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Focus and Scope

The International Review of Social Psychology (IRSP) is supported by the Association pour la Diffusion de la Recherche Internationale en Psychologie Sociale (A.D.R.I.P.S.).

The International Review of Social Psychology publishes empirical research and theoretical notes in all areas of social psychology. Articles are written preferably in English but can also be written in French.

The journal was created to reflect research advances in a field where theoretical and fundamental questions inevitably convey social significance and implications. It emphasizes scientific quality of its publications in every area of social psychology. Any kind of research can be considered, as long as the results significantly enhance the understanding of a general social psychological phenomenon and the methodology is appropriate.

Special Collections

IRSP publishes thematic special collections that are edited by Guest Editors (GEs). Suggestions originate from the IRSP itself as well as from researchers interested in editing a special collection. Please note that a special collection is not a general introduction about a given topic but a set of original contributions which should clearly add to the field or topic area. Papers should report original data, meta-analysis, or possibly theoretical pieces that go beyond merely summarizing a research area. The aim is to provide a contribution that could not be confused with chapters having a didactical purpose. Special collections will appear exclusively in English.

The GEs provide the IRSP editorial board with a summary of the topic of the special collection (1 page maximum) as well as the names and affiliations of the GEs. There will be between two and four GEs, who must be from different countries. A preliminary decision concerning the special collection will be based on this information. In case of acceptance, the GEs are in charge of the whole review process on behalf of the IRSP. They will be asked to use the online editorial management system of the journal. This review process is expected to be of high quality. A special issue usually contains 6-7 papers (including the introduction, only if judged necessary). The special issue will be publicly advertised and a call for papers will be made. Invited papers should be an exception. The GEs should commit to respecting the deadlines. Upon acceptance by the guest editors, each paper is transferred to the chief editors, who make a final decision. Hence, IRSP reserves the right to reject one or more manuscripts that would be judged below the journal’s standards. At the special issue delivery, GEs will provide reviewers list and their institutional affiliation. Please note that each GE cannot be the author or co-author of more than 1 papers of the special issue and GEs cannot appear as authors or co-authors in more than 50% of the papers. Papers can be published sequentially as they are accepted. For editorial details, please contact IRSP chief editors.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as issues throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content  publically available.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

All Article Processing Charges (APCs) are currently being paid for by ADRIPS (the "Association pour la Diffusion de la Recherche Internationale en Psychologie Sociale"). Authors will not be charged to publish in this journal.

The journal encourages authors to make their research data openly available via an appropriate repository to aid replication and/or use of research material.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services:

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2021 volume:

Submissions received1114
Reviews requested2157
Reviews received390
Total Rejections4102
...of which, Desk rejects574
Acceptance rate723%
Time from submission to publication8319 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

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