OU CZ Psychology and its contexts

Instructions to Authors

The contributions are published under the Creative Commons CC-BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.cs), and the authors retain the copyright and publishing rights. By submitting a manuscript to the Psychology and its Contexts journal, the author expresses their will to have it published in the journal and their consent with the publication of the manuscript under the Creative Commons CC-BY license.

The journal accepts original material which is not published or concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere and invites submission of papers on theoretical and methodological issues in psychology, application of psychology in everyday life, reviews, reports, preliminary methodological notes etc. The publication languages include Czech, Slovak, and English. Articles that have been reviewed positively and accepted by the editorial board are included in the next upcoming issue.

All submitted manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review process with the participation of at least two reviewers. Reviewers are chosen based on the following criteria: expert or relevant knowledge in the field, impartiality with no association with the author, and commitment to supply the review within one month. Each reviewer evaluates the quality of the article according to selected criteria and recommends one of the following scenarios: no changes required, minor changes required, major changes required, reject. In case of minor or major changes required, authors are kindly asked to edit their manuscript based on reviewers' suggestions.

Paper submission and publication is free of charge.

The requirement for paper acceptance is clear and coherent formulation of ideas and arrangement of the manuscript according to the following guidelines:

The paper should be introduced with a title in Czech and English and a list of authors and co-authors.
Theoretical articles should express the thoughts and arguments clearly and comprehensibly.
Empirical articles should follow this structure:

  • Problem
  • Methods
  • Findings
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

Represents a brief summary of the article. It is written in the third person and the range should not exceed 15 lines, i.e. 900 characters. The text for the abstract should be delivered in Czech or Slovak (or in English for English articles). Abstract is supplemented by 3–6 keywords.

Extended English abstract:
Each paper must be accompanied by a self-explanatory extended English abstract of about 3,000 to 4,000 characters (including spaces), written in the third person.

The structure of the abstract must correspond with the structure of the paper, i.e. PROBLEM, METHOD, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, CONCLUSION. Theoretical paper abstracts should clearly present the main ideas of the manuscript.

The abstract should be followed by 3–6 keywords in English, identical with the original (Czech, Slovak).

Author’s and co-author’s consent:
The consent should include a list of all authors and co-authors (including their academic degrees) and their contact information. Information on their affiliation is optional. Each author must consent to the publication of the article in one of the following ways:

  • by using the abbreviation v. r. (the Czech equivalent to m. p. – "manu propria", i.e. Thomas Scott, v.r.) in italics. The editorial board can contact authors for confirmation of their consent.
  • by sending back the scan of a signed consent (in PDF).

The consent form can be downloaded here .

Tables, Graphs, Images, Abbreviations:
For clarity reasons, it is recommended to use smaller and clearly structured tables. Each table must be provided with a number and a title (or a brief description of its contents) above.

Graphs must also have their numbers and titles above them. It is recommended to use a unified format throughout the article. It is also necessary to enclose the file containing the data (values) on which the graph is based (i.e. Excel .xls(x), SPSS .sav etc.).

Images must be provided with numbers and titles. The image should be included using the Insert -> Picture -> From File command.

All figures are inserted directly into the intended location in the text.

Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

The length of the article should be 3–20 standard pages (30 lines of 60 characters), i.e. 1.800 characters per page (longer articles should be consulted with the editors first). The text of the article must be created in Microsoft Word (or any alternative editor, e.g. OpenOffice) and saved as .doc or .RTF. In the case of a more complicated structure (greater number of tables or figures) it is recommended to attach a PDF version of the paper to illustrate the proposed appearance of the manuscript.

Articles should be sent electronically in the form of an attachment to: psychkont@osu.cz. The file should have the following structure:

  • Czech and English title (Czech title is not necessary for English articles),
  • name(s) of author(s) (co-authors, respectively),
  • abstract (Czech, Slovak or English) and keywords (3–6),
  • text of the article (including tables and images),
  • list of references,
  • author(s)’s contact details: workplace, address of workplace, e-mail (phone).

The e-mail should therefore contain two (or three) files (article, consent(s), and possibly also a data file). We do not recommend the use of compressed files (ZIP, RAR etc.).

Footnotes are marked with Arabic numbers and attached to appropriate spaces in the text as superscripts; they are numbered continuously throughout the paper.
Tables and figures are numbered separately with Arabic numbers. The designation, number, title and any explanatory text is written directly in the top of the tables. Image descriptions should be given directly at the individual images.

It is necessary to provide the manuscript with a list of references. The bibliography (citations and references) follows the APA citation standards.
In-text references are indicated by the author's name and year of publication in parentheses. The author's name and year of publication of the work are separated with a comma, e.g. (Aldwin, 1994). If direct quotations are used, page should be also indicated (Aldwin, 1994, p. 15).
References to multiple sources must be separated with a semicolon. Works by several authors are referred with the first author’s name and "et al."

The complete list of references, located at the end of the article, should be listed in alphabetical order arranged by surname (see the examples of citations below). References to more works from the same author should be arranged by year of publication, from oldest to latest. The works of one author with more co-authors should be listed after the works that come only from the author. The list contains only cited publications and is not numbered.

The author is responsible for linguistic correctness and accuracy of references.

Contributors are not remunerated. All papers undergo a review process; in the case of a negative review, the article is sent back to the author for editing together with the reviewer’s comments. Authors must respond to the review in writing and state the scope of the modification – explain which recommendations were reflected in the text and which were not and why. The revised paper may be resubmitted to the original reviewer for assessment. The editing process by the author should not exceed 30 days.

The editors reserve the right to shorten the manuscript and make editorial changes. Published manuscripts and unpublished, unsolicited manuscripts are not returned to their authors. All authors are informed of the acceptance or rejection of their article.

How to quote names according to APA 7


For works with 1–20 authors, all of them are quoted "Autor, A. A., Autor, B. B., Autor, C. C., & Autor, D. D." with the "& " character before the last author.
For works with 21 and more authors, the first nineteen are quoted, followed by three dots and the last author (Autor, A. A., Autor, B. B., Autor, C. C., Autor, D. D., Autor, E. E., Autor, F. F., Autor, G. G., Autor, H. H., Autor, I. I., Autor, J. J., Autor, K. K., Autor, L. L., Autor, M. M., Autor, N. N., Autor, O. O., Autor, P. P., Autor, R. R., Autor, S. S., Autor, T. T., … Autor, U. U.).


Type of citation First citation in text Subsequent citations in text First citation in text in parenthesis Subsequent citation in text in parenthesis
Work by one author Blake (2007) Blake (2007) (Blake, 2007) (Blake, 2007)
Work by two authors Blake and Woods (2010) Blake and Woods (2010) (Blake & Woods, 2010) (Blake & Woods, 2010)
Work by three or more authors Novak et al. (2008) Novak et al. (2008) (Novak et al., 2008) (Novak et al., 2008)
Group as author (identifiable by abbreviation) Èesko-Moravsá Psychologicá Asociace (2012) ÈMPS (2012) (Èesko-Moravsá Psychologicá Asociace, 2012) (ÈMPS, 2012)
Group as author (without abbreviation) Ostravsá Univerzita (2011) Ostravsá Univerzita (2011) (Ostravsá Univerzita, 2011) (Ostravsá Univerzita, 2011)

Examples of references:

a) book
Aldwin, C.M. (1994). Stress, coping and development: An integrative perspective. Guilford Press.
Saleeby, D. (1997). The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice. Longman Publishers, Inc.
Werner, E.E., & Smith, R.S. (1982). Vulnerable but invincible: A longitudinal study of resilient children and youth. McGraw-Hill.

b) article in a collection
Masten, A.S., & Obradoviæ, J. (2006). Competence and Resilience in Development. In B.M. Lester, A.S. Masten & B. McEven (eds.), Resilience in Children. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, Vol. 1094 (pp. 13-27). Blackwell.
Ryan, R.M., & Deci, E.L. (2001). On hapiness and human potentials: A review of research on hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. In S. Fiske (ed.), Annual Review of Psychology (pp. 141-166). Annual Reviews.

c) collection
Coulmas, F. (ed.). (1981). Conversational Routine. Mouton.

d) journal article
Cramer, P. (1998). Coping and Defense Mechanism: What's the Dirreference? Journal of Personality, 66(6), 919-946. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-6494.00037
Gilbert, D. G., McClernon, J. F., Rabinovich, N. E., Sugai, C., Plath, L. C., Asgaard, G., ... Botros, N. (2004). Effects of quitting smoking on EEG activation and attention last for more than 31 days and are more severe with stress, dependence, DRD2 A 1 allele, and depressive traits. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 249-267. https://doi.org/10.1080/1462220041 0001676305
Leifer, M., Kilbane, T., & Kalick, S. (2004). Vulnerability or Resilience to Intergenerational Sexual Abuse: The Role of Maternal Factors. Child Maltreatment, 9(1), 78-91.

e) web
MacLean, K. (2004). Resilience: What it is and how children and youth people can be helped to develop it. CYC-Online, 62. Retrieved July 8, 2021 z http://www.cyc-net.org/cyc-online/cycol-0304-resilience.html

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Braggadocio. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved January 13, 2020, z https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/braggadocio
Liu, S. (2005, May 24-28). Defending against business crises with the help of inteligent agent based early warning solutions [Conference paper]. The Seventh International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, Miami, FL, United States. Abstract http://www.iceis.org/iceis2005/abstracts_2005.htm
Price, P. C., Jhangiani, R., & Chiang, I. A. (2015). Research methods in psychology (2nd Canadian ed.). BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/researchmethods
Price, D. (2018, March 23). Laziness does not exist. Medium. https://humanparts.medium.com/laziness-does-not-exist-3af27e312d01
Resilience Research Centre (2006). International Resilience Project: Project report. https://resilienceresearch.org/files/2006_reports/mainreport.pdf
Sillick, T. J., & Schutte, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. https://doi.org/10.7790/ejap.v2i2.71

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