The journal publishes original articles in the area of psychology with a focus on cognitive and emotional processes in personality, social and developmental context.
The journal aims to bring together work on cognition and emotion undertaken by researchers in the area of the cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology, psychophysiology, neuropsychology/neuroscience, etc.

Types of articles: We publish empirical articles up to approximately 6000 words, including new empirical contributions, replications, and meta-analyses.

Replications: We publish replications, so long as they have a compelling rationale, e.g., the original results were surprising.

Registered reports: We will review the Introduction and Method section of proposed studies (plus something like a power analysis, if relevant). If these are accepted, then we promise to publish the results. The idea is to encourage risky but important studies (including replications) by removing the fear that a negative or ambiguous result will not be publishable. A registered report is not the same as pre-registration. When submitting a registered report, please also include a separate explanation of why you are doing the study and why you want acceptance in advance. Following initial (pre-study) acceptance, authors are typically required by the action editor to register the approved protocol (e.g., on the Open Science Framework or other recognized repository), either publicly or under private embargo until submission of the full manuscript with results. The full manuscript will then also contain the URL of the approved protocol.

Topics covered by the journal include:

  • Sensory processes and perception
  • Learning, memory and attention
  • Thinking, problem-solving, intelligence and creativity
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Attitudes and beliefs
  • Emotions and emotion regulation
  • Motivation, goals and achievement
  • Personality variables and personality development
  • Well-being and optimal human functioning
  • Coping, adaptation and stress management
  • Identity and self
  • Cultural aspects of cognition and emotion
  • Social cognition, prejudices and stereotypes
  • Language, communication and information processing
  • Methodological and statistical advances in the areas covered by journals

We welcome articles that focus on the above-mentioned topics as they pertain to individuals, dyads, groups, and other social collectives. Empirical studies are preferred. Occasionally editors may invite well-known authors to contribute authoritative review articles and theoretical treatments on selected themes in the journal's areas of interest. Psychometric studies are also welcomed. However, we prefer studies dealing with general psychological measures relevant to the scope of the journal such as personality inventories, cognitive tests, measures of social psychological phenomena, etc., which may be useful for the broader scientific community. Psychometric studies focused on very specific and local measures with little relevance to the general scientific community will be rejected. Also, they should expand our knowledge about the validity and/or structure of the constructs being measured. Routine psychometric analyses of language-translated questionnaires in local languages without a broader examination of validity and applicability of the measures will not be considered for publication in Studia Psychologica.