The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) is the dedicated BPS community for psychology postgraduates based at UK institutions.
For any inquiries please email [email protected]
The Quarterly is the official publication of PsyPAG.
It is a postgraduate-led, peer-reviewed publication which covers all aspects of postgraduate psychology and welcomes a wide range of manuscripts, spanning from original empirical research to book and event reviews.
The Quarterly is published each quarter, in March, June, September and December.
Before submitting an article, please review the instructions and submission guidelines below.
We also encourage you to use our Editor’s checklist.
To submit, please send your article as an email attachment to [email protected]
Please ensure to include your name and email address, as well as details of your role, department and university.
If you have any queries regarding submission, please contact the Quarterly Editorial Team at [email protected]
FFor updates and news on the Quarterly, please follow our twitter account @PsyPAGQuarterly.
The Quarterly publishes a wide range of articles that contribute to an understanding of psychology. Submissions may correspond to the following article types:
Abstracts: from August 2015, an abstract is required with a maximum word limit of 100 words.
Manuscripts: the journal has a broad word limit of 500 - 2000 words excluding abstract and references.
The maximum word limit is flexible for in depth discussion papers, longer interviews, or hints and tips.
The word count will differ depending on the type of article; for example, conference and book reviews should be shorter than featured articles.
Articles should have a maximum of 15 references. Articles that do not adhere to these guidelines will be sent back to the author.
Please state in your submission e-mail if your manuscript is attached to a PsyPAG bursary.
Please submit all articles in Microsoft Word (or Open Office for Mac, etc.).
You should use the running head (i.e., an informative shortened version of your title) as the file name, for example EpisodicMemoryConsolidation.doc.
The content, including tables, figures and references should all comply with BPS house style. Detailed information is provided here.
Articles should be double spaced, in a font size of 12.
Single spaces should be used to begin a new sentence.
You should also include your contact details (authors name, affiliation and e-mail address) at the end of each article
When submitting an article, please ensure you include the following details:
Key considerations and recommendations regarding content include having clear, logical arguments. For a detailed guide please consult Elsevier’s Elements of Style for Writing Scientific Journal Articles.
Remember that these tips are applicable to any article type!
The Quarterly encourages postgraduates to write concisely, and to use language and style that reflects BPS and APA guidelines.
For further information consult the BPS Style Guide.
The Quarterly cater to a range of postgraduate psychologists, who may not necessarily be expert in your specific area of work. It can be tricky to strike a balance between accessible academic language and still stay true to your key messages as the author. Wherever possible we encourage you to consider the specific audience you are writing for.
In some cases, making the manuscript more personal can make the article much more interesting to read. For example, when doing a conference/book/software review, what was personally interesting to you? Did you learn something at the conference that you will take forward in your own work? Was there a particular chapter of the book that you found particularly relevant/helpful to your own work? If so, why? Of course, this is not applicable to some types of article that we accept, including featured articles/discussion papers and research in brief, where a scientific writing style is expected.
Ensure that your writing is professional and avoid any negative or stigmatising terms. For example, terms such as “mentally ill person” should be avoided and replaced with “individuals/people with a mental illness”. As you write your article, think about how you would reflect upon it in years to come!
Besides avoiding needless complexity, you also should avoid ambiguity in your writing. Ambiguity is created by the use of a word, phrase, or sentence that can be interpreted in more than one way. Many ambiguities in scientific writing are difficult to classify. A pronoun must refer to a single, particular noun, which acts as its antecedent. When multiple antecedents exist, the error is called an ambiguous pronoun reference. When a specific antecedent doesn’t even exist, the resulting error is called a vague pronoun reference.
Avoiding ambiguous pronoun references:
Avoiding vague pronoun references:
In scholarly writing, except when reporting conversation, it is best to use standard language and to avoid colloquial language and slang. Using colloquial language can make the author and the piece sound less credible. Colloquial language is language that does not conform to the stands set by schools, media, and public institutions. It is often acceptable in everyday conversion and in fictional writing but seldom is used in formal speech or other forms of writing.
Colloquial examples: "contraption," "fire," "kid," "how come," and "quote" Standard: "device," "dismiss," "child," "why," and "quotation."
When writing up your research for publication in other journals, it is often the case that your supervisors and other collaborators will be co-authors who contribute to and review the manuscript before submission. Personal experience shows that this typically improves written work immensely, and therefore we highly encourage you to work with your supervisors on submissions to PsyPAG Quarterly too! Your manuscript is much more likely to be accepted if it has been reviewed by established academics and is therefore of a higher standard as a result. However, ensure you discuss whether your supervisors will be in the acknowledgements or a co-author prior to submission.
References are one of the easiest aspects of a manuscript to do, yet it is rare to receive an article that doesn’t have referencing errors. Your manuscript will be returned to you if referencing errors are found, so please ensure you check them thoroughly before submitting your article. PsyPAG follows BPS house style referencing guidelines, which can be found by following the link in the second tip called “style”.