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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Please, ensure that you have included the Title page containing title, e-mail address of corresponding author, affiliations all authors, and acknowledgment with your submission as separate file.
    Submitted manuscript must be blinded and first page must contain only the title of the paper.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided (DOI).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

ARTICLE TYPES

The journal Československá psychologie accepts the following types of articles: empirical reports, brief reports, reviews, notes from practice, historical notes, as well as essays, discussions, and controversies.

Empirical reports are full empirical articles reporting on substantive and novel research performed in a replicable manner and contributing generalizable knowledge. Replication studies are welcome if they clearly contribute to establishing the status of important existing findings, i. e. have the potential to validate or disconfirm such findings. The maximum length of empirical reports is 8000 words. The papers must follow the general structure including an introduction, a methods section, results, and discussion. The structure may be adjusted according to the needs and content but the content corresponding to these main sections must be present. Empirical reports should not contain more than 50 references.

Empirical reports may consist of reports on methods and their development. Note that we do not publish reports on adaptation of methods to local languages and environments, unless these reports are directly relevant to the local context in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, or other Central-European countries. Reports on methods should follow the standard structure of an empirical paper.

Brief reports (or Preliminary reports) are empirical papers that report on smaller or preliminary studies. The maximum length is 4000 words, and the general structure of an empirical paper should be followed. Although brief reports may be preliminary in nature, they should contain novel empirical findings or provide an empirical test of a method or procedure. Brief or preliminary reports should not contain more than 25 references.

Reviews are reports summarizing the research literature on a particular topic. Reviews must focus on clearly defined and relevant topics and must be based on current international research. Systematic reviews using a replicable way of identifying the source literature are particularly welcome, as well as metanalytic studies.

Practice notes are shorter (max. 3000) contributions addressing a topic of practical relevance in any area of applied psychology, including but not limited to clinical, school, industrial/organizational, traffic, or forensic psychology. They may review an area of practical relevance, taking into account current international literature and current practical, organizational or legal environment in Czechia, Slovakia or Central Europe. They may also present short empirical studies focusing on a practical issue. Note that we do not publish case studies (rigorous single-subject studies may be submitted as empirical reports).

History notes are papers on important and relevant historical topics. These topics should be relevant to Central European psychology and its development, or they should address historical topics of general relevance for various areas of psychology.

Essays, discussions, and controversies present opinion papers addressing various current topics. They should have clear relevance to research or practice in central in Central Europe or in general. The suitability of a particular topic or paper is at the discretion of the editorial team.

 

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

We accept manuscripts in Czech, Slovak, or English.

Empirical reports include an English-written abstract structured as follows: 1. Objectives, 2. Sample and settings, 3. Hypotheses, 4. Statistical analyses, 5. Results, 6. Limitations. For empirical articles, it is necessary to state in the Methods that the consent of the relevant ethics committee with the research project has been obtained. It ought to be described how study participants were recruited and how researchers obtained informed consent either from them or from their legal guardians.

Manuscripts are to be submitted in MS Word (text left-adjusted, lines double spaced, font 12pt). Headings and subheadings are to be left-adjusted and not underlined: they should differ from the body of the text only by being followed by an empty line. In-text citations should follow the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual. Footnotes should be designated with superscript Arabic numerals attached to the proper place in the text and numbered continuously throughout the work. 

Tables, graphs, and images are to be numbered separately using Arabic numerals. Preferred bitmap formats include TIFF or PNG at 300 DPI or EPS for vector format. PDF format is also permissible. The placement of figures (tables, images, etc.) should be marked at the desired location in the text by a note specifying what is to be placed there and its serial number (e.g. ‘Table 1 is to be placed here’).  

References
Reference lists should be formatted according to the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual. The relevant DOIs where available are to be included.

Electronic publishing system
Prepared article manuscripts are to be sent to the editors via an Open Journal System.
Kindly follow our online submission system. It will guide you through the particular steps of entering your article details and uploading your files. Make sure that your manuscript contains no identifiers and is ready for a blind review.

Submission and processing of the articles in Československá psychologie are free of charge.

 

REVIEW PROCESS

Submissions undergo a double-blind review process. Reviews are then sent to the corresponding author. All communication, including requests for revisions and notification of the editor-in-chief’s decision, takes place solely by e-mail. Editors reserve the right to request shortening of manuscript length, suggest editorial changes, and request that manuscript be proofread by a professional.

Page proofs sent to authors should be returned as soon as possible. Substantial changes in the text and appendices can be done only with the consent of the editors. Published articles are not remunerated.

 

NEW SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

When submitting a new manuscript, the authors must submit at least the following three items:

  1. The title page with the article title, authors, their affiliations, contact information (email and address) of the corresponding author, and any funding acknowledgments.
  2. The anonymous manuscript (including the anonymized title page). The manuscript must not contain the names of the authors, and must avoid identifying the authors in the text: e. g., do not use We examined the issues previously (Smolík & Bláhová, 2019)…, but Smolík and Bláhová (2019) examined the issues previously… The manuscript must contain the title page including the title of the paper but not the authors’ identities. Further, necessary components of the manuscript are abstract, keywords, the main text, all figures and tables and the list of references. The abstract is placed before the text. Placement of the figures and tables in the manuscript (in text or after the reference list) is at the discretion of authors but they must be present in the main manuscript file. The manuscript will be returned if they are not also included in the main manuscript file. Please refer to the detailed formatting instructions for authors.
  3. Cover letter, which should briefly summarize the main contributions of the paper and confirm that it has not been published and is not under consideration elsewhere. The cover letter should also specify the article type. The cover letter may also suggest potential reviewers with their affiliation/contact information.

Files with high-quality figures will be needed for the final processing of the paper but do not have to be submitted for the first round of reviews.

 

REVISED SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

When submitting a revised manuscript, the authors must submit the following:

  1. The title page with authors’ identification, as described above.
  2. The anonymous manuscript, as described above.
  3. The manuscript with changes highlighted. This should highlight any substantive changes made against the original version highlighted (colour highlighting or different font colour). Do not use revision-tracking from your word processing software for this purpose.
  4. Response to the reviewers that must address all points raised by the reviewers.
  5. High-quality figures as separate files.

Revisions missing one of these components will be returned to authors for completion.

 

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

Before submitting your manuscript, make sure about the following points:

1. The new submission contains
- the title page with authors’ identities
- the anonymized manuscript including title page, all figures, and all tables
- cover letter, including the suggested/desired article type (empirical report, brief report, etc.]

2. The revised submission contains
- the title page with authors’ identities
- the anonymized manuscript including title page, all figures, and all tables
- the anonymized manuscript with highlighted changes from the original submission, including title page, all figures, and all tables
- a detailed response to reviewers addressing all points

3. The main manuscript file contains
- anonymized title page
- abstract
- text, typically consisting of an introduction, methods, results, and discussion
- acknowledgments including funding, if needed
- references
- all tables and figures (either in text or at the end of the file)

4. The separate title page contains
- authors' identities, including affiliations; if the author is not affiliated with any relevant institution, this must be stated
- full title
- short title (max. 50 characters)
- address and contact email for the corresponding author.

Separate files with high-quality graphs, figures and/or images in the recommended format.

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Publication Ethics Statement

All parties involved in publishing – the publisher, editors, reviewers, and authors – must follow certain standards of ethical behaviour. Ceskoslovenska psychologie and its publisher, the Institute of Psychology, endorse the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.

Open Science Practices

The journal welcomes studies that make their data and/or details of analyses available.