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Instructions for authors

*Please Note* As of July 1st, 2021, Applied Psycholinguistics has implemented a Research Materials Transparency Policy. For more information, please see the section below on Openness, Transparency, and Reproducibility before you submit your manuscript.


All submissions to Applied Psycholinguistics should be made via Manuscript Central at the following address:

Submission of an article implies that it has not been published elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to publish material (quotations, illustrations, etc.) for which they do not own the copyright. Contributors of accepted articles will retain copyright and sign a license to publish with Cambridge University Press.

In light of the very high number of submissions we receive, in addition to our commitment to publishing the work of a wide variety of scholars, we ask that an individual author submit a maximum of two manuscripts (as first or subsequent author) per 12-month period. If you believe your situation warrants an exception to this policy, please explain in an email to the editorial office.

Submission Types

Original research articles
These manuscripts report empirical studies and should not normally exceed 10,000 words excluding the abstract and references.

Replication research articles
These manuscripts report empirical studies motivated by a previously published study and should not normally exceed 5,000 words excluding the abstract and references, with shorter background/literature review sections than original research articles.

Review articles
Please check with the editor before submitting a review article. Review articles must be timely and fall clearly within the scope of Applied Psycholinguistics.

Manuscript and Citation Style
Statistical Reporting

Applied Psycholinguistics is committed to transparency and completeness in data analysis and reporting. Therefore, we offer general expectations for the conduct and reporting of statistical analyses, beyond those detailed in the most recent edition of the APA manual:

  • Authors should select statistical techniques that are appropriate to the nature of the dependent and the independent measures. 
  • Authors should report whether the assumptions of all statistical tests were met as well as any adjustments that were made to the data.
  • Authors should report means, standard deviations, confidence intervals, exact p-values and effect sizes should be reported with a meaningful, contextualized interpretation (e.g., effect size measures may include differences between means, regression slopes or odds ratios).
  • It is desirable to report the ‘goodness of fit’ of a statistical model. An example of such a measure is the proportion of variance explained.
Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively throughout the article. Each table and figure should be submitted on a separate page and should be titled.

Figures should be ready for photographic reproduction; they cannot be redrawn by the publisher. Charts, graphs, or other artwork should be professionally rendered or computer generated. Photographs should be glossy black- and-white prints (please see below for more details about color images); 8 x 10" enlargements are preferred. All labels and details on figures should be clearly printed and large enough to remain legible after a 50% reduction.

Charges apply for all color figures that appear in the print version of the journal. Otherwise, all tables and figures should be interpretable in black and white/grayscale. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in color in the online version only, or whether they should appear in color online and in the print version. There is no charge for including color figures in the online version of the journal but it must be clear that color is needed to enhance the meaning of the figure, rather than simply being for aesthetic purposes. If you request color figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Appendices and Supplementary Materials

Appendices resulting in a total article word count in excess of 11,000 words (for Original research articles) and 5,500 words (for Replication research articles) will be published online only as supplementary materials.


With respect to anonymization, please do as follows:

  • Refer to your own work as you do any other work (i.e., do not replace your name with 'author'), and do not use first-person pronouns when discussing your previous work. Please note that the ultimate goal is anonymity. If you have questions about anonymization in your particular case, please email
  •  An acknowledgments section should be added only after manuscript acceptance.
  • Any references to locations (e.g., where the research was conducted) that might reveal your identity should be replaced with "[removed for review]".
Openness, Transparency, and Reproducibility 

Applied Psycholinguistics encourages contributors to practice open science in accordance with the guidelines for Transparency and Openness Promotion.

Research materials transparency 
All articles submitted to Applied Psycholinguistics must contain links to research materials at the beginning of section(s) where materials are described. Materials must be publicly available via a trusted repository (e.g., the Open Science Framework, a university repository, or the IRIS database).

Analytic methods and data transparency 
Beginning January 1, 2022, all articles submitted to Applied Psycholinguistics must contain links to the analysis code and data at the beginning of the relevant manuscript sections. Analysis code and data must be openly available via a trusted repository (e.g., the Open Science Framework, a university repository, Dataverse, the IRIS database, or other database on the Registry of Research Data Repositories).

Important notes for authors
  • To preserve author anonymity during the review process, authors must ensure that repositories do not reveal author identities (see, e.g.,
  • There are cases where it is not possible for authors to make materials, code, and/or data available in this way, whether because the materials are not owned by the authors or sharing them may reveal sensitive information. In such cases, this must be clearly stated and explained in the appropriate locations in the manuscript in place of providing links.
  • In cases of repositories (e.g., IRIS) where materials may be posted only after formal acceptance of an article, please state the intention to post and the name of the repository, e.g. “[Study materials to be posted at and can be found during the review process at ...”.
Open Access

Applied Psycholinguistics encourages authors to publish their article through an Open Access model. Please visit this page for information on our open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository. Cambridge University Press has partnered with institutions around the globe to help publish research Gold Open Access through Read & Publish Agreements


Applied Psycholinguistics requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications. If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Applied Psycholinguistics. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or here.

If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Competing Interests Declaration

Authors should include a competing interests declaration at the end of their manuscripts. However, if a declaration contains identifiable information, authors should include their declaration in a cover letter instead of including it within their manuscript – to preserve the anonymity of their manuscript. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article.

Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.

Copyediting and Proofreading

Authors may wish to have their manuscripts professionally proofread before submission. This is optional but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and reviewers. We offer a Cambridge service which you can learn more about here. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal.

The publisher reserves the right to copyedit and proofread all articles accepted for publication. The corresponding author will review the copyedited manuscript only if changes have been substantial. Page proof of an article will be sent to the lead author for correction of typographical errors only; authors must notify the editorial office of any changes within 48 hours or approval will be assumed.

Last updated 21 September 2021