Social Psychology


Published as Zeitschrift für SozialpsychologieOpens external link in new window (ISSN 0044-3514) until volume 38, 2007


Impact factor of 1.190 for 2013!!


ISSN-L 1864-9335, ISSN-Print 1864-9335, ISSN-Online 2151-2590


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About the Journal

Aims and Scope

Social Psychology publishes innovative and methodologically sound research and serves as an international forum for scientific discussion and debate in the field of social psychology. Topics include all basic social psychological research themes, methodological advances in social psychology, as well as research in applied fields of social psychology. The journal focuses on original empirical contributions to social psychological research, but is open to theoretical articles, critical reviews, and replications of published research.

Call for Papers

The journal welcomes original empirical and theoretical contributions to basic research in social psychology, to social psychological methods, as well as contributions covering research in applied fields of social psychology, such as economics, marketing, politics, law, sports, the environment, the community, or health. Preference will be given to original empirical and experimental manuscripts, but theoretical contributions, critical reviews, and replications of published research are welcome as well.

There are three submission categories:

  • Full-length articles report empirical and/or theoretical contributions to social psychological research; they should not exceed 8,000 words excluding tables, figures, and references.
  • Research reports present concise descriptions of innovative empirical findings; they should not exceed 2,500 words excluding tables, figures, and references.
  • Replications offer the opportunity to report successful or failed replications of existing research; they should not exceed 2,500 words excluding tables, figures, and references.

Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the APA (6th ed.). For more extensive instructions regarding submission guidelines, submission categories and for author instructions refer to the journal’s homepage at

Experience and Innovation

The journal was published until volume 38 (2007) as the Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie (ISSN 0044-3514). Drawing on over 30 years of experience and tradition in publishing high-quality, innovative science as the Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, Social Psychology has an internationally renowned team of editors and consulting editors from all areas of basic and applied social psychology, thus ensuring that the highest international standards are maintained.


Rapid Turnaround

Social Psychology offers a rapid and transparent peer-review process and a short time-lag between acceptance of papers and publication. The time between manuscript submission and editorial decision is usually less than eight weeks.
Mean time for submission to first decision (2012): 60 days.


Abstracting/Indexing Services
Social Psychology is abstracted/indexed in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), PsycINFO, PSYNDEX, ERIH, Scopus, and EMCare.


Electronic Archive
Social Psychology is archived with Portico.


Impact Factor*
2013: 1.190
2012: 1.892
2011: 1.464
2010: 1.020
2009: 1.462
2008: 0.432
2007: 0.400
2006: 0.237
2005: 0.282
2004: 0.200
2003: 0.244

* (From Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition – a Thomson Reuters product.)




Christian Unkelbach
Allgemeine Psychologie II
Department Psychologie
Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Universität zu Köln
Richard-Strauss-Str. 2
50931 Köln
Tel. +49 221 470-2001
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Editorial Office

Juliane Burghardt
Department Psychologie
Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Universität zu Köln
Richard-Strauss-Str. 2
50931 Köln
Tel. +49 221 470-7108
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Associate Editors

Julia Becker, Universität Osnabrück, Germany
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Malte Friese, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
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Michael Häfner, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Eva Jonas, Universität Salzburg, Austria
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Markus Kemmelmeier, University of Reno, USA
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Ulrich Kühnen, Jacobs University, Germany
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Michaela Wänke, Universität Mannheim, Germany
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Consulting Editors

Susanne Abele, Miami University, OH, USA
Andrea Abele-Brehm, Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Herbert Bless, University of Mannheim, Germany
Gerd Bohner, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Marco Brambilla, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Rupert J. Brown, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Olivier Corneille, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Amanda Diekman, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA
Alice H. Eagly, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Birte Englich, University of Cologne, Germany
Jens Förster, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bertram Gawronski, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Guido Gendolla, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Roberto González, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Bettina Hannover, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Guido Hertel, University of Münster, Germany
Kurt Hugenberg, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA
Eva Jonas, University of Salzburg, Austria
Franciska Krings, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Thorsten Meiser, Mannheim University, Mannheim, Germany
Thomas Morton, University of Exeter, UK
Gabriel Mugny, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Thomas Mussweiler, University of Cologne, Germany
Roland Neumann, University of Trier, Germany
Paula Niedenthal, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Henning Plessner, Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany
Marc-André Reinhard, University of Kassel, Germany
Stefan Schulz-Hardt, Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany
Astrid Schütz, University of Bamberg, Germany
Frank Siebler, University of Tromsø, Norway
Monika Sieverding, Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany
Paul Silvia, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, USA
Siegfried Sporer, University of Gießen, Germany
Dagmar Stahlberg, University of Mannheim, Germany
Fritz Strack, University of Würzburg, Germany
Sabine Sczesny, Bern, Switzerland
Rolf van Dick, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
G. Tendayi Viki, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Ulrich Wagner, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
Eva Walther, University of Trier, Germany
Michael Wohl, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Bogdan Wojciszke, Warsaw School of Social Psychology, Poland
Rex A. Wright, University of North Texas, USA
Vincent Yzerbyt, University of Louvain, Belgium