Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- Cover Letter
- 4 suggestions for reviewers
- Titel Page including all authors names and affiliations
- Manuscript (blinded for review)
- Tables and Figures (seperate files)
- Funding statement & Conflict of Interest
- Reviewer Response (blinded)
The category “review article” includes reviews, theoretical/opinion reviews, systematic reviews, scoping reviews, or quantitative research syntheses (e.g., meta-analyses), 5.000 words excl. reference list, but including the 250 words abstract. Digital Psychology encourages authors of review articles to link underlying datasets in the submitted manuscript to a data repository (DOI or other identifier should be included in the manuscript as well as in the cover letter). Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis should follow PRISMA-Guidelines and contain PRISMA checklist and related other material incl. Flow-Charts (http://www.prisma-statement.org/). Scoping reviews should adhere to the PRISMA extension for scoping reviews (http://www.prisma-statement.org/Extensions/ScopingReviews). A maximum of 8 tables and figures are allowed for a review article. A review article may be submitted in English or in German.
Original articles include original empirical research, and are not to exceed 4.500 words including the reference list and the 250 words abstract. If the original article includes clinical trials (e.g., RCTs), it should be registered in an official trial register, authors should report the registration number and database. RCTs should follow CONSORT guidelines (incl. CONSORT checklist and flow diagram). See http://www.consort-statement.org for according guidelines and forms. A maximum of 8 tables and figures are allowed for original research articles. An original article may be submitted in English or in German.
A letter comprises a response to a recently published work in an issue of Digital Psychology or an actual ongoing scientific debate in the field, and should not exceed 1.500 words. Additionally it should provide 3 highlights with key arguments or results (instead of the abstract; each highlight should comprise of max. 25 words). Letters are commentaries on one specific topic and can also include data to stenghten an argument. If data is presented in a letter authors should provide max. 1 figure or table. References are limited with a max. of 35 references. Letters go through editorial review and fast-track peer-review either upon invitation by either the EIC or a member of the Editorial Board or inital submission by the authors (in this case a short letter of motivation for that letter have to be added). A Letter has to be submitted in English (or in German if it refers to a German article).
Spotlight-communications include recent developments and is reserved for delivering empirical evidence in a short and concise fashion. It should not exceed 2.000 Words incl. references (theoretical background: max. 200 words, discussion: max. 500 words) and the 200 words of the abstract. A maximum of 3 tables or figures are allowed for a Spotlight-Communication. A Spotlight-Communication has to be submitted in English.
Book reviews are restricted to a maximum of 1.000 words, will go through editorial review, and must be based on a book recently published in the field of Digital Psychology. A book review may be submitted in English or in German.
Case studies may be considered for publication in Digital Psychology if they are unusually innovative and refer to the fields of Digital Psychology & Clinical Psychology. Case studies should not exceed 2.500 words. A maximum of 3 tables and figures are allowed for a case study. A case study should follow the Case Report Guidelines (CARE, https://www.care-statement.org/) and should be submitted in English or in German.
Supplemental Material should be uploaded as a seperate file included in the initial submission. The main manuscript should refer to the supplemental material, Tables and Figures should be indicated as Table S1, Table S2, ... or Figure S1, Figure S2, ... in the manuscript as well as the supplemental files. The editor decides if a supplemental material will be added to the print version after acceptance of the manuscript or it will be added as an electronic supplement. If the supplemental material exceeds 5 pages or 5 tables and figures authors have to provide a table of content at the beginning of the supplemental file. Data Codes and Syntax files should be added as seperate supplemental file and will be categorically published as an electronic supplement.
Preparation of manuscript and submission process
All submissions will first be screened regarding the degree to which they match the aims and scope of Digital Psychology before they will be sent for peer-review. Only research with an appropriate study design and appropriate statistical analyses are considered for publication. Study participants may be healthy subjects, patients, yet, research including animals is not considered for publication.
Please ensure that the following items are present (please upload seperate documents):
- Please provide at least 4 suggestions for peer-review (suggested referees should not be from the same department as listed authors, should not have published with an author listed in the manuscript over the past 5 years, and should be experts in the field), please include contact details of suggested reviewers
- include contact details of corresponding author
Title Page (author details)
- The e-mail address and full contact details (postal address, telephone number) of the corresponding author
- Names and surnames of all authors as well as their affiliations and e-mail addresses
- Declaration of interest: All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. An according statement should be included on the title page
Main Document (no author details)
- Abstract: maximum of 250 words. In case of an original article, the abstract should be divided into the following sub-sections: Background, Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion
- A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 Keywords are listed below the abstract
- All tables and figure are integrated in the manuscript (including titles, descriptions and footnotes)
- The manuscript has been spell checked and all author identifiers have been removed for peer-review
- Format the manuscript according to APA guidelines (e.g., double spaced, ample margings)
- All references cited in the text are listed in the reference list. For reference style, please use the APA format (see American Psychological Association style guide: apastyle.org/)
Please ensure that the work submitted to the journal is original and has not been published before or elsewhere, and is not under concurrent consideration for publication anywhere else. All publications must be approved by all co-authors, the corresponding author is responsible for keeping all co-authors informed about the progress of submission and about all decisions made after submission. If authors wish to include text, figures or tables that have been already published elsewhere, authors need to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for print and online format and include evidence that such permission has been granted before submission process begins. Digital Psychology assumes otherwise, that all materials included in the manuscript originate from the authors. Authors have to refer to this in the cover letter.