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Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships


eISSN: 14603608 | ISSN: 02654075 | Current volume: 37 | Current issue: 7 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

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The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (JSPR) is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research on social and personal relationships. JSPR is the leading journal in the field, publishing empirical and theoretical papers on social and personal relationships. It is multidisciplinary in scope, drawing material from the fields of social psychology, clinical psychology, communication, developmental psychology, and sociology.

"This is the outstanding journal in personal relationships, clearly the most highly cited journal for articles on relationships and the one you most naturally pick up when you are researching a relational topic" Clyde Hendrick Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA

Book Review Section

The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships often includes reviews of the most recently published books in the field, to help readers determine which publications will be of most use to them in their teaching and research.

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

The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (JSPR) is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research on social and personal relationships. JSPR is the leading journal in the field, publishing empirical and theoretical papers on social and personal relationships. It is multidisciplinary in scope, drawing material from the fields of social psychology, clinical psychology, communication, developmental psychology, and sociology.

"This is the outstanding journal in personal relationships, clearly the most highly cited journal for articles on relationships and the one you most naturally pick up when you are researching a relational topic" Clyde Hendrick Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA

Book Review Section

The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships often includes reviews of the most recently published books in the field, to help readers determine which publications will be of most use to them in their teaching and research.

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

Editor
Melissa Curran University of Arizona, USA
Editorial Assistant
Xiaomin Li University of Arizona, USA
Social Media Editor: Podcast Series, Relationship Matters
Bjarne Holmes Champlain College, Vermont, USA
Social Media Editor, Twitter
Josh Pederson University of Alabama, USA
Founding Editor
Steve Duck University of Iowa, USA
Associate Editors
Kari Adamsons University of Connecticut, USA
Hongjian Cao Beijing Normal University, China
Colleen Warner Colaner University of Missouri, USA
Cheryl Harasymchuk Carleton University, Canada
Colin Hesse Oregon State University, USA
Amanda J. Holmstrom Michigan State University, USA
Sean M. Horan Fairfield University, USA
Samantha Joel University of Utah, USA
Matthew Johnson University of Alberta, Canada
Pam Lannutti Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, USA
Mei-Chen Lin Kent State University, USA
Amy Muise York University, Canada
Brian Ogolsky University of Illinois, USA
Angela Rowe University of Bristol, UK
Nan Zhou Beijing Normal University, China
Advisory Editorial Board
Jamie Abaied University of Vermont, USA
Katarzyna Adamczyk Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Nazli Busra Akcabozan Kayabol Hasan Kalyoncu University, Turkey
Jared Anderson Kansas State University, USA
Oriana Aragón Clemson University, USA
Arthur Aron State University of New York, USA
Evrynomi Avdi Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Anita Barbee University of Louisville, USA
Lindsey Beck Emerson College, USA
Gurit E. Birnbaum Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel
Jordan Booker University of Missouri, USA
Jessica Borelli University of California, USA
Kellie Brisini Pennsylvania State University, USA
Tricia Burke Texas State University, USA
Mary Burleson Arizona State University, USA
Robert Burriss Basel University, Switzerland
Jessica Cameron University of Manitoba, Canada
Lik Sam Chan The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Peilian Chi University of Macau, China
Anthony Coy University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USA
Ming Cui Florida State University, USA
Michael Cunningham University of Louisville, USA
Rene Dailey University of Texas at Austin, USA
Bret Davis University of Nevada, USA
Anik Debrot University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Jayson Dibble Hope College, USA
Wesley Durham University of Southern Indiana, USA
Jared Durtschi Kansas State University, USA
John Edlund Rochester Institute, USA
Allison Farrell Miami University, USA
Frank D. Fincham Florida State University, USA
Kory Floyd University of Arizona, USA
R. Chris Fraley University of Illinois, USA
Stanley O. Gaines Brunel University London, UK
Adam Galovan University of Alberta, Canada
Mark Generous California State Polytechnic University, USA
Judith Gere Kent State University, USA
Amie Gordon University of California, USA
Yuthika Girme Simon Fraser University, Canada
Stephen Haas University of Cincinnati, USA
Benjamin Hadden Florida Atlantic University, USA
Andy High Pennsylvania State University, USA
Jennifer Hirsch Yale University, USA
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Claire M. Kamp Dush Ohio State University, USA
Jeremy Kanter Illinois State University, USA
Darin Knapp University of Arizona, USA
Leanne Knobloch University of Illinois, USA
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Justin Lavner University of Georgia, USA
Yunying Le University of Miami, USA
Chelom Leavitt Brigham Young University, UK
Andrew M. Ledbetter Texas Christian University, USA
Thomas Ledermann Florida State University, USA
Adriana Lis University of Padova, USA
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Jessica Maxwell The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Bree McEwan DePaul University, USA
Kevin McIntyre Trinity University, Ireland
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Mario Mikulincer Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel
Paul A Mongeau Arizona State University, USA
J. Kale Monk University of Missouri, USA
Matthew Montoya Murdoch University, Australia
Sylvia Niehuis Texas Tech University, USA
Lucia O'Sullivan University of New Brunswick, Canada
Chris Pepping La Trobe University, Australia
Daniel Perlman The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Brett Peters Ohio University, USA
Amanda Pollitt University of Texas at Austin, USA
Eshkol Rafaeli Bar-Ilan University, Israel
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jspr 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 Journal of Social and Personal Relationships will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    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.

    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 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
      4.6 Word count
      4.7 Open research statement
    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 Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (JSPR) is an international and interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that publishes empirical and theoretical papers on social and personal relationships. It is multidisciplinary in scope, drawing materials from, among others, the fields of social psychology, clinical psychology, communication, developmental psychology, family studies and sociology. The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:

    1. Research Reports, describing new empirical findings;
      (a) Full papers
      (b) Short reports
    2. Review Articles. The Editor wishes to encourage the following types of review, but request that authors contact them in advance:
      (a)    general reviews that provide a synthesis of an area of social and personal relationships;
      (b)    critiques - focused and provocative reviews that are followed by a number of invited commentaries, with a concluding reply from the main author;
      (c)    Viewpoint article - a research-based commentary, preferably on a currently relevant issue, targeting either the research community, the political agenda or both. The emphasis is on policy recommendations, but the article should be based on a succinct and balanced summary of existing research on the issue.
    3. Meta-analyses

    Full papers and review articles are generally restricted to a maximum of 9,000 words including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). Short reports are generally restricted to 3,000 words including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.).  We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut anyway should make the required deletions before submitting.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    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

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two (and generally three) referees. Papers from graduate students or recent PhDs are especially welcomed and will, if the authors explicitly request it, receive extra attention (i.e. one additional reviewer). All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 3-4 months of submission.

    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.

    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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 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

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 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

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    Please format your manuscript according to the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual outlined here. The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit the artwork guidelines section of 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.

    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

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 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.

    4.6 Word count

    Articles can be a maximum of 9,000 words (short reports - 3,000) including all elements such as title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statements etc.).

    4.7 Open research statement

    As part of IARR's encouragement of open research practices, authors will need to upload a completed disclosure statement, which will appear as a footnote in the published version of the manuscript. 

    We ask that a blinded and non-blinded version be uploaded with the submission. For these statements, please use these instructions and the wording provided in these two templates:

    Authors will need to upload each statement as a separate word document with the other submission documents. The following links provide FAQs and instructions. When filling in this statement, please be mindful of copyright permission and ethical considerations related to sharing data and material. Authors will not be able to submit their manuscript until this statement has been uploaded.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jspr 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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    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 Journal of Social and Personal Relationships editorial office as follows:

    The Editor
    Melissa Curran
    Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
    The University of Arizona
    McClelland Park, 650 North Park Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0078

    email: macurran@email.arizona.edu

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