Submission Guidelines


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 a fully double-blind peer-reviewed journal, 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.

JPS does not charge readers or their institutions for access. Readers may freely read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles. This journal is covered under the CC BY-NC-ND license.

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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Rights for Authors and Purdue e-Pubs

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Purdue e-Pubs all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Purdue e-Pubs provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Purdue e-Pubs website and/or software agree not to misuse the Purdue e-Pubs service or software in any way.

The failure of Purdue e-Pubs to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Purdue e-Pubs and the Author(s) regarding submission 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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