Journal of Parapsychology
Instructions for Authors
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 not exceed 10,000 words, including references, unless previouly authorized by the editor. They must include an abstract no longer than 200 words in a single paragraph, and up to 6 keywords. Do not include references in the abstract. Research studies must contain the following sections: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusion. To facilitate the evaluation of research study conditions, the methods section must include, besides the usual information (e.g., participants, measures, procedure, analyses, ethical approval and related considerations such as consent form and what was conveyed to participants about the goals of the study), specific information about those who interacted with the participants (basic demographics such as age-range and self-identified gender; style of interaction with participants such as friendly, neutral, or peremptory; professional status, such as professor or head researcher, or research assistant), and researchers' a-priori belief that the psi hypotheses in their study would be supported in their project using the following scale (5 -strong belief -, 4 -moderate belief-, 3 -neutral, 2 -moderate non-belief, 1 -strong non-belief). If authors have a reason to exclude any personal information, their submission should include a brief explanation for the exclusion.
The appropriate institutional review board, when appropriate, must have previously approved all research with human and other sentient beings, and reseach must be conducted according to generally accepted ethical guidelines. The manuscript should also include information on funding and any potential conflict of interest. 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, and include doi information when available. Quotations should be double-checked for accuracy and their page numbers cited in the text.
Statistical values should be checked multiple times for accuracy. Descriptive statistics (e.g., means, standard deviations) must be reported in addition to inferential statistics (e.g., t tests, ANOVAs, non-parametric 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). The paper must clearly state which hypotheses (and analyses) were confirmatory and which exploratory. 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 psi data.world or open-data.spr.ac.uk. Meta-analyses are encouraged when multiple studies have basically used the same variables and a similar design.
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.
Manuscripts will be refereed anonymously and the 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 or in part (except for isolated paragraphs or earlier versions in conferences proceedings), in a journal or the Web. As a condition for publication in the Journal, authors of articles must assign copyright of the article to the Journal of Parapsychology. Permission must be obtained from the Editor before the article can be published or reproduced elsewhere, including on a personal website.