Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace is inter-disciplinary journal publishing articles with focus on social science related to cyberspace. We publish original work by scientists emphasizing psychology, media studies, communication science, sociology, political science, nursing, ICT security, organizational psychology and also other disciplines with relevance to psychosocial aspects of cyberspace. We accept all original research articles as well as theoretical studies and research meta-analyses.
Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement
Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace follows the standard for Ethics and Publication Malpractice set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors, reviewers, editors, and publisher are expected to conform to these standards. Please see the main documents:
Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors
Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers
Submitted articles will be first reviewed internally by editors to assure their basic quality and relevance for the journal. In the next step, submissions will be subjected to the double-blind peer review by at least two external reviewers (authors and reviewers are anonymous to each other). Reviews will be forwarded to authors along with the editor's decision.
Typical review process takes from 3 to 6 months (average 4 months), but can be longer under special circumstances. The papers are typically published within 1 to 6 months since acceptance of the paper.
To avoid editorial rejections, please read editorial How to increase probability of manuscript acceptance where are described typical reasons for editorial rejects.
Publication in Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace is free of charge.
To facilitate the review process and publication clarity, manuscripts should be no longer than necessary. The regular submissions should be up to 11 000 words including references, tables and figures.
Brief reports are original article with narrower focus than full length articles. Their length should be up to 4000 words including references, tables and figures. Despite their short length, Brief Reports are expected to meet highest methodological standards and to make substantial contributions to the relevant field.
The length of both types of articles can be exceeded when justified by authors, i.e. in case of multiple studies published in one article or in deep qualitative investigation.
Manuscript structure and citations
The American Psychological Association (APA) standards for publications has to be used, both in terms of publication structure as well as citation style. Please follow Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6ed.). Manuscripts not following required APA style will be rejected directly by editors.
Examples of references:
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Chapters in books:
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages. http://dx.doi.org/xxxxx
Please note that issue number should be included only in journals paginated by issues.
Advanced online publication:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical. Advanced online publication. http://dx.doi.org/xxxxx
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of proceedings (pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (Year of event, Month of event). Title of work. Paper/poster presented at Event, Location.
For more examples and advice please check Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or http://blog.apastyle.org
Preferred format for articles is MS-Word.
The title page should include author(s) name, title(s), affiliation(s), a short bio(s) and e-mail address(es), as well as a title of the article of up to 50 characters. Corresponding author should include also full mail address. The second page should consist of a self-explanatory abstract with a length of up to 250 words. Authors should include 3 - 5 key words. The structure of the manuscript should correspond to APA citation style.
Please limit the number of footnotes and/or endnotes to minimum.
To prepare the manuscript for double-blind review, replace identifying (self)citations with "AUTHOR", both in the text and the list of references.
Tables and illustrations
All tables and pictures should be named and numbered in Arabic numerals. Place all tables and pictures in text at the position where they should be placed. All common formats of tables, pictures, sound and videos are accepted.
It is authors' responsibility to have their manuscripts proofread before submission. Submissions can be rejected due to language insufficiencies.
Permissions for all formerly published figures such as tables and pictures are required. An author of an article should obtain written copyright permissions from their original holders.
Send manuscripts to e-mail: info(at)cyberpsychology.eu
The Journal is published by the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Joštova 10
602 00, Brno, Czech Republic, fax: +420 5 4949 1920, e-mail: info(at)cyberpsychology.eu
Cyberpsychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour in the context of human-technology interaction. It examines the online world and its impact on human behaviour. Cyberpsychology is an essential area of expertise for anyone who wishes to make the most of online technologies for commercial, educational, organisational or other reasons. Cyberpsychology also considers the impact of new technologies on users, from the latest mobile devices and gaming systems to high-end virtual reality equipment.
What will I be doing?
This MSc considers what motivates people in online settings including online shopping, dating and gaming. It examines why some people become ‘addicted’ to the Internet, what motivates cybercriminals, how students can learn effectively online and how organisations can best utilise the Internet. This course is suitable for anyone who wonders what the psychological basis is for cyberbullying or why social networking sites and online media are so popular. The course aims to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of how humans interact with technology and in online environments.
Classes are held over two academic years and involve learning and classes which can be a mix of lectures, videos, practical work and informal discussions around important topics in cyberpsychology. Students complete a research project during the second year, and are encouraged to present their work through conference papers and journal articles. There is also a series of study skills seminars including essay writing, referencing and researching. Students are required to complete assignments during the year, but there are no end-of-year examinations.
Graduates have found employment with social networking websites or as usability experts and online investigation specialists. Others have improved their performance in their current employment as journalists, marketing specialists, educators or IT professionals.
What modules will I study?
Principles of Psychology Online, Social Psychology of the Internet, Computer Mediated Communication, Consumer Cyberpsychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology of Gaming and Multimedia Entertainment, Psychology of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, Critical Research: Foundations, Futures and Skills and Research Project.