European Journal of Parapsychology Department of Psychology, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB Ian Baker (Editor) • Paul Staples (Associate Editor) • Paul Stevens (Associate Editor)


Submissions are welcomed on any topic that falls under the heading of parapsychology (as defined in the EJP remit on the home page). Authors are requested to briefly define any specific terms used (including ‘standard’ terms such as ESP, PK) in the text of the paper. We are also open to outside voices and topics when they have some broaden overlap with the subject of parapsychology. For example, submissions from fields like neurofeedback therapy and neurobiology will be considered providing they are submitted by qualified and experienced professionals in those fields. All manuscripts submitted to the EJP must be under consideration soley by this journal and may not have been previously published in any form (with the exception of translations of non-English articles). Initial submissions should be sent via email to [email protected] as an attached file (acceptable formats are ASCII, PDF, RTF, OpenOffice or MS Word). See below for formatting instructions

ARTICLES are reports of experimental, clinical or theoretical research, with introductory comments and discussion of results generally being of direct relevance to the data or ideas being presented. Generally articles should be less than 10,000 words in length, though longer papers may be accepted after prior negotiation with the Editors. After evaluation by the editors, the initial article will be sent to two referees for peer-review.

RESEARCH NOTES are manuscripts of up to 3000 words in the following categories:

Research Notes are not intended as a way of publishing inadequate or incomplete work. The Editors or Referees may also decide that a manuscript submitted as an article would be better published as a Research Note.

STUDENT RESEARCH BRIEFS are summaries of research (maximum 2000 words) conducted for assessment as part of a Bachelors or Masters degree (or equivalent) which would not otherwise be submitted as a full article but where the research is of sufficient interest to be disseminated to the wider parapsychological community. Student Research Briefs should provide a summary of methodology and results of the conducted research. They will be subject to peer-review with the understanding that the scope of the research will be less extensive than that of a full article.

REVIEWS provide critical and analytical review or assessment of previously published work. The EJP welcomes novel and cogent reviews (1500 words maximum), subject to Editorial approval.

COMMENTS are extended letters (1000 words maximum) that address specific issues raised in material published in the journal. All comments will be sent for peer-review, the process being similar to article review. Comments will be published in as timely a manner as possible, accompanied where appropriate with a reply from the original author(s).


Manuscripts should be single-spaced in a serif font and saved in either Rich Text Format (.rtf), OpenOffice (.sxw), Microsoft Word (.doc), ASCII (.txt), Portable Document Format (.pdf) or LaTeX (EJP Class file available on request) format. Figures, tables and footnotes should be placed within the body of the document where appropriate. We aim for anonymous review of all submissions so please include a separate cover sheet with author name(s) and affiliation(s) and where possible avoid any obvious references to the author(s) within the body of the text. All word lengths given below include references, tables and appendices but exclude the abstract. When reporting quantitive data, the International System of Units (SI) should be used (e.g. metres rather than feet, Tesla rather than Gauss) although equivalent non-SI units may be provided parenthetically for ease of comparison with earlier studies.

Title Page should have a brief but informative title, the names and affiliations of all authors, and the name and contact details to be used for editorial correspondence. A short running title and acknowledgement of funding sources should be placed at the bottom of the page.

Abstracts should be a single-paragraph, concise summary (200 words maximum) of approach, data and/or theory, and conclusions. It should include a clear description of primary variables and major findings where applicable.

Text will be formatted according to the type of manuscript (see categories above) but will generally have an Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. Acknowledgements should be placed after conclusions but before References.

References should be cited in text by author and year of publication in parentheses. List all authors in the first instance, then the first author’s surname with “et al” thereafter. Where an author has two or more reports in a given year of publication, use letter suffixes to the year of publication (e.g., Smith, 1995a, b). Note that all references should normally be in the public domain. A reference list should appear at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order.

Tables should be located in the appropriate place within the text, preceded by a sequentially-numbered, self-explanatory title and referred to in the text. Additional explanatory information should be placed in footnotes to the title, column headings or entries. Please use lower case letters for table footnotes, rather than numerals or symbols.

Figures (photographs or illustrations) should also be located in the appropriate place within the text. If the document is accepted for publication, you will then be asked to submit separate image files, ideally as uncompressed, high-resolution JPEG (.jpg) or Encapsulated Postscript (.eps) files. Please ensure that figures will be readable when reduced to their published size (the EJP page size is A5 i.e., 148mm width by 210 mm height or half A4 size). Colour images are discouraged but may be acceptable by prior agreement with the Editors, with any extra expense being met by the author.

Captions should be a short but accurate description of a figure or table. The reader should not need to scan the text to understand the figure or table, but details beyond basic information should be in the body of the text. Any abbreviations or symbols not defined previously or within the figure or table should be explained in the caption.