TPM instructions to Authors
The journal Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology (TPM) emphasizes the publication of original research which offers new knowledge to the fields of applied psychology, social psychology, work and organizational psychology, personality and individual differences, psychological methods.
We are interested in publishing several types of contributions:
- Empirical investigations that enlarge conceptual understanding in Psychology (original studies or meta-analyses);
- Literature reviews that advance theory and/or promote novel studies;
- Proposals of new analytic methods and new measurement tools;
- Qualitative studies on subjects that are difficult to investigate with quantitative methods;
- Commentary articles of target contributions are well accepted.
A sample of topics relevant to TPM includes attitudes and stereotypes; work motivation; work stress, health, and well-being; leadership; diversity in work settings; regulatory foci and organizational behavior; prejudice and prejudice reduction; political psychology; intergroup relations; implicit social cognition; acculturation processes; immigration problems; intimate relationships; family processes; individual differences in personality; measurement methods; construction or adaptation of measurement instruments.
Contributions that emphasize potential professional applications are well accepted.
The contributions containing scale validation are accepted only if the paper is aimed at broader theoretical and applicative aims and the validation of the scale is a preliminary step to achieve, in the same paper, these aims.
All manuscripts should follow the style guidelines set forth in the sixth edition (2010) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Submission of an article implies that the work reported has not been published, in all or in part, previously (also in electronic form or in another language), and it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
It is expected that the empirical research submitted was performed in a manner consistent with the APA ethical principles in the conduct of research. For manuscripts reporting medical studies involving human participants, we require a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study, and that the study conforms to recognized standards, for example: Declaration of Helsinki; US Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects; or European Medicines Agency Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice.
It is also expected that the publication of the paper is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was performed.
Authors are asked to secure the necessary letters of permission from copyright holders for reproducing copyright material (test and scale items, questionnaires, tables, figures).
Authors must acknowledge, if any, the source of support for the research and any financial involvement that might indicate a conflict of interest should be disclosed at the time of submission.
A statement transferring copyright from the author to the journal will be required after the final acceptance of the manuscript for publication. The managing editor will supply the necessary forms for this transfer.
Manuscripts, exclusively in English, must be submitted online to the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission must be completed attaching to the e-mail a specific form in .doc or .odt format filled in following the instructions published on this web page. The direct links to the forms are document.doc.
Questions regarding journal policy should be addressed to email@example.com.
Papers should not exceed 10,000 words in length (11-point Times New Roman font), including references and notes. The word count should appear on the title page. Also short research reports of no more of 2,500 words, including references and notes, are invited. Short research reports have a more rapid review time.
Manuscripts should include an abstract of no more than 150 words, and beneath the abstract five keywords. Authors’ names and their affiliations must be indicated on the title page, together with full contact details for one of the authors: affiliation, address, e-mail address, telephone/fax.
Tables should be numbered consecutively and indicated by numbers in the text. Each table should have a descriptive title at the top. All the abbreviations that are used should be explained. Do not use too many tables, and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results reported in the article.
Figures should be numbered consecutively and indicated by numbers in the text. Each figure should have a caption below the figure. A caption should include a brief title and a description of the figure. Keep the text to a minimum, but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Figures must be reported at the end of the manuscript.
Appendices should be indicated by letters and cited in the text. Each appendix should have a descriptive title at the top. All the abbreviations that are used should be explained. Appendices must be reported at the end of the manuscript.
The author is responsible for the accuracy of citations.
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).
Citations in the text
Authors are invited to follow the APA’s indications which are reported in the Publication Manual (2010, sixth edition).
Authors are invited to follow the APA’s indications which are reported in the Publication Manual (2010, sixth edition). They have also to use appropriate DOI for articles.
The journal operates a policy of anonymous double-blind peer review. Papers will normally be commented on by at least two independent expert referees.
The referees will not be made aware of the identity of the author. Make sure that the manuscript contains no clues as to author’s identity. All information about authorship should be confined to the title page, and the text should be free of such clues as identifiable self-citations (e.g., “In our earlier work…”).
The author can mail to the managing editor firstname.lastname@example.org in order to verify the status of the submitted article.
The action and managing editor will make revisions aimed at greater clarity and conformity of style in compliance with the author.
All the authors will receive one e-copy of the journal.
FURTHER ADVICE FOR PREPARATION
Title of the article
It should be concise, but informative. Avoid abbreviations.
A running head must be submitted as well.
Authors’ affiliation and address
Present the authors’ affiliation addresses (where the work was done) below the names.
Indicate who will follow correspondence at all stages of publication. For the corresponding author provide: the complete postal address; fax and telephone numbers (with country and area code); the e-mail address.
The abstract should report the aims of the research, the main results and main conclusions. References should be avoided, but if necessary, cite the author and the year. Avoid abbreviations.
Report acknowledgements in a separate section before the references. You can list people who supported you during the research and during the process of writing and editing the manuscript.
Footnotes should be used rarely. Indicate the position of the footnotes in the text using superscript Arabic numbers. Footnotes will be presented separately at the end of the article, before references and acknowledgements.Submit a manuscript