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Motivation Science is a multi-disciplinary journal that publishes significant contributions to the study of motivation, broadly conceived.
The journal publishes papers on diverse aspects of, and approaches to, the science of motivation, including work carried out in all subfields of psychology, cognitive science, economics, sociology, management science, organizational science, neuroscience and political science.
Primarily, Motivation Science features empirical papers on motivational topics, although theoretical papers and reviews of the literature will also be considered.
Guido H. E. Gendolla
University of Geneva
Rex A. Wright
University of North Texas
University of Trier
Roy F. Baumeister
University of Queensland & Florida State University
University of Zurich
Charles S. Carver
University of Miami
Iowa State University
University of Michigan
Andrew J. Elliot
University of Rochester
University of Chicago
Alexandra M. Freund
University of Zurich
James W. Fryer
State University of New York at Potsdam
Peter M. Gollwitzer
New York University
University of New South Wales
University of California at Irvine
University of Texas at Austin
Thomas M. Hess
North Carolina State University
E. Tory Higgins
University of Cologne
University of Zurich
John T. Jost
New York University
University of Osnabrück
Hugo Martin Kehr
Technical University Munich School of Management
University of Bern
Sander L. Koole
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Arie Wladimir Kruglanski
University of Maryland
University of Toronto
University of Kent
New York University
San Raffaele University of Milan
Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière
University of Maryland at College Park
Deborah A. Prentice
Richard M. Ryan
Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University
Oliver C. Schultheiss
Paul J. Silvia
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lotte Frederike van Dillen
Jack van Honk
Nico W. Van Yperen
University of Groningen
University of California at Los Angeles
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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.
To submit to the Editorial Office of Guido H. E. Gendolla and Rex A. Wright, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc).
Guido H. E. Gendolla
University of Geneva
Rex A. Wright
University of North Texas
Motivation Science welcomes significant high-quality manuscripts reporting research on diverse aspects of, and approaches to, the science of motivation.
Manuscripts should fall into one of the following categories:
Original Research Articles
These are full-length manuscripts reporting empirical research that advances the comprehension of variables and processes that influence motivation and behavior. Research articles can report more than one empirical study but are not required to do so. Preference will be given to reports that present theory-driven research involving tests of clearly derived hypotheses and findings with straightforward and substantive implications. Replication studies are welcome if they provide conclusive results. There is no space limit for research articles, but manuscripts should typically range between 2,500 and 7,000 words, exclusive of references, figures, and tables.
Original Research Brief Reports
These are abbreviated manuscripts succinctly reporting empirical research that advances the comprehension of variables and processes that influence motivation and behavior. Original research brief reports should report one empirical study or a short series of studies with similar designs and methods. Preference will be given to reports that present theory-driven research involving tests of clearly derived hypotheses and findings with straightforward and substantive implications. Replication studies are welcome if they provide conclusive results. The space limit for brief reports is 2,500 words, exclusive of references, figures, and tables.
These are full-length theoretical papers and literature reviews that can — but are not required to — apply meta-analytic techniques. Preference will be given to analyses and reviews that have straightforward and substantive implications. There is no space limit for conceptual articles, but manuscripts should typically rage between 2,500 and 7,000 words, exclusive of references, figures, and tables.
Conceptual Brief Reports
These are abbreviated theoretical papers and literature reviews that can — but are not required to — apply meta-analytic techniques. Preference will be given to analyses and reviews that have straightforward and substantive implications. Conceptual brief reports also can involve reactive commentary (e.g., to a research or conceptual article). The space limit for conceptual brief reports is 2,500 words, exclusive of references, figures, and tables.
Masked Review Policy
Motivation Science has a masked review policy, which means that the identities of both authors and reviewers are masked. Authors should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities.
Authors should never use first person (I, my, we, our) when referring to a study conducted by the author(s) or when doing so reveals the authors' identities (e.g., "in our previous work, Johnson et al. (1998) reported that..."). Instead, references to the authors' work should be in third person (e.g., "Johnson et al. (1998) reported that...").
The authors' institutional affiliations should also be masked in the manuscript.
Include the title of the manuscript along with all authors' names and institutional affiliations in the cover letter.
The first page of the manuscript should omit the authors' names and affiliations, but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted.
Responsibility for masking the manuscript rests with the authors; manuscripts will be returned to the author if not appropriately masked. If the manuscript is accepted, authors will be asked to make changes in wording so that the paper is no longer masked.
After masked review, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.
Authors for Motivation Science are encouraged to make their data and stimulus materials publicly available, if possible, by providing a link in their submission to a relevant data repository.
Making your data and materials publicly available can increase the impact of your research, enabling future researchers to incorporate your work in model testing, replication projects, and meta-analyses, in addition to increasing the transparency of your research.
Consideration for publication in Motivation Science does not require public posting, so it is at your discretion to decide what is best for your project in terms of public data, materials, and conditions on their use.
Please note that the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) does note that researchers must make their data available to permit other qualified professionals to confirm the analyses and results, upon request. Therefore, making your data openly available now may save time later on.
Manuscripts submitted to Motivation Science should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (2010).
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. Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.
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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.
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In Online Supplemental Material
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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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
- 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.
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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
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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).
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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).
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