paper is to cover a specific emerging subject that is highly topical within social psychology and has the potential to fuel debate and attract the interest of the scientific community.

    We would like to hear your ideas about the next special topic: what is a socially relevant and timely idea that should be discussed by social psychologists? We plan to consider proposals for the Special Issue/ Forum Papers until the 31st January 2019. Depending on the schedule, the Special Issue / Forum Paper would be published as the last issue of 2019 (December) or the first issue of 2020 (March).   

    We would be very grateful if you could help us spread this call.

    Michal Parzuchowski & Marcin Bukowski


    Information provided in the proposal should i

    • Up to 500 words of rationale explaining the significance, novelty, and adherence to the scope of the journal guidelines (open data/materials).

    • A brief outline of the sub-topics that could possibly be covered in the proposed special issue/section/discussion.

    • A plan for obtaining quality papers from authors varying in gender/location/seniorship.

    • A brief resume of the proposed Guest Editors.

    • A proposed time schedule including submission deadline and completion of the editorial process.

    Guest Editor’s expected role

    the proposal is accepted, the GE will circulate the call for papers for the special issue and invite submissions. The GE will be managing the submissions within the SPB panel, including assigning reviewers, communicating with authors, as well as making editorial decisions for acceptance, decline and minor revisions. The GE will also secure at least three subject experts as reviewers per submission and will make a final decision based on at least two reviews. The GE will be coordinating the editorial process in consultation with the co-Editors-in-Chief. The GE will ensure that all deadlines are met, and the final project is delivered as scheduled in the proposal.


    The selection process of the proposals

    The selection process will focus on the overall quality of the proposal. The GE should adhere to TOP guidelines and promote transparency (pre-registration, open data). Topics that are within the aim and scope of the SPB, which provide significant novelty and complement previously published issues of the journal, will be given priority.

    For any further inquiry, please contact the Editorial Office at spb@psychopen.eu




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