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Aim, scope, preferences

The international journal Studia Psychologica is published by the Institute of Experimental Psychology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, since 1956. Studia Psychologica is open-access journal since 2016.

The journal publishes original articles in the area of psychology with focus on cognitive and emotional processes in personality, social and developmental context.
The journal aims to bring together work on cognition and emotion undertaken by researchers in the area of cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology, psychophysiology, neuropsychology/neuroscience, etc.
The journal features articles that present original empirical research, meta-analysis, and methodological advancements relevant to the substantive domains served by the journal. Topics covered by the journal include:

  • Sensory processes and perception
  • Learning, memory and attention
  • Thinking, problem-solving, intelligence and creativity
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Attitudes and beliefs
  • Emotions and emotion regulation
  • Motivation, goals and achievement
  • Personality variables and personality development
  • Well-being and optimal human functioning
  • Coping, adaptation and stress management
  • Identity and self
  • Cultural aspects of cognition and emotion
  • Social cognition, prejudices and stereotypes
  • Language, communication and information processing
  • Methodological and statistical advances in the areas covered by journals

We welcome articles that focus on the above mentioned topics as they pertain to individuals, dyads, groups, and other social collectives. Empirical studies are preferred. Occasionally editors may invite well-known authors to contribute authoritative review articles and theoretical treatments on selected themes in the journal's areas of interest.

Guide for Authors

Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions are peer-reviewed.

The editors accept manuscripts that should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages (ca. 6000 words).

The article must not exceed the prescribed length, otherwise it will be returned immediately to the author. Articles longer than the required length will not be submitted into the editorial process.

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from 'passing off' another's paper as the author's own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical behavior and is unacceptable.

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper.

The editors accept only contributions written in English.

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual. Submission items include cover letter, title page, blind manuscript (including a blind title page, abstract, manuscript text, references, and figure legends), tables, and figures. Revised manuscripts should also be accompanied by responses to reviewers' comments.

Title page.  In addition to an expressive title, the author (authors) should give their full names and affiliation with full address and e-mail. Title should be concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations: Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Manuscript. The manuscript file must include a blinded title page, containing only the manuscript title, abstract and keywords. Abstract and keywords: All manuscripts must include a concise and factual abstract and 3-5 keywords or brief phrases. The abstract must be a single paragraph that summarizes the main findings of the paper in fewer than 150 words.

Abbreviations: Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

Acknowledgements: For reasons of assisting with double-blind review, collate acknowledgements in a separate section on the title page beneath the author information. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

Tables, figures, diagrams, photos, drawings - all in black & white - as well as possible footnotes should be on separate pages; text should mention their placement, numbering and titling. They should follow APA format (6th Edition).

Citations in text and the reference list should conform to APA style (6th Edition). Each listed reference should be cited in the text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section. References in the list should be in alphabetical order.

Reference style:

Text: Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Details concerning this referencing style can also be found at

List: references should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication. Journal titles should be written out in full rather than abbreviated. Please note style of capitalization and punctuation for journal articles, books, and edited books in the examples below.


Reference to a book. Kahneman, D. (1973). Attention and effort. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Reference to a journal. Bandura, A. (2012). On the functional properties of perceived self-efficacy revisited. Journal of Management, 38(1), 9-44.

Reference to a publication within a publication. McCrae, R. R., & Costa, P. T, Jr. (2008). The five-factor theory of personality. In O. P. John, R. W. Robins, & L. A. Pervin (Eds.), Handbook of personality: Theory and research (3rd ed., pp. 159–181). New York: Guilford.

Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files. The system converts your article files to a single PDF file used in the peer-review process. Editable files (e.g., Word, LaTeX) are required to typeset your article for final publication. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail. To submit a manuscript, proceed to and follow the instruction for registration, log-in and submission.
Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the executive editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including, for example, test materials (or portions thereof) and photographs of people.
Authors of articles published in Studia Psychologica are entitled to deposit their articles (even in final, published form) in institutional and/or centrally organized repositories. They are also authorized to announce their studies at their personal websites or academic social networks or make them publicly available in other way, provided that the journal Studia Psychologica is attributed as the original place of publication and that correct citation details are given. However, any storage, presentation or announcement of journal articles or other journal materials for a purpose of financial profit is forbidden unless prior written agreement with the publisher has been made.

The journal strongly encourages authors to deposit and announce the final, published version of the study instead of the accepted manuscript. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article, and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.
Guidelines for reviewers

General aim for involving a reviewer in editorial process is to get thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work and help the editors to make an informed decision on manuscript.

When reviewing submissions for our journal, please consider whether the paper fits with the scope of the journal. Does it represent an empirical investigation in the area of psychology of cognitive processes in personality and social context? (please refer to "Aim, scope, preferences" tab for detailed description)

In general, reviews typically are from 1–3 standard pages. Please, write your review in a narrative form and organize it in sections. If relevant, provide specific comments about:

  • overarching aims of the manuscript and its key points
  • the significance of the work and its relevance to journal scope
  • the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript
  • the ways to enhance the quality of the paper, with attention paid to conceptual underpinnings, methodological sophistication, data analytic approach, interpretation of the findings, implications
  • usefulness of tables and figures
  • overall clarity, lucidity, and coherence of the written presentation
  • appropriateness of the title, abstract, and length of the paper

To be ethical, please

  • avoid negative bias, including prejudice against a nationality (based on affiliation and/or language), a research topic, or negative results
  • declare any conflicting or competing interests, such as the same research topic/direct competition, a close personal relationship or collaboration with the authors, or recent co-authorship with the authors
  • avoid requesting citations of your own work for personal gain
  • avoid disparaging personal remarks
  • do not share the paper, do not quote, cite, or refer to it, do not use information from the manuscript to advance your own work or instruction unless you obtain specific permission for such use from the author.

At the end of the review, please state clearly whether the manuscript is fixable. If yes, please make sure, that you provided clear guidance and recommendations how the appropriate changes should be applied in the manuscript and. Please, advice your suggestion on manuscript to editor in review form on the scale (Accept, Minor Revisions, Major Revisions, Reject).

Editors are very grateful to the reviewers for their effort and time spent on evaluating manuscripts for Studia Psychologica. Without the knowledge of many researchers being specialist in the area of journal scope, journal could not fulfil its mission.

Editorial board

Chief Editor:

Peter HALAMA, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Vice-Chief Editor:

Vladimíra ČAVOJOVÁ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava


Ivan BREZINA, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Eva BALLOVÁ MIKUŠKOVÁ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Lenka KOSTOVIČOVÁ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Ivan SARMÁNY SCHULLER, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Executive Editor:

Ida PROKOPČÁKOVÁ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

International Editorial Board:

Adam BIELA, Catholic University, Lublin, Poland

Juan F. DÍAZ-MORALES, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Tamás MARTOS, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Miroslav SIROTA, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom

Predrag TEOVANOVIĆ, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

Tomáš URBÁNEK, Institute of Psychology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic

Frederic VALLEE-TOURANGEAU, Kingston University, London, United Kingdom

Michael VARNUM, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Editorial Assistant:

Nelly KOREC, Alamogordo

Founder - Honorary Editor:

Damián KOVÁČ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava


Subscriptions & Pricing

In commercial and financial matters (subscriptions, claims payments, etc.) please contact:

Ida Prokopčáková

Institute of Experimental Psychology

Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences

Slovak Academy of Sciences

Dúbravská cesta 9

841 04 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

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Tel: (+421)(2)5477 5625 , FAX: (+421)(2)54775584



  • December 2017 – Call for papers: Special issue Complex problem solving – current research and results
    • October 2016 – Call for papers: Special issue Decision-making of professionals
    • July 2016 – Studia Psychologica starts using DOI (Digital Object Identifier) since Issue 3/2016
    • October 2015 – Studia Psychologica goes open-access. You can download all articles since 2004!

From submission to Final Decision
Our editorial process is in average rather quick


Rejection Rate

We aim for the best quality papers

Special issue call for papers from Complex problem solving – current research and results

The Editors of Studia Psychologica are currently seeking contributions for the following monothematic issue of Studia Psychologica:

Complex problem solving – current research and results

1Topics relevant to the monothematic issue::
  • Chronopsychology of complex problem solving
  • Complex problem solving ability and career orientation
  • Complex problem solving and cognitive styles
  • Complex problem solving and affective states
  • Complex problem solving and dysfunctional cognitions (irrational thinking)
  • Complex problem solving and optimism-pessimism
  • Complex problem solving in developmental spectrum
  • Complex problem solving and stress and load coping
  • Complex problem solving and cognitive bias (fallacy)
  • Complex problem solving and health behavior
  • Complex problem solving and decision-making
  • Complex problem solving and intelligence (practical)
  • Complex problem solving and math anxiety
  • Reflexivity-impulsivity and negative transfer in problem solving process
  • Success and variability of complex problems solutions, as related to the time of day (morning and evening type)
  • The options assessment of cognitive mistakes in solving complex problems
  • Stability and lability of volitional processes in complex problem solving
  • and other relevant studies

The Editors are advising authors to submit only one paper per author.Articles of regular length should be 20 double-spaced pages (around 6000 words) including abstract, tables and references. Please refer to for additional instructions. Submissions to this journal are through the on-line submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines to read the full submission details for the Studia Psychologica journal at:

Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page 1 of the submission process.


Submission deadline: April 15th, 2018.

4Special Issue Editor

Ivan Sarmány-Schuller

Institute of Experimental Psychology – Centre for Social and Psychological Sciences,

Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Published by
Institute of Experimental Psychology
Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences
Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

ISSN 0039-3320