Affective Science Mission
Affective Science is the flagship journal of the Society for Affective Science. Affective Science is published by Springer, and covers the field of affective science in a broad manner, encompassing different disciplines, biological and behavioral methodologies, human and non-human animal models, and healthy and patient populations.
The journal recognizes the central role that affective processes (including but not limited to emotions, stress, evaluations, motivation) play in the lives of individuals, groups, cultures, and countries, and their profound implications for health and well-being.
Affective Science provides a forum for both basic and applied research. It primarily publishes full-length and brief reports of original research but also publishes methodological, review, and theoretical articles.
Click to view all published issues of Affective Science on the Springer website.
We are now accepting submissions for Affective Science via the Springer manuscript portal. Click to visit the Springer website below for author instructions, additional Journal information, and to submit a manuscript.
The journal publishes research articles, brief reports, theoretical and review articles, methodology articles, and commentaries/opinions.
- Research articles: the most common submission is a research article that reports an original, empirical study or studies in the field of affective science. These are limited to 2,000 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements), but the method and results have no word limits. The abstract is to be no longer than 250 words. There are no limits on figures, tables, or references. Supplemental material can be submitted and will be reviewed.
- Brief reports: these are limited to 750 words (including all introductory and discussion material in the main text, any footnotes, and acknowledgements). The abstract is to be no longer than 250 words. Method and Results sections have no word limits. There is a maximum of two figures or tables and 20 references.
- Theoretical/review articles: these take two forms: (1) 2,500 word limit (including all main text and footnotes), with an abstract no longer than 250 words; there are no limits on figures, tables, or references) and (2) 5,000 word limit (including all main text and footnotes). The abstract is to be no longer than 250 words. There are no limits on figures, tables, or references.
- The 2,500 word review is: (a) written with the non-specialist in mind, (b) relatively narrowly focused, (c) concerned with an emerging topic, (d) selective in its literature review, and (e) attentive to future directions.
- The 5,000 word review is: (a) written with the specialist in mind, (b) more broadly focused, (c) concerned with more mature topics, (d) more comprehensive in its literature review, and (e) concerned with both historical context and future directions.
- Methodology articles: these include novel experimental approaches, statistical techniques, material development, and other methodological innovations directly relevant to affective science. Methodology articles have a 5,000 word limit. The abstract is to be no longer than 250 words. There are no limits on figures, tables or references. Use of supplemental information and available open-source materials are encouraged.
- Commentary/Opinions: these are typically solicited based on a target article, however we will consider unsolicited commentary and opinions relevant to affective science. Commentary/Opinions are limited to 2,500 words.
The journal uses a single-blind review process with an option for authors to choose double-blind if they wish.
The journal uses APA style 7th edition.
The journal uses the singular “they” (e.g., “The participant was instructed to start the program, and they completed all questions on-line before moving to the next task.”).
Effect sizes and confidence intervals should accompany all reported statistics whenever possible.
The journal uses the transparency and openness (TOP) guidelines (Level II) for all empirical papers (https://www.cos.io/initiatives/top-guidelines).
|Citation standards||Article provides appropriate citation for data and materials used consistent with journal’s author guidelines.|
|Data transparency||Data must be posted to a trusted repository. Exceptions must be identified at article submission.|
|Analytic methods transparency||Code must be posted to a trusted repository. Exceptions must be identified at article submission.|
|Research materials transparency||Materials must be posted to a trusted repository. Exceptions must be identified at article submission.|
|Design and analysis transparency||Journal requires adherence to design transparency standards for review and publication.|
|Study preregistration||Article states whether preregistration of study exists, and, if so, allows journal access during peer review for verification.|
|Analysis plan preregistration||Article states whether preregistration with analysis plan exists, and, if so, allows journal access during peer review for verification.|
|Replication||Journal encourages submission of replication studies and conducts results blind review.|
Editorial Board 2023
Ralph Adolphs, PhD
Area(s): Developmental Psychology
Expertise: daily stress processes; stress and health; adult development; work and family linkages; statistical techniques for measuring change
Linda Camras, PhD
Expertise: social and emotional development, cross cultural studies of emotion expression and parenting, development of facial expressions
Michelle “Lani” Shiota, PhD
Arizona State University
Area: Social Psychology
Expertise: positive emotion, emotion regulation, emotional mechanisms of relationships and behavior change
Frans de Waal, PhD
Area(s): Primatologist; Ethologist
Expertise: behavior and social intelligence of primates, animal behavior, empathy and cooperation, inequity aversion, social cognition
Rebecca Ferrer, PhD
National Cancer Institute, NIH
Jonathan Gratch, PhD
University of Southern California
Area(s): Computer Science, Psychology
Expertise: virtual reality, computational models, cognitive processes underlying emotion, influence of emotion on decision-making and behavior
Claudia Haase, PhD
Area(s): Developmental Psychology; Relationship science
Expertise: Life-span development, aging, dyadic interactions (e.g., between couples, friends, parents and children), psychophysiology, behavioral observations, sadness
Jeffrey Huntsinger, PhD
Loyola University Chicago
Rachael Jack, PhD
University of Glasgow
Area(s): Vision Science, Social Perception
Expertise: Facial expressions, culture, psychophysics, social communication, data-driven methods
Jeremy Jamieson, PhD
University of Rochester
Area(s): Social Psychology, Psychophysiology, Decision Sciences
Expertise: Social stress, stress regulation, risk decisions
Nataria Joseph, PhD
Area(s): Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Expertise: emotion and biomarkers, stress and health, social adversity and health, ecological momentary assessment
Kristen Lindquist, PhD
UNC Chapel Hil
Area(s): Social Psychology, Social Affective Neuroscience
Expertise: facial expressions, structure of affect, neural networks, neuroimaging, social cognition, constructivist approaches
Joseph Mikels, PhD
California Institute of Technology
Shigehiro Oishi, PhD
University of Virginia
Area(s): Social/Personality Psychology; Cultural Psychology
Expertise: happiness, social ecology, cross-cultural differences
Renee Thompson, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
Eric Walle, PhD
University of California, Merced
Area(s): Developmental Psychology; Interpersonal dynamics; emotion regulation
Expertise: social and emotional development; emotion theory; interpersonal interactions; emotion regulation