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Announcements

JEPS welcomes new Associate Editors

Welcome to our new Associate Editors: Peter Edelsbrunner (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Sebastian Trautmann (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany), David Mehler (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, UK), Thomas Faulkenberry (Tarleton State University, USA), Franziska Ehrke (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany), and Katharina Brecht (University of Cambridge, UK).

We wish them an enjoyable and rewarding experience with JEPS.

Posted on 13 Jan 2017


Announcements

The Journal of European Psychology Students is now inviting Registered Reports for submission

The JEPS team is very excited to announce the launch of Registered Reports! Registered Reports are a new type of research article in which the editorial decision is based on peer review that takes place before data collection. The review process is thereby divided into two stages: in the first stage, the research question and methodology is evaluated, while the data is yet to be collected. The peer review of the proposed study thus only focuses on the merit of the proposed study and the adequacy of its methodology. In case of an “in-principle acceptance”, authors are guaranteed to get their final manuscript published once the data is collected - irrespective of their findings.

With this change, we hope to introduce the next generation of psychologists to progressive publishing models and good scientific practice and to help improve student research.

Posted on 04 Apr 2016


Announcements

Manual for Authors

Need some guidenance on how to publish your research? Consult our Manual for Authors to learn about the review process, technical details you have to consider, and tips and tricks on scientific writing and formatting.

Posted on 11 Aug 2015


Announcements

New JEPS Editorial Team

After coming together at the 29th EFPSA Congress in Srni, Czech Republic, JEPS is happy to introduce it's new Editorial Team for the mandate 2015/16

Top row: Fabian Dablander, Katharina Brecht, Lea Jakob

Bottom row: Felicitas Huber, Jonas Haslbeck

Missing: Leonor Agan, Tom Burke, Maedbh King

Posted on 11 May 2015


JEPS Bulletin

New Interview Series in the JEPS Bulletin

The JEPS Bulletin has launched an interview series with leading scientists in the field of Psychology, asking them about their research experiences, career paths, challenges and advice for students!

The first interview is with Prof. Daniel Gilbert from Harvard University. What was the biggest challenge in his career? What is he looking for in student working under his supervision? Find out at the JEPS Bulletin.

Posted on 08 Oct 2014


JEPS Bulletin

"Writefull” Can Help Your Academic Writing!

Check out the new JEPS Bulletin post and learn about ways to improve your academic writing.

All JEPS Bulletin posts can be found here.

Posted on 16 Apr 2014


JEPS Bulletin

Collaborating With Researchers in Other Fields

As a psychology student one can strike great collaborations with people from different fields and academic backgrounds. Along with ideas about how much interdisciplinary work psychologists can do, the latest JEPS Bulletin article outlines some difficulties that can be experienced, as well as some strengths psychology students have.

The full post can be found here.

Posted on 17 Jan 2014


Call for Papers

Call for Papers 2014

JEPS invites all psychology students to submit their research articles and literature reviews from all fields of psychology and related disciplines for the 5th issue.

The submission deadline is January 31st, 2014.

To submit an article, or view our author guidelines, please click here.

Posted on 06 Dec 2013


JEPS Bulletin

Bias in Conducting Research: Guidelines for young researchers regarding gender differences

What are the gender bias a researcher should be aware of? This and more in today's JEPS Bulletin article about the cognitive biases an experimenter is vulnerable to when conducting research.

Posted on 04 Dec 2013


Announcements

The JEPS Editorial Team meets for a working-week in Ireland

As a service provided by the European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations (EFPSA), the Editorial Team came together at EFPSA's biannual meeting at end of October in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland. This meeting was extremely productive as it enabled all members of JEPS to work face-to-face and to plan ahead for the next half of the mandate.

In this process, we revised our guidelines for Authors, Associate Editors and Reviewers, in order to conform to our high scientific standards and to promote good scientific practice (e.g., publish replication studies and null-results, make data/code available, etc.). To raise the awareness about JEPS amongst European psychology students and academics, we prepared several marketing initiatives for the next half year.

With the implementation of these changes and several promotion activities ahead, we are looking forward to a successful second half of the mandate, in which we further increase both our scientific level and the popularity of JEPS.

from left to right, back row: Pedro, Katharina, Sarah, Luka
from left to right, front row: Ezra, João, Jonas
Unfortunately Etien Benov, JEPS Bulletin Editor, could not be present at the meeting in Northern Ireland for professional reasons.

Posted on 02 Dec 2013


Announcements

First Work in Progress Special Edition

The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is proud to announce that the First Work in Progress Special Edition, in collaboration with the Junior Researcher Programme (JRP), has been published. This issue contains the manuscripts of six groups of students who have attended the European Summer School (ESS) in 2012 and spent the last 13 months conducting their own study on the topic “The Biased Brain: Research in Decision Making”, thereby connecting different universities and countries in Europe. Congratulations on this milestone achievement!

Posted on 15 Sep 2013


Announcements

Partnership with Ubiquity Press

It is the Editorial Team's pleasure to inform you that we have entered a partnership with Ubiquity Press, an open-access publisher of peer-reviewed, academic journals, based in the UK. This will be greatly beneficial to the journal’s visibility and dissemination among psychology students and to the broader scope of the scientific community. Our partnership is to begin on September 1st.

As Ubiquity Press will become the publisher of JEPS, some light changes will be made to our web-presence and the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform we are currently using to process submissions. Ubiquity Press will provide JEPS with a fresh website that will enhance the sharing of information about the journal, its functioning, and its publications. The OJS will be updated, so please expect some slight readjustments, although most features should remain familiar to you. Please note that we will export existing information in our current OJS to the new version.
Although all user information will be transferred, in some cases some users might be required to reset their passwords. If this affects you, please contact the support address (support@ubiquitypress.com) or the journal address (journal@efpsa.org) and we will help you as soon as possible!

Important information to all authors (please read carefully):
If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Charge (APC) of 250€ to cover publications costs. This will ensure that the content remains fully open access and gains as wide a readership as possible, but within a low cost, sustainable journal model. This fee can normally be sourced from your funder or institution, therefore we ask that you contact the relevant body to cover the APC.

Many institutions are now making funds available to support open access publications by their staff. For example, within the United Kingdom, Research Councils UK has introduced block grants to universities and eligible research organisations to cover the cost of publication fees.

If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental or faculty administrators, as funds may be available to you.

For further information, the following links may also be useful:

http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/OA_journal_fund
http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/Pages/outputs.aspx

Waivers: If you do not have funds to pay such fees then we can offer a FULL WAIVER to authors whose institutions/funders will not cover the fee. We will not allow fees to prevent the publication of worthy work and encourage submissions by all.

If you should have any questions, please contact us at journal@efpsa.org !

Thank you for your continued interest in the Journal of European Psychology Students!

Warm regards,

The JEPS Editorial Team

Posted on 27 Aug 2013


Announcements

4th Issue Published

The Editorial Board of JEPS is proud to announce that the 4th issue has been published today! This issue is comprised of 4 empirical articles and 4 literature reviews with the subjects ranging from patterns of ageism to moral reasoning and optogenetics.

Congratulations to all authors for their great research and work!

Make sure to check it out here.

Posted on 06 Aug 2013


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: Call for Contributors

The Journal of European Psychology Students is issuing a Call for Contributors for its blog, the JEPS Bulletin. The Bulletin blogs about academic writing, scientific publishing, and essential research skills in the field of psychology.

If you have critical research-related topics to post about that can no longer be hidden from the academic world, or if you have a topic that you think fits into the focus of the JEPS Bulletin, we encourage you to become a JEPS Bulletin Contributor. We also have a large amount of suggested topics you can choose from!

For more information, please click here.

We are very much looking forward to receiving your posts! 

The JEPS Editorial Team

Posted on 29 Jul 2013


JEPS Bulletin

Why meta-analysis? A guide through basic steps and common biases

The JEPS Bulletin has a fresh new article on meta-analysis - what it is, how it is done and why does it all matter! Be sure to check it out and have a sunny summer!

Posted on 24 Jul 2013


Announcements

Call for Papers

The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is an online peer-reviewed journal by the European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations (EFPSA). JEPS provides the unique opportunity for students to publish their work in an international scientific journal.

JEPS invites psychology students to submit their research articles and literature reviews from all fields of psychology. Publishing an article provides valuable lessons in scientific writing and publishing; having such an experience as a student creates great advantages for pursuing any scientific career.

The submission deadline for the next issue is: 30th September 2013.

For more information, check the following document here.

Posted on 30 Jun 2013


Announcements

Call for Associate Editors

The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is recruiting Associate Editors in the following fields:

a. Social Psychology
b. Clinical Psychology
c. Cognitive Neuroscience

Requirements
1. Presently pursuing a PhD degree in Psychology
2. Proficiency in English
3. Experience in publishing

Advantages
1. Experience in reviewing scientific texts

To apply for the position of Associate Editor in JEPS, please send your CV and a cover letter to journal@efpsa.org no later than July 31st 2013 at 23:59 CET.

Thank you for relaying this information to potentially interested candidates.

For more information here is the official document with all the relevant tasks and responsabilities of Associate Editors.

The JEPS Editorial Team

Posted on 23 Jun 2013


JEPS Bulletin

On the Importance of Behavioural Resarch

How can philosophy of science be of use to the average researcher and how is this related to behavior and cognition? Find out more about these topics in today's JEPS Bulletin!

Posted on 15 Jun 2013


JEPS Bulletin

How to Design Effective Figures for Journal Articles

Graphics and figures we design are the first thing editors and other readers look at when browsing through our paper. Hence, it is prominent to be efficient in conveying complex information so the included data would be more concise and clear than the descriptive text itself. If you do it right, not only your chances for publication will increase, but it will as well help your audience to understand your ideas, objectives and results in a better way. So, in short, keep them interested. Want to know how to do it? I bet that the answer is yes. So, follow me!

Posted on 08 Jun 2013


JEPS Bulletin

The rise of visual media and its role in research

The rise of visual media and its role in research is the subject of today’s Bulletin post. Find out more about the next frontier for communication in qualitative research and how a researcher can make use of these innovative visual mediums to improve his work with today’s JEPS Bulletin post!

Posted on 17 May 2013


Announcements

New JEPS Editorial Team 2013/2014



The 27th EFPSA congress in Turkey is over and now it is time to announce the new JEPS team for the mandate 2013/14.


I am very happy to introduce you to (from left to right): Pedro (Editor/Webmaster), Katharina (Junior Editor), João (Junior Editor), Etien (Bulletin Editor), Sarah (Editor), Jonas (Junior Editor), Ezra (Editor-in-Chief) and Luka (Bulletin Editor, who unfortunately could not be at the congress) and want to say a big "Welcome" to all the new team members. We are delighted to have you on board guys and are looking forward to an exciting year!

Let's get to work :)

Posted on 13 May 2013


JEPS Bulletin

The origins and purpose of scientific publications

As Winston Churchill once said: "To look into the future, one must look back and understand the past". As such, dwell into the corners of history and find out more about the historical roots of the scientific journal with today's JEPS Bulletin post!

Posted on 13 May 2013


Call for Papers

Call for papers!

The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is an online peer-reviewed journal by the European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations (EFPSA). JEPS provides the unique opportunity for students to publish their work in an international scientific journal.

JEPS invites psychology students to submit their research articles and literature reviews from all fields of psychology. Publishing an article provides valuable lessons in scientific writing and publishing; having such an experience as a student creates great advantages for pursuing any scientific career.

The submission deadline for the next issue is: 30th April 2013

The manuscripts should be submitted electronically using the journal's submission portal at http://journal.efpsa.org, where all submission guidelines and information regarding the format and structure of the papers can also be found. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. After being evaluated by Associate Editors of the respective field of psychology, the submitted manuscript is then reviewed by reputable scholars. From there, Associate Editors will make a decision to either accept/reject the manuscript or resend it for further revision. 

Please feel free to contact us at journal@efpsa.org with any inquiries.

Posted on 04 Apr 2013


JEPS Bulletin

Unpaid psychology positions – A graduate’s perspective

Define "volunteer work". Now define "unpaid work". Sad but true, today's graduates of psychology face theharsh reality of having to commit to proper graduate jobs that are not paid on a full-time basis, just to achieve their dream career. The problem is, there is only a fine line that separates between providing work experience for fresh graduates and exploiting the ever-increasingly competitive graduate job market. Join Laura Rai in today's post on JEPS Bulletin, as she explores the unpaid psychology job scene in the UK and its effects on the future of psychology as a scientific discipline.

Posted on 04 Apr 2013


JEPS Bulletin

Why are most research findings incorrect?

Remember the times when you were a little child and your parents constantly reminded you to eat all your spinach, as it contains lots of iron and therefore good for your health? From generation to generation parents believed in the power of spinach until researchers discovered that there had been mistakes in their measurement - the comma was set on the wrong spot. How was it possible for researchers not to find out about this for such a long time? It is not very rare that results are incorrect. Ionnidis has created a formula helping to detect the probability of research results being incorrect. Do you want to know how?
Sarah Honolka will tell you more in today's JEPS Bulletin post.

Posted on 03 Apr 2013


JEPS Bulletin

How to read and get the most out of a journal article

How much time, on average, do you spend reading a typical length journal article? If your answer is less than one minute, the chances are that you have only been reading the abstract section of the article. If your answer is at least a few hours, you must have been trying to read the whole article from the title to the very last reference. The question is, are you doing it the right way?

Check out today's JEPS bulletin post to learn more!

Posted on 03 Mar 2013


Announcements

JEPS to be featured in EBSCO

The Editorial Board of the Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS)  is proud to announce that JEPS has entered into an electronic licensing relationship with EBSCO Publishing, the world's most prolific aggregator of full text journals, magazines and other sources. The full text articles of our previous issues will be found on EBSCO Publishing's upgraded database once the collection is complete.

Posted on 23 Feb 2013


JEPS Bulletin

My experience in publishing in an APA journal

Interested in publishing in an APA journal? Dan Gunnell   offers some great tips after publishing an article in an APA journal as a student. Check out today's JEPS bulletin post to learn more!

Posted on 15 Feb 2013


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: Keep calm and be creative: Use mixed methods!

‎"One of the best advices I have ever received from my lecturer is that the main purpose of major projects is not to publish significant results or to deliver a groundbreaking piece of research ... it is to prepare us for the future and to make us good researchers when it counts." Now, what has this to do with using mixed methods in research? Also included - a personal Challenge from Julia Ouzia! Do you have what it takes? Check out today's post on JEPS Bulletin to find out more!

Posted on 10 Oct 2012


Announcements

Call for Papers

Trying to find the perfect venue for publishing your student research? Perfect timing, because JEPS is issuing the Call for Papers for its 6th issue!

Begin your academic career today by sharing the results of your work with the world. The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is now accepting students' research papers and literature reviews for publishing.

Submit your manuscript before the 31st October 2012 to have it considered for the 6th issue of Journal of European Psychology Students, and prepare to receive valuable international feedback for your work.

Visit 'Publish in JEPS' for further information.

Posted on 03 Oct 2012


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: The journey towards discovering people: Why I love qualitative research

In previous posts we have talked about the advantages of conducting qualitative research, and how different criteria are used to evaluate the standard of qualitative studies. But, have you ever wondered what it is like to conduct qualitative research? In today's post, Deirdre Walsh shares two of her research experiences of using semi-structured interviews in understanding doctors' experiences in breaking the news to patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer, as well as parents' experiences in living with their children who are diagnosed with ADHD. Check out the article to find out more!

Posted on 20 Sep 2012


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JEPS Bulletin: How to write a good title for journal articles?

Every long journey starts with a first step. Every research paper starts with a great title. How does the title of your paper reflect your research? Is it catchy and interesting? Get informed on title writing reading today’s post at the Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin.

Posted on 01 Sep 2012


Announcements

The State of Open Access in Europe - Right to Research Coalition

In today's State of Open Access in Europe at the Journal of European Psychology Students' Bulletin, Chris Noone writes about the Right to Research Coalition and how we as psychology students are contributing to advocating and raising awareness on open access. Interested? Leave us a comment and get involved!

Posted on 20 Aug 2012


Announcements

The State of Open Access in Europe – Finch Report

What's happening with open access in Europe? How does it affect the average student? Find out in our first State of Open Access post at the JEPS Bulletin, and get informed on the implications of the Finch Report because it might affect the way you access literature too!

Posted on 01 Aug 2012


Announcements

Call for Associate Editors

JEPS is recruiting Associate Editors (AEs) for the following fields:

a.Clinical Psychology

b.     Health Psycholog

Requirements

1.At minimum, presently pursuing a PhD degree in Psychology

2.Proficiency in English

Advantages

1.Experience in publishing

2.Experience in reviewing scientific texts

Tasks of the Associate Editors

The main task and responsibility of an AE is to review and oversee the review process of manuscripts (MS) (two at maximum). The tasks of this position will commence from the moment they are assigned by the JEPS Editorial Board and last until the AE makes a recommendation about the article (publish, not publish) to the JEPS Editorial Board.

The tasks of an AE include:

1.Review the content of the assigned manuscript (MS).

2.Find up to two relevant reviewers to assign the MS to: 

a.using the established JEPS Scientific Committee;

b.contact the JEPS Editorial Board if a reviewer is missing from the relevant field of the MS.

3.After receiving reviews from the reviewers, merge the reviews to make a recommendation for the MS: accept, conditionally accept, reject with an invitation to resubmit or reject.

4.When conditionally accepted, communicate with the reviewers and author during the reviewing and revision process as revision guidelines suggest. When necessary, the JEPS Editorial Board should also be included.

5.Based on the reviewers’ recommendation, own personal opinion, and revision done by the author, make a final recommendation to the JEPS Editorial Board on publishing (whether the manuscript should be published or not).

6.Help the JEPS Editorial Board to define and maintain the journal policy

To apply for the position of Associate Editor in JEPS, please send your CV and a cover letter together with your reviewing and research intereststo journal@efpsa.org.

More information here.

DEADLINE: 10th June 2012 23:59 CET

Posted on 26 May 2012


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: Is Qualitative Research Still Considered the Poor Relation?

After decades of debate, is qualitative inquiry still perceived as being of lesser value than quantitative efforts? In today's post on the Journal of European Psychology Students' Bulletin, Marie Dunnion shares her opinion on the place of qualitative research in psychology and the prospects beyond the research approach dichotomy. Watch out for Marie's post, and let us know where you stand in the qualitative-quantitative debate!

Posted on 20 May 2012


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: Research oriented social networking?

Do you network with people who share your interest in science? In today's post, the Journal of European Psychology Students' Bulletin suggest how to expand your research oriented social network. Check it out and maybe even share your secrets how to optimize your research social network.

Posted on 10 May 2012


Announcements

Third Issue Published

We are happy to present the much awaited third issue of the Journal of European Psychology Students - JEPS. In our thickest issue so far you can find five research articles about ultimatum games, attachment to pets, social categorization during mediation, personality and adoption of new technologies, and the attentional blink as an indicator of sexual interest. The authors of our three literature reviews take a novel approach to Gilles de la Tourette's Syndrome, offer insight into the brain activity during pain relief through placebo or hypnosis, and revitalize the eternal "nature versus nurture" discussion in language.

The best first step in the world of science is publishing your work. Why not submit a paper of your own and become a published author?

Posted on 07 May 2012


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: Podcast with Nick Shockey on Open Access

Nick Shockey, the Director of the Right to Research Coalition, talks about what Open Access is all about and what can psychology students do about it in our first podcast at the Journal of European Psychology Students' Bulletin. Check it out!

Posted on 01 May 2012


Announcements

New JEPS Editorial Team

We are pleased to announce that the new JEPS editorial team has been elected during the last week's EFPSA Congress in Denmark. The mandate of the newly elected team will last until the EFPSA Congress 2013 in Turkey.

Our newly elected editorial team consists of eight psychology students from universities all around Europe:

Ivan Flis (Croatia) - Editor-in-Chief

Martin Vasilev (Bulgaria) - Editor 

Zorana Zupan (Serbia) - Editor

Sina Verena Scherer (Germany) - Editor

Ezra Bottequin (Switzerland) - Junior Editor

Sarah Honolka (Germany) - Junior Editor

Yee Row Liew (United Kingdom) - Bulletin Editor

Pedro Almeida (Portugal) - Web Officer

We are looking forward to developing and working in JEPS during this mandate. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Posted on 30 Apr 2012


Announcements

Four new Associate Editors

The Journal of Eurpean Psychology Students is happy to announce the election of 4 new Associate Editors who will be in charge of the review process in their respective fields. Our warm welcome goes to:

Francesca Farina, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland.

Ian Hussey, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland

Karima Susi, Nottingham Trent University, The United Kingdom

Natalia Kucirkova, Open University, The United Kingdom

We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with our new Associate Editors. At the same time, we would also like to thank all the candidates. We were honoured to receive your applications. 

Posted on 21 Apr 2012


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: Tips for effective literature search

Regardless of whether you’re writing a short course paper or your thesis, you’re expected to have an overview of pretty much everything published in that particular field. The internet is vast and there are several databases and search engines to find literature.  Still, how to reach the right articles and books and to be sure not to miss out on something relevant? JEPS Bulletin on what you can do to ensure you know the most important and recent findings in your field.

Posted on 10 Apr 2012


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: APA Style Abbreviations

A recent article summarizing 110 manuscripts submitted to the Research in the Schools journal (Onwuegbuzie, Combs, Slate, & Frels, 2010) shows that APA style deviations related to the use of abbreviations and acronyms were found in 41.82% of the manuscripts. How to avoid the mistakes? Read in the newest Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin

Posted on 10 Mar 2012


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: In the shoes of a peer-reviewer

The other side of the academic coin: Secrets of a peer- reviewer. Julia Ouzia shares her thoughts while taking the first step into the world of academic peer-reviewing in this week's Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin.

Posted on 03 Mar 2012


Announcements

Call for Papers

What has become of the thesis you dedicated many months research for?
How about that course paper you were particularly proud of?

All hidden somewhere deep in the gray matter of your computer? Begin your academic career today by sharing the results of your work with the world. The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is now accepting students' research papers and literature reviews for publishing.

Submit your manuscript before the 30th April 2012 to have it considered for the 5th issue of Journal of European Psychology Students, and prepare to receive valuable international feedback for your work.

Visit 'Publish in JEPS' for further information.  

Posted on 03 Feb 2012


Announcements

Call for Associate Editors (voluntary position)

JEPS is recruiting Associate Editors (AEs) for the following fields:

a.Clinical Psychology

b.Cognitive Psychology

c.Developmental Psychology

d.Educational Psychology

e.Neuropsychology

Requirements

1.At minimum, presently pursuing a PhD degree in Psychology

2.Proficiency in English

Advantages

1.Experience in publishing

2.Experience in reviewing scientific texts

Tasks of the Associate Editors

The main task and responsibility of an AE is to review and oversee the review process of manuscripts (MS) (two at maximum). The tasks of this position will commence from the moment they are assigned by the JEPS Editorial Board and last until the AE makes a recommendation about the article (publish, not publish) to the JEPS Editorial Board.

The tasks of an AE include:

1.Review the content of the assigned manuscript (MS).

2.Find up to two relevant reviewers to assign the MS to: 

a.using the established JEPS Scientific Committee;

b.contact the JEPS Editorial Board if a reviewer is missing from the relevant field of the MS.

3.After receiving reviews from the reviewers, merge the reviews to make a recommendation for the MS: accept, conditionally accept, reject with an invitation to resubmit or reject.

4.When conditionally accepted, communicate with the reviewers and author during the reviewing and revision process as revision guidelines suggest. When necessary, the JEPS Editorial Board should also be included.

5.Based on the reviewers’ recommendation, own personal opinion, and revision done by the author, make a final recommendation to the JEPS Editorial Board on publishing (whether the manuscript should be published or not).

6.Help the JEPS Editorial Board to define and maintain the journal policy

To apply for the position of Associate Editor in JEPS, please send your CV and a cover letter together with your reviewing and research intereststo journal@efpsa.org.

More information here.

DEADLINE: 19th February 2012 23:59 CET


Posted on 26 Jan 2012


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: How to format headings in APA Style?

Formatting headings to fit APA Style is difficult despite 6th edition's simplified standards. How to do it right?JEPSBulletin explains.

Posted on 20 Dec 2011


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: How to search for literature?

How to find the relevant articles for your research without being buried under a pile of publications? Check out the new post at the Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin.

Posted on 10 Dec 2011


Announcements

EFPSA supports the Right to Research Coalition

Writing essay, contributing in class discussions, preparing for a thesis – is high quality possible?

It really is not. And it's not always the students’ fault. How many times have you found that your university does not have access to a journal which is crucial for writing a paper? How many times have your lecturers advised you to refer to abstracts if you are not able to access a paper? How many times has this made you worry about the quality of your work?

Limited access is a growing issue in the academic world with journal subscription fees having risen between 7 and 11 % over the last five years. The Journal of European Psychology Students is one of the few psychology journals that are openly accessible to everybody. This is why EFPSA has found a common language with the Right to Research Coalition: we want to promote open access, starting with publications from European psychology departments that our members attend.

Our aim is to make students (who in many countries pay tuition fees that are among other sources of funding to cover subscription fees), academics and society aware of how much publishers profit from journals. Furthermore we want to raise awareness that research findings do not reach the people who would benefit from them – students, academics, patients and caregivers, leaving them with the limited amount that they do have access to.

Get informed, raise awareness!

Posted on 04 Dec 2011


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: Research as an international project

As a new form of collaboration, international research teams are a fruitful way to do science. Nevertheless, many obstacles can pose a threat to the positive outcome of this labor. What are the obstacles and what are the rewards? Peter Edelsbrunner's post guides us through international research in psychology in this week's Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin.

Posted on 04 Dec 2011


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JEPS Bulletin: Common mistakes made in APA style

What's the most difficult part of the APA style for students? Today's JEPS Bulletinidentifies the most common errors found in the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) and introduces simple methods to avoid them. Learn from others' mistakes!

Posted on 20 Nov 2011


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JEPS Bulletin: Who publishes the most reputable journals in psychology?

Do you know what are the highest impact psychology journals out there? Who publishes them? Ivan Flis brings the world of scientific publishing a bit closer than our usual literature search. Check out the new post at the Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin!

Posted on 10 Nov 2011


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JEPS Bulletin: Lessons from a Published Fake Study

Recently a fake clinical study and its made up results managed to get published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry. Scandalous failure of the review process? What could you learn from it? Check out this week's post in Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin and Sina Scherer will reveal the mysterious truth.

Posted on 01 Nov 2011


Announcements

JEPS is now on Facebook

Join the JEPS Facebook Group to be up to date with the latest news of the Journal of European Psychology Students and the JEPS Bulletin.

Posted on 25 Oct 2011


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JEPS Bulletin: Open Access Week 2011

Attend Open Access Week at the university closest to you. What is open access week in the first place? Check out the new post in the Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin and find out!

Posted on 24 Oct 2011


Announcements

JEPS Bulletin: How to spice up your presentations?

Making yet another PowerPoint presentation and thinking how it would be great to spice it up somehow? Why not trying something completely different? Check out the new Journal of European Psychology Students Bulletin post introducing Prezi, a new tool for making presentations.

Posted on 10 Oct 2011


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JEPS Bulletin: Tomatoes against procrastination

Journal articles are read by researchers or students for various reasons, but mainly, for reviewing for conferences, classes, research projects, or simply to keep up with the latest developments in one’s field of interest. However, effective reading skills are rarely taught or brought up for discussion as a prominent issue that needs more attention. Thus, many of us spend hundreds of useless hours trying to master this skill. Why not to save ourselves time and effort by following just few simple steps?

 

First of all, before you start to read anything, think about why you are doing so. This is quite important as your intentions determine the effectiveness of your reading, so your needs influence how you will read an article, book – literally anything. However, if you just need to have an overview in order to get an idea of what you can use for your own research a quick skim-through will suffice.  But, if you are planning to present certain findings from journal articles you might need to dig into it more deeply. Take into account that maximizing what you read isn’t just about adjusting the surrounding environment that allows you to concentrate better. You need to learn how to react to what you read to become a mindful and active reader! How to achieve this? Each of us may develop certain techniques from scratch. Also, we might find mentors who can guide us how to read in such a way that we might benefit from our readings the most. However, we may as well try to save ourselves lots of time. How? By learning how to react to what we read so acquiring certain techniques and adapting them into our everyday life (Hanson & McNamee, 2000).

When focusing on an issue of effective reading, an approach outlined by Keshav (2012) might come to one’s mind. He presents the effectiveness of a “three-pass” approach which can be applied not only in article reading, but also when doing a literature review. The main idea centers on going through three passes that reach the purpose of your reading. By using this method, the common approach that one should read a paper from top-to-bottom is not carried out here. Specifically, the first pass gives a reader a general idea about the paper and the second one helps to grasp its content. It is only the third pass that allows one to understand an article in depth. This approach is not only helpful for estimating the time required to read a set of papers, but also for deciding on how much in-depth you want to research the paper (Keshav, 2012). Thus, thanks to implementing this approach one can become a mindful and active reader by spending less effort and time on one’s readings. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Now, let us go through each pass carefully in order to have a quick glance at the process itself.

Let’s focus on the first pass at the moment. It centers on getting a bird’s-eye view of the read paper so performing a quick scan that takes up to 5-10 minutes. Moreover, it helps to determine whether the paper will be useful or of interest and make it easier for you to validate some of the author(s)’ claims. At the same time, simply skimming through the paper allows you to gauge the level of knowledge you require to fully understand it. It is worth noting that reviewers use this method quite often to decide whether they should accept or decline a manuscript in a review process. That is why, it is commonly emphasized that one should pay extra attention on preparing a clear, concise and comprehensive abstract as well as choosing good titles for sections and subsections in one’s manuscript. With this in mind, let’s follow the five simple steps of the first pass:

  1. Read the title, abstract, and introduction with care.
  2. Ignore everything apart from the section and sub-section headings.
  3. Go through all the available mathematical/statistical content to determine the underlying theoretical foundations of the paper.
  4. Go through the conclusions.
  5. Browse over the references and mentally tick the ones you’ve read already.

Now try to answer five C’s when you are done (Keshav, 2012, p.1).

  • Category: What type of paper is this? Is it an experimental study? A combined analysis of previous studies? An introduction of a new methodology?
  • Context: Which other literature papers is it related to? What were the theoretical bases that were used to analyze the problem?
  • Correctness: Are the assumptions valid?
  • Contributions: How does the paper contribute to the existing scientific understanding?
  • Clarity: Is the paper well-written and easy to understand?

Now that we have gone through the first pass, let’s have a look at the second one. Here, we dig into the paper more in-depth but omit details such as proofs. It is helpful to mentally summarize the text into key points and make notes as we read. But do not forget to write down terms you do not fully understand or some inquiries you would want to ask the author himself. At this stage, it is important to (Keshav, 2012):

  1. Examine presented figures, diagrams and other illustrations, by paying special attention to graphs. Answer these questions: Are the axes properly labeled? Are the results shown with error bars, so that conclusions are statistically significant? (Keshav, 2012, p. 1-2). This will help you to distinguish good work from those that are poorly done.
  2. Do not forget to mark references you find relevant. It is important for later readings and a great way to learn the backgrounds of the studied paper.

Now, we should be able to summarize the paper into a few short key points along with some supporting evidence. The depth of reading during the second pass is appropriate for someone who may or may not be familiar with the field of the paper in question, but is interested in a paper to some extent and finds it useful. This process can take up to one hour of work and requires a moderately high level of concentration (Keshav, 2012).

The third and final pass is helpful for readers who need to fully apprehend the contents of the paper, as is in the case of manuscript reviewers. What is the most important here is to make an effort to “virtually re-implement” the paper – that means to re-create the work and assumptions of the authors. This pass requires a huge attention to details as innovations and assumptions. Moreover, some hidden authors’ failures may be identified here. Through the process of virtually re-implementing the work you challenge your thoughts and redirect them to approach the paper proactively. Here, you are also focusing your attention on writing down possible ideas or recommendations for future research. The third pass can take from three to five hours for beginners and up to one hour for an experienced reader (Keshav, 2012).

What should be noted is that the three-pass approach can also be considered as a really helpful method to use when doing literature research. Usually, we focus our search in the field of our specialization or interest, but not always. The facts are that in order to find the right papers for our projects, we need to dig through tons of research articles. How do we go about using this approach in literature research?

  1. Search using an academic search engine (e.g. Google Scholar) by typing in specific keywords you have found from three to five recent papers on the topic. How do you find the keywords? Use the first pass here – get the gist of the paper, then go to the list of referenced papers presenting latest works in the field. If they direct you to recent literature paper you can just search for it, read it, and congratulate yourself for being lucky.
  2. If you have no access to such a paper, look for repeating author names and shared citations in the text (usually the   main researchers or papers in the area). Find their articles, set them aside and go to the authors’ websites to see what they have published recently or where they have done so. These steps are useful not only for acquiring needed data, but also for identifying top conferences in the field.
  3. Next, go to the conferences websites and browse through their latest proceedings which will allow you to identify latest, high-quality work in the field.  Do a first pass and identify the most relevant works for you now. Then, along with those papers which have been set aside previously, perform the first and the second pass now.

Thus, as we can see, this approach is not only useful to help us out in becoming mindful and effective readers, but also when doing  literature research. For those who are interested in indexing read articles in order to quickly refresh them later, a Literature Review Matrix created by Ian H. McLean (n.d.) should be considered here. It is a short report sheet created on the basis of the three-pass approach. Additionally, to broaden our horizons in the process of becoming mindful readers, you can refer to works of Jones’ (n.d.), Roscoe’s (2007), Hanson and McNamee’s (2000), and Whitesides’ (n.d.). These papers and/or websites are devoted not only to increasing our effective reading ability, but also to know more about various research skills. You get useful tips on not only how to read, but also how to write good papers. So why wait? I am starting my journey right away. Will you join me?

 

References

Hanson, M. J., & McNamee, D. J. (January, 2000). Efficient reading of papers in science and technology. Retrieved from http://www-bac.esi.umontreal.ca/~dbin1001/h04/notes/how-to-read1.pdf

Jones, S. P. (n.d.). Research Skills. Retrieved from http://research.microsoft.com/enus/um/people/simonpj/papers/giving-a-talk/giving-a-talk.htm

Keshav, S. (June, 2012). How to read a paper. Retrieved from http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/keshav/home/Papers/data/07/paper-reading.pdf

McLean, I. H. (n.d.). Literature review matrix. Retrieved from http://pl.scribd.com/doc/98246252/Lit-Review-Matrix

Roscoe, T. (March, 2007). Writing reviews for systems conferences. Retrieved from http://people.inf.ethz.ch/troscoe/pubs/review-writing.pdf

Whitesides, G. M. (n.d.). Whitesides’ Group: Writing a paper. Retrieved from http://www.che.iitm.ac.in/misc/dd/writepaper.pdf

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Magdalena Eliza Kossowska is an MA graduate from Catholic University of Lublin, Interfaculty Individual Studies in the Humanities College, Psychology Institute in Poland. She has volunteered for various NGOs (including EFPSA, AEGEE, Polish Psychologists Association), and participated in scholarships in Prague, Czech Republic; Tromso, Norway; and London, United Kingdom. Besides contributing in JEPS Bulletin, she also works with Association for Polish Psychology Development ANOVA.  She is interested in organisational, clinical, as well as cognitive psychology.

Magdalena Kossowska

Magdalena Eliza Kossowska is a Psychologist, Project Manager, and Recruiter. She has volunteered for various NGOs (including EFPSA, AEGEE, Polish Psychologists Association), and participated in scholarships in Prague, Czech Republic; Tromso, Norway; and London, United Kingdom. She is interested in organisational, cross cultural, as well as cognitive psychology.

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