Aims & Scope / Peer Review

Aims & Scope

The IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, international and intercultural journal. All papers published in the journal have been subjected to the rigorous and accepted processes of academic peer review. The journal encourages interdisciplinary research, with the primary focus being on psychology and behavioral sciences. Work that cuts across a variety of disciplines and fields related to psychology and the behavioral sciences is encouraged. Original, previously unpublished papers which are not under consideration for publication in any other journal are welcomed.

Please note that papers already submitted to or published in IAFOR Conference Proceedings are not accepted for publication in any of IAFOR’s journals.

All submitted articles must meet the submission guidelines.

All papers are reviewed equally according to standard peer review processes, regardless of whether or not the authors have attended a related IAFOR conference.

The IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences covers a variety of topics:

  • General Psychology
  • Psychology and Education
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Human Development
  • Psychological Outreach Services & Community Development
  • Family Studies & Professional Practice
  • At-Risk Children, Youth & Families and Vulnerable Populations

Submission Fee

There is no submission fee for the IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences.

Page and Colour Charges

There are no page or colour charges for the IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences.

Editorial & Peer Review Process

Initial Screening before peer review

Before being sent for peer review, the Journal Administrator will first screen to ensure manuscripts fall within the journal's scope and that they follow the Author Guidelines. Contributors are expected to submit their work in the structure and style of urbane, academic-quality English. The contributors' style of expression must serve to articulate the complex ideas and concepts being brandished, conveying explicit, coherent, unambiguous meaning to scholarly readers. Moreover, manuscripts must have a formal tenor and quality, employing the third-person rather than first-person standpoint (when feasible) while placing emphasis on the research problem being analysed and not on unsubstantiated subjective impressions regarding the issue.

Contributors whose command of English is not at the level outlined above are responsible for having their manuscript corrected by a native-level, English-speaking academic prior to submitting their paper for publication. These standards are non-negotiable and strictly enforced by the editors.

Peer Review Process

The IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences practices double-blind peer review. The review process is as follows:

  1. Submissions check, (the Publications Office makes sure that all information needed for processing the submission further was provided; that the submission complies with the Author Guidelines; and that the content is relevant to the journal);
  2. Plagiarism screening with iThenticate software;
  3. Articles are anonymised;
  4. Submission is forwarded to the Editors who check that the work meets basic journal criteria; and invitations sent to reviewers to review the manuscript;
  5. Primary checking of an anonymous submission takes place, involving an assessment of its suitability for publication (based on the quality of language, compatibility with the IAFOR Journal of IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences' Aims & Scope, evidence of research, and sufficiency of references to the international literature), performed by two reviewers independent of journal;
  6. Notification of the author(s) of the outcome of the review via a reviewing sheet(s) made available to the author(s). Reviewer comments must be objective and provided with the aim of helping authors improve their article. If the submission is found suitable, the author(s) are invited to make any necessary changes and return the article to the editor;
  7. Proofreading and checking whether the reworked article is written in compliance with the reviewer's comments and the Author Guidelines.
  8. Final plagiarism screening with iThenticate software.

Members of the IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences are experts in diverse fields within the field. As of July 2023, there are 19 scholars on the journal’s editorial board. The Editor takes steps to always ensure that all manuscripts are completely anonymised.

We do not guarantee short peer review times, although reviewers are requested to return their review within 2 to 3 weeks. The editorial process may take more time (sometimes considerably) when there are extenuating circumstances, such as conflicts with the evaluators’ teaching duties at the beginning or end of an academic semester.