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Journal of Language and Social Psychology

Journal of Language and Social Psychology

2018 Impact Factor: 1.014
2018 Ranking: 80/184 in Linguistics | 64/88 in Communication | 55/63 in Psychology, Social
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)

Howard Giles University of California, Santa Barbaram, USA

eISSN: 15526526 | ISSN: 0261927X | Current volume: 38 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

The Latest Research and Theory

The social psychology of language is a unique and valued subdiscipline in the language and communication sciences. Journal of Language and Social Psychology is the only major journal worldwide devoted to this area of study, attracting an international authorship with data bases frequently being derived from languages other than English. The journal provides complete and balanced coverage of the latest research and theory at the cross-roads of language, mind and society. Features include original full-length articles, short research notes and book reviews.

Mulidisciplinary in Scope

This cross-disciplinary journal presents articles drawn from a wide range of disciplines including linguistics, cognitive science, anthropology, psychology, communication, sociology and education. Reflecting a strong tradition in the quantitative, experimental studies and positivistic theory, a valued feature of its editorial policy is that it welcomes work from diverse ideological and methodological camps. Journal of Language and Social Psychology also critically reviews relevant books from a wide variety of disciplines and approaches.

Thematic Issues

Journal of Language and Social Psychology occasionally publishes special issues devoted to topics of pressing interest. Guest edited by experts in the field, they provide a balanced analysis of the subject at hand. Previous highlights include:

  • The Social Psychology of Intergroup Communication
  • Power of Language and Power Behind Language
  • Approaches to Natural Language Texts
  • Interpersonal Deception
  • Emotional Communication, Culture and Power

In-Depth Coverage

Journal of Language and Social Psychology provides full in-depth coverage of areas such as: sexual talk; social cognition; natural language generation and processing; discourse and power; language vitality; linguistic factors in ageing; social factors in bilingualism; discourse analysis; language attitudes; cognitive plans and linguistic production; languages of the mass media; gender and language; language and emotion; conversation interaction; verbal and non-verbal linkage; language planning; intergroup communication; and language and ethnicity.

The Journal of Language and Social Psychology explores the many social psychological features of language use.  Although drawing mainly on social psychology and communication, articles are submitted from a wide range of disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, and sociology. The journal provides complete and balanced coverage of the latest developments and advances through original, full-length empirical articles(quantitative and qualitative), short research reports, and book reviews.

Howard Giles University of California, Santa Barbaram, USA
Managing Editor
Jessica Gasiorek University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA
Book Review Editor
Jake Harwood University of Arizona, USA
Consulting Editor for Discourse and Ethnographic Studies
Karen Tracy University of Colorado, USA
Consulting Editor for New Technology
Joseph B. Walther University of California - Santa Barbara, USA
Editorial Board
Karin Aronsson University of Stockholm, Sweden
Martha Augoustinos University of Adelaide, Australia
Peter Bull University of York, UK
Aaron Castelan Cargile California State University, Long Beach, USA
Richard Clément University of Ottawa, Canada
David Clementson California State University, Sacramento, USA
William A. Donohue Michigan State University, USA
Marko Dragojevic University of Kentucky, USA
Norah Dunbar University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
John Edwards St Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie University, Canada
Klaus Fiedler Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Susan R. Fussell Cornell University, USA
Cynthia Gallois University of Queensland, Australia
Robert C. Gardner  
Jessica Gasiorek University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA
Cynthia Gordon Syracuse University, USA
Jeff Hall University of Kansas, USA
Mark A. Hamilton University of Connecticut, USA
Karolina Hansen University of Warsaw, Poland
Tom Holtgraves Ball State University, Muncie, USA
Molly Ireland Texas Tech University, USA
Hans J. Ladegaard The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Matthew McGlone University of Texas-Austin, USA
Silvia Moscatelli University of Bologna, Italy
Sik Hung Ng City University of Hong Kong
Nicholas A. Palomares  
Andrew Pantos Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA
Margaret J. Pitts University of Arizona, USA
Janice Raup Krieger University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Kim Serota Oakland University, USA
Brian H. Spitzberg San Diego State University, California
Anna Stefaniak Loyola University, Chicago, USA & the University of Warsaw, Poland
Caterina Suitner University of Padova, Italy
Robbie Sutton University of Kent, UK
Kevin Andrew Whitehead University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Kevin Whitehead University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Sally Wiggins Linköping University, Sweden
Steven R. Wilson Purdue University, USA
Founding Editor
Howard Giles University of California, Santa Barbaram, USA
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  • Journal of Language and Social Psychology now has moved to an online submission system. By doing so Journal of Language and Social Psychology will further streamline the process from initial submission by author(s) through publication. In addition, authors will be able to track the status of their manuscript through the review process.

    In order to effectively manage this transition, the journal requests that you use the following guidelines when making your submission.

    General Submission Guidelines

    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at In order to submit a manuscript, the corresponding author must create an account in the online system.

    Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) sixth edition guidelines. Full paper manuscripts should not exceed 25 typewritten, double-spaced pages of text; abstract (max. of 150 words), keywords, tables, figures, and bibliography count separately. For Short Research Reports, manuscripts should not exceed three thousand words of text; abstract (max. of 80 words), keywords, tables, figures, bibliography (40 items maximum), etc. count separately. Authors should consult the latest issue of the journal for guidance on formatting headings, subheadings, tables, figures, and acknowledgments. Authors should double-check text-to-bibliography for accuracy and presence. Where possible, please include Digitial Object Identifiers (DOIs) in your references. Manuscripts cannot be returned to authors.

    The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

    Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) Notes, (6) References, (7) Tables, (8) Figures, and (9) Appendices.

    1. Title page. Please include the following:

    • Full article title
    • Acknowledgments and credits
    • Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)
    • Grant numbers and/or funding information
    • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

    2. Abstract. Print the abstract (150 word maximum) on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

    3. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

    a. Headings and subheadings. Subheadings should indicate the organization of the content of the manuscript. Generally, three heading levels are sufficient to organize text. Level 1 heading should be Flush Left, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 2 heading should be Flush Left, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Italics, Level 3 heading should be Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, Level 4 heading should be Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, and Level 5 heading should be Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period.

    b. Citations. For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation. Each corresponding citation must have identical spelling and year. Each text citation must include at least two pieces of information, author(s) and year of publication. Following are some examples of text citations:

    (i) Unknown Author: To cite works that do not have an author, cite the source by its title in the signal phrase or use the first word or two in the parentheses. Eg. The findings are based on the study was done of students learning to format research papers ("Using XXX," 2001)

    (ii) Authors with the Same Last Name: use first initials with the last names to prevent confusion. Eg. (L. Hughes, 2001; P. Hughes, 1998)

    (iii) Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: For two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. The lower-case letters should follow the year in the in-text citation. Eg. Research by Freud (1981a) illustrated that…

    (iv) Personal Communication: For letters, e-mails, interviews, and other person-to-person communication, citation should include the communicator's name, the fact that it was personal communication, and the date of the communication. Do not include personal communication in the reference list. Eg. (E. Clark, personal communication, January 4, 2009).

    (v) Unknown Author and Unknown Date: For citations with no author or date, use the title in the signal phrase or the first word or two of the title in the parentheses and use the abbreviation "n.d." (for "no date"). Eg. The study conducted by of students and research division discovered that students succeeded with tutoring ("Tutoring and APA," n.d.).

    5. Notes. If explanatory notes are required for your manuscript, insert a number formatted in superscript following almost any punctuation mark. Footnote numbers should not follow dashes ( — ), and if they appear in a sentence in parentheses, the footnote number should be inserted within the parentheses. The Footnotes should be added at the bottom of the page after the references. The word “Footnotes” should be centered at the top of the page.

    6. References. Basic rules for the reference list:

    • The reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last names.
    • If there is more than one work by the same author, order them according to their publication date – oldest to newest (therefore a 2008 publication would appear before a 2009 publication).
    • When listing multiple authors of a source use “&” instead of “and”.
    • Capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if there are one, and any proper names – i. e. only those words that are normally capitalized.
    • Italicize the title of the book, the title of the journal/serial and the title of the web document.
    • Manuscripts submitted to JLSP should strictly follow the APA (6th edition).
    • Every citation in text must have the detailed reference in the Reference section.
    • Every reference listed in the Reference section must be cited in text.
    • Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.

    Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check APA(6th Ed).


    Book with place of publication-- Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.


    Book with editors & edition-- Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.


    Book with author & publisher are the same-- MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.

    Chapter in an edited book-- Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley & T. Best (Eds.), Evidence-based sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.


    Journal article with more than one author (print)-- Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.


    Journal article – 8 or more authors-- Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from


    Internet Sources:

    Internet – no author, no date-- Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://


    Internet – Organisation / Corporate author-- SPCA New Zealand. (2011). Your dog may be dying from the heat [Press release]. Retrieved from


    • Examples of various types of information sources:

    Act (statute / legislation)-- Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from


    Blog post-- Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Blog post]. Retrieved from


    Brochure / pamphlet (no author)-- Ageing well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.


    Conference Paper-- Williams, J., & Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.


    DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview & Youtube)-- Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), & Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.


    Magazine-- Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.

    Newspaper article (no author)-- Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5


    Podcast (audio or video)-- Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved from

    Software (including apps-- UBM Medica. (2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from


    Television programme-- Flanagan, A., & Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors). (2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.

    Thesis (print)-- Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Thesis (online)-- Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved from


    IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any question, please contact the journal editor at

    7. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title. When appropriate, use the title to explain an abbreviation parenthetically. Eg. Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC). Headings should be clear and brief.

    8. Figures. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. The figure resolution should be 300dpi at the time of submission.

    IMPORTANT: PERMISSION - The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in JLSP. A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

    9. Appendices. They should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”). Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.

    In addition, be aware that submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content.

    Inquiries and correspondence concerning manuscripts under submission should be directed to the Editor, Howard Giles (

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at

    Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    For more information, please refer to the SAGE Manuscript Submission Guidelines.











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