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Culture & Psychology

Culture & Psychology

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Cultural Psychology

eISSN: 14617056 | ISSN: 1354067X | Current volume: 30 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

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Culture & Psychology is a leading international peer reviewed journal of scholarly contributions, integrating various aspects of the general notion of culture with scientific psychology.

Culture in its various forms—semiotic mediation, situated activity, dialogical nature of the self and its environment, social representing of human living—is present in each and every moment in our human lives. The science of cultural psychology unites psychology, anthropology, sociology, and history into a general science of cultural being. Its focus is on basic understanding of the psychology of human beings: their identity, social conduct, intra- and intersubjective experiences, emotions, and everyday creativity. The goal of Culture & Psychology is to lead the international scholarly community towards new general theoretical approaches in psychology that include culture. It is not an outlet for purely empirical papers of comparison of people from different ethnic groups. Empirical work is published if demonstrated to be relevant for theory, and adequacy of the data to the phenomena is carefully scrutinized. Predoctoral students and scholars from a diverse set of educational achievements are invited to submit their work. In particular, our outlet of Syntheses is directed for their scholarship.

"Culture & Psychology exhibit[s] a range of thought still fresh enough to remain open to the varieties of experience... [The] high degree of organization not only gives a remarkable coherence to the issues, it also exhibits the cross-disciplinary excitement that arises when psychologists begin to claim culture as a relevant aspect of human psychology" Times Literary Supplement

"A much-needed addition to the field, in line with the growing recognition that all development, all thinking, acting or feeling takes place in a cultural context" Jacqueline Goodnow

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This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Culture & Psychology addresses the centrality of culture necessary for a basic understanding of the psychology of human beings: their identity, social conduct, intra- and intersubjective experiences, emotions and semiotic creativity.

By drawing on diverse theoretical backgrounds, the editorial aim is to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for scholarly investigations and discussions that will advance our basic knowledge of the self in its historical and cultural contexts. The orientation of the journal is towards formulating new conceptualizations of culture in psychology, together with theoretically relevant empirical investigations. Contributions from anthropology, sociology, education, ethnography, cultural history, linguistics, communication studies and philosophy will further enhance the journal's commitment to interdisciplinary psychology.

Jaan Valsiner Aalborg University, Denmark
Associate Editors
Nandita Chaudhary Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India
Carlos Cornejo PUC, Chile
Rainer Diriwächter California Lutheran University, USA
Ivana Markova University of Stirling, UK
Giuseppina Marsico University of Salerno, Italy
Mariann Märtsin Tallinn University, Estonia
Fathali M. Moghaddam Georgetown University, USA
Ana B. Smolka Universidade Estadula de Campinas, Brazil
Wolfgang Wagner University of Tartu, Estonia
Brady Wagoner Aalborg University, Denmark
Meike Watzlawik Sigmund Freud Prvatuniversität, Berlin
Tania Zittoun University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Editorial Director
Kevin Carriere Stonehill College, USA
Editorial Assistant
Bethany Mulderig Washington & Jefferson College, USA
Qian Wang Zhejiang University, China
Editorial Board
Zarak Ahmed Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Isabelle Albert University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Jytte Bang Roskilde University, Denmark
Parul Bansal Faculty, Department of Psychology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.
Ana Cecilia Bastos Universidade Federal Da Bahia, Brazil
Zachary Beckstead Bringham Young University-Hawaii, USA
Svend Brinkmann Aalborg University, Denmark
Gilberto Pérez Campos Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico
Mario Carretero FLACSO - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Argentina
Michael Cole Texas Christian University, USA
Flora Cornish London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Carla Cunha ISMAI, Portugal
Basia Ellis California State University, Sacramento, USA
Pablo Fossa Desarrollo University, Chile
Mark Freeman College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, USA
John Gastil Pennsylvania State University, USA
Alex Gillespie University of Cambridge, UK
Vlad Glaveanu Dublin City University, Ireland
Danilo Silva Guimaraes University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aydan Gulerce Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
Helen Haste University of Bath, UK
Hubert J M Hermans University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
Alejandro Iborra-Cuéllar Universidad de Alcala, Spain
Robert E. Innis University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Irini Kadianaki University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Shagufa Kapadia The M.S. University of Baroda, India
Hroar Klempe NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Alaric Kohler HEP-BEJUNE, Switzerland
Carlos Kölbl Bayreuth University, Germany
Olga Lehmann NTNU, Norway
Jean Lességue Laboratoire Lattice-CNRS, France
Cynthia Lightfoot Pennsylvania State University, USA
Lia Lordelo Universidade Federal do Recôncavo de Bahia, Brazil
Hazel R Markus Stanford University, USA
Lucas Mazur Jagiellonian University, Poland
Kyoko Murakami University of Bath, UK
Yasuhiro Omi University of Yamanashi, Japan
Alexander Poddiakov State University-Higher School of Economics, Russia
Jonathan Potter Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Seamus Power University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Rebecca Puche-Navarro Universidad de la Valle, Cali, Colombia
Susan Rasmussen University of Houston, USA
Alberto Rosa Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Joao Salgado Instituto Superior da Maia, Portugal
Sergio Salvatore University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Gordon Sammut University of Malta, Malta
Lado Samsakhurdia Ivane Javakashvili University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Tatsuya Sato Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Richard Shweder University of Chicago, USA (anthropology; cultural psychology)
Thomas Slunecko University of Vienna, Austria
Henderikus J Stam University of Calgary, Canada
Jürgen Straub Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Luca Tateo University of Oslo, Norway, and UFBA, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Aaro Toomela Tallinn University, Estonia
Claire Tourmen Agricultural University of Dijon, France
René van der Veer University of Leiden, Netherlands
James V Wertsch Washington University, USA
Shi-Xu University of Surrey, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Culture & Psychology.

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Culture & Psychology will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Culture & Psychology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Culture & Psychology publishes original articles of theoretical relevance for linking the notions of culture and psychology.  It is the flagship journal on cultural psychology.  The inclusion of empirical evidence in the papers is encouraged if that evidence has relevance for theoretical advancements in cultural psychology. Since the nature of psychological phenomena is qualitative in their nature, empirical evidence that is included in theoretically relevant manuscripts is expected to be using qualitative methods.  If quantitative methods use is necessary the authors are expected to prove in the manuscript that quantification of the phenomena under study is warranted. Culture & Psychology publishes commentaries on the articles published, and book review essays that outline specific theoretical values of the books under consideration.  Review articles on theoretical advances in any sub-fields of cultural psychology may be considered, but reviews of empirical literature are not published in the Journal. Summaries of Culture & Psychology articles that outline specific theoretical innovations are published under the style of Syntheses as outlined below.

    Full papers should aim to be a maximum of 9,000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc). This is not a hard rule, and papers will not be desk rejected based on length alone. We expect and understand that the review process may change your word count number in either direction. A Review Essay can be about a single book (which must be very significant to warrant this much attention), about several books, or ‘state-of-the-art’ articles (usually up to 3,000 words).

    Syntheses is a short form article (maximum 2,500 words, inclusive of references) that draws on 6-8 articles on a selected topic within Culture & Psychology. The articles should not be restricted to any time point, and the first author of the Syntheses must be a master’s level student or below. Topical syntheses are welcome but are not required.  Syntheses aim to find the unifying theme, message, and theoretical expansion across the selected papers. The first author of a Syntheses should be a predoctoral student or below.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editor and one Associate Editor within the first 6 weeks after submission.

    Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors should expect to have reviewers' comments within approximately 10 weeks after the manuscript is sent for full review. The peer review process is interdisciplinary and international with special care taken by the Editorial Office not to include reviewers from only one country, and one discipline.

    In general, Editors will seek advice from two or more expert reviewers about the scientific content and presentation of submitted articles. As a rule, the reviewing process is open, but both authors and reviewers can request that their anonymity be respected. Given the central role of commentaries that are to appear with published articles, the publication time may be around 1 year after the final acceptance of the manuscripts.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    •    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
    •    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
    •    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    Culture & Psychology requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Culture & Psychology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Culture & Psychology and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Culture & Psychology offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    For numbers less than one, a nought should be inserted before the decimal point. Use spaces (not commas) within numbers (e.g. 10 000, 0.125 275).

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Culture & Psychology adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Culture & Psychology is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Culture & Psychology editorial office as follows:  or

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