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Aim and Scope

Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology is devoted to advancing psychological science by providing an international platform for timely dissemination of important research ideas and findings. Although the title of the journal mentions the Pacific Rim, it aims also to go beyond this regional focus, and publish high quality articles that address issues that challenge contemporary societies. The journal seeks to foster mutual capacity-building among the Pacific Rim regions in the research domain, and also to engage with North American and European perspectives. It is a general-interest journal that publishes articles demonstrating scientific excellence across the entire spectrum of psychological science. The journal publishes in fields including cognitive, social, developmental, educational, industrial, organizational, and health psychology, as well as cognitive neuroscience, and other related topics. The journal welcomes submissions, including empirical research articles, short reports, reviews, meta-analysis, replication and commentary, from any part of the world.

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.

Publication Ethics

JPRP 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, libelous, or obscene.

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

The Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology and Cambridge University Press take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. 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 JPRP, this will be investigated fully and dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

Where research involves human and/or animal experimentation, the following statements should be included (as applicable): "The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national and institutional committees on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008." and "The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national and institutional guides on the care and use of laboratory animals."

For further information on Cambridge's Ethical Guidelines, please visit these pages: Publication Ethics and Ethical Standards.

For further information on defining the role of authorship, please visit these recommended guidelines, as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Manuscript Submission

Online Submission

The 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

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: Front Page, Main Document, Figures, and Cover Letter.

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 (references 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 120mm) 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 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).

Style and Reporting Standards

Contributions should follow the format and style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), and the latest APA Reporting Standards for quantitative and Qualitative Research:

Appelbaum, M., Cooper, H., Kline, R. B., Mayo-Wilson, E., Nezu, A. M., & Rao, S. M. (2018). Journal article reporting standards for quantitative research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board task force report. American Psychologist, 73(1), 3-25.

Levitt, H. M., Bamberg, M., Creswell, J. W., Frost, D. M., Josselson, R., & Suárez-Orozco, C. (2018). Journal article reporting standards for qualitative primary, qualitative meta-analytic, and mixed methods research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board task force report. American Psychologist, 73(1), 26-46.

Reporting Statistics

To safeguard research integrity and replicability, submissions to JPRP should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Check the accuracy of all statistics reported in the manuscript. It is the responsibility of the authors and JPRP will check if needed.
  • Follow the APA guidelines for reporting statistical results. Manuscript that does not conform to the guidelines will be desktop rejected. Below are examples of correct format:
    • t (df) = value, p = value
    • F (df1, df2) = value, p = value
    • r (df) = value, p = value
    • χ2 (df, N = value) = value, p = value (N is optional)
    • Z = value, p = value
  • Report how sample size was determined for each study and discuss statistical power.
  • Report all data exclusions (e.g., dropped outliers) and how decisions about data exclusions were made.
  • Report all measures or conditions for variables of interest to the research question(s), whether they were included in the analyses or not.
  • All key results should be accompanied by exact p-values, effect sizes, and 95% confidence intervals, or an explanation of why calculation of effect sizes and/or confidence intervals were not possible.

Word Limits

The normal length for research articles, review, meta-analysis, and replication articles is 7000 words, and the normal length for short and commentary Articles and is 3000 words. Word counts include all text (abstract, main body, footnotes, and acknowledgements), and exclude references, tables, table notes, figures, and figure captions.

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

Open Access and Copyright

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 license 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.

Other Information

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.