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Instructions for authors

The Quantitative Methods for Psychology publishes original peer-review articles. Potential contributors should consult the Journal Guidelines to determine if a manuscript is suitable for the Quantitative Methods for Psychology. If a tutorial on a similar topic has already been published in TQMP, motivate in your cover letter why a second paper should be considered by the editorial team.

All submitted manuscripts must conform to the following guidelines:

Manuscript must be submitted in English. Manuscripts may be submitted in PDF, Word, RTF or LaTeX format. Accepted versions will have to be sent in an editable text format (e.g., TeX, Word or RTF file). Manuscripts (including text, tables, and references) must be formatted in 12-point font, be double-spaced, and have left-justified margins. The page size must be set A4 or 8½ x 11 inch paper size (US Letter). Pages must be numbered. All manuscripts must employ correct grammar, syntax, and punctuation. Consult the last edition of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. For LaTeX users, use the class APA with the option man (\documentclass[man]{apa}).

Equations must be edited using the Word equation editor, MathType or be available in Tex or Latex.

Tables must be created with a table editor or use the tab character to separate the entries (i.e., do not use spaces to create tables).

Figures must be available in high resolution upon request. Make sure that the font size is large enough to be visible. Do not use fonts smaller than 10 points. (if you are using a statistical package, you may have to manually change the font sizes). If you are presenting experimental results, all summary results should be shown with error bars (95% confidence interval is preferable; justify in the text if you use a different measure of error).

References must follow the APA format; DOI must be provided for all articles which have such a digital object identifier. You can for example use www.crossref.org/guestquery to search for a DOI.

Failure to conform to these guidelines might result in the editor returning the manuscript to the author without an external review.

Manuscript must be submitted using the Manuscript Submission page (available in left menu). Alternatively, you can send it as an email attachment to the editor (denis.cousineau@uottawa.ca). Other materials (data sets, listings…) may be requested by the editor. If you did not receive an acknowledge of receipt within seven days, email the editor.

Once validated by the editor, the manuscript is sent to 2 or 3 reviewers. The primary focus of the evaluation is the clarity of the presentation and how easily someone could execute the method(s) on his or her own data set. Replications studies are sent only to the author of the experiment being replicated to confirm that the study is an exact replication (see Schmidt, 2009, Review of General Psychology for the definition of an exact replication).

The whole review process requires 8 to 10 weeks. Our current rejection rate is 33%.

If accepted, there is a lag of 1 to 4 months before publication. There is no processing charge, no submission charge and no publication fee.

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CrossMark is a multi-publisher initiative to provide a standard way for readers to locate the current version of a piece of content. By applying the CrossMark logo, The Quantitative Methods for Psychology (TQMP) is committing to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur. Clicking on the CrossMark logo will tell you the current status of a document and may also give you additional publication record information about the document.

Additional publication information includes retraction, withdrawal, erratum and clarification.

Retraction

The TQMP editor will consider retracting a publication if:

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error);
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission or justification;
  • it constitutes plagiarism;
  • it reports unethical research.

A retraction's cause will be described in a brief note.

Withdrawal

The TQMP editor will withdraw an article if the author(s) ask for it. The cause of withdrawal does not have to be disclosed.

Erratum

The TQMP editor will consider issuing an erratum if:

  • a small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be requiring correction because of honest error;
  • the author list is incorrect (i.e. a deserving author has been omitted or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included);

Clarification

The TQMP editor will create link between two articles if the second is a reply, a rejoinder, or a follow-up of a first article.

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