Frequently asked questions

Q. Why have I not received an email confirmation from you?
A. We endeavor to answer all queries within 72 hours. Unfortunately, sometimes emails are marked as junk mail even though they are legitimate emails. If you think you should have received an email from us please check your spam folder, junk mail, or deleted items folders. If you still haven't received the expected email, please contact us
Q. What is your current SSCI impact factor rating? What is your CiteScore?

The most recent impact factor is 1.3. Our CiteScore is 2.5.

Q. What agencies are you indexed by, or abstracted/archived in?
A. We are indexed by and abstracted/archived in Ingenta Connect, CrossRef, Scopus, Clarivate Analytics, CLOCKSS, Portico, EBSCOhost, and a variety of other locations; please see our About page for a full list.
Q. What is the ISSN for SBP Journal?
A. ISSN 0301-2212 (Print), ISSN 1179-6391 (Online)
Q. What is your publication schedule?
A. We publish 12 or more issues per year/volume. Our e-newsletter also follows this schedule.
Q. How do I know if my paper is suitable for publication in SBP Journal?
A. SBP Journal generally publishes empirical research focused on social, personality, and developmental psychology, and related disciplines. If in doubt, please email your abstract and the editorial staff will advise you of its suitability.
Q. How are articles scheduled for publication?
A. Once a manuscript is accepted for publication it is scheduled in the next available space in an upcoming issue. This is usually around 6 to 9 months after acceptance. Authors can expedite publication by providing prompt feedback during the editing process and making payment of the publication fee within 60 days.
Q. What does the author share publication amount include?
A. The author share publication amount of accepted papers is put toward part of the cost of publication, processing, detailed subediting, typesetting, copyediting, proofreading, and digital archiving of an author’s own paper in SBP Journal.
Q. When is payment for my manuscript due?
A. We request that authors pay the publication costs within 4 weeks of acceptance to ensure efficient processing. Manuscripts are sent for final preparation for publication only once payment is received. 
Q. Is there a way to get my article online earlier than the official publication date?
A. Yes. If authors would like advance online publication (a “preprint”) of their manuscript, we offer this service through Ingenta Connect Fast Track. A PDF proof can be finalized and available to view on Ingenta within 2 months of final acceptance of your revised manuscript. Preprint articles are available open access and have active DOIs that transfer automatically to the later official publication within a journal issue. Authors can request this at any time after acceptance by writing to the editors. Note that the publication invoice must be paid in full, as well as a US$400 administration fee.
Q. How can I reduce the author share publication amount I need to pay?
A. The length of a manuscript may be reduced, bearing in mind that all parts of the manuscript, including author information, acknowledgements, abstract, keywords, article highlights, main text, references, and tables and figures, are included in the final word count. See Publication Costs
Q. How do I make a payment for my manuscript?
A. Secure credit card or PayPal payment is possible on our website or an international bank transfer may be made.
Q. How long is the manuscript review process?
A. The review period is approximately 6-8 weeks, and we aim to make an editorial decision available to authors within 2 weeks after this.
Q. Will I be compensated for the time I spend reviewing an article for SBP Journal?
A. Editor-approved reviews are eligible for 3 months of open access to our journal database. Also, let us know if you would like a copy of the article you have reviewed, if published. We will be happy to send you a complimentary PDF. 
Q. May I reproduce a portion of text from a published SBP Journal article for scholarly work?
A. When SBP Journal article extracts are published elsewhere, our policy is to not charge any fee; however, there are two conditions: A full citation should be included, comprising the name(s) of author(s), title of article, journal title (Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal), year of publication, volume and issue numbers (e.g., 45(3)), and page numbers (e.g., 540–550); and notification of such citations must be sent to us at [email protected]
Q. Can I access your content before I decide to buy a subscription?
A. Institutions are eligible for a free 2-month trial. If you would like to sign up for this trial, please contact us. Individuals looking to subscribe to SBP Journal can contact your university librarian to organize a 2-month trial, or view our open access Download of the Month and Editor/Staff Picks to determine if a personal subscription is right for you.
If you have not found the answer to your question above, please contact us.