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Psychology of Language and Communication

Journal Details
access type Open Access
First Published
01 Jan 1997
Journal Subjects
Social Sciences, Psychology, Applied Psychology
Journal Metrics
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Psychology of Language and Communication is an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal committed to publishing high quality science in the areas of language and communication. We have endorsed and followed the Diamond Open Access standard since our foundation in 1997. Both submitting manuscripts and accessing full-text articles is free of charge.

We publish articles on different aspects of psychological studies on language and communication processes in both children and adults, including language production and comprehension, the brain, cognitive and social bases of speech, the nature and strategies of various types of discourse, language development and disorders of linguistic and communicative competences, corpus studies, social media communication, psychological text analysis, social perception of spoken and written language, as well as human-AI communication.

Psychology of Language and Communication integrates previously disparate perspectives and approaches in the psychology of communication in one place, advancing an interdisciplinary perspective on language and communication and granting a forum for researchers from all over the world. We welcome manuscripts representing perspectives in psychology, linguistics, sociology, philosophy, and computer science, although they should fit within the central scope of psychology. We feel strongly that through these multiple perspectives, we can contribute a more thorough understanding of the role that language and communication processes play in our world. We welcome original empirical studies (as full-length articles or short reports) as well as replication studies and reports of null findings. We are also keen to report on methodological advancements in the areas of language and communication research, theoretical papers, and literature reviews.

We are eager to work with students and Early Career Researchers who have carried out solid work yet might need additional support and feedback to bring their work to the standards necessary for peer-reviewed publication. 

We encourage special issues of two types. First, researchers can suggest calls for papers and to be guest editors and cooperate with us. Secondly, we invite conference and symposium organizers to contact us ahead of time regarding the publication of special issues. We are eager to provide an outlet for high quality, thematically consistent collections of papers following a conference. Possible themes include both novel areas, approaches, and directions in the psychology of language and communication as well as overviews and critical reflections on established topics.

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Why submit

  • All submissions, after a preliminary assessment by a member of the Editorial Board are sent out for a thorough evaluation to two or three peer reviewers in a doubleblind review process, i.e., the identities of authors and reviewers are not revealed,
  • promotion of each published article,
  • fast publishing,
  • publishing without charge.

We are indexed in the following databases, among others:

  • Scopus
  • DOAJ
  • PsychINFO

Rejection Rate

  • 60%

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Plagiarism Policy

The editorial board is participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.

Karolina Hansen, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Barbara Bokus, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Marta Białecka-Pikul, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
Megan Birney, Staffordshire University, Staffordshire, England
Agnieszka Dębska, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Ali Dincer, Erzincan Binali Yildirim University, Turkey
Anna Filip, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
Ewa Haman, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Kayla Jordan, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, United States
Agnieszka Kałdonek-Crnjaković, University of Warsaw, Poland
Piotr Kałowski, University of Warsaw, Poland
Nigel Mantou Lou, University of Victoria, Canada
Tabea Meier, Northwestern University, United States
Agnieszka Piskorska, University of Warsaw, Poland
Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi, University of Warsaw, Poland
Marta Szreder, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
Małgorzata Szupica-Pyrzanowska, University of Warsaw, Poland
Vivian Ta, Lake Forest College, United States

Ayhan Aksu-Koç, Bogazici University, Turkey
Michael Bamberg, Clark University, USA
Camiel Beukeboom, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Sandra Bosacki, Brock University, Canada
Richard Bourhis, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Ryan Boyd, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Stephen Cowley, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Howard Giles, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Hanna Jakubowicz Batoréo, Universidade Aberta, Portugal
Michèle Kail, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
David Markowitz, University of Oregon, USA
Cecilia Rojas-Nieto, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Martha Shiro, Central University of Venezuela, Venezuela
Jef Verschueren, Professor Emeritus, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Piotr Kałowski, University of Warsaw, Poland

Assistant to the Editor in Chief:
Piotr Kałowski

Psychology of Language and Communication
Faculty of Psychology,
University of Warsaw,
Stawki 5/7, 00-183 Warszawa, Poland;
Tel. +48 22 5549780, Fax +48 22 6357991;

De Gruyter Poland
Bogumiła Zuga 32A Str.
01-811 Warsaw, Poland
T: +48 22 701 50 15

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Author Guidelines of Psychology of Language and Communication

Please read the following instructions before submitting your manuscript. Psychology of Language and Communication reserves the right to reject manuscripts, which are not formatted in accordance with the guidelines below.

Submission and publication of manuscripts in the Psychology of Language and Communication is free of charge and follows the Diamond Open Access model.

Article types
We accept the following types of submissions:

  • Full-length empirical articles
  • Replication studies and reports of null findings
  • Short research reports
  • Literature reviews or theoretical contributions

Submitting manuscripts
Manuscripts should be submitted using the Editorial System.
If you do not have an account yet, please register at
If you are already registered, you can login at
After logging into the system, in order to send your submission to the editorial office, click the "Submit new article" button available at the top of the section "Your articles". Later, you can use your account to track the progress of your submission.

Manuscript language
Manuscripts should be written in legible, academic English. The Psychology of Language and Communication reserves the right to reject manuscripts written in languages other than English, as well as manuscripts that demonstrate a poor level of written English. The Psychology of Language and Communication offers in-house English editing and proofreading services only for manuscripts that have been accepted for publication (see below).

Manuscript length

  • Full-length empirical articles or reviews should have a maximum length of 10,000 words including notes (excluding the abstract, tables, figures, and references).
  • Short research reports should have a maximum length of 5,000 words (excluding the abstract, tables, and figures) and up to 40 references.

General manuscript formatting
Manuscripts should be prepared in .doc, .docx or related formats, using a 12-point size, double-spaced, common, neutral font (e.g., Times New Roman). Pages should be A4 in size, and the text should be clearly divided into paragraphs, sections, and subsections.

Submissions should follow the style and referencing system recommended in the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association both in the main text, as well as in figure and table formatting and the end reference list.

The main manuscript file should contain (in this order):

  • The title (without author information, see blind peer-review below)
  • An abstract of a maximum of 150 words, concisely describing the research problem, methodology, and main results of the study
  • 5-7 keywords
  • Manuscript body
  • References
  • (Appendices and supplementary information if necessary)

All identifying information (authors, affiliations, references to own work etc.) should be blinded in the manuscript for the purposes of reviews. After the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors will be asked to fill in this information.

Figures and tables
Figures (photographs, drawings, diagrams) should be numbered consecutively in the text. Figures and figure captions should be embedded in the manuscript, not placed at the end of the manuscript. Figure captions should contain the description of the figure as well as explanations for all abbreviations used in the figure in order to make it legible on its own. Photographs should be large prints with high contrast. Graphs and diagrams should be large enough to allow reduction to 10cm x 10cm.

Tables should be numbered and referred to by number in the text. Table captions should contain explanations for all abbreviations used in the table in order to make it legible on its own.

Figures and tables should be in their final, ready-to-publish version.

The authors are responsible for acquiring the rights to tables, figures, illustrations, and quotes from other publications (text, tables, figures, illustrations).

Please note that figures in color are free.

Appendices and supplementary materials
We encourage authors to share their materials, data, and analysis code on publicly available databases or as supplementary materials to be included as an appendix to the article published on the website.

Ethical practices
By submitting your manuscript to PLC, you declare that the manuscript constitutes your original work which has not been published or accepted for publication nor is it currently being considered for publication in another outlet.

Plagiarism, data manipulation, ghostwriting, guest authorship, and manipulations of the review process are a violation of academic integrity. It is the responsibility of the author to provide information about all persons contributing to the publication, all sources of funding, and all conflicts of interest.

In case any such ethical misconduct on the part of any of the authors, managing editors, or reviewers is suspected or detected, the processing of the manuscript will be halted and the editorial board will follow the COPE guidelines in order to resolve the issue. Read the COPE guidelines here:

Review and manuscript processing
After a preliminary assessment by a member of the Editorial Board who checks whether the article meets the above guidelines and represents a topic suitable for the journal’s thematic scope, all submissions are assigned a Managing Editor and are sent out for a thorough evaluation to a minimum of two reviewers in a double-blind review process (i.e., the identities of authors and reviewers are not revealed). The reviewers are recognized experts in the field.

Where possible, we aim to get a decision to authors in six weeks. The Managing Editors have a possibility to evaluate reviewers through the Editorial System. The Managing Editors issue a decision. The types of decisions are:

  • Accept,
  • Accept with Minor Revisions
  • Accept pending Major Revisions,
  • Reject and resubmit
  • Reject
  • Desk Reject (in case of manuscripts out of the thematic scope of the journal).

After acceptance for publication, the manuscript is subjected to in-house language editing and typesetting. The corresponding author will then receive the manuscript proofs for acceptance. After acceptance, the manuscript will be converted into the final PDF version. The PDF will also be sent to the corresponding author for acceptance.

This journal provides immediate open access to its content under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. Authors who publish with this journal retain all copyrights and agree to the terms of the above-mentioned CC BY NC ND 4.0 license.  

Open Access Statement
The journal is an Open Access journal that allows a free unlimited access to all its contents without any restrictions upon publication to all users.

Journal Details
access type Open Access
First Published
01 Jan 1997
Journal Subjects
Social Sciences, Psychology, Applied Psychology
Journal Metrics
Cite Score

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