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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Cover page with authors' information
  • Abstract
  • Keywords (up to 8)
  • Highlights (3-5)
  • Anonymized text and references
  • Text and references in APA 7th ed. style
  • Text thoroughly checked for spelling, grammar, and clarity (U. S. spelling)
  • Ethics information
  • Authors' contributions
  • Declaration of interest

Author Guidelines

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

Submissions to JAEX ought not have been published elsewhere in whole or in part (except for isolated sections or earlier conference versions), nor be under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Authors, must follow standards of expected ethical behavior, as described in the Statement on Ethics and Publication Standards below. Any ethical violation will result in rejection of the manuscript. If the violation is discovered after the work is published, the paper will be retracted and further actions may be pursued.

Manuscript Preparation

Language
The text should be written in good American English. Authors who do not have a high writing level in English should consider sending their papers first to a professional academic editing service. Some style preferences of the journal: a) use “volunteer”, or “participant” instead of “subject”, b) avoid sexist language, c) use “masked” instead of “blind” conditions,” d) unless part of a quotation, do not use verb contractions (e.g., “is not” instead of “isn’t”), e) include the appropriate diacritical marks in the case of foreign names and words.

Style
Manuscripts must follow the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, Washington) and be copyedited for spelling, grammar and content thoroughly before submission. There are various online sources that give specific information on the style if the authors do not have it. You can also check https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/examples

Format
Articles must not exceed 10,000 words including references and figures. They must be in Word (or compatible program), double-spaced, using Times New Roman Size 12 font.  Longer papers of unusual importance may be considered for publication, previous authorization by the Editor. All manuscripts must contain an Abstract, Keywords, and clearly defined sections. Papers should be emailed to etzel.cardena@psy.lu.se

Research Papers

We recommend that authors consult APA journal article reporting standards (JARS; https://apastyle.apa.org/jars) as general guidelines for:

  • quantitative research (https://apastyle.apa.org/jars/jars-quant-decision-flowchart.pdf),
  • qualitative research (https://apastyle.apa.org/jars/qual-table-1.pdf), and
  • mixed research designs (https://apastyle.apa.org/jars/mixed-table-1.pdf).

When relevant, research papers must include Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusion sections in the Abstract and the body of the paper itself.  The method section, as appropriate, must include information about who interacted with the participants and the style of interaction. In the case of anomalous cognition studies, when appropriate the Methods section should report measures of a-priori beliefs by the researchers and participants about success in the experiment, attitudes about psi held, and so on. If no questionnaire can be administered, information can be provided following a scale such as this: 5 -strong belief in the success of the experiment -, 4 -moderate belief-, 3 -neutral, 2 -moderate non-belief, 1 -strong non-belief in the success of the experiment.

Pre-registration and Access to Data

Research submission must clearly state which hypotheses (and analyses) were confirmatory and which exploratory. Although research pre-registration and use of data depositories are not currently required, they will be positively noted by symbols in the papers that use them. Research, particularly confirmatory, can be preregistered, for instance in https://koestlerunit.wordpress.com/study-registry or ttps://osf.io/prereg, Data can be registered in repositories such as https://data.world or open-data.spr.ac.uk.

Title Page
The title page should include the title of the paper, the authors’ name and surname and their affiliation addresses and email addresses. The author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent must also be specified. Indicate the corresponding author, including phone numbers (with country and area code), e-mail address, and complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

• The title should be accurate, concise, and informative.

• Author names and affiliations. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full email address of each author. If an author has moved since the work described in the article, or was visiting at the time, a present or permanent address may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main affiliation address.

Abstract and Keywords
An abstract, not exceeding 250 words, should be the second page of the manuscript, followed by a maximum of 8 keywords, reflecting the essential topics of the article. These keywords will be used for information retrieval systems and indexing purposes.

Introduction
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, which should make the topic understandable to a non-specialist. The review should go as far back into time as much as needed, rather than assume some arbitrary span such as the literature of the last 5 or 10 years. Also, when feasible, the authors should make reference to important works published in other languages than English.


Methods
The methods section should describe the design of the study, the setting, the participants and instruments involved, as well as the procedure. Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods and instruments already published should be indicated by a reference and relevant modifications described.

Ethical Considerations

Papers reporting empirical studies requiring ethical approval must state which Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided it, and that informed consent was obtained. Provide the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

Analysis

All general analyses must be described at length (e.g., do not just write that IPA was employed) and describe how the validity and reliability of the methods/measures/translations were evaluated in past or the current paper. In the case of statistical analyses, descriptive values must be reported besides inferential ones, which should include, whenever possible, effect sizes and their confidence intervals. The importance of a results should not be based exclusively on the “statistical significance,” or not, of the result, and consider using additional analyses such as Bayesian approaches rather than just reporting that a result was not significant (see e.g., Tressoldi, P., & Utts, J. (2015) Statistical guidelines for empirical studies. In E. Cardeña, J. Palmer, & D. Marcusson-Clavertz (Eds.), Parapsychology: A handbook for the 21st century.McFarlane). Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.

Results
Results should be clear and concise. The Results section may be broken into subsections with short, informative headingsand a summarizing statement.

Discussion
The discussion section should explore the significance of the results of the work, and integrate them to previous work, rather than just reiterating them. Specific recommendations for further research should be specific (i. e., do not write only “more research is needed”) .A combined Results and Discussion section may be appropriate.

Author’s Contribution
In order to give appropriate credit to each author of a paper, the individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be noted in this section, with a format similar to this: AB designed the study, organized the data collection, and drafted the first version of the manuscript. CD carried out the statistical analyses and was actively involved in revising the manuscript. EF participated in the data collection and helped revise the manuscript. All authors should read and approve the final manuscript. Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgements section. (e.g., those only providing help with data collection, providing language help).

Declaration of Interests
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. If no conflict exists, please state that ”The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest.”

 
References
References must be prepared following APA style and rechecked carefully before submission. They should include DOIs, when available (authors should check their reference list for DOIs here: https://search.crossref.org/references). Every reference cited in the text should be present in the reference list and vice versa. Citation of a reference as '”in press'” implies that the item has been accepted for publication.The author is responsible for obtaining permission, when necessary, to quote excerpts or figures from any previously published material, and submit such permission with the manuscript.


Footnotes, Tables, and Figures

Endnotes are not acceptable, use instead footnotes sparingly, if at all. Number them consecutively throughout the article.Tables and figures should be understandable without reference to the main text. The same information should not be reproduced in both tables and figures, and should follow APA style. Each figure should include a single illustration and should fit on a single page. If a figure consists of separate parts, it is important that a single composite illustration file be submitted containing all parts of the figure. These file formats can be used for Tables and Figures: PNG, TIFF, or JPEG.

Corrections and Retractions
The policy of the JAEX is that all published articles shall undergo a thorough reviewing process, so that they can be relied to be accurate, fair, complete, and citable. This does not preclude the possibility that errors may occur. Important errors (i. e., not just a minor typo) will be mentioned in an errata section later on a numbered page that will contain the original article's citation. Cases where such corrections are insufficient to address will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the Editor in Chief.

 

Research articles

Research, whether quantitative, qualitative, or mixed, presenting new data or re-analyses. This category includes experiments and correlational studies, as well as systematic case studies, field research, historical analyses, and other systematic inquiry.

Make a new submission to the Research articles section.

Theoretical and methodological papers

  1. Theoretical papersm which should include implications of the theory and fit to the extant data.
  2. Methodological/analytical papers with a focus on anomalous experiences and cognition.

Make a new submission to the Theoretical and methodological papers section.

Registered reports

This category refers to a process in which authors can send proposed research at the stage of a complete and thorough literature review and research design. If during the initial peer-review process the design is approved, following the approved protocol guarantees that the paper cannot be rejected on the bases of design issues or results obtained. For more information see https://www.cos.io/initiatives/registered-reports

Note that for this type of submission you are only required to send an initial literature review and a detailed research design.

Make a new submission to the Registered reports section. Check all of the items in the submission checklist even if not all apply to a registered report.

Invited debates

Debates on contentious issues, by invitation only

Make a new submission to the Invited debates section.

Invited summaries

Invited summaries of important new books or reviews of a topic.

Make a new submission to the Invited summaries section.

Invited book reviews

Book reviews, by invitation only

Make a new submission to the Invited book reviews section. Check all of the items in the submission checklist even if not all apply to a book review.

Editorials

Editorials by Editor-in-Chief or invited editorials by others.

Make a new submission to the Editorials section.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor about current issues or papers recently published in JAEX.

Make a new submission to the Letters to the editor section. Check all of the items in the submission checklist even if not all apply to a letter.

Research articles

Research, whether quantitative, qualitative, or mixed, presenting new data or re-analyses. This category includes experiments and correlational studies, as well as systematic case studies, field research, historical analyses, and other systematic inquiry.

Theoretical and methodological papers

  1. Theoretical papersm which should include implications of the theory and fit to the extant data.
  2. Methodological/analytical papers with a focus on anomalous experiences and cognition.

Registered reports

This category refers to a process in which authors can send proposed research at the stage of a complete and thorough literature review and research design. If during the initial peer-review process the design is approved, following the approved protocol guarantees that the paper cannot be rejected on the bases of design issues or results obtained. For more information see https://www.cos.io/initiatives/registered-reports

Note that for this type of submission you are only required to send an initial literature review and a detailed research design.

Invited debates

Debates on contentious issues, by invitation only

Invited summaries

Invited summaries of important new books or reviews of a topic.

Invited book reviews

Book reviews, by invitation only

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor about current issues or papers recently published in JAEX.