Focus and Scope
MEDIAPSI accepts empirical research papers covering all areas of psychology, be they general, industrial and organizational, social, developmental, educational, and clinical. The empirical research papers require that authors should provide the readers with primary data or secondary data, to test theories either exploratory or confirmatory. The data can be derived from (correlational or experimental) quantitative methodology or qualitative methodology. Correlational or experimental quantitative research typically builds upon hypothesis testing, whereas descriptive research does not. Based on these criteria, we currently do not accept both review articles and descriptive research to be published in MEDIAPSI.
The empirical research papers may take the form of original research or replication research. However, among the two options, MEDIAPSI prefers original research to replication research. Original research papers focus on some form of novelties, which are broken down as follows:
A. Novel approaches
Novel approaches may manifest in the psychological mechanism (i.e., mediator) or the boundary condition (i.e., moderator) that underly the relationship between or among phenomena. They may also manifest in combining some theories to explain a topic under investigation.
B. Understudied area
Understudied area denotes a research novelty that has to do with the significant contribution to the existing literature by examining psychological theories within the context of underrepresented, non-WEIRD (White, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) samples.
C. Novel topic
Novel topic centres on the investigation of a phenomenon with little to no previous empirical research.