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Ecological Psychology Journal

Instructions to Authors Indexes for the first 11 volumes

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Electronic Version, begins vol. 12

Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc

Instructions to Authors

Ecological Psychology Journal CoverEcological Psychology, the journal of the International Society for Ecological Psychology, publishes original articles that contribute to the understanding of psychological and behavioral processes as they occur within the ecological constraints of animal-environment systems. The scope of ecological psychology includes problems of perception action, cognition, communication, learning, development, and evolution in all species, to the extent that those problems derive from a consideration of whole animal-environment systems, rather than animals or their environments in isolation from each other. Significant contributions to ecological psychology have come from human experimental psychology, developmental psychology, animal behavior, human factors (ergonomics), social psychology, applied mathematics, fine arts, architecture, communications, computer science, philosophy, physical education (kinesiology), physical therapy, speech and hearing, and vision research.

Ecological Psychology publishes empirical, theoretical, and methodological articles. Manuscripts can be research reports, reviews, target articles with commentary, essay book reviews, and short notes. Although empirical and theoretical articles are equally welcome, the theoretical significance of empirical findings and the empirical consequences of theoretical ideas should be stated clearly.

Manuscripts will be evaluated for their contribution to the understanding of psychological problems arising from the study of animal-environment systems.

Manuscript Submission: Electronic transmission of manuscripts is preferred. Authors interested in using this option should submit an electronic attachment in MSWord to If you prefer to submit paper versions of your manuscript, address four copies to William M. Mace, Editor, Ecological Psychology, Department of Psychology, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106. Only original manuscripts submitted to Ecological Psychology will be considered for publication. The cover letter should include a statement that the manuscript is not being simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Format and Organization: Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Double-space all text. On the first page,indicate the title of the manuscript, the names and affiliations of authors, and the name and address of the person to whom reprint requests are to be sent; suggest a shortened version of the title of the manuscript for use as a running head (40 characters or fewer, including spaces). On the second page, provide a 100-to 175-word abstract. On the third page (the first text page), type the title of the manuscript.

Illustrations: Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:
- 300 dpi or higher
- Sized to fit on journal page
- EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
- Submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The charge for the first page with color is $900.00. The next three pages with color are $450.00 each. A custom quote will be provided for color art totaling more than 4 journal pages. Good-quality color prints should be provided in their final size. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.

Tables and Figures: Tables and figures (illustrations) should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. All original figures should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number, author’s name, and top edge indicated.

References: Double-space. Compile references alphabetically (see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for multiple-author citations and references). Spell out names of journals. Provide page numbers of chapters in edited books. Text citations must correspond accurately to the references in the reference list.

Sample references:
Gudykunst, W. B., Matsumoto, Y., & Heyman, S. (1996). The influence of cultural individualism-collectivism, self construals, and individual values on communication styles across cultures. Human Communication Research, 22(1) 510–543.

Kachru, Y. (1995). Cultural meaning and rhetorical styles: Toward a framework for contrastive rhetoric. In G. Cook & B. Seidhofer (Eds.), Principal and practice in applied linguistics (pp. 171–184). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Proofs and Reprints: Page proofs are sent to the designated author using Taylor & Francis’ Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Reprints of individual articles are available for order at the time authors review page proofs. A discount on reprints is available to authors who order before print publication.

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