We invite contributions from any country for the articles and reports sections of the journal, provided they meet our guidelines. Please read the following information carefully before submitting a document to PLAT Journal.
Those wishing to suggest or guest-edit special issues of the journal should go the Instructions for Special Issues.
Manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with the general conventions of the APA guidelines, whose style rules and guidelines can be found here. We aim to provide an editor’s report based on two sets of reviewers’ comments within 12 weeks of submission. PLAT journal is published three times per year and authors should not expect their paper to appear in the forthcoming issue subsequent to their submission being received.
Submissions should contribute to one or more of the following:
recommendations for good practice in psychology teaching, learning or assessment;
theoretical debate relevant to psychology teaching and learning; or
facilitation of interchange between teaching staff, educational developers, researchers or policy makers in higher or further education.
Each issue of the journal consists of four sections:
1. Articles should normally be no longer than 4000 words (excluding tables, references and appendices). Original articles of relevance to learning and teaching practice or policy in psychology further or higher education. The work reported should be grounded in a sound conceptual or theoretical rationale and be supported by robust evidence justifying the conclusions drawn. Submitted articles are subject to anonymous peer review.
2. Reports are normally no longer than 2000 words (excluding tables, references and appendices). These may include reports of interesting current practice, developments or techniques, or the results from less substantial surveys or investigations. Empirical evidence (for example an evaluation of the effectiveness of the practice) should normally be provided whenever appropriate. A fairly typical example of a report might be the description of a novel teaching technique with a relatively small-scale evaluation. Submitted reports are also subject to anonymous peer review.
3. Reviews of books, software and other resources relevant to the learning and teaching of psychology. Guidance information for reviewers and publishers can be found here. If you are willing to review resources please provide your contact details, and a brief note of your particular interests, to the journal manager at email@example.com.
4. Abstracts of articles from related journals.
Authors are welcome to deposit their original/personal manuscript files ‘live’ in their institution’s archive (ideally with a link to the final version of the article as it appears on the journal’s website) but the journal asks that authors do not deposit the final typeset version (i.e. the website version) until two years after formal publication. Please note that all articles published within Symposium journals automatically become free-access two years after publication, so authors are asked to respect that embargo period.
Manuscripts should be submitted below in RTF (Rich Text Format) or MS Word format. The author(s) names and affiliations should appear at the beginning of the paper, together with full postal and email addresses. This should be followed by a short description of their current positions and research/teaching interests.
It is essential that an Abstract (100-200 words) be provided for each paper.
Figures and tables should have their positions marked clearly and be provided on separate pages.
Please email your manuscript to
together with the following information:
1. Whether your manuscript is to be considered for publication as an article OR a report (as described above).
2. Short author(s) biography(ies).
3. Details of your psychology research/teaching interests.
To join the Refereeing Panel for paper submissions or the Reviewing Panel for books and software submissions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, providing the following information: Panel name you wish to join; your name; affiliation/institution; email address; address (where resources for review should be delivered to, if applicable); and areas of interest/specialism.
By submitting a manuscript the author confirms that the manuscript has not been submitted or published elsewhere, and that he or she holds all copyright in and titles to the submitted contribution, including any figures, photographs, line drawings, plans, maps, sketches and tables, and that the paper and its contents do not infringe in any way on the rights of third parties. The author agrees, upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, to transfer to the publisher the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the article or report and its contents, both physical and nonphysical, electronic, or other form, in the journal to which it has been submitted and in other independent publications, with no limitation on the number of copies or on the form or the extent of distribution.
Authors will be asked to complete, sign and return a Copyright Agreement form upon acceptance of their article or report.
Should you have any queries regarding how to contribute to
PLAT Journal please email email@example.com