Philosophy of The Journal of Problem Solving

The Journal of Problem Solving (JPS) is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes original empirical and theoretical work on human problem solving.

JPS is fully peer-reviewed, with a distinguished 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.

JPS is an Open Access online journal, published incrementally. As with many such journals, there is a publication charge to authors of $500, assessed when an article has been accepted for publication. 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). There will be no charge for manuscript review.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in JPS provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

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.

Computational models should, if possible, be expressed in the form of algorithms and tested in simulations. Simulation programs are expected to be available to the readers either as a pseudo-code in the published paper or (preferably) by making the source code and the executable version available for downloading.

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.

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Formatting Requirements

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 Word format.

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 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 readers of the article.

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Ethical Standards and Misconduct Policy

JPS follows Purdue Unviersity Press's ethical standards and misconduct policy for journals, found here.

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