Journal of Parapsychology
Purview of the Journal
The Journal of Parapsychology (founded in 1937 at Duke University, and indexed in PsycInfo and Scopus) invites submissions relevant to parapsychology and related areas, including anomalous experiences, alterations of consciousness, and the nature of consciousness in general. All relevant disciplines, including psychology, physics, and biology, but also history, anthropology and other social sciences and the humanities are within the purview of the journal. Quality scholarly contributions, whether supporting the psi hypothesis or not, are welcome.
Types of Manuscripts
The Journal will publish these kinds of papers:
- Empirical papers, presenting new data and/or analyses, and using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. "Empirical” should be interpreted broadly to refer to systematic inquiry including experimental manipulation of variables but also, single case designs, analysis of collection of cases, phenomenological studies, historical analyses, systematic case studies, field research, and so on.
- Theoretical papers, discussing new theories or novel implications of theories presented previously.
- Methodological and analytical papers, offering new or alternative ways of conducting research and/or analyzing data.
- Debates and letters about current issues in the field and papers recently published in the JP.
- Book reviews from the relevant international literature, which will be assigned (the JP will not consider unrequested reviews). If you are the author or publisher of a new book in the field contact the editor for more information about potentially submitting it for a review
Submission of Manuscripts
Articles must include an abstract no longer than 200 words in a single paragraph, as well as up to 6 keywords. Do not include references in the abstract. In the case of research, the methods section must include information about the experimenters interacting with the participants (e.g., age, gender, style of interaction such as friendly, neutral, or peremptory), as well as information for all experimenters and authors regarding their level of support for the psi hypothesis using the following scale (5 -strongly supportive-, 4 -supportive-, 3 -neutral- 2 -not supportive-, 1 -strongly not supportive-). The appropriate institutional review board must have previously approved all research with living human beings and this information should be mentioned in the methods section. Footnotes are discouraged; use instead, if at all necessary, endnotes. Close attention should be paid to the formatting of references and quotations (which must follow APA style). Before submission the authors must check that all items in the reference list have matching text entries and vice versa. Quotations should be double-checked for accuracy and their page numbers cited in the text. Statistical values should also be double-checked for accuracy.
Tables and figures must have a title or caption, be numbered, and follow APA style. Figures and photos must be submitted electronically and they cannot be in color. Resolution should be a minimum of 300 dpi. Vector art (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, encapsulated postscript) is preferable to bitmaps.
Descriptive statistics (e.g., mean, standard deviation) must be reported in addition to inferential statistics (e.g., t tests), which should also include the specific p value and measures of effect size (authors might consider consulting the Statistical Guidelines for Empirical Studies by Tressoldi and Utts published in the Parapsychology: A handbook for the 21st century edited by Cardeña, Palmer, and Marcusson-Clavertz, 2015). Although not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that all research, exploratory and even more so confirmatory, be preregistered, for instance through https://koestlerunit.wordpress.com/study-registry and that data be made available to other potential researchers through a depository such as data.world. Meta-analyses are encouraged when multiple studies have used the same variables.
Manuscripts may be refereed anonymously if so requested by the authors, in which case authors should mask their identities in the manuscript. Manuscripts accepted for publication are copyedited for grammar and style. Copyedited text will be submitted to the author for any required changes and approval, and a prompt response is required. Substantive revisions are generally not allowed after the manuscript has been accepted.
Articles in the Journal must be original, which means that they cannot have been published previously, either in whole in part (except for isolated paragraphs), in a journal or the Web. As a condition for publication in the Journal, authors of articles must sign a document assigning copyright of the article to the Journal, and permission must be obtained from the Editor before the article can be published or reproduced elsewhere, including on a personal website.