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The Journal of Psychological Inquiry encourages undergraduate students to submit manuscripts for consideration. Manuscripts may include empirical studies, literature reviews, and historical articles; manuscripts may cover any topical area in the psychological sciences. Write the manuscript for a reading audience versus a listening or viewing audience.

1 Manuscripts must have an undergraduate as the primary author. Manuscripts by graduates will be accepted if the work was completed as an undergraduate. Graduate students or faculty may be co-authors if their role was one of teacher or mentor versus full fledged collaborator.

2 Manuscripts must (a) have come from students at institutions sponsoring the Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention and the Journal of Psychological Inquiry or (b) have been accepted for or presented at the meeting of the Great Plains Students’ Psychological Convention, the Association for Psychological and Educational research in Kansas, the Nebraska Psychological Society, the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students, or the ILLOWA Undergraduate Psychology Conference. The preceding conditions do not apply to manuscripts for the Special Features Section I, Special Features Section II, or Special Features Section III.

3 Send original manuscripts only. Do not send manuscripts that have been accepted for publication or that have been published elsewhere.

4 All manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with the APA manual (latest edition).

5 Empirical studies should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages; literature reviews or historical papers should not exceed 20 double-spaced pages. The number of pages excludes the title page, abstract, references, figures, and tables. We expect a high level of sophistication for literature review and historical papers.

6 The Journal requires five (5) copies of the manuscript in near letter quality condition using 12 point font. Faded or poor quality printing may be grounds for returning materials without review.

7 Provide e-mail addresses for the author(s) and faculty

8 Include a sponsoring statement from a faculty supervisor. (Supervisor: Read and critique papers on content, method, APA style, grammar, and overall presentation.) The sponsoring letter should indicate that the supervisor has read and critiqued the manuscript. In addition, assert that the research adhered to the APA ethical standards. Finally, confirm that the planning, execution, and writing of the manuscript represents primarily the work of the undergraduate author(s).

9 Include a self-addressed stamped envelope of proper size and with sufficient postage to return all materials.

10 On a separate sheet, type the following information: (a) Names, current addresses, and phone numbers of all authors (b) Names and address of your school (c) Name, phone, and address (if other than your school) of your faculty supervisor (d) Permanent address and phone number (if different from current) of primary author.

11 Ordinarily, the review process will be complete in 60 days.

12 If the editor returns a manuscript that requires revisions, the author(s) is (are) responsible for making the necessary changes and resubmitting the manuscript to the Journal. Sometimes you may have to revise manuscripts more than once.


Updated 5/02

Send submissions to:

Mark E. Ware, Managing Editor
Journal of Psychological Inquiry
Department of Psychology
Creighton University
Omaha, NE 68178
email : meware@creighton.edu


_____ Five copies of the manuscript (#6)
_____ E-mail addresses for author(s) and faculty sponsor (#7)
_____ Sponsoring statement by a faculty supervisor (#8)
_____ Self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of all materials (#9)
_____ Names and addresses of authors and sponsor (#10)


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Invitation to Contribute to the Special Features Section—I


Undergraduate students are invited to work in pairs and contribute to the Special Features section of the next issues of the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The topic is:

Evaluating Controversial Issues

This topic gives two students an opportunity to work together on different facets of the same issue. Select a controversial issue relevant to an area of psychology (e.g., Does violence on television have harmful effects on children?—developmental psychology; Is homosexuality incompatible with the military?—human sexuality; Are repressed memories real?—cognitive psychology). Each student should take one side of the issue and address current empirical research. Each paper should make a persuasive case for one side of the argument.

Submit 3-5 page manuscripts. If accepted, the manuscripts will be published in tandem in the journal.

Note to Faculty: This task would work especially well in courses in which instructors have students debate controversial issues. Faculty are in an ideal position to identify good papers on each side of the issue and contact students about submitting their papers.

Procedures:
1. The postmarked deadline for submission to this Special Features section is December 2, 2006.
2. All manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with the APA manual (latest edition).
3. Provide the following information:

(a) Names, current addresses, and phone numbers of all authors. Specify what address should be used in correspondence about your submission,
(b) Name and address of your school,
(c) Name, phone number and address of your faculty sponsor, and
(d) Permanent address and phone number (if different from the current one) of the primary author.

4. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope of proper size and with sufficient postage to return all materials
5. Send three (3) copies of the a 3-5 page manuscript in near letter quality condition using 12 point font.
6. Include a sponsoring statement from a faculty supervisor. (Supervisor: Read and critique papers on content, method, APA style, grammar, and overall presentation.) The sponsoring statement should indicate that the supervisor has read and critiqued the manuscript and that the writing of the essay represents primarily the work of the undergraduate student.

Send submissions to:

Dr. R. L. Miller
Department of Psychology
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849



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Invitation to Contribute to the Special Features Section—II


Undergraduate students are invited to contribute to the Special Features section of the next issue of the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The topic is:

Conducting Psychological Analyses — Dramatic

Submit a 3-5 page manuscript that contains a psychological analysis of a television program or movie. The Special Features section of the current issue (pp. 34-53) contains several examples of the types of psychological analysis students may submit.

Option 1—Television Program:
Select an episode from a popular, 30-60 min television program, describe the salient behaviors, activities, and/or interactions, and interpret that scene using psychological concepts and principles. The presentation should identify the title of the program and the name of the television network. Describe the episode and paraphrase the dialogue. Finally, interpret behavior using appropriate concepts and/or principles that refer to the research literature. Citing references is optional.

Option 2—Movie Analysis:
Analyze a feature film, available at a local video store, for its psychological content. Discuss the major themes but try to concentrate on applying some of the more obscure psychological terms, theories, or concepts. For example, the film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? deals with prejudice and stereotypes, but less obviously, there is material related to attribution theory, person perception, attitude change, impression formation, and nonverbal communication. Briefly describe the plot and then select key scenes that illustrate one or more psychological principles. Describe how the principle is illustrated in the movie and provide a critical analysis of the illustration that refers to the research literature. Citing references is optional.


Procedures:

1. The postmarked deadline for submission to this Special Features section is December 2, 2006.
2. All manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with the APA manual (latest edition).
3. Provide the following information:

(a) Names, current addresses, and phone numbers of all authors. Specify what address should be used in correspondence about your submission,
(b) Name and address of your school,
(c) Name, phone number and address of your faculty sponsor, and
(d) Permanent address and phone number (if different from the current one) of the primary author.

4. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope of proper size and with sufficient postage to return all materials.
5. Send three (3) copies of the a 3-5 page manuscript in near letter quality condition using 12 point font.
6. Include a sponsoring statement from a faculty supervisor. (Supervisor: Read and critique papers on content, method, APA style, grammar, and overall presentation.) The sponsoring statement should indicate that the supervisor has read and critiqued the manuscript and that the writing of the essay represents primarily the work of the undergraduate student.

Send submissions to:

Dr. R. L. Miller
Department of Psychology
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849


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Invitation to Contribute to the Special Features Section—III


Undergraduate students are invited to contribute to the Special Features section of the next issue of the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. The topic is:

Conducting Psychological Analyses — Current Events

Submit a 3-5 page manuscript that contains a psychological analysis of a current event. News storiea may be analyzed from the perspective of any content area in psychology. The manuscript should describe the particular event and use psychological principles to explain people's reactions to that event.

Example 1: Several psychological theories could be used to describe people’s reactions to the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Terror management research has often shown that after reminders of mortality people show greater investment in and support for groups to which they belong and tend to derogate groups that threaten their worldview (Harmon-Hones, Greenberg, Solomon, & Simon, 1996). Several studies have shown the link between mortality salience and nationalistic bias (see Greenberg, Simon, Pyszczynski, & Solomon, 1992). Consistent with these findings, the news reported that prejudice towards African Americans decreased noticeably after 9/11 as citizens began to see all Americans as more similar than different.

Example 2: A psychological concept that could be applied to the events of September 11 would be that of bounded rationality, which is the tendency to think unclearly about environmental hazards prior to their occurrence (Slovic, Kunreuther, & White, 1974). Work in environmental psychology would help explain why we were so surprised by this terrorist act.

The analysis of a news event should include citations of specific studies and be linked to aspects of the news story. Authors could choose to apply several psychological concepts to a single event or to use one psychological theory or concept to explain different aspects associated with the event.

Procedures:

1. The postmarked deadline for submission to this Special Features section is December 2, 2006.
2. All manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with the APA manual (latest edition).
3. Provide the following information:

(a) Names, current addresses, and phone numbers of all authors. Specify what address should be used in correspondence about your submission,
(b) Name and address of your school,
(c) Name, phone number and address of your faculty sponsor, and
(d) Permanent address and phone number (if different from the current one) of the primary author.

4. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope of proper size and with sufficient postage to return all materials.
5. Send three (3) copies of the a 3-5 page manuscript in near letter quality condition using 12 point font.
6. Include a sponsoring statement from a faculty supervisor. (Supervisor: Read and critique papers on content, method, APA style, grammar, and overall presentation.) The sponsoring statement should indicate that the supervisor has read and critiqued the manuscript and that the writing of the essay represents primarily the work of the undergraduate student.

Send submissions to:

Dr. R. L. Miller
Department of Psychology
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849



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