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Focus and Scope

MEDIAPSI accepts either 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. This scope implies that we currently do not accept review articles 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.


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Peer Review Process

Manuscript submitted to MEDIAPSI will be reviewed by applying double-blind peer review method, meaning that both author(s) and reviewer(s) cannot be identified each other. Authors should follow MEDIAPSI author guidelines and online submission guidelines (here for detail guidelines).

The following describes briefly about the whole peer review process of MEDIAPSI.

Upon receiving an article, Editor-in-chief nominates an editor who will be responsible to perform initial check to the manuscript, including suitability to the journal scope, clarity, presentation, and content. Editor also nominates potential reviewers for the manuscript. If the article is eligible, editor sends CTA (Copyright Transfer Agreement) forms and requests author(s) to complete and send them back to the editor. If it is not, rejection notice will be sent to author(s). Failure to send CTA forms on time will cause delay in editorial process for the manuscript.

After receiving the completed forms, editor designates reviewer(s) to review the manuscript and to send the decision and suggestion back within specified time. As mentioned earlier, MEDIAPSI applies double-blind peer review method, which prevents both author(s) and reviewer(s) from being mutually identified. Reviewed manuscript will be rechecked by editor for final decision, including (1) accept submission, (2) revisions required, (3) resubmit for review, (4) resubmit elsewhere, or (5) decline submission.

Editor will take reviewer’s decision and suggestion into account and discuss the final decision in an editorial board meeting with editor-in-chief. Editor, therefore, in consultation with editor-in-chief, has full authority for the final decision of a manuscript.

If decision no. 1 has been reached, though it is unlikely, manuscript will go directly to the copyediting process to be published. However, if minor revisions required (no. 2), author(s) need to revise their manuscript within specified times before being rechecked by editor. If, according to the editor, revision is still necessary, the process can be repeated several times until the manuscript satisfies the editor. Eligible manuscript will be sent to copyeditor for layouting process before finally being published.

Decision no. 3, 4, and 5 in principle means that the manuscript is not eligible to be published in MEDIAPSI. Therefore, editor will notify author(s) about the rejection and, in certain condition, suggest accordingly for the next possible options (as in decision no. 3 or 4).

Specified time for each phase of the editorial process is shown in the editorial flowchart below.


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.



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