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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.

  • Original Work: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in “Comments to the Editor”).
  • Acknowledging and Citing Previous Work: Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.
  • Authorship: All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter (and additionally will be named in Step 3 of the submission process). All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to the journal. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lies entirely with the authors.)
  • Data availability: For empirical contributions, the statement on data availability in the cover letter identifies any data and materials provided and the place of their publication. If data or materials are not made accessible, a justification must be given (e.g. privacy protection, unacceptably high expenditure, etc.), which will be published with the article.
  • Ensuring a blind review: If submitting the anonymized fist submission of a research report, authors have removed all personal information from the manuscript. The instructions in ensuring a blind review have been followed.
  • Publisher guidelines: The submission complies with the PsychOpen author guidelines (largely based on the American Psychological Association's formatting guidelines).
  • Data anonymization (if applicable): All research data have been fully anonymized.
  • Use of Copyrighted Materials: No copyrighted material is used unless that material has also been made available under a CC-BY license.

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