Zeitschrift für Psychologie

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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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Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Research Alert, PsycINFO, PsycLit, IBZ, ERIH, PSYNDEX.
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


Open Science in Psychology
Guest Editors: Frank Renkewitz, Moritz Heene
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 227, No. 4

New Developments in HEXACO Personality Research
Guest Editors: Reinout E. de Vries, Michael C. Ashton, and Kibeom Lee
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 227, No. 3

Sustainable Human Development
Guest Editors: Suman Verma, Anne C. Petersen, and Jennifer E. Lansford
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 227, No. 2

Hotspots in Psychology - 2019 Edition
Guest Editors: Michael Bošnjak and Timo Gnambs
Zeitschrift für Psychologie, Vol. 227, No. 1





For authors and editors

Call for papers

Topical issue: What Drives Second- and Third-Party Punishment? Conceptual Replications of the ‘Intuitive Retributivism’ Hypothesis
Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1, 2019
Deadline for submission of study protocols for pre-registration is March 31, 2020
Deadline for submission of full papers is October 31, 2020

Topical issue: Hotspots in Psychology 2021
Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1, 2019
Deadline for submission of full papers is April 30, 2020



Topical issue: Clinical and Social Psychology: Identifying Commonalities and Synergies to Advance Research and Practice
Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 1, 2020
Deadline for submission of full papers is May 1, 2020

Topical issue: Dark Personality in the Workplace
Deadline for submission of abstracts is June 1, 2020
Deadline for submission of full papers is February 1, 2021

Upcoming topics and guest editors


Issue 1: Hotspots in Psychology 2020
Editors: Michael Bošnjak and Nadine Wedderhoff (Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information, Trier, Germany)

Issue 2: Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Guest Editors: Alexandra Martin (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany) and Omer van den Bergh (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Issue 3: The Psychology of Forensic Evidence
Guest Editors: Anna Sagana and Melanie Sauerland (University of Maastricht, The Netherlands)

Issue 4: Advances in Metamemory Research
Guest Editors: Monika Undorf (University of Mannheim, Germany) and Vered Halamish (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel)



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, including the author instructions for Hotspots in Psychology issues if you intend to submit to this type of topical issue.

Manuscripts for Hotspots in Psychology issues should be submitted via Editorial Manager. Manuscripts to the other topical issues should be submitted as Word or RTF documents by email to the responsible guest editor(s).

Thank you.

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