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Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to the journal are initially assessed by one of the Editors-in-Chief, who decides whether or not the article is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable are assigned to one of the associate editors, who assigns it to one or more independent experts. The experts assess the article for clarity, validity, and sound methodology.

The journal operates a double-blind peer review process, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the review process. The review period is expected to take four to six weeks, however this does depend on reviewer availability. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.

Based on the reviewer reports the editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s Editors-in-Chief.

Authors are permitted to suggest up to three potential peer reviewers during the submission process. Authors can also name individuals unsuitable for review, along with clear reasons detailing their unsuitability. The journal does not guarantee to follow these suggestions. All reviewers must be independent from the submission and will be asked to declare all competing interests.

Registered Reports

IRSP encourages the submission of preregistered reports (in addition to regular manuscripts). Registered Reports divides the review process into two stages. In Stage 1, reviewers assess study proposals before data is collected. In Stage 2, reviewers consider the full study, including results and interpretation. This format of article seeks to neutralise a variety of inappropriate research practices, including inadequate statistical power, selective reporting of results, and publication bias. It emphasizes the soundness of the hypotheses and research design rather than the results.

To know more about registered reports, visit our guidelines for authors or check the Center for Open Science website.

Section Policies

Research article

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Short Research Note

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Registered Report

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Editorial

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

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