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Evolutionary Psychology

2015 Impact Factor: 1.050
2015 Ranking: 77/85 in Psychology, Experimental
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Editor-in-Chief
Todd K. Shackelford Oakland University

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Psychology

eISSN: 14747049 | ISSN: 14747049 | Current volume: 15 | Current issue: 1
Evolutionary Psychology publishes original empirical research on human psychology and behavior that is guided by an evolutionary perspective. Evolutionary psychology is an interdisciplinary field and, therefore, the Journal welcomes submission from across the social, behavioral, and life sciences.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Evolutionary Psychology publishes original, empirical research addressing human psychology guided by an evolutionary perspective. The Journal welcomes relevant submissions from all the social, behavioral, and life sciences, with a premium on submissions that do not exceed 5,000 words, all-inclusive.

Editor-in-Chief
Todd K. Shackelford Oakland University
Co-Editors
Bernhard Fink University of Göttingen
David A. Puts Pennsylvania State University
Rebecca Sear London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Associate Editors
Kevin M. Beaver Florida State University
April L. Bleske-Rechek University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Darren Burke University of Newcastle, Australia
Christine A. Caldwell The University of Stirling
Robert O. Deaner Grand Valley State University
Harald A. Euler University of Kassel
Laurence Fiddick Lakehead University
Carey Fitzgerald University of South Carolina, USA
Gordon G. Gallup, Jr. University at Albany
Peter Gray University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Russell Jackson University of Idaho
Sarah Johns University of Kent, UK
Kevin Kniffin Cornell University
Debra Lieberman University of Miami
Fhionna Moore University of Dundee, UK
Boguslaw Pawlowski University of Wroclaw
Michael Bang Petersen Aarhus University, Denmark
George B. Richardson University of Cincinnati, USA
Achim Schützwohl Brunel University
Kenny Smith University of Edinburgh
Joshua M. Tybur VU University Amsterdam
Jennifer Vonk Oakland University
Bridget M. Waller University of Portsmouth
Andreas Wilke Clarkson University
Editorial Board Members
John Archer University of Central Lancashire
David P. Barash University of Washington
Simon Baron-Cohen University of Cambridge
H. Clark Barrett University of California, Los Angeles
Louise Barrett University of Lethbridge
Patrick Bateson University of Cambridge
Mark Bellis Liverpool John Moores University
Iris Berent Northeastern University
Laura L. Betzig University of Michigan
David F. Bjorklund Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Paul Bloom Yale University
Rebecca Burch State University of New York, Oswego
Gordon M. Burghardt University of Tennessee
David M. Buss University of Texas at Austin
Richard W. Byrne University of St Andrews
Peter Carruthers University of Maryland
Elizabeth Cashdan University of Utah
Napoleon Chagnon University of Missouri at Columbia
James S. Chisholm University of Western Australia
Jae C. Choe Ewha Woman’s University
Noam Chomsky Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Helena Cronin London School of Economics
Frans B. M. de Waal Emory University
Daniel C. Dennett Tufts University
Robin Dunbar University of Oxford
John E. Edlund Rochester Institute of Technology
Daniel M. T. Fessler University of California, Los Angeles
Helen E. Fisher Rutgers University
Maryanne L. Fisher Saint Mary’s University, Canada
Mark Flinn University of Missouri at Columbia
Francis Fukuyama Johns Hopkins University, USA
Andrew C. Gallup SUNY College at Oneonta
Steven W. Gangestad University of New Mexico
David C. Geary University of Missouri
Paul Gilbert Kingsway Hospital, Derby
Aaron T. Goetz California State University, Fullerton
Ursula W. Goodenough Washington University at St. Louis
Karl Grammer University of Vienna
Sam Harris Project Reason
Toshikazu Hasegawa University of Tokyo
Elizabeth M. Hill University of Detroit Mercy
Kim Hill Arizona State University
Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa University of Tokyo
Lawrence A. Hirschfeld New School for Social Research
Nicholas Humphrey London School of Economics
Ben Jones University of Glasgow
Douglas T. Kenrick Arizona State University
Timothy Ketelaar New Mexico State University
Lee A. Kirkpatrick College of William and Mary
Dietrich Klusmann University Clinic Hamburg
Daniel J. Kruger University of Michigan
Barry X. Kuhle University of Scranton
Robert Kurzban University of Pennsylvania
Martin Lalumière University of Ottawa
Craig W. LaMunyon California State Polytechnic University
Norman Li Singapore Management University, Singapore
Anthony C. Little University of Stirling
Bobbi Low University of Michigan
Neil M. Malamuth University of California, Los Angeles
Jon Maner Northwestern University
Michael E. McCullough University of Miami
Richard L. Michalski Hollins University
Geoffrey Miller University of New Mexico
Michael E. Mills Loyola Marymount University
Steven Mithen University of Reading
Carlos David Navarrete Michigan State University
Daniel Nettle Newcastle University
Richard E. Nisbett University of Michigan
Steven Pinker Harvard University
Ian Pitchford (Founding Editor) University of Huddersfield
Nicholas Pound Brunel University
Virgil Zeigler-Hill Oakland University
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  • Evolutionary Psychology is an open-access peer-reviewed journal featuring empirical work across the entire range of the biological and human sciences. Evolutionary Psychology is indexed by most major scientific databases, and receives over 500,000 visits annually.
    Impact factor: 1.704. 

    Beginning January 1, 2017, the APC for Evolutionary Psychology will move to the price of $395. This APC will apply to accepted articles with submission dates on or after January 1, 2017. Accepted articles with submission dates before January 1, 2017 will be assessed the current rate of $195.

    1. Open Access
    Evolutionary Psychology is an Open Access publication; all articles are freely available online upon publication. Articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and brought to publication as rapidly as possible. Production costs are covered by Article Processing Charges (APC), paid for by the author, an institution, or funder upon acceptance of the manuscript (more information below). There is no charge for submitting a paper to Evolutionary Psychology.

    For general information on Open Access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

    2. Peer Review Policy

    Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Evolutionary Psychology, all papers are sent out for peer review. To assist the Editor in preliminary evaluation, please provide a cover letter indicating why the paper is suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why. The journal’s policy is to have submissions reviewed by at least two expert reviewers. Evolutionary Psychology uses a double-blind peer review process in which the names and information of the reviewers and authors are withheld from one another. All submissions are reviewed as quickly as possible, while maintaining quality. Reviewers provide comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor, who then makes the final decision.

    3. Article Types

    • Original Research Articles

    4. Publication Fees
    Upon publication acceptance of your manuscript, you will be charged a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) of US $195. This fee covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available under an open access license. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and will appear online within an average of 20 working days.

    Beginning January 1, 2017, the APC for Evolutionary Psychology will move to the price of $395. This APC will apply to accepted articles with submission dates on or after January 1, 2017. Accepted articles with submission dates before January 1, 2017 will be assessed the current rate of $195.

    5. Authorship
    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the consent of all contributing authors has been received. Submitting authors should check that all those who can legitimately claim authorship are acknowledged as contributing authors. Authors should have:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content; and
    3. Approved the version to be published.

    Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

    For more guidance, please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html.

    6. How to Submit Your Manuscript
    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read and adhered to all of the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned.

    Submissions to Evolutionary Psychology should be made via the journal’s online submission and peer review system, powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/EVP to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before attempting to create a new one. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne’s Online Help portal.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Editor at shackelf@oakland.edu.

    7. Contributor's Publishing Agreement
    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Evolutionary Psychology publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, please visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements, for example to meet particular funder mandates, may be available at the author’s request.

    Evolutionary Psychology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practice in publication seriously.We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission, or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals; or appropriate legal action.

    8. Statements and Conventions
    At the end of your article Acknowledgments should appear first, followed by your Declaration of Conflicting Interests, funding acknowledgment, any notes, and then your references.

    8.1 Acknowledgements
    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an 'Acknowledgments' section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a declaration of conflicting interests. It is the policy of Evolutionary Psychology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors, for all published articles.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgments and prior to the references, under a heading 'Declaration of Conflicting Interests'. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: 'None Declared'. Alternatively, you may wish to state that 'The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest'.

    When making a declaration, the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that

    authors of the article have with any sponsoring organization, and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest should be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    8.3 Funding acknowledgements
    To comply with the guidance for research funders, authors, and publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Evolutionary Psychology additionally requires authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgment guidelines.

    Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that the corresponding author uses the following sentence: “This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.”

    8.4 Other statements

    8.4.1 Research ethics
    All papers reporting animal and human studies must state whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.

    We accept manuscripts that report human and/or animal studies for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g., controlled trials) should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials at http://clinicaltrials.gov or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE (see: http://www.icmje.org/publishing_10register.html). If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate on the Title Page which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

    8.4.2 Patient consent
    Authors are required to ensure the following guidelines are followed, as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: http://www.icmje.org/urm_full.pdf. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is an inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should also note this. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article.

    8.4.3 CONSORT & ICMJE
    All randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart. Please refer to the CONSORT statement website at http://www.consort-statement.org for more information.

    Evolutionary Psychology has adopted the proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) which requires registration in a public trials registry, as a condition of consideration for publication of clinical trials. Trials must be registered at or before the onset of patient enrollment. The clinical trial registration number should be included at the end of the abstract of the article. For this purpose, a clinical trial is defined as any research project that prospectively assigns human subjects to intervention or comparison groups, to study the cause-and-effect relationship between a medical intervention and a health outcome. Studies designed for other purposes, such as to study pharmacokinetics or major toxicity (e.g., phase I trials), would be exempt. Further information can be found at www.icmje.org .

    8.4.4 Medical writers ("ghost writers")
    Manuscripts submitted for publication must list all authors, including the person who drafted the original manuscript. This includes paid or unpaid medical writers (“ghost writers”). 
    If medical writers are to be involved in the preparation of manuscripts then they must co-author with a clinician (or other medical professional) and their name and full affiliation must appear on the article. The work of any medical writer must not be presented as that of a clinician or other medical professional.

    8.4.5 Statistical analyses
    Where statistical analyses have been conducted, please ensure that the methodology has been accurately described. In comparative studies, power calculations are usually required. In research papers requiring complex statistics, the advice of an expert statistician should be sought at the design/implementation stage of the study.

    9. Permissions
    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. N.B. If an author is using their own work they will still require permission if they did not retain copyright of the previously published article. Papers will not be accepted for publication without the correct permissions. For further information, including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    10.Manuscript Style

    10.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    10.2 Journal Style
    Evolutionary Psychology conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE House Style.

    10.3 Reference style
    Evolutionary Psychology manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th style guidelines. Click here to review the guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    10.4 Manuscript preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    10.4.1 Title, keywords and abstracts: helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords, and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract, and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    Keywords: 2-10 to accompany the abstract. They should, if possible, be drawn from the MeSH list of Index Medicus and be chosen with a view to useful cross-indexing of the article.

    Abstract: The abstract should accurately and concisely reflect the content of the article, and should be limited to 250 words. Please avoid reference citations and undefined abbreviations in the abstract.

    10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address, and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures, and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures, and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

    Photographic illustrations should be rendered with at least 300 dpi; please use CMYK color conversion if possible. Graphs made with Office software such as Microsoft Excel, can be provided in their original format to facilitate conversion into printable format with preserved quality. Any other line graphs/illustrations should preferably be provided in EPS format with a resolution of at least 600 dpi to prevent ragged lines when printed. A figure image should be at least 160 mm in width at the appropriate resolution. For further guidance on how to prepare your digital image see http://art.cadmus.com/da/index.jsp.

    Graphs and images that are unsuitable may be returned to the author for amendment, causing delay in publication.

    10.4.4 Units of measurement
    Units of measurement should be expressed in SI and metric units; older conventional units may be added in parentheses.

    10.4.5 Nomenclature
    Use the generic or chemical name of any drug, in lower case; the specific trade name (capitalized) may be given in parentheses after the first text reference.

    10.4.6 Standard abbreviations and symbols
    Standard abbreviations and symbols should be used then defined in full in the first instance unless they are standard units of measurement. Avoid any use of abbreviations in the article title and abstract.

    10.4.7 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.4.8 English language editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    11. After Acceptance

    11.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. Any accompanying queries should be answered as soon as possible so that publication is not delayed.

    11.2 E-Prints
    The PDF of your article will be available for download on the journal website after publication.

    11.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we are committed to the highest possible production standards, as well as quality in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://evp.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure that we continue to improve our author service levels. Upon publication, all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on their experience of publishing in Evolutionary Psychology with SAGE.

    11.4 Continuous publication
    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an Open Access journal is the speed of publication. With no issues to fill, and no page count constraints, your article will be published online in fully citable form with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) as soon as it has completed the production process. It will be completely free to view and download. Check the “Latest Articles” tab on the journal website for the latest published content. Articles are batched every quarter, and are then available in the Archive.

    11.5 Creative Commons Licenses
    All articles published in Evolutionary Psychology are freely available under a Creative Commons license.

    The standard license is the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license (CC BY NC) which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial.

    The Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced, is available if required by funders.

    For more information, please visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

    11.5.1 Attribution for re-use of SAGE Open Access content
    If you are re-using SAGE Open Access content, it must be accompanied by an attribution that includes the following information about the original work:

    • Author(s)
    • Article Title
    • Journal Title
    • DOI
    • Volume (if applicable)
    • Issue (if applicable)
    • Page numbers (if applicable)
    • Date of publication
    • SAGE as the original publisher
    • A link to the original article as published on SAGE Journals (where practical)

    For more information, please visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

    12. Further Information
    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editor at the following address: shackelf@oakland.edu