Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts®

ISSN: 1931-3896
eISSN: 1931-390X
Published: quarterly, beginning in February
ISI Impact Factor: 1.787
Psychology - Experimental : 41 of 83

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Bridging Art and Science
The new editors of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts will publish research from a broad array of scientists and reach out to new audiences. (from Monitor on Psychology, January 2013)


Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts is devoted to promoting scholarship on the psychology of the production and appreciation of the arts and all aspects of creative endeavor.

To that end, we publish manuscripts presenting original empirical research and papers that synthesize and evaluate extant research that relate to the psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.

Generally, qualitative work, case studies, essays, interviews, biographical profiles, and literature reviews are discouraged.

Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Roni Reiter-Palmon
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Pablo Tinio
Montclair State University

Founding Editors

James C. Kaufman
University of Connecticut

Jeffrey K. Smith
University of Otago, New Zealand

Lisa F. Smith
University of Otago, New Zealand

Editorial Board

John Baer
Rider University

Mark Batey
Manchester Business School, Manchester, United Kingdom

Ronald A. Beghetto
University of Oregon

Mathias Benedek
University of Graz

Dennis R. Brophy
Northwest College

Annabel J. Cohen
University of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dale J. Cohen
University of North Carolina Wilmington

David Cropley
University of South Australia

Gerald Cupchik
University of Toronto at Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Frank Farley
Temple University

Greg Feist
San Jose State University

Collin Fisher
Boston University

Liane Gabora
University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

Gernot Gerger
University of Vienna, Austria

Kuba Glazek
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles

Thalia Goldstein

Pace University

Mary Gregerson
Health, Environment and Performance Psychology

Mark Gridley
Heidelberg College

David Hargreaves
Roehampton University, Southlands College, London, United Kingdom

Richard W. Hass
Rowan University

Beth Hennessey
Wellesley College

Zorana Ivcevic
Yale University

Maciej Karwowski
Academy of Special Education, Poland

Kyung Hee Kim
The College of William and Mary

Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro
Drexel University

James C. Kaufman
University of Connecticut

Aaron Kozbelt
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Helmut Leder
University of Vienna

Soonmook Lee
Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea

Anastasiya A. Lipnevich
Queens College, City University of New York

Andrea Livi-Smith
University of Mary Washington

Paul Locher
Montclair State University

Pavel Machotka
University of California at Santa Cruz

Marcos Nadal
University of Viennathe Balearic Islands, Majorca, Spain

Weihua Niu
Pace University

Jonathan A. Plucker
Indiana University

Steven R. Pritzker
Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center

Michelle Hintz
Cadenza Center for Psychotherapy & the Arts

Ruth Richards
Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center

Sandra W. Russ
Case Western Reserve University

Lauren Seifert
Malone College

Paul J. Silvia
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dean Keith Simonton
University of California at Davis

Benjamin Smith
University of Maryland

Jeffrey K. Smith
University of Otago, New Zealand

Lisa F. Smith
University of Otago, New Zealand

Heather Snyder
Edinboro University

Beau Vallance
Indiana University

Oshin Vartanian
Defence R&D Canada

Student Editorial Board

Roger Beaty
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kristina Dorniak-Wall
University of South Australia

Marie Forgeard
University of Pennsylvania

Mackenzie Harms
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kylie Ann Hartley
Indiana University

Alex McKay
Pennsylvania State University

Emily C. Nusbaum
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Maria Eugenia Panero
Boston College

Christa Taylor
University of Albany, State University of New York

Darya L. Zabelina
Northwestern University

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Submit manuscripts electronically (.rtf or .doc) via the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, authors should supply electronic mail addresses and fax numbers for use by the editorial office and later by the production office. The majority of correspondence between the editorial office and authors is handled by email, so a valid email address is important to the timely flow of communication during the editorial process.

Authors should provide electronic mail addresses in their cover letters and should keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss. Manuscripts are not returned.

Manuscripts, whether empirical studies, synthesis of research, or theoretical essays, are expected to be under 40 manuscript pages, unless prior arrangement is made with the editors. In addition, PACA accepts brief reports of empirical findings (which may include nonsignificant results that nonetheless contribute to the research literature). Such reports should be no more than 15 manuscript pages, including all references and tables.

Book Reviews

The book review editor is
Dr. James C. Kaufman

Books are generally reviewed by invitation only. Persons interested in writing reviews are encouraged to contact the book review editor, indicating their areas of special competence and interest and providing a vita and sample of their writing, preferably a book review or other publication. Reviewers are sent detailed instructions at the time the reviews are commissioned. Authors of book reviews should submit their papers via the submission portal.

Publishers should send book announcements and two review copies directly to the book review editor. Two copies of each published review will be forwarded to the book's publisher.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

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If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

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Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Neuroaesthetics

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Vol. 7, No. 1, February 2013. Articles discuss the history, scope, and methods of neuroaesthetics, as well as the kind of topics with which it is currently concerned.

  • The Psychology of Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Vol. 5, No. 1, February 2011. Articles discuss creativity in the workplace, including problem solving; idea generation and evaluation; innovative behavior; and group and individual creativity.

  • New Scholars in the Field

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Vol. 3, No. 1, February 2009. Includes articles about creativity in the classroom; psychological perspectives on acting; creative leisure; new theories of creativity; translating visual into tactile art; intuition and inhibition in adolescents; the creative process in visual art; problem identification and construction; unusual aesthetic emotions; and attention in creative problem solving.

  • In Honor of Rudolf Arnheim's Centenary (1904– )

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Vol. 1, No. 1, February 2007. Includes articles about Rudolf Arnheim and his contributions to visual thinking; Gestalt psychology; aesthetics; arts education; representational conceptions in two- and three-dimensional media; and in-between solutions.