The Journal of Problem Solving (JPS) is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes original empirical and theoretical work on human problem solving. A full statement of the scope of JPS is available on the journal’s website.

JPS is fully peer-reviewed, with a distinguished international editorial board serving under the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Zygmunt Pizlo (Purdue University, USA). Masked (blinded) reviews are not available. JPS aims to notify authors of the initial decision within 90 days of manuscript submission.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Figures and illustrations should be incorporated into a single manuscript file, which should be submitted in either Word or PDF format. JPS will not consider manuscripts that have been previously published in other journals, nor will it consider manuscripts that are concurrently submitted for publication in other journals. Work that has been partially reported in conference proceedings may be included in manuscripts submitted to JPS; appropriate acknowledgement should be added to the author note. For manuscripts reporting work with human participants, a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and consent of each subject must be incorporated in the methods section. Authors should be aware of the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki), which has been printed in the British Medical Journal (18 July 1964). Authors are responsible for ensuring that permission to reproduce material in print and electronic form is obtained and conveyed to JPS if any copyrighted material or photographs of people are contained in the manuscript.

JPS is an open access online journal, initially published twice a year. As with many such journals, there is a page charge to authors. This enables the publisher, Purdue University Press, to cover costs (as hard-copy subscriptions, the traditional source of revenue for journal publishers, will not be marketed). We anticipate that the average charge per published paper will be in the region of 500 US dollars. There will be no charge for manuscript review. Detailed information about page charges will be made available as soon as possible.

The papers should be “structured” in the following sense: the paper begins with an introduction at the end of which an overview of the paper is given. Individual sections should be numbered and self-contained in that a section can be skipped without too great a loss. Section titles should refer to the content. Finally, the title of the paper should be as specific as possible. Recall that the title is the first search key attracting potential costumers of the article.

Please note that these Instructions to Authors may be periodically updated; the most current version will be posted on the JPS website.