The journal considers four types of submission: Regular Reports, Brief Regular Reports, Registered Reports, and Theoretical Reviews.
Regular Articles should make a substantial contribution to our understanding of psycholinguistics using any type of empirical method or approach and should be of interest to the general psycholinguistic community. There is no restriction on the length of Regular Reports, but they should be no longer than necessary to explain the study or studies and clearly describe the theoretical significance of the findings. Regular articles should be no longer than 15,000 words.
Brief Research Articles are similar to Regular Articles except that they would typically report a single experiment or study. Brief Articles are held to the same high standards of scientific rigor and theoretical significance as Regular Articles but typically will point to a single, focused conclusion. Brief submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words.
Theoretical reviews should integrate a set of previously published studies around a novel and compelling theoretical framework. These submissions need not include new data or simulations. Unlike regular articles, no length restrictions are imposed, but papers should be no longer than necessary.
Registered Reports are accepted based on submission of a proposal for the study or studies and the completed version may be the length of a Regular Article or a Brief Research Article. Review of a registered report involves two stages. First, authors submit a proposed study (see below), which will be sent out for peer review. If it passes initial review, the journal will commit to publishing the results, regardless of the outcome of the planned experiments, provided that the final study does not deviate in any substantial way from the initially approved proposal. The Registered Report format is appropriate for studies that seek to test clearly articulated, theoretically significant hypotheses, particularly when one theory predicts one specific pattern and a different theory predicts another.
The initial submission of a Registered Report will typically be the Introduction and Methods sections of a relatively short standard research article, with detailed descriptions of the decision rule for collecting data and data analysis plans. The initial submission of a Registered Report should include the following items:
A cover letter to the Editors explaining why the submission is appropriate as a Registered Report.
The background section describing the theory or theories under investigation and the specific hypotheses that lead to the methods proposed as well as the specific predictions.
The proposed method section must specify all of the variables to be examined in the experiment, and would optimally also include a power analysis. A clear decision rule for ending data collection should be included. All data analysis procedures should be specified. The authors must commit to make data and scripts available to editors and reviewers for review, and must be published with the article.
Authors have one year from acceptance of the initial submission to submit the completed submission. This is to ensure appropriate continuity between the initial submission and the completed, accepted version.
In addition to descriptions and discussion of results, the completed submission should outline the theoretical implications of the results. In addition, the completed study or studies must have been carried out and analyzed as described in the approved initial submission. Any changes should be clearly stated and justified, and any post hoc or exploratory analyses should be identified as such. In the cover letter with the completed submission, please include a statement certifying that the data for the registered study or studies were collected after receiving approval from the journal.