Zeitschrift für Psychologie

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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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


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


Educational Neuroscience – A Field Between False Hopes and Realistic Expectations
Guest Editors: Elsbeth Stern, Roland H. Grabner, and Ralph Schumacher
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 224, No. 4

Hotspots in Psychology 2016
Guest Editors: Edgar Erdfelder and Michael Bošnjak
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 224, No. 3

Neural Plasticity in Rehabilitation and Psychotherapy
Guest Editors: Wolfgang H. R. Miltner and Otto W. Witte
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 224, No. 2

Work–Life Balance
Guest Editors: Carmen Binnewies
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 224, No. 1


For authors and editors

Calls for papers

Topical issue: Delusions – Risk-Factors, Models, and Approaches to Psychological Intervention
Deadline for submission of abstracts is July 15, 2017
Deadline for submission of full papers is November 15, 2017

Topical issue: Hotspots in Psychology (2019)
Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 15, 2017
Deadline for submission of full papers is February 28, 2018


Upcoming topics and guest editors


Issue 3: Mechanisms of Mental Disorders
Guest Editor: Alfons O. Hamm (University of Greifswald, Germany)




Issue 1: Hotspots in Psychology 2018
Editors: Michael Bosnjak (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany) and Edgar Erdfelder (University of Mannheim, Germany)

Issue 2: Theory of Mind Across the Lifespan
Guest Editor: Daniel M. Bernstein (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Canada)



Topical issue: Big Data in Psychology: Methods and Applications
Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 15, 2017
Deadline for submission of full papers is February 28, 2018

Issue 4: Political and Civic Engagement in Youth
Guest Editors: Xenia Chryssochoo (Panteion University, Athens, Greece) and Martyn Barrett (University of Surrey, UK)



Issue 3: Delusions: Risk-Factors, Models, and Approaches to Psychological Intervention
Guest Editor: Tania Lincoln (University of Hamburg, Germany)

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)

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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