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Aims and scope

Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice is devoted to understanding the biopsychosocial and behavioural factors leading to enhanced well-being, optimal emotional processing and the prevention of psychological dysfunction. Papers examining the mechanisms underlying the relationships between lifestyle factors, positive psychology interventions, emotion processes and well-being are sought. Other core themes of the journal include the integration of subjective and objective (neurobiological and behavioural) indicators of well-being and emotion, hedonic and eudaimonic perspectives of well-being, systematic emotion regulation strategies, knowledge transfer from laboratory settings to the field, and interdisciplinary approaches to the science of well-being.

The journal publishes original work including intervention studies, meta-analyses, integrative review papers and brief scientific reports. Commentaries, debates and letters to the Editor are also considered. International and multidisciplinary perspectives are encouraged.
Example topics for publication in Psychology of Well-Being include:

  • The development and application of systematic and rigorous measurement approaches to well-being and emotional processing
  • The development and evaluation of innovative and practical interventions for promoting optimal functioning and preventing psychological dysfunction
  • Theoretical reviews or practical papers integrating established methods from different disciplines or ideologies
  • Integration and advances in technologies for assessing well-being
  • The inclusion of biological and neurological (including neuroanatomical, neurochemical and physiological) well-being indicators
  • The development of self-managed approaches to optimal functioning
  • Applications which are suited to work, education, family, clinical, community and health contexts and which span across the full life course
  • Evidence-based recommendations for social and health policy.

Why publish your article in Psychology of Well-Being?

High visibility

Psychology of Well-Being's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Psychology of Well-Being offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Psychology of Well-Being and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Psychology of Well-Being gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Psychology of Well-Being are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Psychology of Well-Being may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Psychology of Well-Being

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Psychology of Well-Being retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by Psychology of Well-Being are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Psychology of Well-Being you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice therefore levies an article-processing charge of £695/$1085/€885 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Springer Open provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Psychology of Well-Being will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Psychology of Well-Being operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Psychology of Well-Being should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Psychology of Well-Being

Articles in Psychology of Well-Being  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Psychol Well-Being Theory Res Pract [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Psychol Well-Being Theory Res Pract 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.