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

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the users or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

The journal publishes original articles in the area of psychology with a 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 the cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology, psychophysiology, neuropsychology/neuroscience, etc.

Types of articles: We publish empirical articles up to approximately 6000 words, including new empirical contributions, replications, and meta-analyses.

Replications: We publish replications, so long as they have a compelling rationale, e.g., the original results were surprising.

Registered reports: We will review the Introduction and Method section of proposed studies (plus something like a power analysis, if relevant). If these are accepted, then we promise to publish the results. The idea is to encourage risky but important studies (including replications) by removing the fear that a negative or ambiguous result will not be publishable. A registered report is not the same as pre-registration. When submitting a registered report, please also include a separate explanation of why you are doing the study and why you want acceptance in advance. Following initial (pre-study) acceptance, authors are typically required by the action editor to register the approved protocol (e.g., on the Open Science Framework or other recognized repository), either publicly or under private embargo until submission of the full manuscript with results. The full manuscript will then also contain the URL of the approved protocol.

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. Psychometric studies are also welcomed; however, they should expand our knowledge about validity and/or structure of the constructs being measured. Routine psychometric analyses of language-translated questionnaires in local languages without broader examination of validity and applicability of the measures will not be considered for publication in Studia Psychologica.

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 should not exceed the prescribed length, otherwise, it will be returned immediately to the author and will not be submitted into the editorial process.

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Studia Psychologica follows the standard for Ethics and Publication Malpractice set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Editors, authors and reviewers are expected to conform to the Core practices, which reflect the current best principles of transparency and integrity of scholar records.

The editors accept only contributions written in English. For editors and reviewers to accurately assess your manuscript, please, make sure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. We strongly recommend using professional language copy editors who will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and the manuscript adheres to APA standards.

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. For easy navigation, you can also check This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.

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 a 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. The 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.

Abstract. An abstract should contain information about: (1) the purpose, possibly with some predictions, (2) info about participants, (3) main methods, (4) major results, (5) some sort of conclusion with implications and/or application. The abstract should be clear and concise, as it often is the only part of the paper people will read. Note that using active verbs is preferable to nominalization and passive voice.

Introduction. Ensure that your introduction is clear from the beginning what the paper is going to be about. As Studia Psychologica focuses on cognitive and emotional processes, which is a relatively wide field, do not assume that every reader will be familiar with the technical details of your specific field. The paper should be interesting and readable for the wider public. In your review of relevant previous works, you should include seminal papers from the field, not only local papers of your colleagues, which are not accessible to an international audience (unpublished students´ theses, local conferences, etc.). In your introduction you should stress how the current report differs from the earlier reports and how hypotheses and research design relate to one another. Write the Introduction with focus on what is not known, do not just list all relevant research without any pointing to the knowledge gap or how your work fits in the picture.

Methods. Description of a sample should include eligibility and exclusion criteria, major demographic characteristics, sampling procedures. You should comment on sample size, power, precision. Please note that Studia Psychologica encourages its authors to share their materials, research protocols, codes and raw data either with submission or through to promote practices of Open Science.

Results. Results should be presented concisely and according to APA standards. Include confidence intervals or effect sizes, where appropriate. Distinguish between planned and post hoc analyses. Make sure that all titles of tables and graphs are informative enough and are comprehensible without referring to the text. You can upload your dataset along with the submission to allow reviewers to evaluate your work more thoroughly.

Discussion. Discussion should contain (1) statement of support or non-support for all original hypotheses (distinguished by primary and secondary hypotheses & post hoc explanations); (2) similarities and differences between results and work of others, (3) interpretation of the results, taking into account limits of the study, (4) generalizability (external validity) of the findings; (5) discussion of implications for future research, program, or policy. Comment on any limits of your research design, but do not end your manuscript with the limitations. You want to conclude with strong take-away message.

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 the 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 the style of capitalization and punctuation for journal articles, books, and edited books in the examples below. Wherever possible, you should include DOI.


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.

We strongly encourage the submission of raw data (with a key to the meaning of variable names, if needed) and stimulus materials at the time of the initial submission and will often request these if they are not already submitted. Alternatively, you can include links to other public repositories, such as Publications should, insofar as possible, include all key information necessary to understand (and replicate) the study and data analysis. Feel free to use footnotes, appendices, or supplements. We include the data of accepted articles with the articles (unless this is for some reason difficult). We also include stimuli, questionnaires, and code, when these are necessary to understand exactly what was done (again, unless this is difficult for some reason, such as questionnaires with copyright restrictions). Please, include in the text information about the data availability (either in supplementary materials or link to other online repositories).
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. The submission and processing of the articles in Studia Psychologica is without any charges.
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.
This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.

Authors who publish with Studia Psychologica agree to the following terms:

Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC-BY 4.0).

Under the CC-BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in Studia Psychologica in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users of Studia Psychologica contents are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, Studia Psychologica as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available). Authors grant Studia Psychologica the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.

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 another way, provided that the journal Studia Psychologica is attributed as the original place of publication and that correct citation details are given.

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 a 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 and emotional processes in personality and social context? (please refer to "Aim, scope, preferences" tab for a detailed description)

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

    1. Abstract: Please, make sure that abstract contains information about: (1) the purpose, possibly with some predictions, (2) info about participants, (3) main methods, (4) major results, (5) some sort of conclusion with implications and/or application. Using active verbs is preferable to nominalization and passive voice.

    2. Introduction: Please, in your review comment on the following: (1) Introduction makes sense – it is clear from the beginning what the paper is going to be about. (2) Review of relevant previous works (international, not just local), how the current report differs from the earlier reports. (3) How hypotheses and research design relate to one another. (4) Introduction focuses on what is not known, not just listing all relevant research.

    3. Methods: Description of a sample should include: eligibility and exclusion criteria, major demographic characteristics, sampling procedures. Authors should comment on sample size, power, precision. Please note that Studia Psychologica encourages its authors to share their materials, research protocols, codes and raw data either with submission or through to promote practices of Open Science.

    The Center for Open Science endorses the following statement for peer reviewers to request of authors the disclosure of data collection and analysis necessary to conduct their peer-review duties.

    "I request that the authors add a statement to the paper confirming whether, for all experiments, they have reported all measures, conditions, data exclusions, and how they determined their sample sizes. The authors should, of course, add any additional text to ensure the statement is accurate. This is the standard reviewer disclosure request endorsed by the Center for Open Science [see]. I include it in every review."

    4. Results: Please comment on usefulness of tables and figures, using correct statistical approaches, reporting confidence intervals and effect sizes, where appropriate, genral adherence to APA standards and Open Science practices.

    5. Discussion: In your review you can note whether discussion contains (1) statement of support or nonsupport for all original hypotheses (distinguished by primary and secondary hypotheses & Post hoc explanations); (2) similarities and differences between results and work of others, (3) interpretation of the results, taking into account limits of the study, (4) generalizability (external validity) of the findings; (5) discussion of implications for future research, program, or policy.

    6. Formal/general: 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 Please note overall clarity, lucidity, and coherence of the written presentation, appropriateness of the title, abstract, and length of the paper, adherence to APA standards of presentation, and general avoidance of vague language.

When reviewing registered report, please follow these guidelines:

To be adhere to ethical standards, 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 on the appropriate changes should be applied in the manuscript and advice your evaluation of a manuscript to the 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. Journal is able to fulfil its mission also thanks to Without the knowledge and experience of many researchers being who are specialists in the area of journal scope, journal could not fulfil its mission. We recommend registering at to have your reviewing work acknowledged.

Editorial board


Vladimíra ČAVOJOVÁ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Associate Editors:

Peter HALAMA, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Ivan BREZINA, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Eva BALLOVÁ MIKUŠKOVÁ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Lenka VALUŠ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Executive Editor:

Ida PROKOPČÁKOVÁ, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

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

Founding - 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



  • November 2018 – Studia Psychologica has been accepted to DOAJ database
    • 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


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Special issue on creative cognition: Call for papers

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

Creative cognition

Creativity comes in different forms and is manifested in different situations. Creativity is important in problem solving research, but also for educators, psychometricians and organizational psychology. Issues of definitions, operationalisations and measurements must be addressed.

1The special issue would seek papers on, but would not be limited to,
  • Incubation and insight
  • Psychometric determinants of creativity
  • Creativity in the classroom
  • Creativity in the wild (beyond the psychologist's laboratory)
  • Collaborative creativity
  • Organizational creativity

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.


Call for papers: December 1, 2018.

Deadline for submission: December 1, 2019.

Publication: Autumn 2020.

4Special Issue Editor

Frederic Vallee-Tourangeau

Department of Psychology

Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames,United Kingdom

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

ISSN 2585-8815 (online)
ISSN 0039-3320 (print)