Canadian Psychology

ISSN: 0708-5591
eISSN: 1878-7304
Published: quarterly, beginning in February
ISI Impact Factor: 0.806
Psychology - Multidisciplinary : 74 of 127

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Published in partnership with the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)


Canadian Psychology publishes generalist articles in areas of theory, research, and practice that are of interest to a broad cross-section of psychologists. Manuscripts with direct relevance to the context of Canadian psychology are also appropriate for submission. Original, empirical contributions are welcome if the research is of direct relevance to the discipline as a whole (e.g., a survey of psychologists about the future of the discipline or about their practice) or if they present the results of a systematic review (including meta-analyses) or other forms of reviews. Reviews are particularly welcome.

Editorial Board

Editor / Rédacteur en chef

Martin Drapeau
McGill University

Book Review Editor / Responsable, comptes rendus de lecture

Paul Samuel Greenman
Université du Québec en Outaouais, Québec

Managing Editor / Directeur des services de redaction

Lisa Votta-Bleeker
Canadian Psychological Association

Editorial Board / Comité de redaction

Adam Radomsky
Concordia University, Québec

John Hunsley
University of Ottawa, Ontario

Michelle Mckerral
Université de Montreal, Québec

Keith Dobson
University of Calgary, Alberta

Luc Pelletier
University of Ottawa, Ontario

Leslie Greenberg
York University, Ontario

Martin M. Antony
Ryerson University, Ontario

Adam Horvath
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

Don Saklofske
University of Western Ontario, Ontario

Michael Sullivan
McGill University, Québec

David Clark
University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick

Gordon Asmundson
University of Regina, Saskatchewan

Thomas Hadjistavropoulos
University of Regina, Saskatchewan

Robert Vallerand
Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec

Katreena Scott
University of Toronto, Ontario

Lucia O'Sullivan
University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick

Michael Leiter
Acadia University, Nova Scotia

E. Kevin Kelloway
Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia

International Editorial Board / Membres internationaux

Ueli Kramer
Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Marianne Kant-Schaps
European Federation of Psychologists' Associations, Belgium

Michael Lambert
Brigham Young University, USA

Peter Fonagy
University College London, UK

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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.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Martin Drapeau, PhD ECP
McGill University
3700 McTavish
Montréal, Québec H3A 1Y2

The file format should be Portable Document Format (.pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Microsoft Word Format (.doc). The file must exactly copy, in all respects and in a single file, the complete APA-style printed version of the manuscript.

Masked Review Policy

All submissions undergo an anonymous review. If an author does not want a masked review, this should be indicated in the cover letter along with a brief explanation. Instead of indicating authors' names and affiliations on the title page, authors should place this information in the cover letter, which is not seen by reviewers.

All identifying information should be removed from the manuscript. Authors should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities.

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

Canadian Psychology considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Canadian Psychology, that they have not been published already, and that they are not under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere.

Manuscript Language

Manuscripts may be submitted in French or in English.

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.

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:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

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.

Computer Code

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.

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