Author Guidelines

Preparing for submission In his/her covering letter, the corresponding author should reveal whether the submitted article – or very similar work - has been previously published, or is under consideration elsewhere.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.

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Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. A list of services can be found here.

Acknowledgements All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Conflict of interest and funding Authors are responsible for disclosing all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest. Please refer to the ICMJE statement on conflicts of interest (

Ethics and consent When reporting experiments on patients or animals, please indicate whether the procedures followed were approved by your local ethics committee and/or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008

Publication fee See here.

WAIVER POLICY - please see here.

WITHDRAWAL OF MANUSCRIPT If you withdraw your manuscript after it has been peer reviewed, or after it has been typeset (but not yet published) you will be charged according to the following:

For peer review: EUR 475/USD 510 per article
For peer review and typesetting: EUR 650/USD 700 per article

Manuscript layout Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout:

Begin each section, including figure and table legends, on separate sheets; insert running page numbers.

Title page Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of manuscript, 2) name of author(s), 3) name of department(s) and institution(s), and 4) name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper. Please observe that the journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process and thus the title page revealing the identity of the authors should be uploaded separately. Please make sure to upload such title page along with your submission! Please see Ensuring a Blind Review

The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the article.

Abstract Articles must include a structured abstract of 200-300 words providing sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. The abstract should be structured in the following way: Background, Objective, Design, Results, Conclusion. After the abstract, please give 5-10 key words; avoid using the same words as in the title.

Section headings Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

Citation and reference system Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology applies to the APA system. Check for full details here or here (oral presentation).

APA style uses the author-date citation system allowing the readers to find the sources cited in the text in the reference list, where each source is listed alphabetically.

Style in the text:

To insert a citation in text, include the author’s surname and year of publication. For a direct quotation, include the page number of specific location of the phrase or sentences in the original work.


  • Kessler (2003) found that among epidemiological samples ...
  • Early onset results in a more persistent and severe course (Kessler, 2003)
  • In 2003, Kessler’s study of epidemiological samples showed that …
  • Training materials are available (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2001, 2003)
  • Several studies (Derryberry & Reed, 2005a, 2005b, in press-a, Rothbart, 2003a, 2003b) show...


Style in the reference list:

All citations should be listed in the reference list, with the exception of personal communications and classical works.

Put references in order by the author’s surname or first author’s surname if there is more than one author.

Use the hanging indent paragraph style. Double-space the entire reference list.



Mikulincer, M., Gerber, H., & Weisenberg, M. (1990). Judgment of control and depression: The role of self-esteem threat and self-focused attention. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 14, 589-608.

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225–229. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225


Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Electronic book with DOI:

Schiralde, G. R. (2001). The post-traumatic stress disorder sourcebook: A guide to healing, recovery, and growth [Adobe Digital Editions version]. DOI: 10.1036/10071393722

Chapter in book:

Haybron, D. M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pp. 17-43). New York, NY: Guildford Press.

Electronic documents:

Make sure the version you are citing is the most recent one. Include journal volume number and inclusive page numbers if this information is available. Use the copy-paste function of your word processor to capture the article DOI and place it at the end of the reference. If there is no DOI, cite the home page URL.