Instructions to Authors
Ecological Psychology, the journal of the
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- 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
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
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.