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Instructions to Authors

I. Submission process

Manuscripts can only be submitted electronically:
The manuscript document should be attached to an e-mail message addressed to epsz.pszichologia@ubbcluj.ro. Most word processing programs are acceptable, although Microsoft Word for PC is preferred. The corresponding author will receive a confirmatory query from the editor via e-mail.

II. Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

In TJP authors can publish research from the areas of psychology, special education and education which meet the following requirements:

Responsibilities for authors:

  • Transylvanian Journal of Psychology requires authors to comply with APA Ethical Standards for research and publication (for details please see the APA Ethical Principles; http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx#8_02)
  • All contributing authors are required to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).
  • Authors should cite referenced works respecting the ethical principles of authorship and the formal writing style requirements (APA writing style).
  • The authors should attach a cover letter in which he/she affirms that the research paper was not partially or totally published elsewhere, or submitted for publication to another publisher.
  • Along with the manuscript, corresponding authors are to sign the following statement regarding the authenticity of research and the its adherence to ethical principles: TJP checklist.doc
  • Any unethical behavior, plagiarism (all manuscripts will be analyzed by the editorial committee using various forms of acknowledged methods), manufacture of research results or promotion of incorrect arguments may cause the rejection of a submission or the withdrawal of a published article.
  • After the publication the copyright of the article belongs to the TJP. Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement'.

Responsibilities of the editors:

  • The editors are fully responsible and have the authority to accept or reject an article
  • The editors should provide feedback to the corresponding authors with regards to the status of the manuscript.
  • Every submission is taken into consideration and evaluated for its content without regard of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin or politic philosophy of the authors.
  • TJP does not disclose any information to third parties about articles submitted for evaluation, and preserves anonymity for reviewers.   
  • Manuscripts not conforming to the current publishing ethics and malpractice statement will be rejected
  • The journal will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Responsibilities of the reviewers:

  • The contents are reviewed by two scholars who have to fill up a standards review form. Their suggestions are sent forward to the author, except for comments directed at the editor alone. The journal uses a blind review policy; that is why authors are specifically asked to avoid mentions in the text which could identify them; reviewers’ contact info is also concealed from authors (double blind review system).
  • Reviewers should judge the scientific quality of the papers as objectively as possible and reviewed articles are to be treated confidentially
  • Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders

Procedures for dealing with unethical behavior
Identifying unethical behavior

  • Misconduct and unethical behavior may be identified and signaled to the editor at any time.
  • When informing the editor or publisher of such conduct, one should provide clear evidence in order for an investigation to proceed. All potential allegations will be seriously considered and treated in the same way, until a conclusion is reached.


  • The editor will take an initial decision, consulting with the editorial board, and/or the publisher, when needed
  • Evidence should be gathered, while keeping the process confidential to the public until a conclusion is reached.

Minor breaches

  • Minor misconduct may be handled by the editor without the need to consult more widely. However, the author will be given the opportunity to respond to misconduct allegations.

Serious breaches

  • Serious misconduct may be pointed out to the employers of the accused author(s). The editor, in consultation with the publisher, will decide whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by consulting a group of experts when needed.

Outcomes (in increasing order of severity; may be applied separately or in conjunction)

  • Informing the author or reviewer where there seems to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
  • Sending a letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct in a firm note, as a warning to future behavior.
  • Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
  • A formal letter to the head of the author’s or reviewer’s department.
  • Withdrawal of a publication from the journal, informing the readership of the Journal.
  • Forbidding the author(s) from publishing in the journal for a given time period.
  • Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organization or higher authority for further investigation and action.

III. Writing style

  • All manuscripts should follow the APA writing style (6th edition) as follows:
    • The title page should contain the following: article title, author(s) name, affiliations, mailing address, e-mail, fax, and phone.
    • Abstract (max. 250 words) is to be attached in English along with keywords (max. 10 words)
    • The manuscript should follow the standard format: line spacing: 2.0, paper size A4 (210*297 mm), font size Times New Roman 12, 1 inch margins.
    • Figures and tables should be numbered by Arabic numbers and mentioned in the text (ex. "as you may see it in the 1st table..."). The figures/tables should be submitted in a separate word document, should have a short descriptive title. In general figures should appear in black and white implementation.
    • References in the text should follow the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (IV.). E.g.:
      "...Smith et al. (1993) noted that ..."
      "...different studies (e.g., Baddeley, 1995; Landau & Smith, 1994; Schmidt, 1993) mentioned that ..."

Authors should list all bibliographical resources that have been referred to in the paper. The authors should follow the enclosed guidelines (punctuation, order, and name of authors).

  • In case of books:
    • Coleman, M. & Gillberg, C. (1986). Biologie des syndromes d'autisme. Edisem Inc., Qubec .
    • Kulcsár T. (1984). Iskolapszichológia. Dacia Könyvkiadó, Kolozsvár.


  • In case of book chapters:
    • Reed, S. (1993). A schema based theory of transfer. In: D. Detterman & R. Sternberg (Eds.), Transfer on trial, Norwood, Ablex P.C., 39-68.
    • Molina, S., & Borkovec, T. D. (1994). The Penn State Worry Questionnaire: Psychometric properties and associated characteristics. In G. C. L. Davey, & F. Tallis (Eds.), Worrying: Perspectives on theory, assessment, and treatment (pp. 265–283). New York: Wiley.


  • In case of Journals:
    • DiGiuseppe, R. (1996). The nature of irrational and rational beliefs: Progress in rational emotive behavior theory. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 14(1), 5 – 28. doi: 10.1007/BF02238091
    • Mennin, D. S., Heimberg, R. G., Turk, C. L., Fresco, D. M. (2002). Applying an emotion regulation framework to integrative approaches to generalized anxiety disorder. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9(1), 85–90. doi:10.1093/clipsy/9.1.85.