Psychology of Religion and Spirituality ® publishes peer-reviewed, original articles related to the psychological aspects of religion and spirituality.

The journal publishes articles employing experimental and correlational methods, qualitative analyses, and critical reviews of the literature. Papers evaluating clinically relevant issues surrounding training, professional development, and practice are also considered.

Full length research reports, literature reviews, and brief reports are all published.

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board

Incoming (2019) Editorial Board

(handling all new submissions in 2018)

Incoming (2019) Editor

Crystal L. Park
University of Connecticut

Incoming (2019) Associate Editors

Chris Boyatzis
Bucknell University

Gina Brelsford
Penn State Harrisburg

Ward Davis
Wheaton College

Liz Hall
Biola University

Bill Hathaway
Regent University

Ken Linfield
Spalding University

Annette Mahoney
Bowling Green State University

Tony Scioli
Keene State College

Amy Wachholtz
University of Colorado, Denver

Incoming (2019) Consulting Editors

Hisham Abu-Raiya
Tel Aviv University

Amy Ai
Florida State University

Joe Currier
University of South Alabama

Julie Exline
Case Western University

Leslie Francis
University of Warwick

Luke Galen
Grand Valley State University

Joshua Grubbs
Bowling Green State University

Irene Harris
Minneapolis VA Healthcare System

Kevin Harris
University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Ralph Hood
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Joshua Hook
University of North Texas

Kevin Ladd
Indiana University South Bend

Douglas MacDonald
University of Detroit Mercy

Mark McMinn
George Fox University

P. Scott Richards
Brigham Young University

David H. Rosmarin
McLean Hospital

Wade Rowatt
Baylor University

John Salsman
Wake Forest University

Vassilis Saroglou
Universite catholique de Louvain

Sarah Schnitker
Fuller Theological Seminary

Patty Van Cappellen
Duke University

Daryl Van Tongeren
Hope College

Outgoing Editorial Board

(handling invited revisions only during 2018)

Outgoing Editor

Ralph L. Piedmont
Loyola University Maryland

Outgoing Associate Editors

Chris Boyatzis
Bucknell University

Gina M. Brelsford
Penn State Harrisburg

Elizabeth L. Hall
Biola University

Mark M. Leach
University of Louisville

Kenneth J. Linfield
Spalding University

Lisa Miller
Columbia University

Crystal L. Park
University of Connecticut

Anthony (Tony) Scioli
Keene State College

Theresa C. Tisdale
Azusa Pacific University

Outgoing Consulting Editors

Amy L. Ai
Florida State University

Saba R. Ali
The University of Iowa

Justin L. Barrett
Fuller University

Jacob A. Belzen
University of Amsterdam

Patrick R. Bennett
University of Indiana

Robert Clonger
Washington University School of Medicine

Michael J. Donahue
Institute for the Psychological Sciences

Leslie Francis
University of Warwick

William Hathaway
Regent University

Ralph W. Hood, Jr.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Kevin L. Ladd
Indiana University South Bend

Douglas A. MacDonald
University of Detroit Mercy

Annette Mahoney
Bowling Green State University

Jacqueline S. Mattis
University of Michigan

Brian H. McCorkle
Boston University

Mark R. McMinn
George Fox University

Elizabeth Midlarsky
Teachers College, Columbia University

Raymond F. Paloutzian
University of California, Santa Barbara

Kenneth I. Pargament
Bowling Green State University

Paul E. Priester
North Park University

P. Scott Richards
Brigham Young University

Wade C. Rowatt
Baylor University

Vassilis Saroglou
Universite catholique de Louvain

Lewis Schlosser
The Institute for Forensic Psychology

Edward P. Shafranske
Pepperdine University

Martin F. Sherman
Loyola University Maryland

Timonthy B. Smith
Brigham Young University

Len T. Sperry
Florida Atlantic University

Joseph E. G. Williams
Eastern Illinois University

Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
Virginia Commonwealth University

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality®

  • American Theological Library Association Religion Database
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Psychology
  • Current contents: Arts & Humanities
  • Current Contents: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Journal Citations Report: Social Sciences Edition
  • OCLC
  • PsycINFO
  • PsycLine
  • SafetyLit
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
Manuscript Submission

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 Crystal L. Park, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc).

Submit Manuscript

Crystal L. Park
University of Connecticut

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply email addresses and fax numbers, if available, for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

Masked Review

Masked review is optional for this journal. Include authors' names and affiliations only in the cover letter for the manuscript. Authors who desire masked review 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.


Style and Length

The manuscript should adhere to APA Style and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts are limited to 30 pages, and brief reports are limited to 12 pages. This includes all parts of the manuscript, including the title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures.

Authors may request permission to submit longer papers if there is a clear justification for exceeding the page limit. Nonessential materials should be placed in an online-only supplement rather than in the manuscript.

Avoid first person adjectives ("I", "we"). Use nonsexist language and "person with a disease or disability" terminology (e.g., "children with diabetes" rather than "diabetic children.")

Display Equations

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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.

Guidelines for Qualitative Manuscripts

In its ongoing effort to promote enhanced rigor and transparency in psychological science, APA has recently released new Journal Article Reporting Standards for Qualitative Primary Research (JARS-Qual) that offer guidelines for what information should be included in each section of qualitative manuscripts.

Academic Writing and English Language Editing Services

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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

Visit the Journals Publishing Resource Center for more resources for writing, reviewing, and editing articles for publishing in APA journals.

Special Issues
  • Atheism, Agnosticism, and Nonreligious Worldviews

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Vol. 10, No. 3, August 2018. The articles highlight starting points and paths for continued growth in developing methodologies and theories that will allow atheists and the nonreligious to be understood apart from, yet compared with, their religious counterparts.

  • The Psychology of Virtue

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Vol. 9, No. 3, August 2017. The articles underscore the centrality of mooring the positive psychological examination of virtue in religious and spiritual traditions.

  • Nature and Evolution of Totemism, Shamanism, Religions, and Spirituality

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Vol. 7, No. 4, November 2015. The articles are organized on the basis of two primary themes - evolution and the cultural nature and evolutionary kinship and sociocultural and cognitive investigation of religions and spirituality.