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Aim and Scope

As a high quality peer-reviewed Open Access journal, the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology has its historical root from the old South Pacific Journal of Psychology published between 1984 and 2005. The journal aims to fill a void in contemporary psychology, with a focus on a region of the world that is extraordinarily vast, easily recognizable, and rich in cultural diversity -- it includes Oceania, Australasia, East Asia and the Western Seaboard of the Americas, and the 'hub' in the wheel - the Hawaiian Islands and other Pacific Island Nations. From climate change to disaster management and poverty reduction, the Pacific Rim region has its share of issues and potential solutions. With a focus on indigenous, developing world, and minority perspectives, the journal seeks to foster mutual capacity building in the research domain, and on questions of human development generally. It seeks also to engage with North American and European perspectives.

The Journal publishes cutting-edge empirical research articles, short reports, reviews, meta-analysis and commentary spanning the entire spectrum of the science of psychology. Contributions are invited on all aspects of cognitive, social, developmental and educational, industrial and organizational, and health psychology, as well as cognitive neuroscience.

Manuscript Submission

Online Submission

Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Manuscripts should be submitted online at

Word Length

The normal length for research articles, review, and meta-analysis articles is 7000 words, and the normal length for short Articles is 3000 words. Word counts include references, tables and figures.


Contributions should follow the format and style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: Front Page; Main Document; Figures.

Front Page should contain: (i) a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations. (ii) the full names of the authors. (iii) the addresses of the author’s affiliated institutions at which the work was carried out. (iv) a short running title (no more than 40 characters). (v) the full postal and email address of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. (vi) word count.

Main Document should be presented in the following order: (i) title, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgements, (v) references (reference should follow the format and style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)), (vi) endnotes, (vii) appendices, (viii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes, should be at the end of the manuscript, not in the main text), (ix) figure legends. Figures and Supporting information should be supplied as separate files. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

Figures, Photographs and Graphs should be prepared to the correct size (max. width 120 mm) and each one supplied as an individual file, separate to the main text file. Include placement instructions in the Word document, such as ‘Insert Fig x here’. A list of figure captions should follow the tables in the main text file.

Cover Letter

In addition to the manuscript, authors must also include a cover letter. The cover letter must include the following: (i) A statement confirming that the article has not been published and is not being considered concurrently for publication elsewhere; (ii) A statement confirming that the research reported in the manuscript was conducted in accordance with general ethical guidelines in psychology; (iii) An acknowledgement that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript; (iv) A declaration of any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest for any of the authors (e.g. where research into the psychometric properties of a test is funded by the commercial publishers of that test).

If you have any queries regarding manuscript submissions, please contact the Editorial Assistant Ms Jianning Dang at

Editorial Policies

One Editor initially reads each submitted manuscript. If the Editor thinks the manuscript has a reasonable chance of ultimately being accepted for publication in the Journal, then it is sent to two or more external referees for double-blind peer review. The Editor usually oversees peer process and writes the subsequent decision letter (accept, reject, or revise and resubmit). Alternatively, if the Editor decides the manuscript is unlikely to be competitive for publication, then the manuscript is declined on initial editorial review.

Within 2 weeks of submission, authors are notified by an Editor that their manuscript either (a) has been declined on initial editorial review or (b) has been sent to outside experts for peer review. For manuscripts afforded peer review, authors can expect a decision within 60 days of manuscript submission. Although feedback will usually be provided to authors, the Editor reserves the right to reject a manuscript for publication without providing a rationale for his/her decision. Final decision regarding acceptance of a manuscript will be made by the Editor. The acceptance criteria for all manuscript are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership.

Open Access

All articles published from 2017 in the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology and thereafter will be published on an Open Access basis. Articles will be made freely and permanently accessible online, immediately upon publication, under licensing that allows anyone to redistribute, re-use and adapt the content as long as they provide attribution.

For more information about Open Access, see Cambridge University Press’s open access policy pages.

Article Processing Charges

The costs of publication for OA publishing are covered by an article processing charge (APC). For all papers published in the Journal, the APC will be waived for authors, and Open Access publication will be paid for by funding from the proprietor Beijing Normal University.

Copyright and licensing

Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) as standard, but authors may elect to publish under the following alternative licences:

- CC-BY-NC-SA (Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share Alike)

- CC-BY-NC-ND (Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivatives)

For information on what each licence allows, please visit

A copyright form must be completed and returned before the paper can be published. The form is available for download here. Papers are accepted on the understanding that the work has been submitted exclusively to the journal and has not been previously published elsewhere.

Publication Ethics

The Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that:

  • The manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work;
  • The manuscript has been submitted only to the journal - it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere;
  • All listed authors know of and agree to the manuscript being submitted to the journal; and
  • The manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, fraudulent, illegal, libellous, or obscene.

The Journal adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on research and publications ethics.

Text taken directly or closely paraphrased from earlier published work that has not been acknowledged or referenced will be considered plagiarism. Submitted manuscripts in which such text is identified will be withdrawn from the editorial process. If a concern is raised about possible plagiarism in an article submitted to or published in the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, this will be investigated fully and dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

Digital Archiving

Cambridge University Press publications are deposited in the following digital archives to guarantee long-term digital preservation of articles:

- CLOCKSS (journals)

- Portico (journals and books)

Cambridge Language Editing Service

We suggest that authors whose first language is not English have their manuscripts checked by a native English speaker before submission. This is optional, but will help to ensure that any submissions that reach peer review can be judged exclusively on academic merit. We offer a Cambridge service which you can find out more about here. Please note that use of language editing services is voluntary, and at the author’s own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal.

Last updated 30th March 2017