Zeitschrift für Psychologie

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Founded by Hermann Ebbinghaus and Arthur König in 1890

ISSN-L 2151-2604, ISSN-Print 2190-8370, ISSN-Online 2151-2604
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Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Research Alert, PsycINFO, PsycLit, IBZ, ERIH, PSYNDEX.
Edgar Erdfelder (Editor-in-chief)
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About the journal

The Zeitschrift für Psychologie, originally founded in 1890, is the oldest psychology journal in Europe and the second oldest in the world. One of the founding editors was Hermann Ebbinghaus. Since 2007, it is published in English and devoted to topical issues that provide state-of-the-art overviews of current research in psychology.

The Zeitschrift für Psychologie publishes high-quality research from all branches of empirical psychology that is clearly of international interest and relevance, and does so in four topical issues per year. Each topical issue is carefully compiled by guest editors and generally features one broad Review Article accompanied by Original Articles from leading researchers as well as additional shorter contributions such as Research Spotlights (presenting details of individual studies or summaries of particularly interesting work in progress), Horizons (summarizing important recent or future meetings or outlining future directions of work), and Opinion pieces that provide a platform for both established and alternative views on aspects of the issue’s topic. The guest editors and the editorial team are assisted by an experienced international editorial board and external reviewers to ensure that the journal’s strict peer-review process is in keeping with its long and honorable tradition of publishing only the best of psychological science. The subjects being covered are determined by the editorial team after consultation within the scientific community, thus ensuring topicality. The Zeitschrift für Psychologie thus brings convenient, cutting-edge compilations of the best of modern psychological science, each covering an area of current interest.

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Recent topical issues


Delusions: Risk Factors, Models, and Approaches to Psychological Intervention
Guest Editor: Tania M. Lincoln
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 226, No. 3

Theory of Mind Across the Lifespan
Guest Editor: Daniel M. Bernstein
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 226, No. 2

Hotspots in Psychology – 2018
Guest Editors: Michael Bošnjak and Edgar Erdfelder
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 226, No. 1


Political and Civic Engagement in Youth
Guest Editors: Xenia Chryssochoou and Martyn Barrett
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 225, No. 4

Mechanisms of Mental Disorders
Guest Editor: Alfons O. Hamm
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 225, No. 3

Implicit Theories: The Role and Impact of Malleable Mindsets
Guest Editors: Marko Lüftenegger and Jason A. Chen
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 225, No. 2

Applied Psychological Measurement
Guest Editor: Bernd Leplow
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 225, No. 1


For authors and editors

Call for Papers

Topical issue: Hotspots in Psychology 2020
Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1, 2018
Deadline for submission of full papers is April 30, 2019

Topical issue: Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Bodily Distress
Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 15, 2019
Deadline for submission of full papers is August 15, 2019

Upcoming topics and guest editors


Issue 4: Big Data in Psychology: Methods and Applications
Guest Editors: Mike W. L. Cheung (National University of Singapore) and Suzanne Jak (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)




Issue 1: Hotspots in Psychology 2019
Editors: Michael Bošnjak (Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information, Trier, Germany) and Timo Gnambs (Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Bamberg, Germany)

Issue 2: Sustainable Human Development: Challenges and Solutions for Implementing the United Nations’ Goals
Guest Editors: Suman Verma (Panjab University, Chandigarh, India), Anne C. Petersen (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA), and Jennifer E. Lansford (Duke University, Durham, NC, USA)













Issue 3: Advances in HEXACO Personality Research
Guest Editors: Reinout E. de Vries (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Michael Ashton (Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada), and Kibeom Lee (University of Calgary, Canada)

Issue 4: Open Science in Psychology

Guest Editors: Frank Renkewitz (University of Erfurt, Germany) and Moritz Heene (LMU Munich, Germany)

Instructions to authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscripts for the upcoming topical issues of Zeitschrift für Psychologie. Please note that an article can only be considered for publication if it can be assigned to one of the topical issues that have been announced. The journal does not accept general submissions.

Please read and take note of the instructions to authors before submitting your manuscript. All manuscripts should be submitted as Word or RTF documents by email to the responsible guest editor(s).

Thank you.

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